I started teaching and writing on public management during the Reagan years, and the profound and intensifying attack on government has been escalating for each of the past three decades. This should frighten all Americans.
Despite all of the "government is the enemy" rhetoric of the last thirty years, the fact remains that it is government, and only government, that we turn to when we face an issue of existential importance.
The anti-regulation mania that's swept Washington conveniently ignores the positive impact that common sense regulations have on all of our daily lives, while threatening to harm the basic protections that we have come to expect.
Free Press has long warned that this merger would hurt the public, leading to higher prices, less competition, and worse programming. But Baker didn't seem deterred by this logic, and now it's clear why: she was auditioning for her future with Comcast.
While it's good that we are focused on streamlining how big federal agencies can more effectively deliver outcomes, let's not forget that the biggest bang for the buck may come from moving the buck from D.C. to community-led growth.
For those who have tried to make sense of complex rulemaking, regulations, official announcements or directives, the change will be welcome. For the average citizen trying to comply with them, it's essential.
I had the privilege of attending the 2011 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards in this, a particularly special year -- the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's dedication as a gift to the people of America from France.