Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Same Old Deal

The Same Old Deal, review by William Voegeli of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, by Michael Grunwald, at the Claremont Review of Books
"If the Americans committed to building and defending the activist state continually find it necessary but impossible to whip it into shape, they may be confronting a problem too fundamental to be solved by a can-do spirit and bold administrative reforms. Perhaps what the activist state needs are not more bright ideas and energetic managers but more caution about compiling government's to-do list, thereby sparing it from tackling assignments that it will end up performing badly, not for lack of better flow charts but because they are missions that, realistically, cannot be done well."