The View From 1776
Friday, March 18, 2011
Reassessing The Paradigm
When New York City, one of the nation’s most socialistic cities, expresses doubts about the effectiveness of liberal-progressive government, one can hope that reality may at last penetrate mythology.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed essay, Stephen Goldsmith, New York City’s Deputy Mayor, lays it on the line.
Progressive Government Is Obsolete
The rule-based civil service was a step forward from Tammany Hall. But today’s regulations stifle government workers at a time when getting value for tax dollars is more important than ever.
By STEPHEN GOLDSMITH
Across the country, the interests of organized labor, elected officials and taxpayers are colliding over wages, work rules and the astronomical costs of retiree pensions and health care. As important as these specific issues are to resolve, there is another, more fundamental problem causing so many Americans to lose faith in their government: It is not government unions per se but progressive government itself