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It’s Time for Another Hoover Commission

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27.05.2020

What do the U.S. Postal Service, AMTRAK, Kennedy Center, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have in common? All are government entities, all receive federal funds, tens of millions of dollars, in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act, and all can and should be privatized, not subsidized.

In the past 20 years, America has faced four life-changing events – the attacks on September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, the mortgage foreclosure crisis, and now the Coronavirus pandemic. Each was to a large degree a failure of government. One lesson we are learning in the current situation is that we have way too much government in normal times and not enough government in times of crisis. We have a government that’s too big to succeed.

Once the pandemic passes and life gets back to normal, government should not simply go back to normal.

Rather, it’s time to repeat what was done after the Great Depression and World War II.

In 1947, President Harry S Truman appointed the Hoover Commission, officially named the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government, to recommend administrative changes in the Federal Government of the United States. It took its nickname from former President Herbert Hoover, who was appointed by Truman to serve as chairman. A Second Hoover Commission was created by Congress in 1953 during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It also was headed by Hoover. The Hoover........

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