Blogs: Paul Pillar

Entanglement in Yemen and the Logic of War

Campaign Carnage and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Denigration of Bureaucracy

Paul Pillar

Finally there are the self-reinforcing, prophecy-fulfilling effects of bureaucracy-bashing measures that have flowed from the anti-government ethos. Cut the budget of the IRS, for example, and this not only increases the federal deficit by increasing unpaid taxes but also forces the agency's remaining staff to use enforcement shortcuts, such as keyword searches to identify violators among groups claiming tax-exempt status, that reinforce perceptions that the bureaucrats are pursuing a political agenda. Reduce the after-inflation pay and the respect accorded to federal employees generally, and the federal service becomes less attractive to the most able prospective employees, meaning that the federal work force will be less talented than it could have been.

The president whom Americans will elect next month will become the chief executive—the top manager of the federal bureaucracy. The role and nature of government service is another important subject that has been pushed aside by the diversions and fluff of the current presidential campaign.

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What Breakdown of the U.S.-Russian Agreement on Syria Does Not Mean

Paul Pillar

Finally there are the self-reinforcing, prophecy-fulfilling effects of bureaucracy-bashing measures that have flowed from the anti-government ethos. Cut the budget of the IRS, for example, and this not only increases the federal deficit by increasing unpaid taxes but also forces the agency's remaining staff to use enforcement shortcuts, such as keyword searches to identify violators among groups claiming tax-exempt status, that reinforce perceptions that the bureaucrats are pursuing a political agenda. Reduce the after-inflation pay and the respect accorded to federal employees generally, and the federal service becomes less attractive to the most able prospective employees, meaning that the federal work force will be less talented than it could have been.

The president whom Americans will elect next month will become the chief executive—the top manager of the federal bureaucracy. The role and nature of government service is another important subject that has been pushed aside by the diversions and fluff of the current presidential campaign.

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Relations with Saudi Arabia are Risky as Well as Confused

Paul Pillar

Finally there are the self-reinforcing, prophecy-fulfilling effects of bureaucracy-bashing measures that have flowed from the anti-government ethos. Cut the budget of the IRS, for example, and this not only increases the federal deficit by increasing unpaid taxes but also forces the agency's remaining staff to use enforcement shortcuts, such as keyword searches to identify violators among groups claiming tax-exempt status, that reinforce perceptions that the bureaucrats are pursuing a political agenda. Reduce the after-inflation pay and the respect accorded to federal employees generally, and the federal service becomes less attractive to the most able prospective employees, meaning that the federal work force will be less talented than it could have been.

The president whom Americans will elect next month will become the chief executive—the top manager of the federal bureaucracy. The role and nature of government service is another important subject that has been pushed aside by the diversions and fluff of the current presidential campaign.

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