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  • mike_shaver@nps.gov
    Amy Verone 03/14/2002 10:02 AM Subject: Re: What is the hardest thing to understand about TR? I don t know if it is hard to understand , but one of the things
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      Amy Verone
      03/14/2002 10:02 AM

      Subject: Re: What is the hardest thing to understand about TR?

      I don't know if it is "hard to understand", but one of the things that I think most people fail to notice about TR is how much he expanded the structure of government. It's not just a question of rooting out corruption in the civil service or graft in the political process. He added new agencies, increased staffing levels, and really laid the ground work for future expansions (I would be very interested in seeing information on the actual numbers of govt. employees under Roosevelt). And it wasn't just at the federal level,...he encouraged the creation of state government agencies to promote conservation, regulate trade, enforce consumer protections, etc.

      Roosevelt believed in a strong central government, and in that government having the power and the work force needed to carry out its responsibilities. It would be interesting to see his reaction to the current philosophy of contracting out and "less is more".

      Amy Verone

      Curator, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

    • Vince Liberto
      Roosevelt believed in a strong central government, and in that government having the power and the work force needed to carry out its responsibilities. It
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        "Roosevelt believed in a strong central
        government, and in that government
        having the power and the work force needed to
        carry out its responsibilities. It
        would be interesting to see his reaction to the
        current philosophy of contracting
        out and "less is more"."
        Amy, you make a great point, but so much has
        changed since then in regard to government and it
        is a huge mistake for historians to think in
        terms of the "if he were alive today" syndrome.
        But, AT THE TIME OF TR, THERE WAS A NEED FOR
        BIGGER GOVERNMENT. Such is not the case now.
        Morever,if you think in terms of the SPIRIT of
        TR, one cannot help but think that he would be
        all over the "muckrakers" in BIG GOVERNMENT
        today, and BIG GOVERNMENT itself...and I don't
        even want to think about what he would do or
        would have done about a CLINTON ADMINISTRATION.
        Vince Liberto
        New Orleans
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        <P> <BR><FONT SIZE=2><B>Amy
        Verone</B></FONT><BR><FONT SIZE=2>03/14/2002
        10:02 AM</FONT><BR><BR><FONT
        SIZE=2>Subject:</FONT> <FONT SIZE=2>Re: What is
        the hardest thing to understand about
        TR?</FONT><BR> </P><P>I don't know if it is
        "hard to understand", but one of the
        things that I think most people fail to notice
        about TR is how much he expanded the structure of
        government. It's not just a question of rooting
        out corruption in the civil service or graft in
        the political process. He added new agencies,
        increased staffing levels, and really laid the
        ground work for future expansions (I would be
        very interested in seeing information on the
        actual numbers of govt. employees under
        Roosevelt). And it wasn't just at the federal
        level,...he encouraged the creation of state
        government agencies to promote conservation,
        regulate trade, enforce consumer protections,
        etc.<BR><BR>Roosevelt believed in a strong
        central government, and in that government having
        the power and the work force needed to carry out
        its responsibilities. It would be interesting to
        see his reaction to the current philosophy of
        contracting out and "less is
        more".<BR><BR>Amy Verone</P><P>Curator,
        Sagamore Hill National Historic Site</P>
        <br>

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