"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.
<P> <BR><FONT SIZE=2><B>Amy
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
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