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Government as a Watchdog Over Government?

(Originally written May 18th, 2007)

Governor Elliot Spitzer of New York has created the “Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness” whose 15-member committee will advocate accountability in local, municipal mergers – government reforming government.

Well maybe Spitzer believes he can see some sound accountability during his governorship. It’s not like a committee has previously existed for government accountability. Wrong.

As Dan Janison of Newsday.com points out, in 1990, Governor Mario Cumio, filled with the spirit of reform, created an 18-member committee to ensure local government accountability over mergers (in the last year of his governorship no less); in 2002, Governor George Pataki created a 22-member task force to look over local government practices and mergers (in the last year of his governorship no less). The result: not a single action taken or report written.

Maybe Spitzer actually wants to see progress since he has created the committee early in his term. So government polices government. Thank God politicians never have personal agendas or advocate partisanship.

If you fight a fire with lighter fluid, you get more fire, and if you fight bureaucracy with red tape, you get more bureaucracy.

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