CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

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Reinventing Government

VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE’S promise to “reinvent government,” proclaimed with great fanfare in the first year of the Clinton administration, produced only a nationwide yawn. (The similar promise made in the Republicans’ “Contract with America,” last year, initially met with no better response.) There has been no lack of publicity about the Gore initiative since. Press release after press release has announced the reinvention of yet another agency or program; big conferences, one chaired by the president himself, have been convened, and any number of TV appearances made. Of all the domestic programs of the ...

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