The attack on government is older than the American Republic. When looking at the modern Tea Party movement, it is important to think back to the original Boston Tea Party. A tax on tea was opposed by dumping the tea into the Boston Harbor. This nation was created in a moment of antigovernment fervor. Still, when the party is over, the work of government must go on. The garbage must be picked up, the street lights and roads must be maintained, and the nation must be defended and kept secure. In the face of three decades of sustained attacks, American government continues to function and improve. While public management remains in a perpetual crisis, public managers must continue to rise to ...

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