Opinion | The U.S. government is designed for failure. And, a new study shows, it’s getting worse.

August 9, 2021 ☼ bidengovernmentdemocracy

Source: The Washington Post

Link: Opinion | The U.S. government is designed for failure. And, a new study shows, it’s getting worse.

Sixty years later, despite efforts at reform and widespread recognition of the irrationality, President Biden needs Senate approval for 1,237 positions — an increase of 59 percent, as a new report from the Partnership for Public Service discloses.

We’ve gone from irrational to just plain crazy.

How crazy? The Post and the Partnership are tracking 799 of those positions (leaving out some advisory boards and less essential jobs). As of this week, only 112 of them have been filled.

More than six months into his presidency, in other words — more than an eighth of the way through his term — Biden hardly has the beginning of an executive team in place.

I have no idea how to fix this. The op-ed gives some guidance that seems sound. Clearly it will take some level of ceding authority to the executive for a majority of these appointments.