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  •  Do you have the source for this? (none)
    I would love to tell the true conservatives I know that Gore did this.  Where are the numbers?

    "The election's over. We won. It's all over but the counting, and we'll take care of the counting." Rep. Peter King (R-NY) at WH function, 2003

    by kathika on Sun Sep 25, 2005 at 04:48:38 PM PDT

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    •  Sources (none)
      Statistical Abstract of the United States, as printed in Goodsell's The Case for Bureaucracy

      For selected agencies from 1990 to 2000

      DOD: -350,000
      Dept of Ag: -18,000
      HHS: -61,000
      Treasury: -15,000

      DOJ did increase during the Clinton admin, but overall, the number of federal employees fell. Some make the argument that the fed has just taken on more contractors, so it's a wash in the end, but the reforms of the NPR (new procurement rules, strategic planning, etc...) were Gore-led initiatives.

      Hating George Bush is not a Strategy for Governance

      by Outlier on Sun Sep 25, 2005 at 05:02:27 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks! n/t (none)

        "The election's over. We won. It's all over but the counting, and we'll take care of the counting." Rep. Peter King (R-NY) at WH function, 2003

        by kathika on Sun Sep 25, 2005 at 05:50:44 PM PDT

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      •  A lot of those agencies replaced employees with (4.00)
        contractors, so I don't think that the government shrunk as much as people are led to believe.  I know that at the NIH positions that were career government positions were phased out but the personnel need continued to exist and, instead of keeping the career position, the position was now filled by a contractor, who sometimes was the same person who had the position that was eliminated.  

        Reality is just... a point of view - Philip K. Dick; Beautiful thing, the destruction of words. (from Orwell's 1984)

        by LionelEHutz on Sun Sep 25, 2005 at 07:52:45 PM PDT

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    •  Clinton and Gore (4.00)
      The program was called, if I recall correctly, "Reinventing Government."  Gore's other big initiative was called the "Information Highway."  (We're on it right now.)

      Probably no one in this country understands government as well as Al Gore does, or has a better vision of how well it can serve us all.

      •  or was it (none)
        "Information Superhighway"?
        •  it was (none)
          "Information Superhighway" and Gore was very instrumental in getting us all the right to use it... even the inventors say so!

          "The unholy matrimony of George Bush and the Religious Right threatens the rights of all Americans. It's time for a divorce." - Rev. Barry Lynn

          by lezlie on Sun Sep 25, 2005 at 07:54:59 PM PDT

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          •  He should be the first Knight of the (none)
            Holy Internets.

            I was in library school at the time that his efforts were paving the way for taking the potentials of this medium to ordinary citizens at very low cost.

            I don't want to get into how primitive things were before he put muscle and funding into R&D.

            Did a hell of a lot more to improve my life than Star Wars Missle Defense ever did!

            "I'm a FUBAR Preznit"

            by skwimmer on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 06:27:50 AM PDT

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      •  Reinventing Government (none)
        It's the title of a book by Osborne and Gaebler that came out right before the 1992 election. The ideas behind their book became the National Performance Review (NPR) If you look at almost any issue of Public Administration Review from 2000-2004, they're  filled with scholarly studies on the implications of the NPR.

        Hating George Bush is not a Strategy for Governance

        by Outlier on Sun Sep 25, 2005 at 05:31:07 PM PDT

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