Jonathan Turley, writing for the Washington Post, is shocked that the unelected, unaccountable, invisable, ubiquitous Central Bureaucracy of the Leviathan is a threat to freedom and liberty.
The growing dominance of the federal government over the states has obscured more fundamental changes within the federal government itself: It is not just bigger, it is dangerously off kilter. Our carefully constructed system of checks and balances is being negated by the rise of a fourth branch, an administrative state of sprawling departments and agencies that govern with increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency.
For much of our nation’s history, the federal government was quite small. In 1790, it had just 1,000 nonmilitary workers. In 1962, there were 2,515,000 federal employees. Today, we have 2,840,000 federal workers in 15 departments, 69 agencies and 383 nonmilitary sub-agencies.
This exponential growth has led to increasing power and independence for agencies. The shift of authority has been staggering. The fourth branch now has a larger practical impact on the lives of citizens than all the other branches combined.
For 40 years conservatives have been screaming warning of this threat from the mountain tops. Now, suddenly, Turley acts like he has discovered a concept nobody has ever before conceived.
Oh well, better late than never.