[ExI] Merging of agencies [ was Should the US Have a Military Presence in Space?]

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 25 17:46:53 UTC 2018

But with our current political system I don't see any way for that trend to

It's the same old same old - kick the bastards out.  Elect new bastards.
bill w

On Mon, Jun 25, 2018 at 11:17 AM, Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 24, 2018 at 11:54 PM SR Ballard <sen.otaku at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The US really does have a proliferation of agencies which compete. For
>> example: CIA, FBI, NSA, etc. I think it would be cheaper to combine them
>> somehow, so they could pool resources and intelligence. It doesn’t seem to
>> me that this type of redundancy is useful.
> Yeah, I get the distinction between domestic and international
> surveillance, but there are too many spy agencies.
> As far as agencies being merged... well, Trump is floating a merger of
>> Department of Education and Department of Labor, into, I’m not sure, maybe
>> a Department of Education, Training, & Employment. Not sure if I agree with
>> the move because his motives seem suspect, but we’ll see how it plays out.
> Education and Labor are different enough that I don't think combining them
> makes sense.
> But another thing to consider is maybe we actually need more agencies/
>> departments. Which sounds insane, I know, but hear me out. Look at all the
>> agencies and departments involved with the US Immigration system. They are
>> absolutely inefficient and make the whole system insufferably complicated,
>> because “one hand doesn’t know that the other hand is doing”. And that
>> makes accountability hard, because they can all just point fingers at each
>> other.
> That implies that we need fewer agencies, not more.
> The entire US government is way too bloated and redundant in all the wrong
>> ways. It’s definitely “too big” in the sense that it could do more with
>> less. Maybe we need to go through with the pain and expense of reorganizing
>> and streamlining the whole thing.
> It's also "too big" in the sense of trying to do too much and spending
> more than we have. But with our current political system I don't see any
> way for that trend to reverse.
> -Dave
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