Nation: Make-Believe

Why Washington doesn 't work

The bigger the government, the more it governs, right? Wrong, snorts Charles Peters, the irrepressible, iconoclastic editor of the Washington Monthly, who has written a sprightly, salty assault on practically everybody in the nation's capital, How Washington Really Works (Addison-Wesley; 146 pages; $10.95). The secret is that Washington does not really work, says Peters; it just appears to in a great game of make-believe. Claims Peters: "In Washington, bureaucrats confer, the President proclaims and the Congress legislates, but the impact on reality is negligible, if evident at all."...

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