From Alex Castellanos’ Old Government in a New World:

The factory was a miracle of progress.  And so we transferred that successful experiment to other social challenges.  We built a big, top-down factory in Washington with an assembly line to crank out policies and a conveyor belt to produce programs and a loading dock to deliver regulations.  And for a while, when the factory was young, everything seemed to work.

The G.I. bill.  Social Security.  Hoover Dam.  Big simple national projects harnessed the will of a nation and delivered on its promises and good intentions.

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Over time, however, society grew more agile and moved more quickly. Its challenges grew increasingly interconnected and complex. Its demands bloomed exponentially. The pressure on government intensified, but factory could only do what factories do: It grew larger and cranked out more of the same.

It piled more regulation, policies and programs on top of old ones. It patched the problems and then, patched the patches. It grew muscular and then muscle-bound.

And so, today, we find ourselves in a world where everything has changed except our government. The factory is still doing its best, but in a hyper-connected, dynamic, communications age country, industrial-age government conformity can’t keep pace.  It is past its time.  In today’s America, old doesn’t work.

A study by the Vatican finds that 100,000 Christians are killed every year for practicing their religion.  Other human rights groups confirm a rise in violence against Christians throughout the world with two hundred million Christians currently facing persecution, especially in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  Ironically, the “Arab Spring” and the fall of authoritarian regimes throughout the Middle East has led to an increase in governmental restrictions on Christianity and other non-Muslim religions.  Current blasphemy laws in liberated Afghanistan and Iraq make professing Christianity illegal and punishable by death.

Top IRS officials visited the Obama White House more than 100 times over two years while the illegal probe of conservative groups was in process.  (More details here.)  As reported earlier,  the manager of the IRS “Determinations Unit Program” began investigating these conservative groups a day after meeting with the President.

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But President Obama was unaware of the IRS probe until the media reported it this spring?  Really?  That’s when he found out?

President Obama and NJ Governor Chris Christie continued their mutual man crush while touring the Jersey Boardwalk.  The day out culminated with Christie winning the President a teddy bear at the arcade.  (Photos are available here.) 

On May 15th, Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee: “With regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of  material, that is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would  think would be wise policy.”

On May 24th, the US Justice Department released a written statement that included: “”The Department takes seriously the First Amendment right to freedom of the  press.  In recognition of this, the Department took great care in deciding that a search warrant was necessary in the Kim matter, vetting  the decision at the highest levels of the Department, including discussions with  the Attorney General.”

Hmmm.  But that means ….