Efforts have been made to make the bureaucracy more accessible.
Meeting of policymakers be open to the public enhances citizen access.
The Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 requires important agency reviews, hearings, and decision-making sessions to be open to the public.
National security and personnel meetings are exempt.
Unless one can find out that the meeting is being held, the right to attend is meaningless.
All hearings, proposed rules, and new regulations have to be published in advance in order for the public to comment on them.
The Freedom of Information Act was passed in 1966 and has been amended many times since.
The act gives citizens the right to get copies of public records.
Evidence used in agency decisions, correspondence pertaining to agency business, research data, financial records, and so forth are included in these records.
The agency has to give the information requested or let the person know which provisions of the Freedom of Information Act allow the agency to keep the information.
The confidentiality of Social Security, tax, and related records is ensured by the procedures set up.
Most citizens may not have practical access to these reforms.
Many citizens feel that they are not getting the full story from government agencies, but they do not have a lot of idea of what it is.
Few of us ever use the Freedom of Information Act.
Few Americans try to gain access to the bureaucracy because of the generally accepted narrative that tells us that it is too big, too remote, too complex, and too devoted to special interests.
You can't take on the federal government if you can't fight city hall.
The public doesn't like the bureaucracy or the government, but it does like its interactions with individual bureaucrats and agencies.
The citizens hear what people with political points of view have to say.
The way that federal agencies and departments are portrayed in the media may be one reason.
Few Americans respect the bureaucracy or the job it does.
The 1966 Freedom of Information Act allows citizens access to declassified documents at the state and federal levels.
It can be next to impossible to piece together the actual events or facts surrounding an event when access isdenied so frequently, and that declassified should mean.
Kenneth Meier, a political scientist, suggests that the United States has managed to get a better bureaucracy than it deserves because of the citizen's attention to it.
He places the responsibility for maintaining the quality of the system squarely with the citizens and suggests that they contact bureaucratic agencies about issues of concern.
Public participation in democracy and bureaucracy may be required to keep the republic.
Let's revisit: What's at stake.
The regulations enacted by the Obama administration were discussed at the beginning of the chapter.
He was successful in many cases.
Regulations are controversial, but affect our lives in many different ways.
Most of us probably don't want to live in an unregulated life because we know that we can swallow pills, eat dinner, or put our kids to sleep at night with a reasonable assurance that disaster will not befall us.
Government is the only one in a position to provide protection when life is hazardous.
Like many things in life, this is a line-drawing problem.
Everyone wants to regulate murder and poisonous pills, but not everyone wants to protect the environment or limit the cost of college loans.
The regulations of the Obama years were designed to protect the environment, protect the health of individuals, manage the economic crisis and keep the less fortunate segments of the population from being taken advantage of.
If you think about it, most of those things are expensive to wealthy people while giving benefits to the less well off.
There will be huge business savings and increased profits for many industries without government telling them to be socially responsible because wealthier people have a stake in getting rid of them.
Supporters argue that these savings and profits will trickle down to workers and consumers, though much ink has been spilled debating this point.
Fiscally conscious people have a stake in rolling back regulations because the bureaucracy is often inefficient and wasteful, and many things cost more than they need to.
Even if regulations cost more in the short run, they can still save money in the long run.
The fact that health care costs were coming down for everyone was made clear in this chapter.
Saving the environment now is cheaper than trying to colonize space when we deplete this planet.
Eliminating emissions standards and getting out of the Paris Climate Agreement are likely to be incredibly costly in the long run, because scientists are convinced that the window for protecting the planet is rapidly closing.
The stakes in regulation are twofold - whether you think it is government's job to help protect individuals and the planet from the consequences of our or others' actions, or whether we would rather pay for those consequences in the short term, or hope.
The policy of the current administration is to save now and hope for the best.
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As we have seen in this chapter, deregulation is a big issue for President Trump, but it is not without costs.
Foreign-policy mandarins are terrified that security alliances are being wrecked because most American elites believe that the Trump presidency is hurting their country.
The rejection of climate change is deplored by scientists.