Christopher Whitaker replied to the topic How can we address Americans’ anger toward the government? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 8 years, 3 months ago
I disagree the premise of the question
When you have a group of far rightwing political operatives actively targeting government agencies in order to score political points, we will have this problem. And, since government agencies can’t exactly run ads defending our own records – government agencies are incredibly easy targets.
Prime Example: The EPA
The EPA incurs the wrath of Republican presidential candidates because it does it job – enforce regulations drawn up BY THE CONGRESS. Instead of targeting Congress, the candidates hit the agency – because the agency doesn’t have a staffer set up in a war room to shoot back press releases pointing out that it’s trying to keep the water you drink from CATCHING ON FIRE. (We can however put it on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U01EK76Sy4A )
I would like government agencies to be able to hit back on some of this stuff, but in the meantime we have to depend on awesome people like Jon Stewart to step in: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-24-2011/gov-hurts?xrs=share_copy
And it’s not like anything that anyone can do will help fix the government agency that has the lowest approval rating EVER
which would be Congress…
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