More Bureaucracy is Not the Answer to Covid-19

The private sector has proven to be more resilient and flexible than the government.

by Veronique de Rugy

In times of crisis like the one we are now going through, calls to grow an already-bloated bureaucracy abound. Whether it’s through more centralization, more powers to the federal government, or the creation of new bureaucracy to address the pandemic, the hope is that next time around, a new arrangement will allow for a better and faster response. Not likely.

Yet, it happens each time there’s a crisis. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the federal government created the Department of Homeland Security and a centralized airport security agency, the Transportation Security Administration. Oh, and don’t forget about the Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, which expanded many other government powers.

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