Prune an oak, get a...bigger oak
I rarely disagree with Captain Ed, but we depart on point.
In a recent post he referred to the disaster in New Orleans. No, I don't mean Katrina. I mean the man made disaster called "government help". Near the end of his post, he says "Bureaucracies don't work for emergency response efforts, and FEMA isn't unique among government agencies either. Solving the problem requires a different model, one that puts more of the decision-making power into local hands while assisting them financially." I would add the word "local" or "state" before financially. There is no such a thing as "small" or "minute" or in government. Nothing shrinks. FEMA started as a very small independent agency. Little Jimmy "I Want a Nobel Prize So Badly, I'll Sell Myself Out" Carter decided that bigger is more efficient (which seems to be a virus that seems to infect all people whose principal office is either oval or under a marble dome).
FEMA was once non-existent. San Francisco came back from a $300,000,000,000 disaster a century ago without FEMA. Same for Chicago in 1871. Same for Gavelston, TX in 1900.
So, Ed, never ever think anything in government will stay small.
Ever heard of Medicare?