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Uploaded on Feb 11, 2016
If there has been a unifying theme of the Obama presidency, it is the inexorable growth of the administrative state. Its expansion has followed a pattern. First, expand federal powers beyond their constitutional limits. Second, delegate those powers to agencies and away from elected politicians in Congress. Third, insulate civil servants from politics and accountability. Since its introduction in American life by Woodrow Wilson in the 20th Century, the administrative state has steadily undermined democratic self-government, reduced the sphere of individual liberty, and burdened the free market and economic growth.