We've seen the federal government at its worst over the past six months. Consider the controversies over contaminated tomatoes and meat, tainted toys, toxic trailers, counterfeit Heparin, aircraft groundings, veterans' care, missing warheads and unrelenting contract fraud. For every success on the surface of Mars, there seems to be a failure back on Earth.
Congress and the presidential candidates have yet to connect the dots: The next president will inherit what Alexander Hamilton called a "government ill executed."
Luckily, he's written a book that tells us how we might fix it. A Government Ill Executed has earned rave reviews from influentials like Donna Shalala ("A brilliant and insightful analysis and action plan to make our government work. Bravo!") and E.J. Dionne ("this is such an important book"), and Light recently appeared on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight to make the case for cleaning up our federal bureaucracy.