The recently released Center for American Progress on federal land issues is a great example of how D.C. policy debates can become harsh and mean‐spirited, even when some bipartisan policy agreements exist.
Republicans have particularly dropped the ball on federalism, or the devolving of power back to the states and the people. Reviving federalism was a central theme of the Reagan administration, and it was also a focus of Republican reform efforts in the 1990s.
Federal officials signal to the public that they are solving problems without actually solving them. Security agencies, for example, use “security theater” techniques that are visible to the public but do not make us safer.