Investigators at the GAO say the Bush administration has gone way beyond hiring industry to trim bushes or process paychecks. They've hired more corporations than ever to help make decisions on behalf of the government. The Bush administration has hired private industry to take over more of the government's work than any administration ever. It has made history: 'Big Government' Backlash "There has been a very quiet revolution in how the government performs its functions," says Katherine Schinasi, one of the top officials at the Government Accountability Office. "I think what worries me most is we are not sure how we got here," Schinasi says, "and we're not sure why we're here and, most troubling to me, whose interest is being represented. The modern era of contracting began on Jan. 20, 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was sworn into office. On that day, Reagan delivered some of his most famous lines. "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem," he said. And, actually, President Clinton did even more to contract out work than Reagan. For instance, Clinton made it easier for companies to get government contracts without competing. And then came President Bush, who said "big government is not the answer" and shattered all the previous records for contracting out. Obama To Tackle Explosion In Federal Contracts : NPR Here is a great article on this from Thom Hartmann: ThomHartmann.com - "You Can't Govern if You Don't Believe in Government"