64,000 According to the US Department of Agriculture

64,000 families received $674 million in
benefits and in the first five months of 2017, 60,000 families received $181
million in benefits.1 According to the US
Department of Agriculture 43.6 million people receive food stamps.  According to Dilulio, “Americans do indeed
hate ‘big government,'” but also “love, love, love federal government goods,
services, and benefits.2

He states that one of the biggest offenders
is Obamacare which employs contractors both
“for profit firms and nonprofit organizations.”3 that have been paid by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the U.S. Department of the
Treasury to build information technology systems, help consumers navigate the
health exchange marketplaces, and more.4

Dilulio’s book is outdated as he has taken
numbers and statistics from 1960 to 2014. 
Our National Debt is now twenty trillion dollars and counting.  The cost of programs such as the Affordable
Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare and social programs have risen since 2014 as the
country’s population has grown.  Nonetheless,
the federal employees administering these programs have also grown.  Charles Murray, who gives a dissenting
opinion of Dilulio’s book gives an example “The Office of Health Safety and
Security had five divisions reporting to the chief. The heads of those
divisions had a total of thirty-seven offices reporting to them. And lest you
think that “office” by the time you get this deep into the organizational maze
means literally a single office with just one person in it, all of them had
directors and staffs of unknown size. We’re looking at hundreds.”5 Murray agrees that
“Leviathan by Proxy” is real however, so is Leviathan created by 2 million
federal employees whose number John DiIulio wants to increase to 3 million.6  Bring Back the Bureaucrats is a relatively short
book and Dilulio’s answer to big government is to increase the federal workforce.
 Although he makes a strong case on “Leviathan
for Proxy” and its threats to our government; he fails to present any policy solutions
to alleviate the problem other than to increase the federal workforce.


1 Los Angeles County of Public
Services. Richards, Tori. “LA made $1.3B in illegal immigrant welfare
payouts in

 just 2
years.” Fox News. Accessed December 07, 2017. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/03/la-


2 Dilulio. 2014.

3 Ibid.

4 Ibid.

5 Ibid.

6 Ibid.