If the nation's largest organizations, public or private, were placed on a list according to cash flow, the top three would be mere departments of the federal government: (1) Health and Human Services, (2) Defense and (3) Treasury. Failed past efforts to bring such behemoths down to size--the Hoover Commission, the Grace Commission and a long list of less honorable failures--prompt skepticism about new efforts, including Vice President Al Gore's 200-page proposal, unveiled Tuesday under the title "From Red Tape to Results: Creating a Government That Works Better and Costs Less." Can he succeed where they failed?
Maybe. Gore's is a proposal for less government coming from a Democratic administration. On past occasions, the Democrats were usually the resistance. This time, if the vice president's own party gives him its support, then opposition can only come from the Republicans, some of whom were tying themselves in knots Tuesday trying not to join Gore's effort to join them.
Proof of the Administration's sincerity will come soon enough: President Clinton and Gore say they mean to begin immediately to implement those recommendations that do not require congressional approval, and they have every political reason to do so. Savings estimated at $12.6 billion for fiscal 1995, not to speak of a whopping $108 billion in savings by the century's end, could surely make somebody's political fortune.