WASHINGTON -- President Bill Clinton and his sidekick Al Gore start with the wrong premise, but you have to like many of the ideas they came up with in their plan to "reinvent government."

The Clintonites begin with a belief that big government is an essential fact of life in a 20th century industrial state, and that an activist army of bureaucrats can make life better for the nation's citizens. The aim is to make the government work better, not overhaul its mission.

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