I don't disagree that the world is, in fact, more complicated. I also don't doubt there were many more buggy whip repairmen and butter churners in the Washington administration.<quoted text>
Not entirely. The world is a much more complicated place than ever before, and that increase in complication in turn requires more people to handle all of the new tasks that did not exist in the days of the Founding Fathers.
For example, how many computer programers were part of the Washington administration? How many air conditioning repairmen? And yet those are both functions that need to be filled within the government.
My question, and I don't believe there is an obvious answer. "Should there be computer programmers and air conditioning repairmen on the government payroll?" Or, could these services be better provided by contracting them from the private sector?