Glasnost in State Government

It seemed like a clever title at the time, but now (June 2012) it sounds weird.

Glosnost is a Russian word meaning "openess". It is what Mikhail Gorbachev was trying to bring to the USSR in the 80's. I was suggesting that Michigan's Department of Management and Budget was about as oppressive as the Soviet Union. Glosnost in State Government was a report I put together consisting of a 19 page narrative; 22 memos, letters and newspaper articles; and my Civil Service grievance. The whole package was about 50 pages, printed on one side. I had them bound with spiral plastic. I forget how many copies I made - all at considerable expense to me. Then I passed them out to anyone who might be interested.

The narrative I wrote is not on a computer file because I didn't have a computer at the time; instead, I had a typewriter with a memory card. So for this website, I had to scan the pages from the book.

Where a document is referenced in the narrative (with an asterisk), click on it and you will be taken to the document itself.

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