It is basically a myth that an effective businessman or administrator as President could coordinate and oversee this labyrinth more efficiently and effectively, for it is essentially a diverse group of unrelated departments all functioning according to their own history, milieu, norms, customs and rules, with common threads between departments less obvious than their differences. Loyalty is often measured by department standards, not by federal standards, and, in some cases, that misplaced loyalty affects what the departments or offices fail to tell the President or his staff.
It is my purpose, then, to propose to you that the People need to be included at all levels of government (states included) in a role that will enhance their importance as citizens, counselors and as voters who have, albeit, undefined "powers" not delegated elsewhere. I venture to assert that some of the powers they derive is that of experience as citizens; acquired expertise by a lifetime of work or study; wisdom acquired by life's experiences, and authority gained in part by all of these attributes. We also need the practical problem-solving capacity that ordinary citizens can bring to a dysfunctional government out of their own endeavors. We desperately need the practicality and the pragmatism of our citizens inside our governmental structures, not outside and distant from them!
Our "Representative Democracy" no longer works as it should, except for the benefits it brings to the wealthiest, the most powerful, the One-Percenters, the Elite. Before the Plutocrats destroy our national government -- the one that watches out for our life, liberty, property, opportunity, welfare and rights -- I suggest to you that the only real counter to the forces of the Right-wing oligarchy now in charge is the grassroots common-sense of ordinary citizens like you and me. The Fourth Branch -- We, the People -- have to infiltrate and reform our dysfunctional three existing branches with the activism and determination of citizen commitment. We cannot get to that point until reform candidates with progressive values are elected to office. The national and state elections of 2014 will be critical to the future of this representative democracy.