Government is by nature incompetent, incoherent, bloated, and tyrannical



If you’re hired by a businessperson to head a department of, say, research and development, your mission will be to produce the most and best new stuff at the lowest cost possible.  If your expenses are high and your output low, you’ll be fired, and find it difficult to get employed elsewhere.

Government life, on the other hand, is much different.  If you’re appointed to, say, head the U.S. Department of Education, you may think that you should you should maximize output while minimizing cost, but if you do that, you’ll be seen by everyone in the department as enemy #1 and by the heads of all the other departments as a pariah.  In government your mission is to increase the number of employees, report that you’re “working on it”, spend over budget, thus getting more funding the following year. When you finish your tenure, you’ll surely be hired as a consultant or lobbyist.

Okay, you say, you’re right, drpete, the federal government has gotten out of hand, but aren’t you generalizing a bit?  Let’s try this.  Your small town mayor proposes that the town really needs to develop a playground for the kids, so she appoints a blue-ribbon committee to design it.

At the first blue-ribbon meeting, Abe starts by asserting that job#1 is to define what is to be included in the park.  Beth counters that, no, job #1 is to determine where – say, on which side of the tracks – the park is to be located.  Caroline chimes in with anywhere’s fine, just not on my street.  Doug, always looking to find an “affirmative action” cause, suggests locating it near the poorest neighborhood so that property values there will be increased.  Ellen says that having the park there might be dangerous and that many parents would, thus, keep their kids from using it.

Guaranteed that you’ll hear from some Tom, Dick, or Harry, along with some Tanya, Dorothy, or Harriet about ecological impacts, the impacts on wildlife, the risks of standing water resulting in a designation as a “wetland”, the importance of the play being noncompetitive and nonviolent, that the equipment materials be produced with sustainable energy, the importance of materials used being biodegradable or, if not, recyclable.  You’ll also be told it essential to “buy local” and to use only union workers.

And after you assemble all of the ideas, concerns, agendae in an incoherent three-ring-binder of a couple-thousand pages, where will it go?  To the Town Council.  Uh-oh, another committee.

In the U.S. Army, who is Infantry’s worst enemy, al Qaeda?  No, it’s Armor.  The more tanks Armor gets, the fewer troops Infantry gets.  Where’s the Army’s battlefield?  House Ways & Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee.

In the U.S. Department of Agriculture, how come, as the number of farms and the number of farm workers has declined precipitously, the Department has grown precipitously?  Because Ag has almost nothing to do with farms and farming anymore.  When you hear about the “Farm Bill”, it’s a misnomer.  It’s about food stamps for 1 in 7 Americans.  It’s about subsidizing corn and ethanol while mandating its inclusion in gasoline, that despite increasing pollution markedly in the process.

If all persons were angels, there’d be no reason for government.  All persons, however, aren’t angels.  If all persons in government were angels, there’d be no need to restrict government.  All persons in government, of course, aren’t angels.  In fact, the percentages are awful.

Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho) on Meet the Press in August of 1975 more than 37 years ago, speaking about the NSA (National Security Agency) and its eavesdropping capability, said, “That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything . . . If this government ever became a tyrant, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny and there would be no way to fight back.”  And much earlier one Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny, when the government fears the people, there is Liberty!”  And today, I fear that government . . . big time.

The “kill list”?

When we add to said that governments have authority to use force that no one else has, when we add that governments are spending others’ money, when we add that governments are really sets of committees, and we count ourselves fortunate when one invents a camel while trying for a horse rather than, say, a tarantula or crocodile; well, anyone not in government who’s happy to see it grow is either a colluding cheater or an imbecile.

Recently, 13 agents from the U.S. Department of Education, acting as a SWAT Team raided at gunpoint a California home at 6 a.m., pulled a Kenneth Wright outside in his boxer shorts, threw him to the ground, handcuffed him, and held him for six hours while terrifying his three children, ages 3, 9, and 11.  Yes, I did say, Education.  All this was to investigate Wright’s estranged wife’s use of federal student aid, but she didn’t even live in that house.  The Heritage Foundation says that the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center trains agents for more than 80 federal agencies. The CATO Institute estimates that there are now about 40,000 such raids per year.  And today, I fear that government . . . big time.

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15 responses to “Government is by nature incompetent, incoherent, bloated, and tyrannical

  1. Our federal government has become, in my humble opinion, not unlike a malignant cancerous growth. It is transforming America’s citizens from a free people who were responsible for many good and decent acts around the world, to a group of serfs answerable only to the royalty in Washington, DC and the bureaucrats they control. The growth is eating the U.S. alive, from the inside.

    They have become the enemy of common sense, decency, logic, honesty, our capitalistic economic system and our Constitution. I wish I thought that we had the political equivalent of chemotherapy and radiation so we could at least fight back, but I fear that so many voters have been infected with ignorance and apathy, that we may never get our country back.

    • Though, garnet92, I’ve tried here with a six-part series, titled “What must be said and Americans must understand” to treat the cancer, the best chemo and radiation I’ve encountered is from Dr. Benjamin Carson.

      • Dr. pete,
        I must confess that I didn’t recognize the name Dr. Benjamin Carson, so I Googled his name and found that I had indeed heard an interview with him. While I remembered the interview, I had forgotten the name. Then, I caught him on Hannity’s show and I can see why you noted his remedies for our current cancerous growths. He is impressive. And coincidentally, he fits nicely with Joe Biden’s description of B. Hussein Obama, as a black man “who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” I guess that means that Joe would believe him to be of Presidential timber as well.

      • Carson is impressive, garnet92, though I’d prefer — even on “moral” grounds — HR-25 The FairTax to the “flat tax”.

    • BrianR

      Garnet, I couldn’t agree with you more. And, of course, that’s why utopian schemes like communism, socialism, fascism, etc. — including the American-labeled brand — have failed at every single try. And there’s certainly no reason at all to think the latest attempt by Commissars Obozo, Reid, and Pelousy will be any different.

      (Sorry, DrP…. Couldn’t help myself, especially in light of your comment [Here? Elsewhere?] that you don’t think using epithets helps the “discussion”. Frankly, I disagree within certain bounds. They’re certainly effective in expressing disapproval [at the least]; can be satirical; may be witty; and can be very emotionally satisfying… Aaaah. I feel better already…)

  2. CW

    “Government is by nature incompetent, incoherent, bloated, and tyrannical.”

    And may I add – inevitable.

    There is one way and only one way to protect ourselves from the truism of the statement above and that is to keep liberals (and progressives, leftists and socialists) out of government. If anyone has an alternate solution I would love to hear it.

    • Those who lean to what’s commonly known as libertarianism and conservatism, CW, pursue (achievement of) happiness by producing, never even thinking for a moment of being part of government. Those who lean to what’s commonly known as progressivism and liberalism, in contrast, exit to womb, hang a left and immediately work toward being a politician or a government bureaucrat.

      Human nature suggests that the rule of man (who’s a progressive/liberal) will defeat the rule of law every time sooner or later. They are relentless while their counterparts on the right are otherwise occupied producing and pursuing.

      So I agree . . . inevitable.

  3. Great read here, DrPete. And the comments are great as well. As for Garnet’s cancer analogy, that too is spot on. Most folks think and talk about cancer in terms of a whole when, in fact, the cancer cells must be killed one at a time in order to stem the tide of their encroachment on their host.

    I hate saying this, but I don’t know if we even have the “equivalent of chemotherapy and radiation” to kill the erosion and death of our Country.

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