The bureaucratic class is little understood by those outside of the DC metroplex. It is massive. It is well paid. It is powerful. And it is a danger to this country. That’s right a danger.
So much focus is put on the President and Congress but little attention is put on the slow, languid, inefficient, East German-like federal agencies which flank Constitution and Independence Avenues. (Unfortunately they are not just limited to the District. They reach everywhere.) This is the real heart of the beast. And if not the heart certainly the guts.
Much of your life is manipulated by the bureaucratic class whether you know it or not. What you buy. What you sell. How you make a living. What car you drive. What type of business you start. Whether you will get married or go to college. And nearly everything else is influenced if not wholly determined by a corps of very well paid paper pushers who think you work for them. That’s the deal and more people should understand this.
As you might have guessed, I am not a fan.
(From The National Review)
Working for the federal government simply isn’t like working for the private sector. Government employees are essentially unfireable. In the private sector, people lose their jobs for incompetence, redundancy, or obsolescence all the time. In government, these concepts are virtually meaningless. From a 2011 USA Today article: “Death — rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs — is the primary threat to job security at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget and a dozen other federal operations.”
In 2010, the 168,000 federal workers in Washington, D.C. — who are quite well compensated — had a job-security rate of 99.74 percent. A HUD spokesman told USA Today that “his department’s low dismissal rate — providing a 99.85 percent job security rate for employees — shows a skilled and committed workforce.”
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