Hi, I’m a Politician, and I’m Here to Sell You
Tom Sowell describes how the government bureaucracy acts to protect itself.
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do?
The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.
Did you hear what Sowell said? The bureaucracy acts to protect itself, not to serve the citizen, the voter or the tax payer. I’ve seen this for years in California where the first things they want to cut are Schools, beaches, parks and care of the elderly.
The politician is slightly different. He serves neither the voter nor the bureaucrat. He serves himself, and that makes sense, at least for our president.
Think of who we elected. President Obama was a “community organizer”, and no, he did not go around the neighborhood dusting the potted plants and returning the lost bicycles that were out of place. He was a salesman and a corporate recruiter. He went door to door selling the Democrat party. He was hardly an entrepreneur investing his own money. He gave government services to poor people who didn’t have to pay for them. His job was to deliver clients who would vote for the political party that recruited and paid them. Obama was paid on a commission, and business was brisk in fiscally failing Chicago. He was, and is, a company man through and through. Take care of the party, and the party will take care of you. That has long been the Chicago way.
Come the sequester, we watched the citizens being thrown under the bus as the government bureaucracy punished us. Citizens were not brash. We didn’t demand accountability for the exploding debt. We didn’t seize back control of our bloated government. That would be too much to ask. We timidly asked for some limits on government domination. Some small limits on their growth as our jobs and paychecks shrink.
There was no one to speak for us and defend our interests, no one to defend us from our own government. Government departments were told to punish the citizens by cutting back the most essential services first rather than minimizing the effects of small budget reductions. Tom Sowell was right.
You get what you vote for. I want to cut all the government departments; every last one. I don’t trust them after they have acted this way. We will do it ourselves and start over without you.
Rob the raging libertarian.. at least today