May the Shutdown Go On Forever

Roger L. Simon | 1/15/2019 | Roger L Simon
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It's hard to read the anonymous posting on the Daily Caller from a "senior Trump official" without coming to the conclusion that the current partial government shutdown should remain shut essentially forever. (It won't. I know. But hear me out.) Putting aside whatever pro-administration bias the author might have, the article confirms everything one suspects or knows about bureaucracies, especially government ones.

They do nothing that warrants punishment and nothing of external value. That is their workday: errands for the sake of errands — administering, refining, following and collaborating on process. “Process is your friend” is what delusional civil servants tell themselves. Even senior officials must gain approval from every rank across their department, other agencies and work units for basic administrative chores.

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Well, it's not as bad as what one former Justice Department attorney told me about life inside the DOJ -- that under-utilized $200K/yr lawyers sit there all day looking at porn on their computers -- but it's bad enough. This is the civil service from time immemorial. Eventually most government agencies, federal and state, resemble the Department of Motor Vehicles. You sit down and wait your turn until some bored, often self-loathing bureaucrat deigns to speak with you about your license renewal or whatever. And all your papers had better be in order or go to the end of the line. It's the way of the bureaucrat--spiteful and depressed. What incentive do they have to be different? You don't have to be a Trump supporter or even a libertarian to...
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