“Okay, Doug,” you’re thinkin’, “What the sam hill have they done, now?”
Well, allow me to present this little gem from the BATFE.
Then, there’s this little gem from the DHS.
Progressivism is based on the
principle fantasy that society should be managed by a governing elite composed of The Best and Brightest™. The history-proven fact that this can never actually happen doesn’t deter them, though. They sincerely believe that “This time, it’ll work.”
We know that it won’t, because it flat-out can’t.
Completely forgot to make my point:
The Peter Principle is fine, as far as it goes, but there’s a larger problem at work, here:
DougM’s Macro™ (may not be original, but I haven’t looked, so I’ll toss this out there for fun)
There are only so many people in a society capable of managing large or complex organizations.
With the inflation of overall management slots due to gov’t expansion, the quality of those in management positions everywhere must, of necessity, begin to degrade at the margins. Since the private sector expects, depends for success on, and rewards competence, the less-competent tend to find more rewarding and reliable places in gov’t.
Corollary #1: As government grows larger, it needs more and more managers to administer the government (the non-productive sector); and those managers must be hired at the expense of private enterprise (the productive sector). If those recruited into gov’t are the able and talented managers, the productive sector suffers. If those recruited into gov’t are the less-able and less-talented managers, the non-productive public sector suffers, thereby increasing the demand for even more gov’t managers to compensate for the incompetents ones which won’t be terminated.
Corollary #2: As gov’t meddling and growth increases, the private sector becomes less and less competent, thereby producing calls for even more government meddling to regulate the degraded private sector. This classic instability will eventually destroy a free-market, private-enterprise-based economy.
Corollary #3: Competent managers will be unable to competently manage incompetent legislation.
Corollary #4: Incompetent gov’t management will drive out the competent. Competent managers will face regulations and policies designed to protect the incompetent, and competent managers will react to the inevitable frustration of an incompetence culture by leaving gov’t service.
Corollary #5: Incompetence will eventually be accepted by society as the norm.
Corollary #6: Requiring competence will eventually be viewed as a pseudo-criminal act.
Corollary #7: As government policy controls more and more of private enterprise, corporate management must (in the interest of opportunity, stifling competition or newcomers, or simple self-defense) buy more and more influence in government policy. However, this general trend towards corruption of both private and public sectors will generally be dismissed as mere incompetence.