A quick reminder. We get irritated at the junkets, expensive dinners, and bigwigs patting each other on the back, because they offend our sense of justice. How dare they? Yet that is not the bulk of the money being thrown away. The growing army of ever less-useful government employees, who earnestly believe that the world needs more of their tribe to be hired to do similar things is a bigger problem. Many of these programs reinforce each other, of government advocacy for more “awareness” about a topic, which will lead in turn to the government doing more about it. The ratchet moves in only one direction.
Then, over all, are the
promised monies called entitlements, very difficult to remove because
the people on them have qualified for them by law. That’s what
“entitlement” means – you met the criteria for a program and you are
entitled to it. People get irate when the bill comes due because they
believe they never wanted that to happen, but that’s not quite true. We
did want it to happen. All those things sounded like a good idea when
we were ordering off the menu. We just don’t like the bill for it. But
now it’s the law. To back that off is going to involve changing the
laws, not just finding some money under the seat cushions. Still, we
can at least try to stop increases as our first step. The electorate
will find that painful enough.
Recently finished reading "The Age of Entitlement: America Since the 60s," by Christopher Caldwell.
Caldwell chronicals how early reforms, especially the Civil Rights Act, led to (or propelled) a liberal uprising and the raft of unintended consequences we are living with today. I was born in 49. Reading it was like living it again but this time w/ fresh eyes. Highly recommended
With stories coming in about safety masks stuck in warehouses because the FDA can't get around to inspecting them--but still threatening fines to anyone who jumps the gun and puts them into service--my biggest irritation is money wasted on people who see their most important function as a bottleneck. Their political survival depends on damming up all the streams anyone might use to circumvent them, which basically is what the ceaseless demand for monopolies is about.
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