Sunday, January 13, 2013

Steve Hilton 'says bureaucracy masters the politicians'

I don't see how this is any different here.  The bureaucrats implement the laws passed by congress.  They have what I would call "a directive" to implement what becomes their Prime Directive.  And this is the problem.  You could replace the bureaucrat with a computer and get the same results.  The compassionate become uncompassionate.  All that matters is to carry out their Directive.  To NOT carry out the Directive would be against their whole purpose of working for the government.  This is why when businesses leave, there is hardly a peep out of CA government to figure out why...

"In other words, only 30% of what the Government is doing is actually delivering what we're supposed to be doing. It just shows you the scale of what you're up against... when I found that out, that was pretty horrific," he is reported to have said.

He said paperwork associated with everyday decisions was "impossible" for ministers to wade through, so many are nodded through.

"There's all sorts of things, and they can be quite trivial things but they can be quite serious as well, and they can certainly affect the real world," the Sunday Times quotes Mr Hilton as saying.

"When you start thinking about how things get decided, it's pretty incredible... it's a brilliant system for paper-shuffling people to be in control.

"The bureaucracy masters the politicians. I don't mean that in a hostile way - it's just a fact."
The solution?  Government should pass fewer laws and regulations.  It's that simple.

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