Politicians come and go; some more frequently than others. What is not obvious and remains quietly in the background (hidden from public view) is the politicians’ permanent bureaucracy that has a half-life of roughly 10,000 years regardless of who gets elected or ‘unelected.’
Is ‘unelected’ a real word? I don’t know, if it’s not, it should be. I am hereby officially declaring it a real word. You know it means the voters put them out of office, so it is a real word.
Anyway, once in office the politicians have three groups of followers they must cater to and provide for. The first is the people who contributed financially to their campaigns, the second is their campaign workers, both paid and unpaid and last but not least the permanent bureaucracies. Notice I didn’t say anything about the voters.
For simplicity sake, let’s call the permanent bureaucracy the Perm Bureau. The Perm Bureau encompasses things like the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, lots of minor organizations and, of course my favorite: The Department of Energy, created in 1976 to free us from those terrible oil-selling Arabs. That’s a real success story isn’t it? It has morphed into something that sucks off $27 BILLION from our economy and produces nothing, nada, zero, zilch. SUCH A DEAL!!!
Whether it’s at the federal, state, or local level, is all those worker bees who are employed 365 days a year with paychecks, fringe benefits, etc. in places that we call the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, etc. It doesn’t really matter who the elected politicians are, those people are there all the time period. They have an assortment of titles, Administrative Assistant, assistant to the assistant deputy director, deputy director, etc. You get the idea.
These people, like folks who work in the private sector, want bonuses, promotions, etc. It’s just human nature; but hmmm, wait a minute, unlike folks who work in the private sector, they don’t do anything that creates wealth or adds value to the country’s economy. They essentially consume the resources provided by the private sector and that’s pretty much it.
What a dilemma!! We have these permanent bureaucrats who actually run the governments and do nothing that adds to the Gross Domestic Product, but they expect to be rewarded. They are, in fact, competing with the private sector for a share of the country’s wealth.
What to do, what to do? How do the politicians reward their bureaucracies? The answer is simple, they grow government. Bigger and more bureaucracies justifies more and bigger tax collections to pay for the additional positions, titles, buildings, etc. ad infinitum. It really doesn’t matter whether these are actually needed. They don’t have to produce anything to take more and more out of the economy, it just grows the bureaucracies, which is the real goal.
The people who work in the private sector have to actually produce something or they will find themselves standing on the street. Too bad for them. They just can’t compete with government.