Nowhere can you find a better definition of futility than the federal bureaucracy. Every agency in the countless morass of alphabet departments was formed by Congress to provide a vital service. Who, after all, can argue with providing clean air and water, a safe work place, impartial law enforcement, safe skies, and all the other necessities in service to the people.
To accomplish these lofty goals agencies are created and given the power to promulgate regulations with the force of law by their congressional creators. But oversight of these powers is rare and almost never effective.
Therein lies the heart of the problem. We the People ask our politicians to do the impossible. We ask them to provide solutions to our many problems with the only tool available to them, a new law. The function of law is to protect and defend the individual liberty of We the People and not to provide the necessities of daily life. As we ask them to wander beyond the fundamental functions of government we ask for the impossible.
As we can all observe, if we care to look, the government cannot provide the solution to our every problem nor can it provide the many public services we demand of it.
In every case the service to be provided is diverted from the operation at the ground level to the political and financial benefit of the provider and the political overlords who control the agencies feathering the nests of favored influential industrial or service clients.
This is not the exception but the rule. The agents on the ground, the Border Patrol agent, the FBI agent, the air traffic controller are all highly trained and motivated. They dedicate their lives to providing the service for which they are committed. They are often prevented from performing their duty effectively by isolated multiple layers of nameless bureaucrats who’s motives are often personal advancement within the organizational labyrinth.
Having turned their backs on the operation and its requirements the motives of the bureaucrat are anti operational, inflexible, incapable of innovation, and unable to modernize to meet changing environments. Each level in the bureaucratic hierarchy has the authority to say no, none except the very top the authority to say yes so decisions rarely make it to the top. The agency stagnates.
Further, those nameless bureaucrats are directed to achieve political objectives in conflict with their duty under the direction of appointees allocating resources toward favored entities.
The primary objective of each agency and its operational duty is neglected and its focuses is directed at perpetuation, growth of the organization, and the demand for a larger portion of the federal budget. Its failure to perform is always ascribed to insufficient funds.
And as we have seen over and over that once established it is impossible to eliminate any agency no matter how ineffective or how corrupt it has become. Each has its constituency not in the people but in the kleptocrats who mobilize every effort and stop at nothing to keep the gravy train of public money flowing.
The swamp is monstrous with multitudes of swamp dwellers well established and quite snug in the status quo.
Draining the swamp will be more than just difficult, it may well prove impossible.
Trump to Follow Reagan Model in Federal Hiring Freeze
From the Daily Signal: By Fred Lucas / @FredLucasWH / November 23, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump won’t be saying you’re fired, but he will be saying you’re froze as a one means of shrinking the bureaucracy.
Trump has pledged to reduce the federal workforce through attrition, and leaving positions unfilled through a hiring freeze.
It’s part of his first 100-day plan that he first laid out during his Oct. 22 speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He said the freeze would exempt military, public safety, and public health personnel.
The hiring freeze doesn’t offer many details, but would likely be similar to a hiring freeze by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
“It’s smart for the Trump administration to do this in the first 100 days to let the bureaucracy know you’re there,” Donald Devine, who served as Reagan’s director of the Office of Personnel Management, told The Daily Signal. “Reagan did it and it lasted for a couple of months.”
Reagan’s first act after he was sworn in was signing a memorandum telling heads of executive departments to enforce a “strict freeze” on civilian federal employees. He reportedly was so eager, that he signed it before leaving the Capitol grounds.
“The purpose under Reagan was to reduce the workforce by 100,000 nondefense employees,” Devine said. “There were some firings, but it was 90 percent through attrition.”
President Jimmy Carter also had three hiring freezes, but were smaller in scale than Reagan’s freeze.
The hiring freeze is part of Trump’s six-point plan to reform Washington that includes initiatives to amend the Constitution to limit congressional terms, curbing regulation, and limiting the influence of lobbyists, all of which Trump said he would propose on his first day in office.
Some of these measures would require congressional action. However, a hiring freeze can be done through executive action.