The Bureaucratic Swamp That Is D.C. ( District of Corruption)

Last month I saved an article by George Will in the Washington Post. In his article, he makes reference to and quotes from a presentation by Christopher DeMuth (a Fellow of the Hudson Institute) at George Mason University. DeMuth was explaining the perverse effects of progressivism. Paraphrasing DeMuth, Will wrote:

Government power is increasingly concentrated in Washington, Washington power is increasingly concentrated in the executive branch, and executive-branch power is increasingly concentrated in agencies that are unconstrained by legislative control. Debt and regulation are, DeMuth discerns, “political kin”: Both are legitimate government functions, but both are now perverted to evade democratic accountability, which is a nuisance, and transparent taxation, which is politically dangerous.

It’s true, isn’t it? The bureaucrats run this country more than the politicians do. This post is about the federal government; but the same could be said for state and local governments, couldn’t it?

Sure, Congress will have their staffs produce 2000 page new laws with the help of lobbyist, but the bureaucrats take those laws and write tens of thousands of new regulations (laws) that require no Congressional approval. The bureaucrats can write regulations (laws) that Congress can’t get passed; e.g., a carbon tax.

Later Mr. Will writes:

Legislative leaders — particularly, committee chairs — have lost power as Congress has become more porous and responsive to importuning factions using new media. Congress, responding to the increased difficulty of legislating, has delegated much lawmaking to specialized agencies that have fewer internal conflicts. Congress’s role has waned as that of autonomous executive agencies has waxed. The executive has driven the expansion of the consumption of benefits that are paid for by automatic entitlement transfer payments, by government-mandated private expenditures and by off-budget and non-transparent taxation imposed by executive agencies.

Think about it. Our current sorry excuse for a President has claimed he didn’t know about guns being walked into Mexico and he didn’t know that he embassy in Libya had made request for more security and he didn’t know that the IRS was harassing conservative groups and he didn’t know his Attorney General was eavesdropping on the Associated Press. He claims he learned about these things from watching the news on TV . We, of course don’t know how much of what he says is a lie, how much is due his inner circle filtering what he is told, and how much of it is because the bureaucracy is so big that it is impossible to be aware of all that is going on inside the government swamp.

It makes one wonder why we even bother going through the charade of elections anymore? The bureaucrats are the ones who run this country these days. Every government agency is in the hands of bureaucratic zealots with an agenda. They don’t care much if the person in the White House has a “D” or an “R” after their name. They will pretty much do things their way no matter who claims to be in charge of the Executive Branch. And, Congress? It is less and less relevant as each year goes by.

George Will ended his article as follows:

Government used to spend primarily on the production of things — roads, dams, bridges, military forces. There can be only so many of such goods. Now, DeMuth says, government spends primarily for consumption:

“The possibilities for increasing the kind, level, quality and availability of benefits are practically unlimited. This is the ultimate source of today’s debt predicament. More borrowing for more consumption has no natural stopping point short of imploding on itself.”

Funding the welfare state by vast borrowing and regulatory taxation hides the costs from the public. Hence its political potency. Until the implosion. (Emphasis added)

Your humble observer at Asylum Watch use to believe that an implosion was inevitable. I am no longer sure that is the case or, if an implosion does come, it will be many years down the road. In the mean time, it appears to me that the private sector middle-class will see its standard of living continually declining, while the government sector middle-class will see their standard of living improving. Unless we can find enough politicians willing to go to the District of Corruption with the sole purpose of draining the swamp, nothing is going to change. What’s the chance of that happening? Slim and none I would say.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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19 thoughts on “The Bureaucratic Swamp That Is D.C. ( District of Corruption)

  1. You’re trying to depress me aren’t you?

    Whenever I read something like this I am reminded of a line from our Declaration of Independence:

    “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.”

    Very appropriate.

  2. “Your humble observer at Asylum Watch use to believe that an implosion was inevitable. I am no longer sure that is the case or, if an implosion does come, it will be many years down the road”

    Well, you’ve confused me Jim. I’m not sure what you saw in that article, or in any article anywhere that would lead you to NOW believe that an implosion would NOT be inevitable as you used to believe.

    Sure it may be years down the road, no one knows for sure, but even the most basic and simplistic accounting rules tell us an implosion is unstoppable. That is assuming that our bureaucrats continue on their charted course and I see no evidence to the contrary.

    Help me understand what you see that I don’t. Or am I misinterpreting your point that you can see their charade continuing on without imploding?

    1. I am actually am hoping an implosions does occur. But, as I look around the world, I see no evidence that it will happen; not in Zimbabwe, not in North Korea, not in Lybya, not in Venezuela, and I could continue. What I see is continual decline and decay and the people just struggle to survive. I see no drive to set things straight. Maybe Americans are different. But, think about this. In the next 15 years my generation will be gone and in 25 years, most baby boomers will also be gone. Those are the demographics in which the majority of conservatives are. When we are gone, who will fight the good fight?

  3. Cleaning the system is a gargantuan task of which I’m skeptical.

    The organizational chart of the Judicial branch in the constitution was faulty from the start – it was an after-thought. It has an adjudication and judgment mechanism, but it doesn’t have a prosecutorial and policing enforcement arm – this later is not independent, as is the adjudication arm, but it is under the command and control of the executive branch – JD and Attorney General, Treasury Dept. and the IRS, etc… are all appointed and are at the service of the Executive branch. If there is a problem with the executive branch the system’s only recourse to be able to reach the adjudication arm of the Judicial branch is for the executive branch to police, investigate and prosecute ITSELF.

    The Attorney General doesn’t represent “The People”, it represents the President and it “serves at the pleasure of The President”. In fact, there was no Department of Justice until 1870 and its creation only purpose was to enhance and facilitate the Executive representative chores of the Attorney General. By consequence and extension, the Department of Justice “serves at the pleasure of The President”.

    That is why the system doesn’t work.

    PD. The address of America’s Chronicle has been changed to:
    http://www.americaschronicle.blogspot.com
    or simply,
    http://www.americaschronicle.com

    1. I agree that the founders did not think through the judicial system. But, beyond that, for every law that Congress passes, the bureaucrats write thousands of regulations (laws) from their own interpretation of the laws passed by Congress. They are now all but uncontrollable.

      1. Agree. The laws passed by Congress are written in conceptual terms and the small print – which is what counts – is written by bureaucratic lawyers. That is tremendously damaging because is mostly unsupervised by their heads. That is, however, another fish to fry. Before you fix the small print we must fix the organizational chart from where power emanates down. That can only be achieved by a constitutional convention.

  4. The District of Corruption, boy doesn’t that describe the state of the federal government perfectly! I for the first time do think the Obama regime might implode under the weight of these scandals.

      1. I think that the Obama administration will squirm out from under all this. On the other hand, some harsh statements are coming from liberal sites. See THIS in Slate Magazine. Of all places! Today at my site, I posted about this Slate commentary.

  5. Bingo, Jim. Unelected agencies and bureaucrats writing regulations and laws…how did that become legal? All that is –is taxation without representation. These unelected are only representing themselves, so as you say, that group will only grow larger and continue the blood letting of the host. They are truly parasitic… Combined with the welfare class, the middle class productive sector will be squeezed out of existence. The bureaucrat class will see to it the goods and services will keep coming for themselves, so if that means we don’t implode… It still means America is no longer what it was. But wasn’t that the plan? Complete transformation?? The amazing thing is that he and they are so far getting away with it.

    You got it.

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