The events of the past few weeks in Washington, DC have made it increasingly clear that our federal government has grown so far out of control that it is failing under its own weight. To those of us who watch politics closer than the average person, this is far from new.
What is new is that the failures are becoming so obvious and so frequent that even the most tuned out, disconnected, willfully-blind media hermit can no longer avoid the reality.
Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way
Truckers’ livelihoods are dependent on a strong, vibrant economy. The “stimulus” experiment has pretty well proven that a government can’t lead an economic recovery. Structural problems of the current bureaucracy seem to prevent the government from following a recovery, or even getting the heck out of the way out of the businesses that will ultimately create any recovery.
What Do They Know?
In the face of obvious problems – an economic recovery that has yet to happen, a perfect record of foreign policy failures throughout the Mideast, political targeting here at home – we’re greeted by the heads of major, cabinet-level agencies willingly professing their own ignorance in front of Congress, the country, and the world.
This isn’t my opinion regarding their ignorance. This is their own sworn testimony, presumably under the penalty of perjury, that they have no relevant knowledge of what is going on in their own agencies. And this is even when the agency heads were all but certainly briefed regarding the questions they were expected to answer.
Too Big Not To Fail
Forget politics and partisanship for the moment. Consider that when the leader of any organization emphatically professes that they are unable to control their organization, the unavoidable conclusion is that the organization has grown too big to be effective, and/or that the leader is incompetent for the task. This is true whether it involves a garden club, a widget manufacturer, or a government agency.
Many have suggested the possibility that the claims of ignorance may not be totally accurate, but for now I’ll leave that judgement to higher authorities. But if that’s the only other explanation, it means that ignorance and overgrown, out of control agencies are the best case scenario.
A Pattern Appears
Space precludes rehashing all of the details of just one recent bureaucratic scandal, much less from covering everything from the last six months or four years. But at some point, a pattern begins to emerge. Not a pattern born of a conspiracy theory, but a pattern well-documented with a video parade of leaders professing no knowledge of the events and affairs they were hired or elected to manage.
Are these federal agencies too big to be effectively managed? Are those we’ve hired and elected incapable of leading? Or are we being misled? Based on the events of the past few weeks, the answer is one or more of the above. There are no other options.
No Excuses Accepted
Even the most green, rookie-level driver knows that “ignorance of the law is no excuse” when it comes to compliance with motor vehicle laws. So if we won’t accept the “I didn’t know,” excuse from a newbie driver, why should we accept it from those we pay to manage the federal government?