US Congress: The American People Want Reform of the Federal Bureaucracy Now (Enforce the Hatch Act)
Source: Mises Institute
The Seven Rules of Bureaucracy
03/23/2012 • Loyd S. Pettegrew • Carol A. Vance
One of Wolfman Jack’s favorite tongue-in-cheek commercials, delivered in his raspy voice, went like this: “You say ya kids ain’t got no clothes, ya ain’t got no food in the frigerator — THEN BUY YOURSELF A COLOR TV BABY!”
Harry E. Teasley Jr.
This facetious admonition, spending way beyond ones means, is exactly how government at the federal, state, and local levels have been behaving over the past 50 years. Even worse, government at all levels has been enabling Americans to do the same.
Gone are the days when both the people and their government lived within their means. With 44 percent of households receiving some form of federal subsidy and the majority of Americans not paying any taxes, our country is now more the land of entitlements than the land of opportunity (Boskin, 2011; Heritage Foundation Report, 2011).
With the current challenge of reducing the runaway government spending and an entitlement mentality by citizens, it is quite possible to trim $4 trillion by reining in just our federal bureaucracy. Thomas Sowell suggested that to do so, we must further examine and challenge the giant economic leviathan of our government bureaucracy. The Office of Management and Budget revealed that the executive branch of our federal government grew by 23 percent since President Obama took office. The Wall Street Journal (2012) opined that the president has “presided over the largest expansion of government since LBJ — health care, financial regulation,” and in so doing has spent 24 percent of our nation’s GDP.
Unfortunately, both taxpayers and the media get social amnesia, seldom holding bureaucrats’ feet to the fire when programs they created fail or simply don’t do what they were designed to do. Sowell (1995, p. 257) reveals part of this problem in The Vision of the Anointed:
When the government creates some new program, nothing is easier than to show whatever benefits that program produces.… But it is virtually impossible to trace the taxes that paid for the program back to their sources and to show the alternative uses of that same money that could have been far more beneficial.
Even worse, bureaucrats and their supporters are loath to admit when their programs have harmful consequences and are inclined to double-down on a failing policy once it has proven its worthlessness. The classic example is Representative Barney Frank who as recently as 2009 announced that he was planning to introduce legislation that would increase the FHA loan ceiling by an additional $100,000 to $839,750 (New York Times, 2009).
Bureaucracy: A Root Evil
In order to understand the foundation of America’s morass, we must examine bureaucracy. At the root of this growing evil is the very nature of bureaucracy, especially political bureaucracy. French economist Frédéric Bastiat offered an early warning in 1850 that laws, institutions, and acts — the stuff of political bureaucracy — produce economic effects that can be seen immediately, but that other, unforeseen effects happen much later. He claimed that bad economists look only at the immediate, seeable effects and ignore effects that come later, while good economists are able to look at the immediate effects and foresee effects, both good and bad, that come later.
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The Merit System and the Hatch Act:
“Government employees may not wear campaign buttons (like this one of President McKinley) at work, or while wearing a uniform or driving a government vehicle, according to the provisions of the Hatch Act. The merit system tries to ensure that the best-qualified people get government jobs and that party politics is limited. In 1939, Congress passed the Hatch Act, which required employees, once they were hired, to have as little to do with political parties as possible. The Hatch Act forbids employees from engaging in many party activities. For example, they could not run for public office or raise funds for a party or candidate, nor could they become officers in a political organization or a delegate to a party convention.”
With this massive and expensive federal bureaucracy in place was it any wonder why the events of 9/11 were possible to carry out operating undetected inside some of these same inefficient bureaucracies?:
The federal government currently employs just over 2 million full-time employees, this does not include Postal Service workers. The states with the most federal employees as of mid-2017 were California (250,000), Texas (200,000), Virginia (178,000) and Maryland (147,000). The vast majority of all federal employees, which is around 79 percent, work outside the Washington D.C. region.
Send an email to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and demand reform. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the agency at the heart of the US government’s human resources activity.
This is a start but let’s not stop here:
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Here is the core of the problem: Central banking. Monetary reform will shrink these bloated and expensive federal bureaucracies:
PAUL T. HELLYER – THE MONEY MAFIA: A WORLD IN CRISIS – MONETARY REFORM IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST ISSUE WE CAN CONFRONT – WE MUST MAKE IMMEDIATE CHANGES NOW – BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS (BIS) – OVER ONE TRILLION ONE-HUNDRED MILLION IN INTEREST PAID BACK TO BANKS – GRAND LARCENY – SIGNING TREATY WITH EUROPEAN UNION IS HIGH TREASON – THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE
THE “MOTHER OF ALL REFORMS”: MONETARY REFORM – THE OPAQUE EURODOLLAR EMPIRE – THE MONETARY SYSTEM OF EMPIRE – ENDGAME – SWISS BANK JULIUS BAER – BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS (BIS) – BAHAMAS, BERMUDA AND CAYMAN ISLANDS SIT TRILLIONS OF US$