Saturday, August 6, 2011
Many people consider the term "government logic" to be an oxymoron. It seems that common sense has disappeared from our government long ago, and it has been replaced by a diseased paradigm that is foreign and incomprehensible to most outsiders. This diseased "government logic" has its' roots deep in the survival instincts of the average government employee, who will go to great lengths to justify and maintain their position regardless of their productivity.
These government employees are no different than you or me. They live in our neighborhoods, their children go to school with our children, they shop at the same stores as us, and they pay the same taxes that we all pay. The only notable sign of their disease is that these government employees are bi-lingual and slightly schizophrenic. Outside of the workplace they are generally as normal as the average American. At work, these same individuals speak a different language and live their work-life by standards and values that are foreign to outsiders. Most government employees do not even realize they have been infected. Collectively, these well-meaning, peaceful individuals have successfully formed a subversive "government sub-culture."
Unlike the real world, in the government sub-culture there is rarely any sense of urgency, and there is no comprehension of efficiency or profitability. In the government sub-culture money is a mystical, magical gift from above called "allocation." Much like manna was to the Israelites in the desert, government employees cannot store allocation. They must spend all they are given, or they will lose it. It doesn't even matter if their spending results in any value or fills any need, as long as it is an "allowable" expense. If they don't spend their allocation this year, they won't receive their allocation next year.
Perception is everything, and infected government employees also must either maintain a "busy" perception or risk losing their allocation. This alone has created enough government paperwork and red tape to gift-wrap the globe. They don't even need to account for any productivity in most cases. As long as they look busy, they're golden. In spite of their subversive infection, most government employees have a conscience. This causes most government employees to find self-justification for their work, creating such infamous sayings as, "I'm from the government. I'm here to help you."
Politicians are the ultimate gatekeepers of allocation for government departments, agencies and offices. The vote is the "holy grail" of politicians, and allocation is rarely channeled to government projects that do not have a positive effect on the vote. The government sub-culture is keenly aware of this principle, and very few infected government employees are willing to "rock the boat" or support anything that has even the slightest chance of producing controversy. We could develop a cure for cancer, and rather than risk their allocation, the government sub-culture would table the project if it wasn't 100% risk free and politically correct.
Under the watch of American taxpayers, the infected government sub-culture has also developed a strong sense of "entitlement." Infected politicians on both sides of the aisle have fostered and nurtured this sense of entitlement, effectively "buying" the loyalty of government sub-culture factions through "allocation insurance" and enhanced compensation and benefit packages.
With nothing standing in its' way, "government logic" has now grown into a national epidemic. Across our nation, millions of unaware Americans have also become infected with "government logic," exhibiting the same counter-productive, delusional behavior as the infected government sub-culture. We must recognize and acknowledge "government logic," and we must develop practical and effective ways to overcome this disease as we regain our nation's unity and strength.
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