Friday, October 03, 2014

Bureaucratic Brazenness

I just read a Wall Street Journal article regarding government officials testifying before Congress. Here's an excerpt:

"We’re all used to a certain amount of doublespeak and bureaucratese in government hearings. That’s as old as forever. But in the past year of listening to testimony from government officials, there is something different about the boredom and indifference with which government testifiers skirt, dodge and withhold the truth. They don’t seem furtive or defensive; they are not in the least afraid. They speak always with a certain carefulness—they are lawyered up—but they have no evident fear of looking evasive. They really don’t care what you think of them. They’re running the show and if you don’t like it, too bad."

I suspect this is because no one in government ever seems to get fired (you are more likely to die of natural causes) or is punished. They simply resign and take their generous government pension with them. Case in point: "Lois Lerner of IRS fame planted the question, told the lie, took the Fifth, lost the emails and stonewalled. Her punishment for all this was a $100,000-a-year pension for the rest of her life."

If you or I acted this way before Congress, we would probably be tasered, handcuffed, charged with molesting a dolphin and thrown in a jail for psychotic perverts.

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