In a few months, all the bone-throwing and tealeaf reading will be replaced by actual primaries and caucuses, and the Republicans will begin figuring out who among them will attempt to take on an elderly white person in the race for President. I don’t think it matters all that much which elderly white person runs against the Republican, because no one is going to ask that person the following questions:
1) When do you plan to fire the thousands of incompetent federal workers responsible for the Animas River spill, Healthcare.Gov, the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, The “four or five” U.S. trained fighters in Syria, the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation, the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and his security detail at Benghazi, and the host of other stunningly inept and stupid things the government does on a daily basis?
2) Once you’ve fired all the dead weight, where will you find all of the amazingly competent, loyal, honest, trustworthy, kind, self-sacrificing, hard-working visionaries that will be required to execute the oft-tried and never successful policies you’ve been peddling for the last half-century?
3) If you’re not planning to fire all the workers responsible for the above fiascoes, how do you intend to transform the people you have into the people you are going to need?
It seems to me that no one in the media on either side is focusing on the abuses, waste, incompetence of the unelected officials who populate the hundreds of government buildings around the country. It’s in these buildings that the rubber of government meets the road. What does the average government worker care whose picture hangs underneath the clock? Shouldn’t we be taking a good look at who is actually carrying out the policies dreamed up by the Philosopher Kings at the top? The standard explanation for why the policies don’t work is that they weren’t properly funded, but no one really turns over the rocks to see where that funding actually goes. Most of it goes into the paychecks of average people just trying to do their jobs. Or in the case of SEC employees, spending hours each day viewing porn on their government-issued computers. It’s thermodynamics applied to human interaction. The more complex the system is, the more inefficiency and waste will occur, simply by virtue of the random movement of molecules within the system. Coffee is going to get spilled. Papers are going to get blown off desks and accidentally thrown away. It’s the inevitable result of human fallibility, and government has plenty of fallibility to go around. I don’t understand why none of the people who claim I am denying science ever bother to apply science to the stupid schemes they want to force on me for my own good.
Every time Bernie Sanders blathers on about how he’s going to give people this, and give people that, what he really means is that he’s going to tell government employees to do it for him. Given the federal government’s track record, why does [mc_name name=’Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’S000033′ ] believe that any of his policies would be carried out according to his fevered, socialist desires? If you set aside the ideological arguments against the Democrats’ stupid ideas, there are plenty of practical reasons that are even more difficult for liberals to justify. It is much hard to trot out emotional arguments when their positions are challenged with practical objections in addition to ideological ones.
Of course, the media will have to take a break from hounding Republican candidates in order to ask these questions. I have decided not to hold my breath until this occurs. From what I understand, I would pass out before I died, and wake up to images of [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] being forced to answer questions about something Carly Fiorina refused to say, or some other insipid thing that has nothing to do with getting the government off my back and out of my pocket.