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How Bureaucracy Works In The Palmetto State




This is one of those rare posts in which we’re not naming names.  Hell, we’re not even going to name the agency in question.

Why not?  Well, it’s not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, and doing so would serve no purpose other than to get someone fired.  And we don’t want that on our heads unless the head in question is worth rolling.

Accordingly, we are presenting this anecdote of life at a typical South Carolina government bureaucracy for instructional purposes … as an example of the sort of colossal waste of taxpayer resources that goes on every day in the Palmetto State.


“Friend of mine goes to her boss because she’s being asked by a new manager to help him with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint,” one of our sources told us. “She doesn’t mind because she doesn’t have enough to keep (her) busy, but now she’s essentially doing his job. She either wants more money or for him to do his own work.  Boss tells her she will put her in for a temporary raise, and she needs to take more time doing her own work.”

Wait … what?

Yes you read that right … this supervisor instructed a subordinate to “take more time doing her own work.”

In fact the supervisor went on to say this employee was “working too fast for a government employee” and is making other employees look bad by comparison.

Crazy, huh?

Obviously we’re not saying all government employees are lazy … or all bureaucratic supervisors are as corrupt as this particular individual.  We’re just saying there is way too much of this sort of thing going on in government at all levels – and there’s never any accountability for it because the taxpayer spigot is always set to “more.”

In other words there is a perpetual, increasing reward no matter the outcomes being produced … i.e. the exact opposite of the free market.

Also important to remember?  Even when government is operating efficiently, it’s often doing things it has no business doing … which is every bit as bad as when it performs a core function inefficiently.

Anyway … that’s our object lesson for the day.  Class dismissed!

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