The Bureaucracy-Who Are The Deciders

Yes I realize that’s a title

Did you scroll down? There’s a whole article that comes after that :purple_heart:

will be available Aug. 8

Yeah scroll down and read the whole article.

You’re welcome :hugs:

Aug 8th

Fix News puts a ton of ads and videos on their pages. But if you scroll down a bit, not too far, there is an insert that’s says “Read More”.

Click that. It opens the whole article.

Ii is the biggest issue in our political system…the majority of our problems, can be traced back to the influence of money on our system…it has always been an issue, but it has been on steroids, since 2010.

good point. here’s a fine example.

btw for some crazy reason the article or its headline dont mention which political party the AG or his scumbag “tony soprano” cohorts belong to.

i’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader.

None of that is true.

It has poisoned the system, And affects all parties.

Do you think we should treat money as speech, and corporations as persons with the same rights as human persons?

Corporations is people. Look up the definition of the word.

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Here’s some climate experts for you Allan. Aren’t you glad we have such experts guiding our politicians on climate policy? Makes you all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it?

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https://www.cato.org/regulation/spring-2024/schedule-f-phantom-menace

A short primer on the bureaucracy and the folly of the Schedule F approach.

Bureaucrats are not the sinister, all powerful dictators that conspiracy deep state think makes them out to be.

From the linked article:

A more reasonable concept of the civil service came along more than a half century ago. Public Choice Theory holds that political actors—voters, officeholders, and bureaucrats—are as self-interested as their counterparts in the private sector. William Niskanen, one-time editor of Regulation and later chair of its advisory board, examined the incentives of bureaucrats in his 1971 book Bureaucracy and Representative Government. According to Niskanen, bureaucrats specifically are motivated by the rewards (monetary and non-monetary, including prestige) they receive for their work, and want their jobs to be secure and pleasant. That doesn’t mean they don’t care whether their work benefits others (many care a great deal), but rather they care for the same reasons that many private-sector workers and managers care about their work: because of personal ethics, or because they believe their work is important, or just because they want to keep and advance in their jobs. Under Public Choice, government workers and officials (for the most part) are neither altruistic nor malevolent, but human—like everyone else.

So how do bureaucrats pursue their self-interest? In the heavily regimented federal bureaucracy, they do so by following the seemingly countless Civil Service Rules and Procedures, congressional mandates, and (yes) executive directives they are given. This can be difficult because those rules, mandates, and directives often conflict. Congress may say it wants a certain policy goal achieved quickly, the president may oppose that goal, and government procedure requires a lengthy and exhaustive rulemaking process—and government workers try to satisfy all three.

Further complicating matters, Congress routinely forces bureaucrats to make difficult policy decisions that the lawmakers don’t want to make themselves, and then the bureaucrats must enforce those decisions. For instance, as David Schoenbrod has recounted in Regulation, many federal environmental regulations were required by high-minded Clean Air and Clean Water legislation. (“Cleaning Out the Statutory Junk,” Summer 2018.) Congress set nebulous goals and then delegated to federal agencies the thankless work of stipulating exactly what those goals are and how they should be met. Knowing their decisions would be attacked by special interests on the left or right (if not both), and with executive branch priorities changing whenever the occupant of the Oval Office changed, the bureaucracy responded by, basically, stalling—until federal courts ordered them to hop to it. So, far from being the product of conspiratorial, ideologically driven warriors at the Environmental Protection Agency and other bureaus, the nation’s environmental regulations are the product of a shirking Congress, vacillating presidency, rigid judiciary, and dithering but ultimately obedient bureaucracy. Civil servants had to satisfy all three government branches and follow bureaucratic rules in order to pursue their self interest in keeping their jobs. This dynamic plays out repeatedly in different policy areas throughout government.

The bureaucracy is what it is because Congress is both unwilling and unable to do its job frequently conflicts with the goals of the President. And of course there is the Judiciary. The bureaucrats are between a rock and a hard place.

Another detail mentioned in the above linked article is that Presidents (and their underlings) frequently FAIL to fill the 4,000 available non-competitive POLITICAL bureaucratic positions available for them to fill, these positions specifically existing to MAKE policy. Trump failed to do so and Biden has failed to do so. In contrast, successful Presidents like Reagan and Clinton did fill all these positions. If you don’t fill these 4,000 positions, you will have little chance of controlling these agencies, so Trump (and Biden) effectively slit their own throats in this regard.

Link to the 2020 Plum Book, the 2024 Plum Book is not yet available.

The Plum Book, published every 4 years during the Presidential election, lists ALL the political positions a President (or his underlings) may fill. The President (and his underlings) should take heed of it.

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The President has a big impact on the bureaucracy by his appointment. In the DOJ not only the AG is appointed but also the top prosecutors.
Trumps problem was that he picked an AG that immediately recused himself from anything that had to do with Trump, leaving that task to,those who were already into investigating him. He also had no list of prosecutors to replace the existing team until half way through his term, when the replacement became controversial.
The Biden team was ready to put their people in the top spots immediately.
You shouldn’t fail to properly handle the system and then blame the system for your own failure.
Any civil servant type who goes off on his own against policy is subject to replacement for insubordination.

Published by whom?

That I agree with.

The Plum Book is drafted and written by Congress every 4 years and published by the Government Publishing Office.

I know. The very perpetrators and perpetuaters