Could “Government is the problem” be part of the problem?
Government is bad,
We should cut its funding whenever we have a chance to do so.
Of course, then …
Government agencies end up under-staffed, under-equipped, and unable to keep up (years-long immigration-hearing delays come to mind, or the Katrina response, or …)
Government’s best and brightest administrators get fed up and leave, finding industry positions that ask less and pay more,
Which opens the door for …
Incompetent, patronage-appointed bureaucrats become administrators (“Great job, Brownie!”)
Proof! Just look at how badly this agency functions! Government is the problem! It can’t do anything right!
Maybe the idea that “government is the problem” needs to be replaced with “bad government is the problem.”
Finally, a related quote:
(Newser) – Barack Obama’s former car czar says he had no choice but to fire GM’s Rick Wagoner. “Everyone knew Detroit’s reputation for insular, slow-moving cultures,” Steven Rattner writes in an essay for Fortune. “Even by that low standard, I was shocked by the stunningly poor management that we found, particularly at GM, where we encountered, among other things, perhaps the weakest finance operation any of us had ever seen in a major company.”
Aha! “Business is the problem?”
‘Course not. Bad business is the problem.