More Is Less

Here’s a headline from today’s Washington Post:

A decade into a project to digitize U.S. immigration forms, just 1 is online

The cost? So far, a billion dollars, of your money and mine. By the time the project is completed, in oh, three more years, we’re told, it should be over three billion. (Unless, of course, it ends up taking longer and costing more.)

One imagines that if this were being done by, say, Amazon, it might proceed more efficiently — and, more to the point, that if something like this had ended up being unfinished after a decade, that there would be unpleasant consequences (that word again!) for whoever had been responsible for getting the job done.

This is not Amazon, though; it is our vast and opaque, unelected and completely unaccountable fourth branch of government, the Federal bureaucracy. This is the swollen, necrotic organism that seeks to administer every aspect of our lives, and for which even the great rivers of our money that pour from our wallets into its bottomless coffers — here the ‘Amazon’ comparison is more apposite — are never enough.

Regarding that, here’s another item from the news: our national debt is not the paltry $18 trillion you’ve been hearing about, but is, rather, at least three-and-a-half times that amount.


  1. Whitewall says

    “Greece is the Word”…apologies to Frankie Valli.

    Posted November 9, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Greece can only dream of waste on this scale.

    Posted November 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm | Permalink
  3. Is it pertinent to mention that this vast Federal bureaucracy is largely (exclusively?) part of the Executive Branch of the Federal government? The consequences not only lead us to unmanageable national debt but also to a virtual nullification of checks and balances among the three Branches of the Federal government.

    Posted November 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    It is pertinent, yes. Much more law is made, nowadays, by the Executive Branch than by Congress.

    Posted November 9, 2015 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

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