Invitation

Sparticus invites Cats to read the following article by David French in National Review:

The Incredible Tale of a Reckless, Partisan FBI Agent and Our Partisan Bureaucracy

The article tells of a recently dismissed FBI agent.  But the more disturbing part is about the partisan bias of the “permanent bureaucracy” of the US Government and the costs of same.

Although there are significant structural differences between the US permanent bureaucracy and public service in Australia, the systemic issues are similar.

For all the talk about the benefits of diversity, it seems to be all about race, gender and sexual preference with the implication that such diversity will translate into diversity of thought and ideas.  Sadly, this does not seem to be the case.  Group think and intellectual discrimination abounds.

French puts it very neatly and nicely:

I know there are progressives who do excellent work in the bureaucracy, and I know there are also incompetent conservatives. As we’ve learned, incompetence, bias, and sleaziness know no ideological bounds. But unless our nation can diversify its civil service (and unless civil servants themselves stop acting recklessly and foolishly) public trust will continue to erode, and everything will be viewed through a partisan lens, all the time.

Conscious and unconscious bias does not just come in gender, race and sexual preference flavour.  It comes in ideas and political beliefs.  Stupid ideas know no politics.  It is the uncritical acceptance and execution of stupid ideas that causes problems.

As long as the majority of the public service believes that the best solutions to public problems is more government and more regulation, then Australians should not be surprised that governments, all governments, perpetuate more government and more regulation.

We need to prove Thomas Jefferson wrong when he said:

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.

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20 Responses to Invitation

  1. OneWorldGovernment

    Sack the top third of every single government department in Australia.

  2. Tim Neilson

    Stupid ideas know no politics.

    They seem to have more than a nodding acquaintance with “progressive” ideologies.

  3. MACK

    One of the fundamental issues with leftists is they don’t understand key aspects of human psychology. They still don’t understand why communism doesn’t work and why it never will. In the context of the public service, they don’t understand moral hazard, which for bureaucrats means that the employer will never go broke. So working at a comfortably slow pace, working out their flexitime accurately, and outsourcing difficult decisions to consultants will never risk their jobs. Hiring more gender equity and indigenous liaison officers just means that taxes should be raised. It is screamingly obvious that we have major problems with poor regulation in this country and that is what public servants should concentrate on. They should get completely out of the service delivery business. Everything should be outsourced, including drafting regulatory options. We just need a few highly intelligent senior public servants with business experience in the private sector, as well as the law courts and the Army. Sack everyone else.

  4. Pete of Perth

    The most vocal at my academic workplace lean left and often opine that society would be saved from the evils of capitalism if only they (“the smartest guys in the room”) were in charge.

    OWG + sack half the pollies with not to be re-employed stamped on their record.

  5. Leo G

    It is to Robert Mueller’s credit that he took swift action against Strzok. It’s a problem that, as the Wall Street Journal observes, he “kept this information from House investigators.” For a critical mass of the public to have confidence in Mueller’s investigation, it must be as transparent and accountable as humanly possible. A proper investigation into Russian interference in our election is vital to the health of our democracy. A biased and opaque probe, however, will do far more harm than good.

    David French implies that the probe should not be allowed to become biased and opaque. Surely, the important question is whether it was designed to be so from the start.
    Was the bias built-in? Was the Mueller investigation intended to do far more harm than good?

  6. Bruce

    Leo asked: “Was the bias built-in? Was the Mueller investigation intended to do far more harm than good?”

    Probably.

    Remember the old parliamentary (and courtroom) “wisdom”:

    “NEVER ask a question for which you do not already know the answer”.

  7. OldOzzie

    And this is what you get as Politicians in the US

    John Conyers Retires And Endorses Son – Who Once Tweeted ‘My Dad Is A F*cking Player’ After Infidelity

    In a now deleted tweet, the younger Conyers – who has since deleted his Twitter account – bragged about his father’s infidelity with a woman who was also married – stating “My dad is a f*cking player and reckless as hell! He just got at this doods wife super low key”

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    NR is still a den of NeverTrumpers. French fails to connect the rest of the dots.

    Strzok is the Dossier guy. The Dossier is a complete fabrication commissioned and paid for by Hillary. The Dossier was used to get the FISA warrant to bug Trump’s team.

    Flynn was mousetrapped into pleading guilty because his evidence at the FBI interview did not match the transcript of the bugged phone conversation he had with the Russian Ambassador. He’d already spent $1 million on lawyers and his family is suffering. We don’t know yet whether that particular bugging was part of that FISA warrant or some other FISA application, but that is a very interesting question. If it was…throwing Strzok to the wolves will not be enough to keep the hound dogs off of Mueller, Comey, McCabe and Hillary.

    This is the biggest story in American politics ever, and it’s still getting bigger.

  9. From the linked article..

    A proper investigation into Russian interference in our election is vital to the health of our democracy.

    FMD still on about this Russian interference canard.
    There was no Russian interference that was out of the ordinary. No different to US interference in other nations elections, no different to China Israel etc etc who all meddle in other nations elections.

    The Mueller probe wasn’t set up to investigate Russian interference. It was set up to investigate COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia. The now totally discredited pissgate dossier/dirt file was the whole basis for the collusion canard.

    It amazes me that people are all of a sudden shocked, shocked I tells ya that an FBI agent was dirty and biased against Trump.
    FFS, at the very outset, Mueller hired about a dozen legal eagles, EVERY ONE OF THEM DEMOCRATS AND DEMOCRATIC DONORS…..EVERY ONE OF THEM.
    FBI assistant Director Andrew McCabe also has Democrat ties via his wife who received 100s of 1000s of dollars from democrats when she ran (unsuccessfully) as a DEMOCRAT in a Senate race.

    Anyone who thinks the Mueller probe is an honest clean up job is either hopelessly partisan or a moron or both.

    By the way, that FBI agent WAS NOT DISMISSED. He was removed from the probe and transferred to HR.

  10. Mother Lode

    John Conyers Retires And Endorses Son – Who Once Tweeted ‘My Dad Is A F*cking Player’ After Infidelity

    Well, now he will have to play with himself.

    Of course, that might have been what he meant all along.

  11. sabena

    Old Ozzie and Bruce-
    Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit drew this email from a reader:-
    A READER WHO SAYS HE IS A FORMER PROSECUTOR AND JUDGE EMAILS:

    Did the prosecution tell Flynn’s lawyer that their main witness against him was removed for bias? Since Strzok led the interview and his testimony would be needed to establish untruthfulness, he is a critical witness not just a prosecutor. If not disclosed, would this not be a Giglio violation? This is the kind of misconduct that can get a case dismissed and a lawyer disbarred. It is a Constitutional violation. This has bothered me since I heard about it.

    Me too.

  12. manalive

    If the APS were concerned about employment diversity it would correct the 60-40 bias in favour of women in both temporary and permanent positions.

  13. Zatara

    Flynn was mousetrapped into pleading guilty because his evidence at the FBI interview did not match the transcript of the bugged phone conversation he had with the Russian Ambassador. He’d already spent $1 million on lawyers and his family is suffering.

    What a shame, I’d have told him to STFU for free.

  14. Were is Malcolm? Is he ill? Hope it is not fatal, socialist party will miss him.

  15. Mr Black

    The same David French who was one of the principled conservatives who wanted Crooked Hillary to win at all costs. I guess his views on government and corruption are rather flexible.

  16. Glen Turner

    You mean like how The Guardian keeps cheering for the LNP and how Fairfax thinks the role of government is to increase real estate prices? Because that is the reality I read today.

  17. BorisG

    But unless our nation can diversify its civil service (and unless civil servants themselves stop acting recklessly and foolishly) public trust will continue to erode

    so are you suggesting affirmative action to hire more conservatives to public service, even if they prefer other things to do?

  18. classical_hero

    Mueller is finding collusion with the Russians, it’s just that it was the Democratic Party that was doing that. Eventually all this will come out and those criticising Sessions for “doing nothing” will be shocked to see what has been happening behind the scenes. President Trump is slowly hanging his accusers by their own petard

    Recently we saw many people who were hard on President Trump about sexual harassment have been sexual harassers themselves. Every attempt to trap the President has blown up in the accusers faces. It’s been fun to watch him slowly destroy the enemies of America and I wish we had a similar situation in Australia.

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