On Government

Let me ask you a question. When you hear the words Civil Service, what comes to mind?

You don’t need to answer that. I’m not going to, beyond suggesting that what comes to my mind is something similar to the old American joke about Army Intelligence. What I want to talk about today is the function and purpose of our civil service.

Because it doesn’t work all that well.

Oh, it moves along. It floats, as does a log on the ocean; we’ve set it up so it can’t sink easily, rather like a flat-bottomed boat. But it doesn’t move with any kind of efficiency or speed, and it doesn’t really get anywhere much.


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