America's public servants make government function

2013-10-17T00:00:00Z America's public servants make government function nwitimes.com
October 17, 2013 12:00 am

The prominent American political scientist Anthony Downs commented in 1967, “It is ironic that the term bureaucracy is still primarily a term of scorn, even though bureaus are amongst the most important institutions in every nation in the world.”

The demonization of public administration by Tea Party zealots needs to be confronted by those who actually study politics for a living.

Almost every OECD country in the world has an expansive, well-trained and well paid civil service. Without government agencies, the market would be flooded with even more people seeking jobs.

In the end, what did the Tea Party simpletons get from this shutdown? Indeed, more people getting paid for not working.

The minority of the minority party has no business dictating the daily flow of government. If you don’t like public servants or government agencies, I recommend moving to Afghanistan; they provide the minimalist state of your dreams.

- Joseph Jon Kaminski, Schererville

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