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Why Is Washington DC So Dysfunctional

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:52 pm - August 6, 2012.
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  1. It has always been dysfunctional since I lived there. I mean, they elected Marion barry AFTER he got out of jail. go figure. It just is what it is.

    Comment by barbara — August 6, 2012 @ 5:41 pm - August 6, 2012

  2. This is certainly an important twist on qui custodiet ipsos custodes?: Who watches the watchers?

    But this a case of those who carefully watch the watchers and threaten, influence, and entice them to lean to their favor.

    How do we create an independent inspector general corps that will act in the interest of the truth.

    An age old problem. Even Hitler had an inspector general corps.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 6, 2012 @ 7:08 pm - August 6, 2012

  3. The best thing to do would be to minimize the amount of employees that work for the government. I doubt there is really anything you could do to eliminate the dysfunction, but that would minimize it.

    Another possibility might be term limits, even for non-elected employees. And, of course, eliminating public unions.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — August 6, 2012 @ 7:53 pm - August 6, 2012

  4. A large and powerful government attracts borderline sociopathic personalities. They seek power for the wrong reasons, and once they’ve got it they want to hold onto it forever — regardless of the cost.

    Those most prone to abusing power tend to be those most likely to seek it. A gullible, ignorant, selfish public — easily distracted by bread and circuses — is ripe for the picking for people like that.

    Comment by Lori Heine — August 6, 2012 @ 7:55 pm - August 6, 2012

  5. The ‘Revolving Door’ is definately a problem. You see it with NASA, and it’s contractors as well. But I think the bigger problem is that DC is just full of hypocrites. When you are willing to ignore your beliefs just because you have to be against the party in power, you lose your credibility. You either stand for something, or as Lori says, you are only there to seek power.

    Comment by Jason — August 8, 2012 @ 11:16 am - August 8, 2012

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