Who is in charge

Talleyrand has a post up in which he says:

The governor orders that state employee wages be slashed to the minimum wage until a budget is passed.

The comptroller refuses to obey.

This short excerpt illustrates nicely who is actually in charge.

Hint: it’s not the governor.

If I’ve learned one thing from working for the government for 6 years, it’s that the permanent government employees (i.e the bureaucrats) actually run the government. The temporary government employees (i.e. the politicians) exercise only nominal control and even that limited control is exercised within bounds created by the permanent government employees.

Voting is a waste of time. The people running the show can’t be fired anyway.

5 Responses to Who is in charge

  1. Borepatch says:

    If Arnold had any stones, he’d declare a state of emergency, call out the National Guard, and have them haul the Comptroller away.

    I’d think he’d suddenly become the most popular politician in the State.

    What’s disturbing is that someone will figure this out some day.

  2. If I’ve learned one thing from working for the government for 6 years, it’s that the permanent government employees (i.e the bureaucrats) actually run the government.

    If you have the time, I’d love to see a full post on this point. I try and tell friends and family that the civil service holds the real power, but they don’t believe me. It would be nice to have a detailed first hand account so that I could email my fiends and say, “See, this is what I mean!”.

  3. […] is your government Devin asked for some additional details on how the bureaucracy actually runs the government. I’ve been […]

  4. Brent Curtis says:

    The British had successful comedy series about the war between politicians and permanent government employees: “Yes, Minister” and “Yes, Prime Minister”. Very quotable, too.

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