I think I have a decent shot at becoming a manager in the next year or two.
I can see two possible explanations for why I might attain such a position at such a young age: 1) I’m really smart or 2) I understand what government is and how it works better than any other potential candidates.
I think 2) is the answer, but 1) should stay on the table in the interests of scientific rigor. Imagine that two people are placed behind the wheel of a vehicle of some kind and told to drive. Obviously, if one person knows what sort of vehicle he’s driving, he’ll have the advantage over the other guy. The other potential candidates simply don’t understand how government works. They end up saying retarded stuff like, "The right question is what policies / programs do you think the state should provide. Then you tax at a level appropriate to cover the costs."
This thought is retarded because it assumes lots of things which are wildly at odds with reality: 1) it assumes that there is a "you"; 2) it assumes that this "you" knows what it wants; 3) it assumes that "you’s" wants are limited and rational; 4) it assumes that "you" can estimate how much these wants will cost; and 5) it assumes that once this amount is known, "you" can use taxes to obtain this amount of money. All of these assumptions are completely false.
If this is my only competition, it’s time to consider the possibility that I’m an idiot for not moving up faster.