Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cutting to the VA Chase

We're all missing the point, here. The misconception is that the Veteran's Administration is there to take care of veterans. It's not. It was originally, sort of, but certainly not any more. Have you heard of Jerry Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy?  Here it is, from his website HERE.

Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people":
 First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.
Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.
The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.

Well, that's certainly true. As an old retired Government bureaucrat, I can assure you that the first mission of bureaucrats is the preservation of the bureaucracy, which is nothing surprising if you know anything about human nature. Jerry Pournelle has it right, but there's another factor.

These Government bureaucracies are under the authority of the Federal Government, so along with the bureaucratic self-preservation principle, we also have the purposes of the politicians ultimately running them to take into account. And one of these purposes is to get and keep jobs for their constituents. And, as it happens, Countenance has that right. (The quote is from his post HERE.) The political purpose of the VA, along with every other department from the Post Office to the Bureau of Weights and Measures, is to get votes and contributions. And, as it happens, that means lots and lots and lots of Affirmative Action for Women and minorities. Affirmative Action, by its very nature, holds membership in a protected class to be far more important than qualifications. And this results in guess what. Incompetence, waste, corruption, and a bunch of dead veterans, falling over in the waiting rooms.

So do remember this when you listen to Obama expressing his outrage and determination to "fix" this, most likely with more money wasted and more Affirmative Action.
Quibcag: We haven't seen Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) for awhile, so here she is, waiting to put it to a veteran.

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