More Government = Less Help

This ad from the Libertarian Party sums it up nicely.

Libertarian Party Ad

More government first and foremost brings with it ways to defend and protect more government, whether by corruption, cronyism, bureaucratic process, or military intervention. It’s the law of diminishing returns. Of course, it’s important to sprinkle a little help back to the masses, enough to maintain the illusion of help. Events like hurricane Katrina or massive power outages reveal how woefully thin this veil is in times of great and legitimate need.

Updates

2012.10.22

To illustrate the bureaucratic and corrupt paths to governments protecting themselves: ‘Donations’ to state agency let landlords avoid charges

At least 27 Iowa landlords were allowed to make donations to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in lieu of legal action for illegally discriminating against housing applicants, records obtained by The Des Moines Register show.

The deals, made by the Civil Rights Commission from 2006 through February 2011, helped landlords avoid charges after they were found to have illegally discriminated for reasons such as race, disability or family status.

A donation in lieu of a fine or prosecution is considered unethical by many judicial standards because it creates the appearance that justice is for sale. Such donations also potentially allow those who have money to avoid prosecution a luxury those who are less affluent might not be able to afford, noted state court administrator David Boyd in speaking about why his branch of government advises against the practice.

Interesting that the state court administrator only “advises against the practice.”

(H/T Instapundit)

2012.10.23

More big government corruption springing from the design to “help” the populace:

Faulty medical implants investigation: Patients’ health put at risk by unscrupulous EU regulators

One regulator, based abroad but authorised to license products for medical use in this [England] country, was secretly recorded boasting that they were “on the side of the manufacturer”.

2012.10.25

The Laws must be obeyed:

Conquest’s Laws

  1. Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.
  2. Any organization not explicitly and constitutionally right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.
  3. The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies.

Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy

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.

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