“If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won’t.”
― Hyman G. Rickover
“A bureaucrat who said no to everything rarely got in trouble.”
― Tom Clancy, Executive Orders
(Quotes from goodreads.com)
Bureaucrats. Can’t live with them…
That’s it. Can’t live with them.
Bureaucracies exist to perpetuate the species; which in itself is an interesting description because a bureaucracy is in fact like a living organism, the sedentary kind that consumes everything in its path, defecates, then leaves a slimy slick of goo in its wake when it finally moves on.
Bureaucrats ride the slothful, bloated horse of bureaucracy. They are most comfortable when nothing changes. A bureaucrat’s best day is one in which no one from the public he (or she) serves ever darkens his door.
Bureaucracy is the enemy of efficiency. It offers no incentive to excel, nor threat if you fail. If they were to conduct a test, they would find that if subjects were paid the same amount for not doing work as they were for working, they would choose to not work 10 out of 10 times.
Bureaucrats have no qualms about inconveniencing their customers, because they think of customers the same as they do dead bugs on the windshields of their cars – annoying specks that obstruct their view until they can be wiped away. Woe be it upon the poor soul who stands between a bureaucrat and an on-time departure from work.
Bureaucracy breeds contempt. It breeds distrust. It encourages the notion that we are all in a zero sum game and that someone else’s loss is someone else’s opportunity.
Come to think of it, forget everything I just said. I don’t dislike bureaucrats at all.
I think I want to become one.