The most-common complaint about bureaucrats is that they’re lazy.
Though it’s probably more accurate to say that bureaucracies have very little incentive to care about citizens.
After all, the rest of us are captive customers, whether we’re dealing with the federal government’s postal service, a state motor vehicles department, or a local government’s education bureaucracy.
So it would be naive to expect the kind of attentiveness and hustle you find when dealing with many private merchants.
But one thing we can say is that bureaucrats aren’t sluggish when they have an opportunity to defraud taxpayers.
For instance, a report in the New York Times by Benjamin Weiser exposes a jaw-dropping overtime scam by transit bureaucrats in New York.
Thomas Caputo, a senior track worker for the Long Island Rail Road, put in for 15 hours of overtime for work he said he had done at the West Side…
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