Fri Sep 9, 2016, 10:32 AM

The Seven Rules of Bureaucracy

The best quote of the article is this:

When the government creates some new program, nothing is easier than to show whatever benefits that program produces.… But it is virtually impossible to trace the taxes that paid for the program back to their sources and to show the alternative uses of that same money that could have been far more beneficial.

And here is a summary of the rules:

Rule #1: Maintain the problem at all costs! The problem is the basis of power, perks, privileges, and security.
Rule #2: Use crisis and perceived crisis to increase your power and control.
Rule 2a. Force 11th-hour decisions, threaten the loss of options and opportunities, and limit the opposition's opportunity to review and critique.
Rule #3: If there are not enough crises, manufacture them, even from nature, where none exist.
Rule #4: Control the flow and release of information while feigning openness.
Rule 4a: Deny, delay, obfuscate, spin, and lie.
Rule #5: Maximize public-relations exposure by creating a cover story that appeals to the universal need to help people.
Rule #6: Create vested support groups by distributing concentrated benefits and/or entitlements to these special interests, while distributing the costs broadly to one's political opponents.
Rule #7: Demonize the truth tellers who have the temerity to say, "The emperor has no clothes."

Very detailed explanations for each are @

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Fri Sep 9, 2016, 12:16 PM

1. The Seven Rules of Bureaucracy....................really?

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I guess you have never been in a 'blue' collard UNION, it has exactly the same kind of rules!

Well, actually there is a Rule#8:

It stipulates in the event someone fucks up and nobody saw him/her do it, can it be blamed on somebody else?

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Fri Sep 9, 2016, 01:03 PM

2. Another rule of Bureacracy

Never accept responsibility for any decision. Always use such terms as "it is policy", or " zero tolerance", to explain the stupid/idiotic decisions your bureaucracy has made.

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