There are three eternal powers in America that rival our elected officials. The first is the wealthy elites – the sugar daddies – who do all they can to influence political elections. These are the funders of PACs, and it’s safe to say that although both left and right make use of these, the right invests more using this strategy. The second power is the lobbyists, who represent corporate interests. The third are the professionals in government.
All three of these should scare you, as they do me. We hear plenty about the PACs and the wealthy influence peddlers. Paul Krugman sheds good light on how much money and effort they are expending this election. We are regularly admonished about Lobbyists. The prime example of their power is how they nearly literally wrote bills regulating pharmaceuticals, financial services and energy for the G.W. Bush administration. Secret Service agents are permanent employees. Advisors to the President and Congress, the Armed Forces, all of those people are there to stay, creating their own culture, not elected.
We can attribute Abu Graib, the Secret Service prostitution and the GSA scandals to these entrenched government workers. These people do bad things for the cause of progressives. The immediate complaint might be that any government body is going to mess up simply because they work for the government. The problems happen even in the military, to the chagrin of conservatives. Management of big organizations is the problem. Notice, we do not see so many scandals among social security workers, the ones who associate with actual people who receive actual services?OMG