Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oh, goody: More waste, fraud, and abuse from Obama’s Energy Department? « Hot Air

Oh, goody: More waste, fraud, and abuse from Obama’s Energy Department? « Hot Air

Read on for more lovely alleged examples of the DOE’s egregious “business culture” (for lack of a better term), and while these still fall into the category of “alleged,” it shouldn’t come as any shock that — gasp — big-government bureaucracies tend to engender this type of corruption and inefficiency on the regular. Public-sector workers enjoy the benefits of more comfy, protective, and sluggish mechanisms than you often find in the private sector, not to mention the seemingly limitless backing of the faceless taxpayer. These types of episodes become more and more rampant as bureaucracies grow, as the tangled webs of bureaucratic inefficiencies pile one atop another without the pesky intrusion of free-market competition to spur them along — and it’s even less surprising in a department that is as immune from economic reality in practice as it is in principle. Too much of the DOE’s daily business consists of trying to distort free-market signals, and now we find that the department itself may be as faulty as the ends it spends our money trying to achieve. Bravo, guys.