The Peter Principle…and the Fed

The Peter Principle…and the Fed

By L. J. Martin

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It's Time to Pick Up Our Pitchforks

The Department of Transportation is a perfect example of The Peter Principle.  If you don’t remember the book and it’s conclusions, here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:

The Peter Principle states that “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence”, meaning that employees tend to be promoted until they reach a position at which they cannot work competently. It was formulated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull in their 1969 book The Peter Principle, a humorous [1] treatise which also introduced the “salutary science of hierarchiology.”

The principle holds that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Eventually they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their “level of incompetence”), and there they remain, being unable to earn further promotions. Peter’s Corollary states that “in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out their duties” and adds that “work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence”. “Managing upward” is the concept of a subordinate finding ways to subtly “manage” superiors in order to limit the damage that they end up doing.


However, the Fed takes it a step beyond.  In The Peter Principle it supposes that when an employee reaches a level of incompetence, they are no longer promoted.  That’s obviously not the case with the Fed.  In a government agency there’s no profit motive, and consequently the conventional free enterprise measure of an employ’s productivity is unusable.  You can’t truly judge, impartially, an employee’s productivity in the public sector.  If you put in your time, you get a promotion.  If that’s not the case, how could we ever end up with such totally incompetent, inane, and imbecilic dictates as telling the country it has to replace all of it’s street and traffic signs if they are in upper case fonts, at the cost of billions?  And that’s only one of many hundreds of inane and costly regulations to flow out of the bloated buildings of Washington D.C.

Another adage seems to apply here, and that’s that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  As federal departments grow, they begin to feed upon themselves.  If a budget is not used, it’s supposedly cut the next year…well, that never happens with the fed because the managers, directors, and yes, Secretaries at the cabinet level, would never think to cut costs for the good of the country.  After all, cutting costs means losing power.  Earning, most times, even in the private sector, increases as so called responsibility increases…the more underlings you have, the more you earn.  And earning is also power.  As earning rises, power rises, and as power rises, so does corruption.

As those departments become bloated with excess people, they have to at least attempt to seem busy, to put on the airs of productivity, thus totally useless decisions which become the regulations that are killing free enterprise in this country.

And don’t for one second believe that it’s improving.  It’s estimated that the fed is coming with 850 new regulations which will only serve to stifle business, and consequently hiring.

One supposition is as true and predictable as the morning sun, and that’s that more regulation means fewer jobs.  Except, of course, exactly where we don’t need them, in the public sector.  And they’re an example of The Peter Principle at it’s worst.

The one simple result that the Fed doesn’t seem to get:  Increase regulation, increase cost to business. More costs, less profit.  Less profit, less tax paid.  Less tax paid, more borrowing required by government.  And hopefully, the final conclusion: more borrowing by government, more anger from WE THE PEOPLE.

And maybe, just maybe, the Fed has messed their own nest so much that WE THE PEOPLE will wise up and throw them all out into the street.  That must happen before America becomes the third world country the Fed seems determined to make her.  If we don’t, it’s obvious that we’ve become our own best example of The Peter Principle as citizens.

VOTE, for fiscal sanity.

L. J. Martin is the author of twenty eight published book-length works and dozens of articles.  His blog, reaches out to conservatives all over the country.  His books can be found on Amazon and from many other sources in both print and ebook, and his blog can be subscribed to on Kindle.  L. J. lives in Montana with his wife, NYT bestselling novelist Kat Martin.



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