Shadowy Appointments/Nominations_ 

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Accountable, who me? Elected officials transfer power to appointed bureaucrats who carry out the elected officials’ wishes. But you don’t have a say in this, because the bureaucrat doesn’t have to answer to you.

Senior bureaucrats spend much of their time being lobbied by subordinates for positions in large-budget agencies so that they can in turn be wined and dined by the most generous lobbyists. Then ‘our’ representatives who sit on the appropriations committees and determine their budgets their superiors wine and dine. So most of the real work is done by the pack of dutiful civil servants, who have to adjust to the frequent changes in bands but never get invited to join in the dance. It’s a wonder any work gets done at all.

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