Monday, April 10, 2006

Why Political Consulting Is Better Than Business Consulting

I may have to change my profession.

I came to that realization after finding this fine poster at Despair Inc.

If you give bad advice to a business they go broke, and you have to start over.

If you give bad advice to a politician they just raise taxes and excuses and keep going.

Bureaucrats are like cockroaches, they are a bit less than real life, but they can survive almost anything. After a bit more than two thousand years Cicero still rings true:

"A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?" - Cicero

You can probably make a good living just telling the DMV to change the color of its buildings every couple of years.

As an example of the coming opportunities in government consulting:

National health care will be like combining the cost efficiency of the post office with the organizational efficiency of the DMV. Of course it will be administered with the love and affection of the Marines and the assured selflessness of congress.

That will be a life long consulting post.


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