[Washington,] D.C. hands out $15M in bonuses despite recession, budget gaps. “The bonuses were ladled out even as the city was facing nine-figure budget shortfalls and officials — including Rhee — were firing employees by the busload, claiming they could no longer afford them.” It’s only a scandal if business does it.
Exactly my point. Like “stimulus” funds being used to terminate jobs by state government there’s just no will to hold government accountable.
On the other hand, one can over react to government malfeasance by labeling results of the bureaucratic state “un-democratic” which is, in my view, not quite right. The EPA’s decision to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant isn’t an out of control agency, but a failure of a dysfunctional political class. The EPA wouldn’t have done this without clear support from at least the executive branch and confidence of continued funding from the legislative. The law on which the EPA is acting was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and validated by the judicial branch. We the people are getting exactly what we voted for, good and hard. If Congressmen feared for their jobs over things like this, it wouldn’t happen, which leaves us still a democracy.