L. Hoy: Bureaucrats acting with impunity

In the “Hunger Games,” a governmental enclave, “the Capitol,” rules a post-apocalyptic America divided into administrative units called “Districts.” The self-contained, distant Capitol isolates and plays one district off against another as it reduces their citizens to serfdom and enriches itself. Survival in the districts comes down to currying favor with the government, struggling to survive one’s beleaguered role or betraying restive neighbors to authorities. Districts sacrifice their children to the Hunger Games, a grinding reminder of their debased lot.

Without benefit of apocalypse, America serves a similarly self-contained governmental enclave — “the Beltway.” Its elected regime isolates and plays one American group off against another. Its policies work to reduce free citizens to dependent wards of the state while the Beltway enriches itself. We sacrifice our children’s future to the Beltway’s doubling of the national debt.

The engine of America’s misfortune lies in the proliferation of the Beltway’s unelected bureaucrats. They exist, in their various departments, as an autonomous fourth branch of government, answerable to no one, free from meaningful challenge, correction or dismissal.

Those bureaucrats, under the current regime, have acted with impunity to sell guns to Mexican drug cartels, comb through public emails and phone calls, abandon brave men in Benghazi, squelch legitimate political action, spend half a billion dollars on a useless website and close down open air memorials.

Thanks to the lapdog media and the bureaucratic equivalent of "omerta," no measure will likely be had of the malfeasance, corruption and cowardice of America’s Beltway.

Leonard Hoy, Greenwood

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great letter, Leonard. Keep

Great letter, Leonard. Keep them coming.

RONALD RIML's picture

Where was Lenny's "Voice in the Wilderness"

When Bush et al were lying our way into the Iraqi debacle????

I'll see Lenny's rendition of "Four Dead in Benghazi" sung to the tune of "Four Dead in O-hio" and raise him Bush's Butcher Bill........

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

George Bush never told the

George Bush never told the American people that if they liked their medical plan, they could keep their medical plan and if they liked their doctor, they could keep their doctor, knowing that both statements were blatant bald faced lies. Leonard's full house trumps your pair of Jokers.

RONALD RIML's picture

So switching Doctors and Medical plans equates to

lies to create a War Costing over $3,000,000,000,000 and nearly half a million dead???? Odd sense of proportion you have, Pirate.

Mortality in Iraq Associated with the 2003–2011 War and Occupation


PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What do Bush and the Iraq war

What do Bush and the Iraq war have to do with the total collapse of the American Health Insurance system at the hands of Barack Hussein obama? One thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other. You continue your obsession of blaming Bush for everything obama does because there is nothing obama has done or is doing that you are able to defend. Millions are losing their medical insurance or facing huge increases in premiums because of him. How do you defend that?

RONALD RIML's picture

You were the one who brought up 'Lying' - Pirate

So you're telling us now you're in complete denial over the effects of the utter fabrications Bush, Cheney et al?

We wouldn't have 'Obamacare' if the Republicans had proposed a reasonable alternative when they were in power. But it wasn't in 'em.....

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I'm no more in denial of Bush

I'm no more in denial of Bush and Cheney than I am of Clinton and Gore. Iraq, Viet Nam, Korea, WWII, they are all of the past and you and I can't change any of it. We are in the now, and that is what we have to live with today. We have a president who happens to be a pathological liar and even his supporters are beginning to realize it. And, on the slim chance that he isn't a liar, then he is incompetent. Governance by on the job training with a huge slice of trial and error, the emphasis being on error, isn't getting it done. He complained for 4 years about the mess Bush left him. In 5 1/2 years (and there are 3 1/2 more to go) he will have created a mess that the next two presidents will not be able to clean up. Premier obama is a dub and a flop.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

P.S. As for we wouldn't have

As for we wouldn't have obamacare if the republicans had come up with a plan of their own when they were in power........you are absolutely correct!!

RONALD RIML's picture

The old "Head 'em off at the Pass" trick. But they never learn.

A national healthcare system IS coming. They can be part of it, devising substantial components along their principles; or resist it, and have a system completely anathema to any of their beliefs shoved down their throat and up their asses.

The choice is theirs. They may be wise or recalcitrant.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Your anal-ogical assessment

Your anal-ogical assessment of their beliefs is duly noted.
However, what you've done here is shifted the entire blame for obamacare onto the republicans and, once again, leaving Premier obama blameless.
If they are wise, they will take obamacare and throw it the trash where it belongs, put everything back to where it was, and FIX THAT. You don't take the whole car to the dump because the ash tray is full and the spare tire is flat.

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Let's have the full list.

- Mexican gun running.
- SEAL Team 6.
- Obama saying the average family would save $2,500 on their premiums.
- Forcing businesses to violate their religious beliefs by paying for drugs that abort the unborn.
- Violating the rights and sanctity of our Churches.
- Spending $634 million on a website that doesn't work.
- Obama calling for an increase in our debt when he lambasted Bush for the very same thing.
- Obama having NSA spy on 124 Billion Phone Calls in One Month.
- Saddling our kids with $17 trillion in debt of which they can never get out of and will not have as good a life as we have.
- Bailing out Detroit after decades of corrupt Democratic management.
- State Dept. lying about Benghazi.
- Voter fraud.
- Intentionally trying to hurt Americans during the sequester.
- Blocking veterans who secured our freedoms from their monuments but giving the green light for Illegals to use Monument Mall.
- Denying school kids the ability to tour the White House but still spending lavishly on his parties.
- Obama saying we can keep our insurance and doctors if we wanted to.
- Military not getting their votes counted.
- NSA monitoring foreign diplomats.
- Use of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law.

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Thanks Mike,

I needed a complete list of the non-scandals, hyper-paranoia driven conspiracy theories of the very far distant right-wing hat machine.
We don't have to go through the list one by one. Each is an indictment of the lack of foundation, lack of evidence, irrational leaps of illogic that produce this list.
To summarize, proof of the emotional derangement of the right-wing.

But one point. Businesses have no religious beliefs only people do.

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Thanks, Jon, for proving once again ...

... that the far left is always ready to apologize for and excuse the incredible corruption of this regime.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Let's add to Obumma's list of

Let's add to Obumma's list of lies:
1. Fast and Furious
2. IRS scandal
3. Lies about Obummacare - you can keep your doctor, you can keep your current plan.
4. Oh, the Obummacare web-site is up and running just fine..... cannot hide behind that lie one anymore.
5. Lying about sequestration

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Well said Leonard. While I

Well said Leonard. While I remain optimistic that people will awaken to this reality and reject the parasite called centralized government, I do some times worry that there are far too many people dependent on the crumbs of bread the government throws to the districts. One just has to read this on-line opinion section to see those begging for scraps, wanting more government involvement, all while being unaware the government is the problem in the first place.

Bread and circuses, bread and circuses.

RONALD RIML's picture

Good Morning, Pharaoh......

Guard your Granary well, lest the poor and down-trodden of the earth wrest your ill-gotten riches from your Iron Fist.

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excellent Ronald, they deserve less.

National Review calls it "apocalyptic conservatism". NR just means the unwillingness to compromise; the mean hateful spirit of conservatism; but perhaps they don't understand that it perfectly describes the religious basis, the hatred of facts, the delusions the motivate the wackos of the far right.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Yes, when it comes of forking

Yes, when it comes of forking my money over to the central government, there is no comprise; that answer is hell no.

If you think that is mean spirited, well, do you really think I give a damn? Perhaps I can pry a finger lose from the "iron fist" for you too.

Oh, there it is .!..

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Guard well the palatial Riml estate on the Damariscotta.

The politburo will want it as a dacha for a high party official. Don't worry, though. They'll assign you a very nice 1-room 3rd floor walk-up, shared bath down the hall. You don't need more than that, do you?

Guard well your health, too. When ObamaCare fails and Dear Leader imposes single-payer, as in all those civilized countries in Europe you love so much, it will swallow TriCare faster than you can say "Shiver me timbers!"

RONALD RIML's picture

How you know I have a 3rd floor walkup?? Peeking again, Perv?

Great idea to swallow Tri-Care, Medi-care, Republican-Don't-Give a Good-God-Damn-Care, and all other plans into one that treats all of us with the quality and cost-effectiveness that those civilized plans health plans have.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

What quality product has the

What quality product has the government ever produced?

Funny how government officials from those countries that provide "quality" single payer healthcare get sick, they travel to the US for care? I kind of wonder about the reason why.

RONALD RIML's picture

What quality product has the government ever produced?

Darpanet - which became the ...... Oh, silly you - using a quality product the government developed. And here you are, using it like a whore.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Please provide examples that don't support my argument.

DARPA ARPNET was a government research project. It took private industry to make networking ubiquitous.

In fact, the government abandoned the ARPNET in 1983, which opened up that field to private innovators.

Did the government make the internet ubiquitous – no, it was private industry.

Given the government abandoned ARPNET in 1983, the internet as we know it today would not exist without private industry.


RONALD RIML's picture

Yet 'Private Industry' failed to to foresee the need and

development, and provide funding as the government did.

Q.E.D. they dropped the ball.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

You need to read some about

You need to read some about the independent work that Xerox and IBM was doing in that time frame.

ARPNET evolved into SONET, Xerox and IBM work evolved into Ethernet, Ethernet is the technology that is pervasive in computer equipment.

SONET is still used as the network backbone, but is now aging and being replaced with Ethernet WANs (Wide Area Networks).

The takeaway here is that private industry was already moving in that direction. Private industry leverated SONET WAN technology, but used use its own creation, Ethernet, on all the consumer equipment you see today.

Private industry made all that happen, not dotGOV. The Ethernet network you connect you computer to in order to communicate with me is all privately created.

MARK GRAVEL's picture


leverated --> Lleveraged

RONALD RIML's picture

So your position is that Xerox and IBM operate independently

of Government funding??? Who'da thunk it!!

Google xerox and "government funding" 648,000 results

IBM? 2,390,000 results

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Don't be a moron and confuse

Don't be a moron and confuse funding and execution.

For example, Government funded, planned, and executed (poorly) the Obama web-site.

Government was not involved in planning or exectuting the WWW after 1983. Regardless of the funding, the key takeaway is that government cannot execute well. The private sector always executes well for if they don't, they go out of , if any, business.

I know you are stretching to make the government look good, but please focus on my original assertsion - the government cannot execute (do things) better than the private sector.

When I have more time, I can tell you why.

RONALD RIML's picture

Government has been known to go 'Out of Business'

But nowhere to the extent that Businesses have.

Reminder: 95 Percent of New Businesses Fail

MARK GRAVEL's picture

So what? Let's explore what

So what? Let's explore what this really means.

1. During the mid to late 1980s we witnessed a technology explosion. There where hundreds of start up business scrambling to fill demand for technology. Out of those hundreds of business, many did fail, but many found market niches in the networking, personal computer, ..., etc. The takeaway here is that out of 100 business, perhaps 5 survived to dominate a market segment. The government could not have serviced such a broad customer base; moreover, the government can only act like a single business, so it has a 95% of failure. Private sector innovation is responsible for the technology explosion during the decade of the 90's, which is something the government could not do.
2. Success or failure in business is not a binary operator. That is, your customer base is always shifting requirements and wants, so a business must be agile to keep up. Look at lenvo PC's who managed to take market share in a mature commodities market. Big vendors like Dell, HP, Compaq become complacent, and an unknown opened up new customers. This served customers well since it kicked the big three to return focus on the customer.

Government simply cannot do what the private sector does. Here is the best a government can do. I shake my head in shame for people who thing otherwise. I'll stop short of expressing what I really think of them.

RONALD RIML's picture

Links to your claim

With names and ailments. Then we'll find out if Americans we're allowed to die of the same diseases at the time.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Did other Canadian Citizens have a choice?

‘My heart, my choice,’ Williams says, defending decision for U.S. heart surgery


RONALD RIML's picture

So he used his own $$ to write out the check....

Americans also do that. It's called 'Medical Tourism.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

I'm all for freedom of choice

I'm all for freedom of choice - for everyone.

However, as a national leader, how does that look when the system you support and force people to use is not good enough for you to use.

Isn't a bit hypocritical? Why not lead by example?

RONALD RIML's picture

Therefore according to your reasoning....

The Health Care System which the President uses - government health care - would be certainly good enough for the people to use.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Can Joe public schedule

Can Joe public schedule examines with the same doctor the president uses?

RONALD RIML's picture

Under what system????


MARK GRAVEL's picture

By the why, I would place you

By the why, I would place you in the category of people who are impervious to how centralized government is actually hurting you, not helping you.

Case in point, it is coming to light that President Obumma new at the time he was promising people could keep their current healthcare plans if they wanted or keep their current doctors under ACA that was not the case.

Why did Obumma have to lie if ACA was the best thing since slice bread? Oh, I know, the bread is molded and rotten.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Ron..nald, Let me point out a


Let me point out a few flaws in your logic this fine morning:

1. "ill-gotten riches" - your predication that all who have accumulated wealth have somehow done so malignantly could be further from the truth.
2. Your criticism of people who accumulate wealth herein and in other writings clearly and unambiguously indicates an emotional sensitivity is at play here. I have my theories to the basis of your sensitivity.

If Americans woke up this morning and discovered that all the wealth in America was evenly distributed among us, it would not take long before America's wealth was back in the hands of a few. Why is that Ron...nald? Perhaps because your down-trodden simply don't know how to manage money in the first place, make poor decisions, ..., etc.

In closing, I'm sure that I can release just one finger from thy iron fist just for you - oh, there it goes .!..

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Great last paragraph.

When someone from the sticks is elected to the House or Senate, some Don makes him an offer he can't refuse: Vote as you're told and we'll give you some baubles and trinkets. Only a very few can resist and they're vilified as "extremists".

Very soon our republic will sleep with the fishes.


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