The Competence-Ambition Disequilibrium

Source: Commentary
by Noah Rothman

“There was a lot that government got right over the course of the pandemic. Most of it was what government is already good at. Congress is very good at cutting checks, and they did a lot of that …. Executive agencies are good at cutting red tape, and they did that, too. When speed was of the essence, the barriers that slow drug approvals were pared back, and time-consuming impediments to accessing government services were discarded. The 50 state governments did their part, as well. … And yet, government’s successes go relatively unremarked upon, in part, because the administrators and politicians in charge of that enterprise are not satisfied with them. They have established for themselves far broader objectives. And when those objectives go unmet, failure teaches its casualties no lessons.” (01/04/22)