Cover your assthe bureaucrat's method of protecting his posterior from posterity.william safire: 1968 Safire's Political Dictionary, introduction.
There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem. See Frost 338:84.Vidal, Gore originally Eugene Luther Vidal,Jr: 1968 Sex, Death and Money, preface.
The people want government that works for them at every level. They want good government that begins at their doorstep in the barangay, and does not end before the closed door of a bureaucrat in Metro Manila.gloria macapagal-arroyo: 2005 State of the Nation Address (July 25, 2005)
The Roman Catholic Church is headed by a mediocre Bavarian bureaucrat once tasked with the concealment of the foulest iniquity, whose ineptitude in that job now shows him to us as a man personally and professionally responsible for enabling a filthy wave of crime. Ratzinger himself may be banal, but his whole career has the stench of evil a clinging and systematic evil that is beyond the power of exorcism to dispel. What is needed is not medieval incantation but the application of justice and speedily at that.Christopher Hitchens, The Great Catholic Cover-Up "The Slate", March 15, 2010
The very name of my subject, economics, suggests economizing or maximizing. But Political Economy has gone a long way beyond home economics. Indeed, it is only in the last third of the century, within my own lifetime as a scholar, that economic theory has had many pretensions to being itself useful to the practical businessman or bureaucrat. I seem to recall that a great economist of the last generation, A. C. Pigou of Cambridge University, once asked the rhetorical question, “Who would ever think of employing an economist to run a brewery?” Well, today, under the guise of operational research and managerial economics, the fanciest of our economic tools are being utilized in enterprises both public and private.paul samuelson: p. 62: Lead paragraph
The result of walking round Tate Modern is not an experience of the marvel of creative profundity which gives meaning to life, but more akin to the detritus of a dryly analytical bureaucrat reverting to an infantile stage during an extended breakdown.charles thomson: "Interview with Charles Thomson of the Stuckists" artistica.com, 2006-01-29.
Eichmann was in every respect a painstaking bureaucrat. He at once recorded in the files every discussion he ever had with any of his superiors. He always told me that the most important thing was to be covered at all times by one's superiors. He shunned all personal responsibility and took care to shelter behind his superiors - in this case Mueller and Kaltenbrunner - and inveigle them into accepting liability for his actions.dieter wisliceny: Quoted in "Gestapo: Instrument of Tyranny" - Page 240 - by Edward Crankshaw - History - 1956
Firebugs dragging their gasoline bottles Are approaching the Academy of Arts, with a grin. And so, instead of embracing them, Let us demand the freedom of the elbow To knock the bottles out of their filthy hands. Even the most blockheaded bureaucrat, Provided he loves peace, Is a greater lover of the arts Than any so-called art-lover Who loves the arts of war.bertolt brecht: "Freedom for Whom", as translated in Brecht on Brecht : An Improvisation (1967) by George Tabori, p. 18
I believe that life begins at conception. And abortion under no circumstances. No, it comes down to it's not the government's role or anybody else's role to make that decision. Secondly, if you look at the statistical incidents, you're not talking about that big a number. So what I'm saying is it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn't have to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive issue. The government shouldn't be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.herman cain: Piers Morgan Tonight, 19 November 2011 , quoted in Benen, Steve (20 October 2011), "The pro-life candidate who’s pro-choice", Political Animal (Washington Monthly), retrieved on 2011-10-23 on abortion
If Obamacare had been fully implemented when I caught cancer, I'd be dead and here's why. Here's why. I was able to go to the doctors that I wanted to go to. As fast as they could do the test. I didn't have to wait six months like you do in other countries to get a CAT scan, and sometimes people die before they get the CAT scan, because the cancer in my body was spreading so fast. But because I was able to get the treatment as soon as I could, and to get the quality care that I did, that's what has me alive today. You ought to be able to make those choices if you get a serious illness, not some bureaucrat in Washington, D.C.herman cain: 2011-08-18 campaign stop, quoted in Conway, Kate (2011-08-19). "Herman Cain: Under "Obamacare," "I'd Be Dead"". Political Correction. Retrieved on 2011-10-07.
We've been waiting 30 years to end the lunacy of nine demigods on the Supreme Court deciding every burning social issue of the day for us, loyal subjects in a judicial theocracy. We don't want someone who will decide those issues for us but decide them "our" way. If we did, a White House bureaucrat with good horse sense might be just the ticket. We've gone from a representative democracy to a monarchy, and the most appalling thing is – even conservatives just hope like the dickens the next king is a good one.ann coulter: "Who was the 2nd choice?", Townhall, 20 October 2005
This is a sane man, and a sane man is capable of unrepentant, unlimited, planned evil. He was the genius bureaucrat, he was the powerful frozen mind which directed a gigantic organization; he is the perfect model of inhumanness; but he was not alone. Eager thousands obeyed him. Everyone could not have his special talents; many people were needed to smash a baby's head against the pavement before the mother's eyes, to urge a sick old man to rest and shoot him in the back of the head; there was endless work for willing hands. How many more like these exist everywhere?adolf eichmann: Martha Gellhorn in Eichmann and the Private Conscience, Atlantic Monthly, 1962
In this day and age, we need to revise the old saying to read, "Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned."Milton Friedman: "Bureaucracy Scorned" in Newsweek (29 December 1975), later published in Bright Promises, Dismal Performance : An Economist's Protest (1983)
The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights.h. l. mencken: On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe (1920-1936), p. 279
In a free society, the ‘vision thing’ is left to private individuals; civil servants are kept on a tight leash, because free people understand that a ‘visionary’ bureaucrat is a voracious one and that the grander the government... the poorer and less free the people.ilana mercer: “His Rhetoric, Our Reality,” Antiwar.com, January 26, 2005.
Reasonable minds can disagree about how to apply the Religion Clauses in a given case. But the goal of the Clauses is clear: to carry out the Founders’ plan of preserving religious liberty to the fullest extent possible in a pluralistic society. By enforcing the Clauses, we have kept religion a matter for the individual conscience, not for the prosecutor or bureaucrat. At a time when we see around the world the violent consequences of the assumption of religious authority by government, Americans may count themselves fortunate: Our regard for constitutional boundaries has protected us from similar travails, while allowing private religious exercise to flourish. [...] Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: Why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?sandra day o'connor: McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union, 545 U.S. 844 (2005) (concurring).
The path away from economic freedom is, as Hayek long ago demonstrated, the road to serfdom. The road may be a long one: the pace may be swift or slow: but the destination cannot be changed. State ownership, state monopolies, state regulation and state planning, through the centralisation of economic power, inevitably lead to economic failure. They inevitably increase both the temptation and the scope for abuses of political power until freedom itself is threatened. The planned economies, the controlled societies which socialism requires, pervert what are truly economic decisions for the market into political decisions for the politician or the bureaucrat. The fruits of centralised economics are corruption, poverty and servility and in the socialist society the only medicine which may be prescribed is heavier doses of the same socialist poison.norman tebbit: The 1985 Disraeli Lecture (13 November, 1985)
In Stalin each [Soviet bureaucrat] easily finds himself. But Stalin also finds in each one a small part of his own spirit. Stalin is the personification of the bureaucracy. That is the substance of his political personality.leon trotsky: ch. 11 (The Revolution Betrayed (1936))
There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.gore vidal: Preface to Reflections Upon a Sinking Ship (1969)Preface to Sex, Death, and Money (1969)
The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's goodbye to the Bill of Rights.H.L. Mencken, “A Time to be Wary” (1933), collected in A Carnival of Buncombe.
In a free society, the ‘vision thing’ is left to private individuals; civil servants are kept on a tight leash, because free people understand that a ‘visionary’ bureaucrat is a voracious one and that the grander the government... the poorer and less free the people.“His Rhetoric, Our Reality,” Antiwar.com, January 26, 2005.
In Stalin each [Soviet bureaucrat] easily finds himself. But Stalin also finds in each one a small part of his own spirit. Stalin is the personification of the bureaucracy. That is the substance of his political personality.ch. 11 (The Revolution Betrayed (1936))
A bureaucrat is one who has the power to say “no” but none to say “yes”. Bureaucrats can find an infinite number of reasons for rejecting any proposed change, but can find none for accepting it.Ackoff (2006) A little book of f-laws: 13 common sins of management. p.12