The Federal Bureaucracy Will Never Be an Effective Tool for Conservative Goals

The Department of Health and Human Services building in Washington, D.C., August 5, 2021 (Brent Buterbaugh/National Review)

A word of warning to conservatives who have stopped wanting to shrink, reduce, limit, or scale back the federal government, and who, in recent years, decided want to use the sprawling and far-reaching power of the federal government to serve their own agenda. . . .

In case you haven’t noticed, the federal government is often incompetent. Or perhaps I should specify the federal bureaucracy — the one I wrote a book about — is a spectacularly inefficient institution that at best slowly and erratically lumbers towards its goals, hampered by its own red tape, inertia, waste, overhead costs, complicated regulations …

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