Our Uneducated Government

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Our Uneducated Government

Post by WestViking »

There is a difference between schooling and education. For decades, we have put a heavy emphasis on the value of schooling. The thinking is that the four or more years of university study involves discipline that will produce a superior intellect.

Another factor is the social aspect. Exposure to prevalent attitudes, standards and values will fit a person to either private or public employment. While that seems viable, it is a ‘groupthink’ trap. That is where systemic discrimination has its roots.

Education commences when the schooling is applied in the real world where decisions have consequences. When people make bad decisions, which is inevitable, they either analyze the reasons for the bad decision and learn, or try to minimize the consequences and remain ignorant. The ‘old boy’ system encourages the latter for several reasons.

When someone on a lower strata makes a bad decision and those above protect him or her from the consequences, they establish a new relationship. The person ‘saved’ is no longer just an employee, but someone subservient. The strings are subtle, but real.

That brings up another factor, particularly evident in large organizations. When there is a competition for promotion, the level above will choose to promote a subservient to promoting someone capable. Competent people are a threat to incumbents, while subservient people are not.

Over time, the rot works its way to the top. The top of the chain of command promotes those he knows to be subservient to avoid a threat to his or her power. The chain of command, down to middle management, is thus riddled with people who are subservient rather than competent.

That is why the RCMP is in a mess.

The same factors apply in every government department and agency. It is not who you know that governs promotions, but what the layers above have on you. There is a degree of replication in private enterprise, but it is curbed by the profit motive. When subservience gets in the way of profit, a private organization will clean house. There is no similar check in the public sector.

When we examine our government, the lack of competence is obvious. Huge departments overseeing multi-millions in spending have chronic problems. Two examples stand out – Indian Affairs and Veterans Affairs. Both have been abject failures for decades. The failings are well known and documented. There are no changes to operations. Lessons are not learned. Ignorance persists.

Even with a change of government and new department ministers, incumbent civil servants are masters at passive resistance. Although a new minister may strive to bring about improvements, the civil service simply slows implementing orders. At some point the directive sits in someone’s ‘in’ basket awaiting a follow-up. If there is no follow-up the directive is ‘lost’.

Since there are no penalties for incompetence or errors, there is no incentive for civil servants to improve. They come to understand the subservient structure and the futility of giving their job the best they can. Superior performance will not result in promotions or rewards.

As if this picture is not bleak enough, the head of the civil service is the Privy Council Clerk who is part of the Prime Minister’s Office. On top of the subservient structure, we have political interference as party stalwarts and supporters are rewarded with civil service positions, politicizing the civil service. When the Prime Mister tries to assure us that the WE charity decision was based on the recommendation of a neutral civil service, I break out in laughter.

You will recall the SNC-Lavalin affair where the Privy Council Clerk, on behalf of the Prime Minister was pressuring the Attorney General to forego prosecuting SNC-Lavalin. We have every reason to believe that the Prime Minster wanted to give the WE charity a boost and asked the Privy Council Clerk to make it happen. That is the way the PMO works.

The PMO and government do not learn. They are incapable of analyzing their errors to establish where they went wrong and make corrections. That is why our Prime Minister is facing yet another conflict of interest investigation. He failed to learn from the first two instances where he was found in conflict and remains ignorant. He may be schooled but he lacks education.

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Re: Our Uneducated Government

Post by 99pct »

Lacking in education? No. lacking in maturity and the meaning of responsibility. When Trudeau says he accepts responsibility, he has no concept of the meaning of the word. Really. This percolates downward through the ranks where lower echelon peons see there is no consequence to incompetence or ignoring rules. It has become a culture of doing almost nothing. EG: How is the payroll system repair/replacement going? It needs a Minister with balls to come in and set a hard ultimatum.

Call in all the top three levels of Managers and tell them - You have had years to get this done and there has been nothing but complete incompetence. You Managers and Department heads have three months to get this up and running, properly. I don't care what it takes as everything so far hasn't worked. Break contracts? Clean house. Hire new staff. Whatever you think is needed. It is your responsibility. Part of your responsibility is to make damn sure there are people below you who can take over your job. If there isn't, you have failed.

This payroll system is up and running in three months, 90 days. Remember there are only 7 days in a week. Make use of them. Don't try to sabotage, or you will get your ass run off damn fast. Canadians hired me to get this done. If you need support, come to me and you will get it, otherwise get out of here. The countdown starts now. I might stop by at night to see if lights are on. They had better be.

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