We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I work with a lot of very bright, very good people in government. The problem is that their incentives and information are awful. How would you behave if for 20 years your main feedback was to be criticized for violating minor procedures or trying new things? How would you have any understanding of business if you grew up in the bizarro world of government budgeting and accounting? This is the problem with government – not that it is full of bad stupid people, but it takes good smart people and incentivizes them to do counter-productive things.
I worked for the Oregon DMV for ten years. It was the worst experience in an organization I've ever had. Everything is back-asswards.
Once we were actually told to try and think out of the box. When I did I was told that what I proposed could not be done because it was not in the manual.
At least the DMV wasn't as extreme as Mao, who invited dissent in his "Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom" campaign in the 1950s. Mao later changed his mind and jailed a number of those who took him at his word and expressed dissent.
"Think outside the box....It's not in the manual, so it can't be done."