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 know why...in their attempts at fair hiring practices, they actually made it easier for bad employees to fail upward. The end.
Go back to a merit system, rather than a hoop-jumping, time-in-rank/service system, and you will see better and smarter employees. Make it easier to fire bad ones, and you will see better government overall with less bureaucracy.