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August 01, 2005

Regulating the Regulator's Regulating

From an article on Barry Goldwater's nephew's gubernatorial campaign:

"Goldwater, the recently retired director of special events at the state Department of Administration, has never before held elective office and has been (to put it charitably) a low-profile presence on the political stage."

How excellent is that? Department of Administration. It's like bureaucracy squared! And a relative of Barry Goldwater worked at it! It gives me chills. Brings me back, too. UC Santa Cruz's student government had an arm called the Student Committee on Committees. What all that time spent discussing themselves amounted to, I don't know, but the idea of it certainly amused me.

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Yeah, but what name recognition!! Let's not forget that Hillary held no political office until she ran for Senator. The magic was the name recognition.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Aug 1, 2005 6:27:35 PM

Wouldn't the "Committee on Committees" be the body's Steering Committee? I actually think one of the two Houses of the national Congress had a similar name not too long ago. Maybe still, actually.

Posted by: Tony the Pony | Aug 1, 2005 7:31:38 PM

May be misremembering a state house instead of one in the national Congress. Pennsylvania, e.g.

Posted by: Tony the Pony | Aug 1, 2005 7:33:04 PM

Wasn't the John Cleese character in "Yes, Minister" the head of the "Department of Administrative Affairs"?

Posted by: johnl | Aug 1, 2005 9:36:34 PM

Maybe Goldwater was the Department Administrator of the Department of Administration. Bureacracy cubed.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Aug 1, 2005 10:16:11 PM

There's a great organization headquartered in the Ronald Reagan building in DC -- The Association of Association Presidents. It appears to arrange travel and conference stuff for other associations, plus I'm sure it has its own meetings and junkets. I laugh myself silly every time I see it

Posted by: David | Aug 1, 2005 10:23:12 PM

The private sector isn't far behind: I used to work for a large insurance company, and when I went to Human Resources with a complaint one day, they told me it had been "referred to Problem Management."

What a slogan, I thought: We can't actually solve problems -- but we can manage the shit out of them!

Posted by: Michael Scott | Aug 1, 2005 10:36:52 PM

Yes, Michael, one one think that they'd name is Problem Resolution if the problems were resolvable.

Then again, maybe the Problem Management folks take their orders from the Problem Administration people.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Aug 1, 2005 11:23:17 PM

What a slogan, I thought: We can't actually solve problems -- but we can manage the shit out of them!

Close your eyes and it sounds just like John Kerry's statement on terrorism.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Aug 2, 2005 10:22:04 AM

"Department of Administration" --as good as the Firesign Theater's "Department of Redundancy Department"

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