Administration Indictments: A Pretty Safe Prediction

Here’s my safe prediction of the day. You will never in your lifetime see a two term President who does not have someone at some level of his administration indicted. A less safe prediction is that you’ll never see it in a one term administration either.

This has nothing to do with politicians all being crooked for anything like that. It is just a fact of life in land of millions of laws and microscopic investigations. Let me shift gears for a second to explain why I can say it..

I used to teach a safe boating course. A new boat owner would buy a boat them come to us to learn how to use it safely. 90% of what we taught was safety and regulations. (or safety regulations;) For those of you who are not familiar with it, there are hundreds of laws governing boats (and fishing), even in a state like Louisiana which has fewer than most states. Being instructors, we knew most all of them.

One day after class we were downing a few beers and I asked the other instructors, “OK Admit it; who if they got stopped today and had a complete inspection would escape without a ticket?”

At first everyone said they would except two other instructors. Then one by one as they thought about it, everyone had to admit they had at least one thing wrong. In my case, before I knew the regs, I had put my hull numbers too far back from the bow and never bothered move them.

Then I made my larger point. There was probably not a single boat in the local harbor that did not break at least ONE law. There were simply too many laws to track them all. (If you don’t know how many laws there are about boats, trust me on this.) If the table full of people who TAUGHT the laws could not keep up with them, your average guy off the street had no hope at all.

Which brings me to Washington.

I don’t know how many people are in “The Administration” but I’ll say 1,000. These people have to tiptoe thru thousands of laws every day. Probably many laws are condradictory. Saying one word incorrectly could lead to an indictment. At some point it is a numbers game. 1,000 people X millions of tasks X thousands of laws = An Indictment

[None of this BTW has anything to do with Libby other than it allowed me to post something I’ve been thinking for a long time. Libby’s indictment is what it is, I’m just making an observation. My example of too many laws governing boats can be used for dozens of other topics too. I’d bet you that not a single print shop in the country is in complete regulatory compliance either for example.]

So while I think administration indictments are now a fact of life, I’m not sure how I feel about it. I WANT our public officials to know they are being watched, but on the other hand, at some point, all the backside covering will harm their ability to get any work done. Potential prison time should not be a byproduct of public service. I see the trend, but I don’t know if it is a good thing or bad thing. – I’ll leave that for Jay Tea to ponder. 😉

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