GSA Feature, Not Bug

Betsy makes a lovely point with reference to the GSA and its now apparent wastefulness:

Well, isn’t that the whole problem? Too much money flows through the federal government and whenever there is that much money, some of it is going to be wasted. Maybe this sort of blatant abuse isn’t inevitable, but waste is natural when there is no incentive for employees to be frugal with all that moolah. In a private business they might have to account for the spending and would maybe be able to receive bonuses for how they saved money.

Of course, if they acted like this in a private business, they would probably have been fired–which would put them on public assistance.

Which is a lot like working for the GSA . . . .