"While it would be silly and ungracious to insist that intelligent deliberation on public issues is nowhere found in modern communities, it would be naive to imagine that wise deliberation can survive the constant pounding from self-interested political behavior. Benevolence in public institutions has a short half-life no matter how noble its original intentions." and "Once [a] program is in place, its day-to-day administration falls into the hands of a professional cadre besieged by powerful interest groups whose influence grows as public interest wanes. . . . A slow process of disintegration and reconfiguration sets in, transforming and expanding a program from within."
by:
Richard A. Epstein
(1943-) Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law
Source:
Principles for a Free Society
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Great observation ! ! !  We hold this truth to be self evident. When considering Constitutional original intent (that being unless the Constitution specifically states some thing can be done  it can not) the current occupying statist theocracy infesting this nation absolutely proves the quote's accuracy.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    "Once [a] program is in place, its day-to-day administration falls into the hands of a professional cadre besieged by powerful interest groups whose influence grows as public interest wanes."  SO true.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Almost every rule and regulation is put upon us by non elected bureaucrats. No elected person will take credit for them but many will fight to keep them. 
     -- warren giese, OLATHE     
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