Expansion of federal government – mission creep

Familiar with the term mission creep? In business, a project starts with specified business requirements and after the project gets rolling, new requirements – or change orders – are added after the fact increasing costs and sometimes destroying the project. Nick Gillespie over at Reason TV talks mission creep in government projects.

Hat tip to Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air. I know project costs and mission creep within Fortune 100 companies can be frustrating as hell, and I’m quite certain the concept can make a person want to jump off the nearest Washington D.C. monument when working with the federal government.


Ed sums it all up nicely.

Why do federal government programs grow like weeds and expand like Mr. Creosote from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life?  Power corrupts.  These programs provide all sorts of opportunities for favor-peddling, influence buying, and lobbyist interest.  That’s why we have to stop these programs before they get started — because once they take root, they are all but impossible to kill.

As added reading, Investor’s Business Daily has a pretty good editorial on socialism creep.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.

1 Comment

  1. Dimsdale on December 22, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Elliot Ness, where are you when we need you?

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