Yeah, we're going to get some entertainment mileage out of right-wing, partisan hack Sandy Crux for quite some time to come, but here's a tidbit I ran across earlier today. Remember how we pointed out how Harpo's vaunted "Federal Accountability Act" wasn't really working as well as it had been sold?
Kathryn May, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Friday, October 05, 2007
The rules-laden Federal Accountability Act is backfiring and creating a bureaucracy of risk-averse "Dilberts" who keep their heads down, don't trust anyone and put process ahead of getting things done, warns a report by Ottawa think-tank Public Policy Forum.
The newly-released report, which draws on interviews with 50 leaders in the public and private sectors, including former prime ministers Joe Clark and Paul Martin, concludes that the Conservatives' signature legislation went so overboard with rules, regulations and parliamentary watchdogs looking over bureaucrats' shoulders that it is killing morale and stifling innovation, creativity and effective leadership.
And who ... I beseech of you, who ... could possibly have seen that coming? Oh, wait:
Tories' Accountability Act has become law
Updated Tue. Dec. 12 2006 6:11 PM ET
OTTAWA -- The Federal Accountability Act became law Tuesday, marking the biggest legislative accomplishment yet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority Conservative government...
In the word-of-caution category, [public policy expert Donald] Savoie warns that government is likely to get more timid, more bureaucratic and generally slower as a result of the new measures.
In other words, they were warned, but they figured they knew better.
Join us this winter, during which several well-meaning citizens try to tell various Conservative cabinet ministers not to put their tongues on frozen metal poles in December. To no avail.