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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 80 of the 1969 Arlington House edition of Ludwig von Mises‘s 1944 volume, Bureaucracy:

The bureaucrat is not only a government employee.  He is, under a democratic constitution, at the same time a voter and as such a part of the sovereign, his employer.  He is in a peculiar position: he is both employer and employee.  And his pecuniary interest as employee towers above his interest as employer, as he gets much more from the public funds than he contributes to them.

This double relationship becomes more important as the people on the government’s payroll increase.  The bureaucrat as voter is more eager to get a raise than to keep the budget balanced.  His main concern is to swell the payroll.