Yeah, but most of those don't get paid for with my taxes. I really think we should be avoiding hiring idiots to run our bureaucracies. It's probably my imagination, but didn't WE used to hire more capable people, before the saying those who can, work for a living, those who can't, work for the government? It was before my time, I know. So maybe I am imagining a Golden Era of government work.
It's entirely your imagination. Corruption, inefficiency, and bad decisions are a hallmark of humanity. It didn't start in the 1970s, or the 1940s, or even in 2000 B.C. There is not now nor has there ever been a Golden Era of government work. You should always be suspicious of any sense of nostalgia which tells you, "Things were better back in the old days!" They weren't. That's just your brain wishing for times when you had fewer responsibilities and knew less about the world and how it works. Go read up on the Gilded Age, and then tell me that the government was so much better then.
You act like bureaucrats are some kind of alien species. They're not. Bureaucrats are all of us. I work in the private sector, but I work for a Fortune 500 company comprised mostly of other companies that were purchased and then cobbled together into a larger organism, like a Frankenstein of companies. I see bureaucratic inefficiency and bad decisions all the time.
I see one business unit doing critical work for another, but lying to the other business unit about their ability to get the job done. (This is going on right now on a major project which I expect is going to go KABOOM! within the next few weeks. Everybody knows it, and the status of the project has been escalated multiple times because the project team can't get traction or resources, but are the executives doing anything about it? Take a guess.)
I see one group of people in a company madly stampeding to fix something without regards to the impact or the potential to screw something else up, while other groups vainly try to enforce some sort of control over things to keep our company from shooting itself in the foot.
I see members of one business unit receive work tickets from another unit. Members of the first unit take 2-3 weeks to respond to a request for work, then do the work wrong or not at all, then close out the ticket without explanation, and then refuse to do the job right or even respond to inquiries until another ticket is opened -- and maybe they'll get to that one in another 2-3 weeks.
Hell, even *I'm* not above using process and procedure to make somebody I don't like go away, and "do it right" before I'll do work for them. It depends on my mood, how busy I am, and whether or not that person has pissed me off recently.
So, yeah, please remind me again how government has the monopoly on bureaucratic inefficiency and bad decisions.