I'm sure you're familiar with some of the following.
The Peter Principle states:
In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. This is exemplified daily in Corporate America.
Peter also argues that a class or caste system is supposedly more efficient at avoiding incompetence. For example, if you have a gonad-less class of people, they will most likely be more inefficient and incompetent when it comes to solving problems quickly. Perhaps it has something to do with a decrease in the number of vesicular pathways available to transport oxygen to the brain -- an amazing impact for a small appendage.
Parkinson's Law states:
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Another way of looking at it is to say that the demand upon a resource tends to expand to match the supply of the resource.
An extension is often added to this, stating that the reverse is not true.
Parkinson's Second Law is:
Expenditures rise to meet income. If you have it, they will spend it.
Parkinson also proposed a rule about the efficiency of administrative councils. He defined a coefficient of inefficiency with the number of members as the main determining variable. 535 is probably a magic number.
The Dilbert Principle:
A person who has never been competent at anything at any point in time can still be promoted into management (or politics).
What can we interpret and extrapolate from these principles and laws?
We're screwed with this debt thing.
These political wankers are going to dither around until the very last minute because NO ONE has the gonads to set aside petty differences and make the tough, right decision that will be in the best interests of the majority of the people of this country.
No one is truly listening to what the American PEOPLE actually want, which is STILL to be able to collect Social Security checks upon retirement after a lifetime of paying into the system, to have Medicare/Medicaid available to them because private insurance is just not reasonable or affordable for the majority of people and we're only one medical catastrophe away from bankruptcy in most cases, to expect that those who can least afford it shouldn't be the ones bearing the brunt of the tax burden in this country while those who can most afford it have every loophole in the world available to them to get out of paying taxes, to not have to continue to pay for unwanted and unfunded wars that do nothing but foment ill will and acrimony for the US and its people and put our own precious citizen's lives in harm's way, but most of all to NOT have to listen to our supposed 'elected representatives' whine, cry and make every lame/petty/partisan/self-serving excuse as to why they can't get the job done when -- in the REAL world -- the rest of us would have had our asses handed to us on a platter and been fired from our jobs for incompetence and inefficiency.
My sad realization today is that the name of most politicians should truly be Peter Dilbert Parkinson, and the longer they're in office, the higher the likelihood that they should ALL have that name.