Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Frank Watson
Freelance Columnist 

Shadow Government

 

October 24, 2019



There is a branch of our government that is independent of the three branches we study in school. This branch usually operates in the shadows overlooked by both the people and the legislature. It makes its own rules with the same force as law. It has the power to levy fines and seize property. No one in this branch is elected and, therefore, is generally unresponsive to public opinion. It is virtually independent to do whatever it pleases, and I have never known it to admit a mistake. This shadow government is made up of the various bureaucratic agencies that are established to manage speci...



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