Administrations and their political appointees come and go, but the bureaucracy is eternal.
And the eternal bureaucracy is not neutral, politically speaking.
The bureaucrats have their own political agenda.
The State Department is run by people who favor diplomacy above all else.
The EPA is run by people who think Nature has a pristine state and that industry is evil.
The IRS is run by people who are statists.
And all unionized government workers are one of three legs on the corrupt GOVERNMENT COMPLEX stool - the other two are politicians who get their donations and the cronies of those politicians who get lucrative contracts from the bureaucracies run by the unionized bureaucrats.
This is why an important federal reform we should all fight for - as a result of the IRS scandal - is to do on a national level what Scott Walker did in his state: rein in the government unions; this is something FDR would have supported; (FDR opposed government unions because he saw the potential for abuse).
Another curative reform would be a flat tax.
The tax code gives politicians too much power - one they have ALL abused.
THE BRITISH TV SERIES - YES, MINISTER - MADE COMEDY OF THIS CONFLICT.
The different ideals and self-interested motives of the characters are frequently contrasted. Whilst Hacker occasionally approaches an issue from a sense of idealism and a desire to be seen to improve things, he ultimately sees his re-election and elevation to higher office as the only measures of his success. Accordingly, he must appear to the voters to be effective and responsive to the public will. To his party (and, in the first incarnation, the Prime Minister) he must act as a loyal and effective party member.
Sir Humphrey, on the other hand, genuinely believes that it is the Civil Service that knows what is best for the country (a belief shared by his bureaucratic colleagues) which is usually what is best for the Civil Service. Most of Sir Humphrey's actions are motivated by his wish to maintain the prestige, power, and influence he enjoys.HERE'S HOW THEY MADE FUN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
This actually sounds like Syria..
AND HERE'S ONE SHOWING TWO PERMANENT BUREAUCRATS DISCUSSING THEIR TRANSIENT BOSSES - THE POLITICAL APPOINTEES: