OPB on Oregon school ratings:
The full summaries of Oregon school ratings are out, after attempts to delay their release until after the November election drew public outcry this week.
Gov. Kate Brown was accused of playing politics with a potentially damaging report on Oregon public schools ahead of a tight election battle. Education leaders said Brown was not involved in the decision to delay the reports’ release, and they’ve now shared the full reports.
Brown likely did not have to ask Oregon education bureaucrats to delay the damaging reports because they voluntarily use their power and influence to help her and other progressives of their own accord. These bureaucrats know that Brown would want them to help her and that they will not face any meaningful consequences if they do.
Likewise, Obama probably did not have to ask the IRS (and other agencies) to harass conservative groups because they eagerly did that for him on their own. This is what the deep state is. Not some massive, organized conspiracy, but dishonest and corrupt bureaucrats at every level of government willing to use their power and influence for the benefit of their tribe.
The deep state supplants the fair and equal application of the law with the tyranny of mini-despots. As Christopher Freiman notes:
We have a dilemma. If we assume that people act justly, the state isn’t needed in the first place. On the other hand, if we assume that people act unjustly, then we should assume that the state itself will act unjustly, too.