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In the 1960s, there was a professor and business analyst named Laurence J. Peter. He became famous for coming up with something called the Peter Principle. The informal way to describe it was this: In a business hierarchy, an employee does well and is promoted. He does well in his new, higher-level job and is promoted again. He does well in that position and is promoted yet again. Finally, he rises to a job that is beyond his abilities. He is no longer promoted and stays in the job he does not do well.
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In Government, it is worse – let’s call it the Harris Principle (for our VP), people that are bad at this job keep getting advanced positions.
Another Principle is the Nepotism principle. A person gets fame or fortune based on being related to a politician (see The Clintons, The Bidens, The Bushes, the Cuomos ….).