In The Other Man's Boots
Flip around your assumptions for a moment.
You are now a middle-aged career government employee.
Your agency is one of the Executive Branch's enforcement mechanisms.
You still believe in "the mission".
You are still ambitious enough to want that last notch or two in the civil service stepladder -- the ones that do not come automatically.
You know in broad strokes what the .gov in general in seeking -- more rules, more enforcement, more budget justification, more resources. Rinse and repeat.
You also know that the growing sense of frustration amongst voters is likely to expand, as that cycle repeats.
Looking at your ambition, your agency's agenda, and Leviathan's lust for evermore of everything, is there any plausible reason at all not to give full rein to those appetites?
Any reason at all?
Food for thought....