Well then you’re dumber than you look.
Seriously, this is one of the fundamental misunderstandings at the heart of statism. People really think being an employee of the state absolutely changes human nature from self-interested striving to endless benevolent self-sacrifice. And people continue to be shocked, Shocked! when they find that doesn’t work.
The quote is from a story about a law created to curb corruption that’s ended up empowering the state while stomping on liberty and the Constitution. Corruption, if you’ll remember, is the only way that anyone who works for the state can act in his or her own self interest.
Seriously, how are you going to make more money as a politician? You can either draw a bigger salary, hardly an example of benevolent self-sacrifice, or you can take money from other companies or organizations, which creates conflict of interest problems, or, in the common parlance, corruption.
In the private sector, however, you can make money for yourself, the company and the public, all at the same time. Genius! And if you don’t, if you fail to make money or do it by stealing from the company or duping the shareholders, you get fired, and possibly prosecuted for theft. Most of the exceptions to this rule can be traced back to the state meddling in the marketplace via corporatism.
Lessons? First, a law is a piss-poor way to solve a problem because it’s likely to be ineffective and have unintended consequences. Second, the private sector reliably kicks the public sector’s ass, in this case regarding corruption.