Government vs Governance

BadGuy 2Often the words government and governance are used interchangeably.  However, these words carry significantly different meanings.  Government is by elected officials and laws chosen at the ballot box.  Governance is by unelected bureaucrats who establish rules and regulations.

Today the trend is to create mega agencies, such as Metropolitan Planning Organizations (more on that soon).  Employees of these agencies plan land use and transportation, two of the most significant aspect of our lives.  Yet no one is elected to the posts they hold within those agencies.  Who do voters kick out of office if need be?  Do voters spend time studying organization charts to ultimately find who appointed whom?