"The boundless creativity of politicians and bureaucrats to develop new and more complex regulation is bounded only by the bureaucracy's inability to implement them. The absolute size of the bureaucracy is constrained by external factors, so the only effect of automation can be to increase bureaucratic complexity."
Why it is Important that Software Projects Fail, 2008, Dr A Berglas
And on a similar theme, Parkinson's Law of Triviality:
The time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved."Parkinson's law of triviality - Wikipedia