By Charles Biderman
A key belief of mine is that inherent in the nature of government is that governments are not capable of effectively providing services. And by effectively, I mean in terms of dollars and hours. Yet, the biggest of the Big Lies, and one apparently believed by most Americans, is that government can effectively provide services.
The reason I know most Americans believe the Big Lie that government can effectively provide services is that Americans elected Barack Obama president twice. I also have no doubt that Mr. Obama believes that government can effectively provide services, and in particular health care.
However, reality is that governments are not capable of getting anything done cost effectively. Not only are governments not capable of getting something done by themselves, government is also not capable of effectively hiring others – look at how private prisons work as an example of something not working well.
When I was in Air Force in the 1960’s a truism of the time was that whenever the government did anything big or small, such as a fighting the war or assigning jobs, it ended up FUBAR. FUBAR, is F_ Up Beyond All Repair. How much do you want to bet that the whole Obamacare sign up system is FUBAR? Today’s Wall Street Journal says the outside cost for creating the sign up system has already doubled from $100 million to $200 million.
I’ll bet that the ultimate cost of creating the sign up system will be over $1 billion and take at least another two years. Unfortunately the government will Lie again and again and pointing the blame finger at anyone but themselves. All part of The Big Lie.
Ever wonder why there is no government agency checking on the cost effectiveness of government services? I do. Simple, the government will not allow it. Why cut their own throats if they can just lie about their results?
To get back to the key question as to why governments are inherently not capable of getting anything done cost effectively? Two answers: First, if you cannot fire employeesfor misfeasance or malfeasance, I say you have no right to expect that employee to actually do their job. Misfeasance and malfeasance are fancy words that mean not doing what you are supposed to either because you are incompetent or even worse, knowing better and still not doing the job.
Inherent in all the union and government employment agreements, it is almost impossible to fire a government worker. And yes, many if not most government workers in fact do their jobs effectively. But there are a huge number of government workers who do very little other then cashing their paychecks and also build up huge pension benefits.
Second reason governments are ineffective is that the top guys only care about getting re-elected or reappointed. Pointing the finger at someone else has been more effective at getting reelected then in actually doing something. So if the top guys are not managed based upon their results in providing services cost effectively, we have no right to expect them to do that.
That’s right both bosses and employees of our government have no incentive to do their jobs cost effectively. Yet the government keeps lying and telling us it is the fault of everyone but the government as to why nothing gets done.
The biggest of the big government lies is that the reason the government can’t get anything done is that more government is needed. Every Obama speech on the economy includes we need more government to fix our problems.
The Big Lie.
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