Until there is no more grass

Instead of government workers being paid based on their tenure, on the number of employees they manage, and on the size of the budget they control … all of which inflate the budget of government and government debt … government employees should be paid on the outcome of the policies and laws for which they are responsible. For example, President Johnson’s many trillion dollar “War on Poverty” continues despite its failure, or the “War on Cancer” has spent billions of dollars despite its failure, and the “War against Terrorism” has spent trillions of dollars and lost trillions more, despite the growth of terrorism around the world. $6.5 trillion. 45% of the economy (national income) is controlled by federal, state & local government spending, compared to 12% before – – now costing $19.218 per man, woman & child. Literally, the growth in the size and cost of government is squeezing out the private economy.

THAT is one of the major reasons collectivism/socialism/communism runs out of other people’s money to spend. Everyone is incentivized to overgraze the public pasture until there is no more grass.

Instead, if the changes suggested above were made, government employees would be incentivized to root-out and whistle-blow any and all corruption. Today, losses from corruption result in larger budgets and promotions. Instead, public service must work for the success of the policy or law, instead of the size of their department’s budget and number of employees. From the perspective of taxpayers, these would be very sensible actions and objectives for people who, afterall, are supposed to be working in public service. However, these common sense actions contradict long established management practices in government, deeply entrenched in human resource policies, which depend on growing the size and cost of government at all levels, and also depend on the Administrative Procedures Act of 1946 which allows agencies like EPA and FDA to write and enforce their own policies.

Unfortunately and unsustainably, growth of government and corruption is the incentive WE THE PEOPLE provide through our elected representatives … one election after another…therefore we get the resulting debt balloon. #WhiteHouse #RealDonaldTrump

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About budbromley

Life sciences executive, retired
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