If you’re concerned about the size of Big Brother and the related liberty intrusions, scandals and inefficiency — you should be. There isn’t an agency, department or program within the federal government that would survive a real investigation or private sector audit. Can you imagine the number of scandals we would have if we really got serious about evaluating government efficiency? Which makes it all the more confusing to me how private-sector citizens can actually think more government is good. I believe in small government. I question government’s intent regarding all things. It is filled with hypocrisy, saturated with corruption and it is administered by, for the most part, self-serving people that value their future more than the country’s. The federal government is fat from consumption and most of its agencies and departments are flabby and bloated. Would it be so bad to trim some fat?
When I was young, being a government employee was not the celebrated career it is now. It was common knowledge then that the government hires virtually anyone, no matter the true competencies of the individual. And, national scandals aside, it fires virtually no one, regardless of the level of incompetence. Unfortunately, the practice still exists, it’s just hidden better from the public.
For example, in Dayton, Ohio, Ohio, a candidate can score a 58% and 66% on a two-part exam and still become a police officer. I’ve been long out of high school but isn’t that an F and a D minus, or something damn close? But wait, it gets better. These scores were decreased from the previously outrageous requirements of 66% and 72%. Interesting situation that you can fail a test yet get a job and a pension – and a gun. Perhaps most tragically, we expect these flunkies to make quality decisions while on the beat. It’s absurd. More specifically, it’s government.
And you may have heard Congress actually passed Obama-care before major sections were written. We’re just now learning of the ferocious in-fighting and shameful selfishness that took place during Obama-care’s passage (see Obama-care). Let’s not forget, even though it is part of their jobs, we haven’t had a budget from the Democrat-held Senate in three years. Just how trust-worthy are these people? We give them a vote of confidence, they give us the shaft. Clearly, most of these politicians could give a chuck about you, me or the quality of the country. They’re about re-elections and pensions — nothing more. We could easily scrape a few from the bottom of the barrel and improve some things a bit, don’t you think?
I also doubt the government’s ability regarding all enterprises. Recall in 2009 when the government had to announce it was 30% off on vaccine projections. Have you heard of the Benjamin Isherwood and the Henry Eckford naval vessels? Some $600 million wasted. Most would agree the government was slow to react to the BP spill, further escalating the crisis. And it’s common knowledge now that the government was the real disaster during Hurricane Katrina. In fact, the Cato Institute is calling for the gutting of the Army Corps of Engineers for excessive corruption and incompetence.
How about the Department of Education? Promoted and politicized by the National Education Association (a labor union), and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979, it began operating on May 16, 1980. The point here is that it’s not very old. America existed, give or take, some 200 years without it. Do we really need it? (continued, page 2 link below)