We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Federal failure is a critical issue because the government controls so many aspects of our lives. Federal spending represents more than one-fifth of the nation's economic output, and federal regulations infiltrate many state, local, and private activities. When the government fails, it can create widespread harm. This essay examines structural features of the executive branch that are generating frequent failures in federal policies.
I would add to that excellent list the total absence of accountability for bad managers. Horrible bosses face zero repercussions, and 360 reviews are either discouraged or not allowed. Shouldn't managers be getting feedback on their job performance from the people they manage and work with instead of just their boss?
There are far too many incompetent managers in the Federal Government, and they never ever leave.
I think you need to find another standard by which to promote or judge efficiency. while services might be delivered more efficiently, governments aren't expected to show profits or prevent losses and there are such things as natural monopolies. saying "there is no built-in mechanism to end low-value activities" is pretty asinine. is Medicare supposed to show a profit? does the Army run in the black?
"low value" means exactly what you need it to mean, depending on what social program is currently tanning your hide.
yeah, I know, we're all True Blue natural American Patriots standing on our own true patriotic feet and would rather die than accept any profitless, lossy government assistance (e.g. police, fire, army, navy, skool districts, interstate highways, snowplows, tax incentives, WIC or the county dole). but let's face it, this stuff isn't going away ever.
"And agencies tend to describe their activities in opaque language with lots of buzz words". maybe for Chris Edwards, but each of us here has had a high-school education (or GED) so what the SEC or FCC or NLRB does isn't what any normal adult might call arcane knowledge.
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