reply to post by ALightinDarkness
You had a couple of thoughtful responses to myself and another. Well spoken for just someone who has a self interest in continuing the status quo.
You spoke of infrastructure.
Roads do benefit the public. This is why the Military helped establish the Interstate Highway System and still kicks in money on upgrading bridges
throughout the country. We do not need a Department of Transportation to oversee this. The Corp of Engineers can easily oversee a road building
project, this is within the Department of Defense. There are millions of miles of State, County, and local roads maintained by the interested parties.
These roads are supported by the various taxes gathered at the appropriate level. There are even toll highways owned by tax exempt special interest
groups, companies, and even Foreign owned companies; that are all self supporting. It is possible to do this, search for toll roads and see what you
come up with.
As for water, only your local taxes or the company that owns the water system support this with locally generated usage rates. There is no Federal
money for water treatment projects. Wastewater is a different story. A whole book can be written on why the EPA funds wastewater treatment programs,
but you are a PHD student so you know all about this. This is the only reason why I feel the EPA should remain it's own department, otherwise
everything else they do is already covered by the Department of Commerce.
The Federal overseers do nothing in the way of natural gas other than have bureaucrats oversee State level bureaucrats for rates. Natural Gas is owned
and maintained by either the local city or a private company.
Electricity at a Federal level has several Bureau of Land Management dams within the Department of Interior. If something ever screamed privatize me,
it would be one of these special dams. Congress and local politicians have a trend to stop this from happening, more self interest in keeping good
Federal jobs. Now the TVA is a good example of why it makes sense to privatize these projects, but again, I defer to your expertise. You should maybe
check into this and write a report or something.
As for the court system. This is a gray area. The benefits of a lifetime appointment as opposed to running for office keeps the judges politics out of
the mix. However, the court system should be set up that Federal courts only are involved in Federal cases, not Local or State level cases that the
person keeps appealing away until every possible aspect is ran out. This would free the Federal courts with a lower case load and fewer bureaucrats. A
State level crime or issue should stay within that State. It is a State issue, not a Federal issue, Federal judges seem to have a feeling that
everything belongs before their bench, regardless of the issue.
As for privatizing out everything possible, yes it should be done. Any number of studies have been done and tax payers are saved money on cost of
government and better service with any independent study done. That's a bold statement I am making to you, but then my job was involved with a DoD
RIF back in 1999 and I would venture a guess at my service of over 25 years of local and Federal Government service would entail the largest part of
your life. I know a little from whence I speak. Only the studies the employee unions (i.e. AFGE) cite will you find discrepancies but the bottom line
is always less cost for the taxpayer.
A smaller Federal Government, more streamlined to save taxpayers money, only dealing with issues that are specifically cited within the Constitution,
is the way to go. Many of the bureaucracies are overbloated with retirement minded people only wanting to see their pension at age 55 under the old
system or 62 under the new FERS program.
You do need a certain amount of government to oversee policy. We agree on this. Now it's just a matter of how far you trim the fat and the meat. I
say only common interest at a Federal level within the confines of the original documents establishing our great land is necessary.