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Originally posted by EvilSadamClone
reply to post by miniatus
It's not the numbers, it's the POWER of the government that matters. The numbers are just a symptom.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Originally posted by freethinker123
Can somebody explain to me the obsession with smaller government in the US, rather than a better functioning government? In other words, why aren't people as concerend with state employees doing their jobs better as much as they are wanting for them to lose their jobs?
I ask because almost all from the US talk about this small government thing, but I get the feeling its a 'belief' almost held like a religion and that hardly anybody even bothers thinking about the issue, its a given for some reason...
Because they cant do it better.
Speaking as a decades long government employee efficiency is frowned upon.
In one of my higher-up positions I was able to cut tens of thousands off the annual budget of my municipality not by laying people off, reducing services or making any cuts of any kind. I simply cancelled all the crony contracts that had been established and opened all acquisitions and services up to bidding and "shopping around."
The taxpayers on the street loved it.
The bureaucrats did not.
I experienced this same occurrence in several positions across several cities and states.
Efficiency is punished. Nepotism and waste is not only liked but it is encouraged and rewarded.
I'll never forget the time I was called out for picking up a $2 roll of tape on my way in rather than ordering that same roll of tape for $10 from the city approved vendor.
An efficient government is an impossibility. By it's vary nature any governing entity or bureaucracy will be corrupt sooner or later.
Originally posted by neo96
The largest healthcare provider in the world is the US Federal Government over 120 million on Medicare and Medicaid.
The largest retirement plan is SS that has over 70 million on its dime
The largest Banker in the world is the US Federal Reserve
Smallest government in 45 years oh that is rich Government has never been larger.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by LDragonFire
That's ALL government. Not Federal Government. This only highlights the extreme issues with our municipalities.. when most people complain about the size of government they mean the Feds.