For years we have heard some politicians complaining about government being “too big” and wanting to make it smaller.
Have you ever once heard anyone say we need RIGHT-SIZED government?
What does this mean?
Private businesses decide what they are going to do. Then they decide how they will do it. They get the right technology and people to efficiently and effectively get it done.
Government is no different, except. . .
We don’t really have an open dialogue about what products and services we need or want from government. Congress does that by passing laws.
We don’t really have an open dialogue about how we’ll pay for the government we have. Congress does that by passing appropriations bills.
What government does do, is set performance objectives in annual plans; measure results; and publish all this so everyone can see how things are going. And like private business, most agencies meet their goals. A few are working to improve, like the VA. Some exceed their gials and are excellent.
We wouldn’t expect a private business to achieve its goals without sufficient people, and then responsibly hold those people accountable for doing their jobs. Government is the same.
Arbitrary claims of “waste” and arbitrary hiring freezes only achieve two things. They diminish our confidence in government without valid evidence. And they diminish government’s capacity to achieve their mission. That hurts us all.
Can we support RIGHT-SIZED government that works well for everyone?
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