My Proposed Solution for Government Waste and Inefficiency

October 6, 2014

Like radiology practices hire practice management groups, the government should hire Disney.

Two billion dollar Obamacare websites, bridges to nowhere, millions in unaccounted state department funds, $600 hammers, $800 toilet seats, and extravagant lifetime benefits for members of Congress - these are just a few of the examples of government wastefulness and inefficiency. Opinion polls of our government are at all-time lows and yet nothing ever seems to change.

The wastefulness and inefficiency of government is now a widely accepted fact. Government is not efficient at what it does because it does not have to be. Only the federal government can print money and run deficits. The growth of the federal debt, not to mention unfunded government liabilities, such as social security and Medicare, in recent years has been astounding and horrifying. Any attempt to comprehend how much money tens of trillions of dollars is would leave even Einstein with a headache.

Government is becoming ever more intrusive in our lives by mandating health care and creating an all-seeing government eye that will tie healthcare through Obamacare with the IRS and other government agencies. We know from recent Congressional hearings that these agencies are neither transparent nor trustworthy. As a citizen, you have limited recourse to the government encroachment on what you consider personal and private.

It goes without saying that the government is a typical bureaucracy. Its main function is self-preservation and continued growth. Just like March-of-Dimes didn’t go out of existence when polio was eradicated, growth and pervasiveness of governmental agencies spread like a cancer. Governmental agency budgets feature “use it or lose it” philosophies that would never fly in the private sector. When I was in the Navy, our chief of service once notified the staff that we had to come up with a million dollars in expenditures by the end of the month or we would have our budget decreased by that amount the following year. I don’t remember what we bought but I guarantee you, our budget did not decrease the following year.

So now that I have convinced you of the wastefulness and inefficiency of our government, what is to be done about it? After all, repeatedly stating the obvious and constantly complaining is nothing more than whining. Here is my solution:[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_crop","fid":"28264","attributes":{"alt":"Doug Burnette","class":"media-image media-image-right","id":"media_crop_6669419109682","media_crop_h":"0","media_crop_image_style":"-1","media_crop_instance":"2848","media_crop_rotate":"0","media_crop_scale_h":"0","media_crop_scale_w":"0","media_crop_w":"0","media_crop_x":"0","media_crop_y":"0","style":"height: 227px; width: 166px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 1px; float: right;","title":" ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]

In busy medical practices, especially radiology practices, it is a common practice to hire a practice management group. These practice managers provide comprehensive services including billing, accounting, contracting, and so on. What I propose is that our government hire Disney, Amazon, FedEx, and UPS to run our country, with Disney in charge.

I am certain that the services currently being provided by our government would be provided more efficiently and inexpensively and Amazon already has experience with drones. Customer service would be greatly improved and the people you deal with would actually seem to care. The government might have to continue to run the military although I bet Disney and Pixar could probably come up with some great ideas. Even though the outcome might be the same, I know for a fact with Disney involved, the ride will be a lot more fun.