Local self-governance has been a forgotten staple in the conversation concerning the free market and individual liberty. In order to remedy the issues we face in our country, more importantly, in our own communities, we'd have to discard the notion that the national government not only has our best interest at heart, but that they are both competent and efficient enough to solve those day-to-day problems. This cant be further from the truth.
Centralized Government as we know it is a wasteful leech that has bled the private sector with absolutely no yield from it's over expenditure with a national debt as of 2021;
Examples in the health care sector such as Aetna, United Health, and Cigna are thriving while Medicare and Medicaid are dominated by waste and fraud. Federal Express and UPS make outstanding profits while the U.S. Postal service has been on a steady trajectory of decline with regular losses in need of continuous government with House Democrats advancing $25 million in bail-outs due to its incompetence within the larger market according to an article written by Washington Examiner on August 20, 2020.
I will list 11 more examples of the inefficiency of centralized government in comparison to the free market as follows for those that cant readily explain why:
1. Government workers aren't given the same salary, promotions, and stock option incentives: Most payment from government jobs are controlled by statutory, union, and budgetary rules. With that being said, managers have limited, if any, ability to raise salaries for the best employee upon evaluation of performance. Unlike private corporations, there's no ability to award stock options or bonuses to bring out the best effort. Promotions are usually based on seniority. Add it up and there's almost no incentive for workers to go above and beyond the mediocre level of work effort within government. If the best and brightest employees can make several times the money in the private sector; why should they take a government job?
2. The poorest performance is rewarded with job security: In the private sector, as sure as sunshine, employees with lackluster performance is discarded rather quickly! In government, union and employee protection makes it rather difficult to fire an otherwise lackluster employee. So with no reward for hard work and the ability to fire, government workers as mentioned above will settle for minimum level effort to keep and maintain their jobs.
3. Government jobs are usually boring and fail to provide the self-actualizing careers given by the private sector: Typically, government work is docile and mundane, and painfully repetitive work and toil within a 9-5 schedule. Think of our most beloved example; The DMV, Medicare/Medicaid claim processing, and so on. Boredom leads to a certain level of lethargy. Compare that to a private company such as Apple and Google where mere employees can change the world, have fun, and are motivated to reach their potential. It will most likely bring out the very best in an employee and increase morale within the workplace.
4. Government agencies max out their budgets whether they need to or not so future budgets aren't cut whatsoever: Since budget deficits are exploding out of control, politicians look for anything possible they can cut. If a department managed to perform all their duties one year on 25 percent less budget, they may decide to make the budget permanently 25 percent lower. Thus, departments raise their spending to max out their budgets to avoid any permanent cuts. The last month of each fiscal year is almost always the most costly as departments rush in last minute orders to use up the unallocated budgets whether they need to or not.
5. Government contracts are often rewarded as political pay-offs to campaign supporters: Prices of contracts are often jacked up to reward campaign supporters. Or even worse, they're rewarded for completely unnecessary projects.
6. Contractors raise their prices on essential services because they know the government has the money to spend: Economics are governed by the laws of supply and demand. For example, government will always allocate money for education, defense, health care, and utilities regardless of how much they cost. The providers of these services know It and hike their prices accordingly. It's partly the reason we have the highest spending of any country in the world in healthcare and education despite low performance ranking in both. Why do you think school textbooks cost several times as much as the entire course within the private sector?
7. Inefficient programs often have their budgets increased to “fix” the problem: Only in government can you be rewarded with more money for poor performance. A perfect example is education. American students poorly perform in standardized tests compared to other countries. To “fix” the problem, politicians push for greater spending. Scores drop farther. Even more money needs to be spent to fix the problem, right?
8. Money is often spent for political reasons rather than any justifiable business expense: Regardless of how much spending is needed for the cost/benefit ratios, it's political suicide to make budget cuts in certain areas(i.e. Defense, medicare, education, etc). Also, particulars of various programs are made for political reasons. For example, Most people would agree that members of the military deserve pay/benefit increases. But should the same increases go to lifetime desk workers in the pentagon as soldiers serving on the front lines in Afghanistan?
9. Politicians can pass laws requiring citizens to pay for certain items(i.e. Health, care insurance) which disrupt supply and demand economics: Its no surprise health insurance premiums soared when Obamacare passed, forcing Americans to own health insurance. Previously, if insurance rates got too high, Americans had the option to pay out of pocket or self-insure. No longer is that an option. Why do you think most health insurance companies actually came out in favor of the legislation?
10. The culture of government offices isn't geared towards high-efficiency or excellence: Try visiting almost any government office then immediately go to a private sector office. Observe the pace and efficiency of work. Observe how often in comparison employees stand around talking. Private companies cannot get away with consistency poor work habits since competitors would run them out of business swiftly. The culture is very different in government with the guarantee of continued operation.
11. Politicians often micromanage and make decisions that should be left to experts and those more knowledgeable of the area: There are endless examples where politicians stuck their nose in areas they know nothing about. For example, allocating budgets for specific weapons programs in the defense department rather than letting generals choose how best it's spent. Another example is choosing where road bridge/construction takes place rather than letting transportation efficiency experts decide. Politicians can also go into cover-your-ass mode when an expense gets out of hand. An example is the Bradley fighting vehicle that cost so many billions it was made into a movie called the pentagon wars.
One doesn't need to be a Libertarian to see the stark contrast between the inefficiency of government versus the thriving model of a de-centralized free market program. Truly this is arguably the only program that has the potential to bring together virtually everyone with valuable skills, talents, and abilities to solve the immediate problems we face in this country. Whether you fall into the spectrum of left or right, capitalist or socialist...you can easily find your place within a worldwide decentralist movement of self-determination to liberate your very own communities with the vision needed to shape it as one see's fit according to their own values without top-down interference of Centralized National Government interfering.
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