The ACA Healthcare.org site roll out is an excellent example of why the government is not equipped to manage projects of this nature. It also is a clear example of mis-management at multiple levels all the way to the top – a result of an inexperienced manager at the helm of our country. Let’s not argue about the merits of the ACA, or even the lies perpetuated by this administration about keeping your plan – Let’s look at the hard-earned tax dollars wasted in a system that had to be redesigned and reworked because it wasn’t managed properly. This is why many Americans are so angry, so frustrated with the government’s addiction to spending money the government does not have. It’s not just the debacle of the ACA, but there are all sorts of wasted activities within the federal government – perpetuated by both democrats and republicans. This lack of fiscal responsibility led to the birth of the Tea Party – which is seen as so far to the right they are viewed as radicals. The United States Government MUST stop spending beyond its means. My biggest frustration and my biggest concern is with the scale of money being spent, the associated waste is significant.
So – let’s consider this – can we all agree that regardless if we believe in a larger government serving more social needs, or smaller less intrusive government that this government should run efficiently and effectively? I’m sure when you spend your money, you don’t want to waste it on poor quality goods, or receive shoddy services. You typically are careful when and where you spend your money, and plan out larger expenditures. You borrow occasionally, but strive to reduce your outstanding debt.
When our government grows to the point where it gets too large, it becomes extremely difficult to keep waste in check. This just snowballs to the point of continually feeding the monster with more money. Cuts no longer mean less, they mean just not as much more. Our government – through decades of mismanagement has become increasingly less efficient. Regardless of your social and political beliefs, even a larger government should still run efficiently. The government is so dysfunctional today, is there any hope?
To truly turn this country around, to get people back to work, to improve our education system, to reduce poverty levels, to raise our standing in the world – we need to get our house in order (House, Senate, and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave). There is no need to tax more (need to tax less), there is no need to create massive government programs – what we need to do is cut waste, refine government programs, and improve efficiency. I’m convinced that if we pooled our business intelligence, and applied simple process improvement tools, the government could operate with significantly less money while performing the same level of services it does today. What we need today is a leader who challenges those who were elected and work for us to improve how government operates so it can do more with less. And we need politicians to STOP promising what they can not deliver – to STOP promising “free lunches”, and challenge the people of this great country to take charge of there lives – government can be there to give them a hand up – not just a perpetual hand out!