In Representative Isaac Choy's June issue of "Prevailing Winds", a monthly newsletter for District 24 - Manoa, University, Moiliili, he addresses the popular rhetoric "why can't government be more like business?"
Here are a few excerpts from his newsletter:
"In the private sector, tasks are undertaken unless explicitly prohibited, and in the public sector, tasks are performed only if explicitly permitted. This statement alone explains the inefficiency of government. Can you imagine looking for exact instructions before performing any tasks?"
"Unlike the private sector, the government works under strict laws, rules and procedures all under the watchful eye of the public. There is no profit motive in government; the goal is to follow the rules and to be able to justify any deviations from the rules."
"The public does not allow government to perform like the private sector, so it is naïve to think that government can operate like a business. This is not to say that fraud, waste or abuse should be tolerated in government. These items are always at the top of the auditors watch list. The challenge is to find managers who can work within the parameters set by the people's expectations and still accomplish the mission of government. "