Friday, June 5, 2009

Prevailing Winds: "Why can't government be more like business?"

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. "

2 comments:

Manawai said...

Yes! We want zero initiative; no thinking for oneself, no evaluating a procedure to question whether it is inefficient, redundant or ineffective. No, we'll have none of that in OUR government. We want to populate OUR government with unimaginative dolts, drones if you will, who are completely content with doing the same thing over and over again with no thought involved and be driven entirely by CYOA.

Tom said...

What is the definition of insanity?

Doing the same thing over and over!

Check out what your legislator did at HawaiiVotes.

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