|It was said that some companies
in the USA were too big to fail. I
wonder if there are some that are
too big to continue, like its
Is it time to scrap the concept of government and
start from scratch?
I once worked in a situation where I was one of two
employees. As the business grew, so did the staff.
The more we employed, the more problems were
caused and the more staff we seemed to need. This
meant more cars, more legalities and more
paperwork. This also meant more uncertainty,
resulting in in-fighting. In the end, we wished we
could simply go back to when life was easier and
time was spent worrying about nothing but the
job at hand.
The process of governing is much like that in every
country. More people spend time trying to be better
than the next rather than doing their jobs. Some see
that by doing nothing they can coast along and hide
in the shadows until retirement.
The institution no longer attracts the brightest
minds. Government is now meant for the lazy, who
never know anything about risk and reward. To say
that everyone does not work is unfair. There are those
who work very hard, but at what?
A friend once stated they wished to work for the
government because it meant a guaranteed position
for 25 years, retirement with a pension and other
benefits. Imagine if that's how all of us thought when
we applied for any job!
I recently saw a copy of the 26-page memorandum
by the American Department of Defence and its
official Pentagon 'brownie' recipe. The document
describes everything from the quality of the
ingredients and standards used for the production of
each ingredient to the recipe itself and the packaging.
You'd hate it if a soldier had a bad day because his
brownie was rotten. But of the 26 pages, only seven
lines were dedicated to the manufacturing method.
No matter how skilled the chefs preparing it may be,
the same recipe can be interpreted and manufactured
differently. How long exactly is the method of
whipping eggs and sugar until light and fluffy? For you
it may be a few minutes; for me it is longer. Each
results in a different end product.
Having spent the time, research and money on a
singular recipe to be written in depth, one would think
that a chef would be consulted on the requirements
and methodology for making something as simple as
This is why being busy and working hard is
completely different inside a government. If these
offices were about efficiency, there would be mass
layoffs and unemployment rates would rise.
One day tax payers will revolt in more countries. For
now, I don't mind how big our parliament is as long as
none of us pay taxes. For me, that's the best form of
government there is.
As Thomas Jefferson said, "My reading of history
convinces me that most bad government results from
too much government."