It was infuriating to watch the landscapers lumber around with no sense of purpose, plodding from one tree to the next. There was not enough work to keep all four busy, let alone justify a supervisor. Even though it was a private sector company, there most certainly was not an emphasis on efficiency because it benefits from public sector largess.
For the government – and elements of the private sector that depend on government – the boom times continue. The federal bureaucracy has not come to terms with our $15.5 trillion debt and the impact it has on our economy, our quality of life and our national security.
By all accounts, market conditions should be forcing the government to scale back, operate more efficiently and prioritize. Yet, every time a modest reform is even suggested, the defenders of Big Government go on the offense, throwing out one false attack after another: war on government workers, pushing grandma off a cliff, etc. We’ve heard it all before, and for those in the private sector, it sounds like political opportunism and just cause for termination.
To be clear, the disconnect between the Washington Establishment and the American people is nothing new. For decades, politicians from both parties have sought to leverage that disconnect for political advantage.
Governor Bill Clinton promised to “streamline the federal government and change the way it works.” Governor George W. Bush promised to “restore confidence in government.” Senator Barack Obama promised to “restore the American people’s trust in their government.”
Those words ring hollow. All across the country, the private sector is retooling and retraining, trying to stay competitive in the face of growing competition abroad and outrageous regulations at home. Simultaneously, the government and its various remoras thrive, as if nothing has changed.
There are two Americas, and we have to change that before it is too late.