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For Your Consideration: Dysfunctional Government Culture

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The electorate should take a serious look at the basic structure of the government and the direction its taking. The Founders envisioned a limited centralized government, but over the intervening centuries this view has gone through some drastic changes. The government’s function has evolved to the point that it’s demanding to be served, rather than it serving the people. Our representatives have become the privileged class; they have attained this position through legislation and the bureaucracy they have built up over the generations. The growth in the bureaucracy has now placed this segment in the driver’s seat; this is, in part, due to the legislators’ inability to define a bureaucratic department’s mission and the limitation of its powers.
The growth of government divisions has found fertile ground within our political system, especially within the Federal system.  This trend is not restricted to the Federal level of our government; it has found conducive environmental conditions within states, counties, and cities governments. This bureaucratic growth has grown to the point that it’s close to killing the host that it was designed to serve; it has inoculated itself to make it almost resistant to any actions designed to restrict its power and growth. It appears almost impossible to hold any of these departments accountable for their actions, or lack of action. The media is full of stories involving improper actions taken by various governmental departments, but one seldom finds any real corrective action taken by the government. The only thing our elected representatives seem to accomplish is to put on a show for the public, usually to make one or the other political party look corrupt in the eyes’ of the public.
The Federal Government suggests that there is a real need to raise more revenue to support the system, and failing to do this will mean that there will have to be substantial cuts in the entitlement programs; if it’s not the entitlement programs, it’s the educational system, law enforcement, or fire protection.
The last three categories should be funded by the individual states, not by the Federal Government. It would appear the Federal Government is unable or unwilling to address the real issues related to many of our shortfalls, which are wasteful spending and poor management. Both political parties blame the other for the fiscal mess, but the truth is that they are both responsible for the economic state of our nation; both parties are reluctant to take the actions required to make government more efficient, because they realize many positions and departments within the governmental system will have to be eliminated.
The actions that will be required will upset many departments and workers within the system, and the politicians count on this segment for support at election time.
It should be clear to most of the electorate that it is more important for representatives to maintain their position within the hierarchy.
Our current economic position has made the task of correcting the problems created by our elected officials more difficult; care needs to be exercised when and
where actions need to be implemented, if it is not conducted properly the negative impact on our economic system may very well cause a full blown depression.
The problem can be fixed, but it is doubtful that we have enough representatives with the ability and/or desire to put the Nation’s economy on the right track.
The Federal Government does not need more money; it needs to spend money more wisely. The next time a politician says he/she is trying to hold down spending,
the electorate needs to ask what steps have been taken to reduce spending and what the results of the action taken were. 
In all probability most of the junkets that are taken by elected officials and government agencies are unnecessary and far too lavish; the comment often given in defense of these trips is that the cost is small in comparison to the full budget, but if one was to take into consideration all these trips throughout the government at all levels, the figure would no longer be considered to be small.
There are numerous government activities that are comparable to the example just given, the savings derived from the proper management of these various programs would be extremely beneficial in resolving many of our budget shortfalls.