Let’s Run Our Government Like a BusinessBy John Kim | December 22nd, 2008
I reluctantly went to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) about 2 weeks ago to finish off a wild goose chase that my insurance company put me on. When it was my turn to take a number, the employee at the front desk gave me a cold stare like I was trash, and rudely told me that I was next. He asks me about the purpose of my visit, and I explain it to him in a normal tone, but without even listening to me, he gives me a BS answer in a very aggressive voice. My blood was boiling, but I didn’t make a scene, I just calmly grabbed a number and took a seat. But it was one of those moments where if I could do it again, I’d take my number and give him a nice juicy head butt. But considering that our state of California is having one of it’s biggest budget deficit, I have to wonder why we have so many incompetent people working for the government. I have to say, if we ran the government like it was a business then there wouldn’t be a budget deficit.
The problem is that there is too much wasteful spending going on all around America. It’s like the people in charge of policies are living in this wierd bubble, and they have no understanding of what this country needs. I used to work at my universities computer lab, and there is a policy that if my department didn’t use up all of it’s budget, we wouldn’t get approved for the same amount the next year. This encourages wasteful spending, and I remember how much useless junk the computer lab was getting, like $5000 chairs.
Also the truth is, as a government employee, it doesn’t matter how qualified you are, you still keep your job at the end of the day. So consider having a job, that you know is secure, and you know it would take a lot to get yourself fired. Do you think that you will be motivated to work hard? Also there is a little known fact that promotions are given out based on the length of time someone puts in, not based on performance. Absolutely ridiculous! And as unemployment sky rockets, there are plenty of people who would love to have the jobs that government workers takes for granted.
So it’s time to change the game, and I have a solution that could solve all our problems, and I’ll sum it up in one sentence. “Let’s start running our government like a private business.” Instead of punishing departments for saving money, let’s approve them for bigger budgets, and reward the employees with bonus’s. Give people incentives to work hard. Also we need to stop giving promotions to employees who has been there the longest, but to workers who have proven the most worthy. We need to create a competitive atmosphere, and give these bottom feeders a taste of the real world.
Also did you know there is a retired Sherriffs Assitant that recieves 300K every year for his pension? 300K for doing nothing? This pension is way above what a person needs to keep a decent living standard. What does this guy eat for breakfast everyday, Lobster? Social Security will run out very soon, and we are giving “Assistants” of Sherrifs 300K a year? We gotta have more realistic salaries, and pension programs. read more here
So basically the result of my radical ideas would bring you government employees who work harder, departments will cut spending, the state will get out of it’s budget deficit, and the extra money will create more jobs. We can finally see a day where we can walk into a DMV and we will have polite courteous staff. Maybe there will be a lounge playing contemporary music, where an assistant brings freshly brewed coffee to each person. We’ll sit on sofas, and there will be a big screen television to watch the newest DVD releases. It will be an experience to bring the whole family, on a Friday night. “Hey kids, want to go to the DMV today?”, and kids say “Yaaay, I love the DMV”. But that’s when I open my eyes, and see depressed faces all around me. The only color that exists is the color of death, and I still see that one guy who I would love to give a nice juicy head butt. I’m in hell, and life just can’t get any worse.
Add this to your blog:
(Copy & paste code)