In the government there is no time to prevent problems by spending a little now. We are too busy dealing with the large problems (clearly due to our predecessors) whereupon they waited until it’s too late and there’s no way for us to recover from those problems, except to shift it forward unto the next administration.
Control is one of those things that is very hard for people to give up, even when all the evidence is so easy to see from the outside.
Why? Because people who have control take it personally if (for sometimes external reasons) they begin to lose control. Control means “owning the power to decide”
In Mathematics, students are taught that usually the simplest and shortest proofs are the best. Because: 1) they are easy to follow, 2) they are less ambiguous, 3) most people can agree on them if they understand the logic. As the issues and the world at large become more complex, the “proofs” get harder.
Proof that Control is hard to cede:
Too bad they didn’t have Term Limits, like we do. I actually was not aware of this organization, until just now when I did the search for “term limits”….
As the world moves faster, and people have to work longer due to all the changes economically, its important to consider reducing term limits, and raising the bar to get higher quality candidates in offices.
In the future to get more accountability, one idea would be to have Politicians invest in their future, and in their own commitments. For example,
rather then blow $4 Million on swaying, convincing, and lying and calling names to their opponents, they would instead “make a bet” to the people to which they represent.
They could pledge $4 Million that they will meet or exceed 75% of the campaign goals they state in the candidacy. If they succeed, they get to keep their $4M bet, their salary,and most importantly, they Earn the goodwill and respect of their constuituency. If they fail, the $4 M, goes back to the general fund, to help recoup some of the losses or inefficiencies created by the unsuccessful official. There you have credibility balancing measure. Sure the devil lies in the details, But since the devil is going lie anyway, why not have them put their money where their mouth is?
Should the government experiment with social media and web technology?
The question I always have is “who does the government report to” ?
The naive, pat answer is: “the people”. The problem is that people have to mobilize and centralize their opinions and power, in order to effect this power to change government. The lag time, and tools and methods required to do so, usually take us about 2-4 years to apply. Coincidently, that is often the term of office.
In employment in America, the “employment at will clause” allows employers to change employees when violations of trust, performance and fit happen, which impact the organization negatively. In general, employees “report to” employers. Its anti-job security to employees, but its incumbent on employees to find ways to harmonize and add value so that employers do not exercise there right to terminate employees. In an economic downturn, it allows private enterprise the power to reduce cost, change focus and continue operations and avoid bankruptcy. Bankruptcy often results when debt taken on by the organization exceeds its ability to pay “within the reasonable period of operation”, usually quarterly. Not every 4 years (politics) but every 3 months. Hmmmm, big difference. Whats the term of office in Corporations? In Government?
Actions to reduce operating costs are is the corporation seeking to maintain itself, in a COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT. Unfortunately, by contrast, Governments do not have a competitive environment which encourages competitive response, improvement and changes to staffing, focus and accountability for results.
Since there is no “better products and better services” for citizens to select from, there is a huge incentive to avoid the hard choices and hard work of improvement, innovation, and cost cutting. Instead the motivation of self-preservation, and inertia are supported by PR, media manipulation and talk (which is always cheap).
Media is the instrument of control, and the Market is the instrument of competition. Since there is new open market of alternative governments for citizens to select from (in the short run), Monopoly power exists in Governments. At the city, state, and federal level.
In fact, one of my favorite quotes is “The justice department has a monopoly on antitrust enforcement”
So without further ado, here is a list of some examples of Government use of web technology
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