Saturday, April 12, 2008

Should we? Can we? Reduce the size of the Fed Govt

YES!! We must if we are to preserve the sovereignty and dignity of citizens. The federal government is too big, too intrusive, too arrogant, and too dismissive of the rights of citizens. New Zealand offers some lessons.

What we’re seeing around the world at the moment is what I would call a silent revolution, reflected in a change in how people view government accountability. The old idea of accountability simply held that government should spend money in accordance with appropriations. The new accountability is based on asking, “What did we get in public benefits as a result of the expenditure of money?” This is a question that has always been asked in business, but has not been the norm for governments. And those governments today that are struggling valiantly with this question are showing quite extraordinary results. This was certainly the basis of the successful reforms in my own country of New Zealand.