Keith Kube Commentary for Thursday Dec. 27
There is a fundamental misunderstanding regarding what our personal responsibility is to society and knowing what is fair to expect from the government regarding it’s responsibly to us. This obligation is taught casually in our schools now, but not internalized or lived by a majority of our society, compared to previous generations.
A large percentage of society does not even realize they have a personal responsibility to our country. There is also a misunderstanding of what is reasonable to expect from our government regarding its social contract to the citizens of the country.
First we must all realize “We the People” are the leaders of the country. Our founders said: We the People must decide what government’s social contract or obligation is to its citizens. The government is supposed to provide security, infrastructure and be the national referee by making rules we know as laws. But there is a growing movement where the term “Domestic Tranquility” is though to mean taking care of all of us from the cradle to the grave.
We the People hire managers, who we think of as politicians, by elections to run the country. This works reasonably well because the country was built by geniuses that any idiot could run and the way congress runs the country now, they seem to be are constantly testing that premise.
We, as citizens, also have a personal contract with the country. That responsibility is, for each of us, to do our part in making it better. We cannot be freeloaders which is why socialistic and communistic governments fail. We must pay our taxes and select good managers, through elections, to invest our tax dollars to defer future expenses. Not to spend tax dollars to get votes by electing politicians who say they will take care of us from the cradle to the grave.
The real question is: where does our personal contract to society stop and where does the government’s social contract where we get help from the government start. When do we, as a society, find it acceptable to default our responsibilities and let the government take care of us? When is it fair to expect the government to take care of all our welfare needs, education and health care along with all the other social programs that consumes over half of our Federal budget? Until we, as a democracy, decide where that line is regarding these programs and who is going to pay for it, this abuse of our tax dollars will never end and the national debt will keep growing by borrowing money to pay these social programs.
The opposite of organization is not disorganization but efficiency. My son says I am so organized I can’t find anything. The most organized body in the world is the United States Government, but it is also the most inefficient and very slow. The government has policies on how to make policy with bureaucrats that do nothing but make more lists of new policies to implement.
With that said, expecting a government bureaucracy to do anything that would run better than the private sector, at a lower cost, is incredible. It just doesn’t happen. Our country does a good job at providing infrastructure and security because they are measured and have completion dates. But in solving social problems, it just doesn’t happen, often making the situation worse by finding more victims and expanding the program. This happens because if they solved the problem they would be out of a job and lose their funding.
This is why a fundamental paradigm shift is necessary if this bloated social bureaucracy is to be reigned in. My commentary on National Public Service is a start. Our educational system must teach self-sufficiency and problem solving skills. All these things should be happening to address these problems. But the Political correctness syndrome also makes it difficult to fix them and makes it acceptable to whine about things while doing nothing, or even contributing to the problem about which they are complaining.
If we do not to stop this habit of defaulting to our government and continue to expect the government to fix all our social problems, we are part of the problem and not part of any solution that got this great country to this point in history.
Keith Kube, of Crofton, is a business analyst and author of two books on business management. The books are available at the Elkhorn Valley Museum, Norfolk City Library, Norfolk High School, Norfolk Catholic, Northeast Community College and Amazon.
During his career as an engineer, investment banker and business analyst he identified traits commonly overlook that are vital for all successful business operations and government. You can hear all his past editorials or review his books by going to his website: www.keithkube.com
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