Governments, at all levels – local, state and federal, are businesses too. Their products include infrastructure, security and, most important, the education of our young. Why is it then that when they encounter budget problems their immediate response is to threaten to reduce their “products”. At the same time, the “cost” of government labor – the salaries and numbers of their managers and their executives – their legislators, department heads and their inflated staffs – is not considered.
I admit to ignorance of our government’s labor costs but I’m guessing that a reduction of ten percent across the board would make it unnecessary to reduce the funds required to meet our educational needs which, together with our military, are the two “products” that are the most important things we require from our government.
I don’t know about the rest of you but, comes the next election, I’m voting “out” all incumbents that are up for reelection and “in” only those new politician who promises up front to reduce the cost of government by at least ten percent.