“People Motivated to Help Their Government Not Suck Fix Technology Glitch”
You are truly the poster child for, let’s not say unfamiliarity with good government, but rather misdirection, a person raised on Reagan. You don’t see the irony in your own words.
“ people motivated to help their government not suck.”
What if everyone were motivated to help their government not suck? What if everyone had not been fed a steady diet of “government isn’t the solution, it’s the problem,” for thirty years? You wonder where my extreme irritation toward Reagan comes from. Let’s look at just some of his quotes on government:
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem.
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
All quotes from Ronald Reagan
Before he came along, I blissfully remember a time when people didn’t rag on government. Yet everything his followers adopt is moronic on its face. He IS government. He was the solution people were looking to and he was perceived to have solved problems. Remember, he was the government. What if, instead of trying to sabotage it, bilk it, hate it and undermine government, children were taught in civics to respect government as a voice of the people in our great democracy.
“ The government’s habit of not staying current with modern technology and best practices”
Here is where I might finally get you to see what “starve the beast” means. Our government doesn’t have to have the worst technology, therefore leading to abuse of resources by being under-resourced. Conservatives create abuse in the system by under-resourcing the technology available to the government, thereby making it more inefficient. Liberals no doubt do it, too, but I guessing their motivation is constituents. Some company in their district has computers to sell, so the DMV gets clunkers.
When it is properly resourced, our government does wonderful things. The program I was in during high school, Upward Bound, had sufficient resources to serve the roughly 100 low-income students it educated every summer. I know we all got something out of the program, even if it was a different thing for each student. The program did everything the opposite of what Reagan said. It helped, it solved problems, it improved situations, and it saved the trajectory of my life. If there is even one exception to his rantings, perhaps he is wrong?
Our government, through DARPA and other such agencies, has created the internet and gone to the moon. However, when you starve agencies of funds, their technology becomes obsolete. Their ability to innovate diminishes. The only sector of the economy not seeking a profit for research into medicines or other disease treatments gets stymied.
It’s time for people to re-imagine their government for what it could and should be, instead of always focusing on what it should not be. What it is now is clearly not working. You are right about accountability and transparency. That’s why I am a member of the Project on Government Oversight or POGO. I would say the group is non-partisan. Just citizens concerned about good government. Clean, open government.