Government Inefficiencies

As tax season rolls around again, I find myself pondering how much it sucks to be a taxpayer.
I am technically one of the millions of shareholders in a bloated corporation called the government. Yet, I have no say in what happens and when monetary and managerial inefficiencies arise. It seems that when it comes to management type positions, the federal level has the worst management scheme ever known to mankind. The bottom of the totem-pole, with the rest of the governmental structures lining up the bottom tier.
What’s worse is that as taxpayers, we pay for this but for what? Creating more jobs? Most of these people shouldn’t have one if they can’t do it correctly.


This stems from multiple conversations with those that have worked at local, state, and federal levels. It seems that the answer to everything is to throw more tax money at the problem instead of sitting down and solving it. What bothers me is that the delve so far into the illogical to solve logical problems that it makes absolutely no sense to any individual. From a corporate perspective, we as a team would have long been fired if we tried that sort of stunt. But with government, there is no need to be concerned with the bottom line.
Now here’s where people will tell me, wait one second, aren’t you being too harsh on government employees? Let’s go through some of the strange things that happen shall we? Did you know that at the federal level, you can have a union but you can’t have a strike. It’s in your employment contract. So the point of teamsters and a union is to what… “negotiate”? With what. How about the fact that government employees are not accountable for following certain computer policies even though it’s right there in their contract that you can get terminated for “surfing non-work-related sites” (another name for the naughty stuff). I’m not even going to mention the fact that we’re screaming for more teachers in K-12, yet this state makes it more difficult than anything to provide incentives to keep teachers. Coming from one of the states with probably the most higher education facilities and one of the lower ranking K-12, it’s amazing that there’s isn’t more push to just “make it more simplified” for attaining a teaching certificate after you’ve graduated from college. And I’ve only named “three” different cases.
The fact is, most people that work in government don’t really care too much about their mundane jobs as much as their kids, and where they’re going for vacation. Truthfully, most people probably care more about what they’ll have for breakfast than how to perform better for their jobs and career. More pay, less work. What’s most amusing is the fact that those that actually “do care” have simple solutions to fix the problems that arise within the governmental workplace. Usually it requires little to no money, and just a different strategy and thinking outside the box. If management actually implement these solutions, then there would be a better workplace with more efficient production and money management. It’s time to rock the boat a little, but no one’s willing. And as a shareholder in this vast conglomeration of magisterial squandering, I cannot do anything but watch and sigh.
But what can I say, I’m just a taxpayer.

  • Brenda Bowers

    Darkmoon, Darlin’ you have been reading my blogs too much, or not enough (whatever!) Do you vote? Do you regularly e-mail our Congressmen? Are you planning to leave the good old USofA anytime soon? If so I suggest you check out the tax codes of that country before you move; you will find we have the lowest taxes of any of the countries with our standards of living. But, you still have a legitamate bitch; that’s why I do (bitch that is!) so often. Anyhow, this was a good blog and fun reading.

  • Brenda Bowers

    Darkmoon, Darlin’ you have been reading my blogs too much, or not enough (whatever!) Do you vote? Do you regularly e-mail our Congressmen? Are you planning to leave the good old USofA anytime soon? If so I suggest you check out the tax codes of that country before you move; you will find we have the lowest taxes of any of the countries with our standards of living. But, you still have a legitamate bitch; that’s why I do (bitch that is!) so often. Anyhow, this was a good blog and fun reading.

  • Tax code? Uh… you totally missed the point. The point is that there are inefficiencies on how things are managed. If it was a business and on the stock market, it would fail miserably. I didn’t say that I hate being a taxpayer. I said that it sucks being a taxpayer when I see the money being used in a “crappy” fashion.
    Truthfully, if I could pay the same tax money but filter the funding to whatever government branch I wanted that I thought was doing a good job, all my tax money would go to the GAO, Pentagon and NSA. Maybe even the judicial branch. Executive and Legislative branch? Hah. Not worth one bloody cent.

  • darkmoon

    Tax code? Uh… you totally missed the point. The point is that there are inefficiencies on how things are managed. If it was a business and on the stock market, it would fail miserably. I didn’t say that I hate being a taxpayer. I said that it sucks being a taxpayer when I see the money being used in a “crappy” fashion.
    Truthfully, if I could pay the same tax money but filter the funding to whatever government branch I wanted that I thought was doing a good job, all my tax money would go to the GAO, Pentagon and NSA. Maybe even the judicial branch. Executive and Legislative branch? Hah. Not worth one bloody cent.

  • Brenda Bowers

    No I don’t think I missed the point, at least not by much. You were bitching about being forced to pay out good money for a dysfunctional mega-organization. It is my view that ALL governments are equally inept so that being the case it is far better to pay the least amount of money possible which is what we do here in the good old USofA (check out other’s tax codes). I’m with ya’! Why must you make an argument out of everything? Or is it just that you enjoy my witty retorts?

  • Brenda Bowers

    No I don’t think I missed the point, at least not by much. You were bitching about being forced to pay out good money for a dysfunctional mega-organization. It is my view that ALL governments are equally inept so that being the case it is far better to pay the least amount of money possible which is what we do here in the good old USofA (check out other’s tax codes). I’m with ya’! Why must you make an argument out of everything? Or is it just that you enjoy my witty retorts?

  • Ummm.. let’s see.. how should I put this. “NO.” I was saying that it’s inefficient use of money. There is nothing there that says anything about paying.
    Like I said before, it has nothing to do with comparison of governments. You’re just trying to start something where there isn’t anything. Does a rich person ask why they are paying for a $1000 shirt when the poor man can get the same shirt at Walmart for $20? No. Just because the relative money going in is less doesn’t mean it can’t be used better. I’m not talking about changing programs either, I’m talking about actual money management.
    If anyone is making an argument out of it, you started it.
    Missed the point? Definitely.

  • darkmoon

    Ummm.. let’s see.. how should I put this. “NO.” I was saying that it’s inefficient use of money. There is nothing there that says anything about paying.
    Like I said before, it has nothing to do with comparison of governments. You’re just trying to start something where there isn’t anything. Does a rich person ask why they are paying for a $1000 shirt when the poor man can get the same shirt at Walmart for $20? No. Just because the relative money going in is less doesn’t mean it can’t be used better. I’m not talking about changing programs either, I’m talking about actual money management.
    If anyone is making an argument out of it, you started it.
    Missed the point? Definitely.

  • BrendaBowers

    YEP! And did too.

  • BrendaBowers

    YEP! And did too.

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