Government performance is about optimizing return on national resources by creating the most desirable environment in which to live and work. It is about creating the foundation for entrepreneurism, self-determination, and self-worth. It is about ensuring individual freedom and liberty mitigated by the need for social responsibility.
Increasing the number of persons who are self sustainable relieves government of the demand for social services. It does not eliminate the requirement for social services, but can reduce the amount needed to support society.
The aim is to provide a good life for a citizens for their entire lifecycle.
One of the variables in this approach is for private enterprise to perform in a superior manner in the global marketplace. Producing products and services that are the best in the world leads to increasing the Gross Domestic Product as measured in exports in incoming revenues. Government operates on a percentage of those positive returns.
When private enterprise fails to invent, innovate, and produce at a sufficient level, a larger percentage of the population becomes dependent on a fewer number of private enterprise workers and businesses. The aim is to maximize private enterprise employment while keeping government enterprise “right sized” commensurate with public needs.
The ideological debate these days is about how much responsibility government must carry to ensure a good life for all.
Here are some rules:
- There can be no poverty in America.
- All persons must have basic essentials for self-sustainment: food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare
- The nation must be secured economically and physically from harm.
The latter requires military and homeland security.
Optimizing return on national resources is a process that is performed under the American political system and governed by the U.S. Constitution.
A simplified formula to consider in understanding this was advanced by Daniel S. Appleton as:
Yield = > Revenue + > Quality / < Cost + < Time
The goal is to optimize national yield by applying capital, people, materials, and infrastructure resources with application of two main mechanisms: private and public business enterprises and government enterprises.
Each participating enterprise, whether private or public, business or government, share the same formula. The goal is to maximize revenue and quality while minimizing cost and the time to produce. While these elements are dissimilar in the formula, the conceptual relationship is true.
The goal of government is to provide the best environment in which people and their businesses can optimize their yield.
Shutting down the government and creating economic havoc through dysfunctional performance fails the test of good government. We are in a cycle of decline because Congress is failing to perform properly.
“Shutdown could cost jobs down the line, report says
By Josh Hicks, Published: October 3 at 6:00 amE-mail the writer
The economic impacts of a government shutdown are likely to vary depending on geographic location, how many federal employees live in a given area, and how long the partial halt in operations lasts, according to one economist.
Ball State University economist Michael J. Hicks (no relation to the author of this article) made those conclusions based on an analysis of the unemployment rates and employment levels in the nation’s capital during the 11 shutdowns that occurred since 1976.
Hicks found that the impacts have not been immediate, but that “employment within Washington, D.C. is negatively affected” within two months of a lapse in appropriations. His models show a reduction of roughly .02 percent in employment for each day of a shutdown for the Beltway.”