I believe government by performance can eventually revolutionize
every aspect of the way government works, the way power flows, and
the way the people and the government relate to each other, but I
know that's way too much to ask for in one jump, so it is just as
well that government by performance can be introduced one small step
at a time, and refined and improved as we go along. Here are the
stages I envision today:
- A pilot project starts the process. In
this example, we see how government by performance can be applied
to a federal crime bill.
- More projects follow, each one
applying the government by performance principles that worked so
well in the original pilot project.
- The next step is to realize that
individual projects don't really make sense, so the performance
based projects are all merged into a single program, and we are
really on the road to full blown government by performance.
- Transformation of old programs and
bringing them all under the government by performance umbrella is
the last major hurdle.
- Government by performance is now a
reality, taxpayers believe their taxes are being spent wisely,
citizens trust their government to do the best possible job,
elections are civil and are about issues people can understand,
ordinary citizens are more powerful than special interests, all
children are polite and respectful, all marriages are happy,
everyone is rich, ... (OK, I exaggerated a bit :-).
If you have followed all this, you are probably thinking
government by performance can't possibly be this good. There are
problems and obstacles it can't overcome and there will be new things
that can go wrong no one can see today. You are almost certainly
correct, but I believe the problems with government by performance
will not be nearly as severe as the problems we have with the mess
government is today. For a discussion of some of the problems I can
anticipate, follow this link.
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