Politicians Need to do Less

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    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.

    I’ll happily vote for anyone who promises to dismantle government agencies and terminate the employment of government employees. We need fewer policies, not more. Each “policy” costs money and distorts reality.

Things government should stop doing

Jerry Agar

Governments at all levels are threatening to raise taxes yet again in 2016. That is due to the attitude of self-importance politicians have that they can and should be all things to all people, and frankly it’s laziness. Raising taxes is the easiest and least responsible thing they can do, so they do it.

Instead of a list of things government can do for us, how about a New Year’s resolution from politicians to make a list of things government should stop doing altogether.

Stop going Green. It is putting us in the red. Subsidies for electric automobiles the general public isn’t buying, inefficient wind mills that drive up the cost of power for consumers and chase business out of the province or the country, and dubious job creation programs in the Green sector are massive failures and an obvious waste of money.

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    Remember all the green jobs? Didn’t happen because the whole thing was perpetrated by those whose money it was not.

Studies have shown that every job created in the green sector costs two to four jobs in the economy generally, due to increased energy costs.

Stop bailouts. Politicians think they can and should bail out big corporations that get in financial difficulty, but politicians have no idea what the future holds. That road is strewn with the wreckage of companies that either fail anyway, or don’t pay back the money.

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    It is needs government money to exist, it shouldn’t exist.

When the federal and Ontario governments sold their shares in GM, Canadian taxpayers were left with a $3.5 billion dollar loss. Absent government action, companies either fix their own wagon, or the marketplace transfers the business from the weak to the strong, a win for the economy in general. Wouldn’t workers ultimately want to labour for the smart company?

Stop government monopolies. This applies to things like liquor sales, education and health care. Government funding doesn’t have to mean total control. The dynamics of inefficiency, lack of innovation and customer abuse that properly make monopolies illegal in the private sector don’t change just because bureaucrats and politicians are running the show.

Government and taxi companies colluded to set up a cartel, but Uber is breaking it up. Perhaps we will see more of that in other areas in 2016.

Stop trying to run services. Cities like Toronto have proven that contracting out garbage collection for instance, saves money, eliminates the threat of a strike (the winning bidder must have an employment contract in place) and reduces customer complaints. Government is better at oversight than execution of service.

Stop partying on our dime. Canada recently had 383 people attend the Paris Climate gathering. How many would have gone if it would have been held in a non-tourist destination with bad weather?

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    I could posture on the public stage for much less money.

Here is what politicians should do. They should get over themselves.

It takes a special level of self-importance to think that just because they got elected, a sudden ability to do everything better than everyone else has been magically conferred on them by enchanted election dust.

Humility would cause elected officials to admit they don’t know how to do business better than professional, private sector business competing with other private businesses.

Empathy would compel a politician to give more than lip service to protecting the taxpayer’s hard earned money.

The rest of us should stop thinking government is Santa Claus and look after ourselves.

Living within our means would make for a Happy New Year in 2016.

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  Government, the great myth.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Power Teaching: How to Find Someone to Teach Your Child when the Education System has Failed.
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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