What is a Government Review Panel (GRP)? What we’re tossing out today is an idea for a Big Picture review of how government performance is going.
- Not by the Legislative brand. Why, when there’s a government shutdown, they can even work through the holidays to patch things up. Lazy bastards and non-performers. Incapable of doing work, would you trust them to conduct a fair review? I doubt it.
- Clearly, the Executive branch can’t do such a review, either. First, because the current president wasn’t accepted as a valid winner by democrats – which is really all it takes to set aside an Executive branch review.
- Could the Courts? Why, of course not. The role of the Courts is not the collection of evidence,
- The Media, then? One of the present era’s most “Popular Delusions” is that the media’s able to be honest. Not the case. They have their hand in the financial cookie jar too deep. What was once upon a time “news” is now a confabulation of infotainment, opinion, and leftist mediajacking that is wholly untrustworthy.
So bad has it become, that one often has to take a single story and average it from right, centrist, and left, in order to come anywhere near a reasonable option.
This is why, morning’s like this, I throw out crazy ideas like a (Citizens) Government Review Panel.
Like any good HR Department, the GRP would be able to issue “notices to correct.” Fail to get things resolved to the satisfaction of the GRP and out you go, regardless of branch. Think of it as a Constitutional-Digital Hybrid which would – over some period of time – transition into Responsive Government. Because, in our considered view, that’s what the Founders really had in mind.
America wasn’t set up to be a (loose-lips Cortez) migration path to socialist tyranny and all-government, all-the-time.. But, neither was it designed to be an exploitive free-trade and profits-only franchise.
The Politics of Division is an ongoing battle between the two above factions to prevail. That’s what’s in the headlines we choke down on a daily basis.
Aren’t we really smarter than ihat? have we learned NOTHING about the generalization of Enterprise Resource Managment (ERP) that could take the division and petty bullshit out of governance and just “move along?”
Pretend – just for an instant – that we were all scientific management adherents. We would be based on data, process, replication, and moving toward specific, measurable goals.
Now, I ask you: Does this remotely resemble this morning’s mixed-scramble of political minutia? Even with a side of bacon?
Quick! Main functions of government are what?
- Provide representative government.
- Provide Law Enforcement and the Courts and, when perps are found guilty, to detain as punishment.
- Ensure critical public services.
- Provide money as a means of exchange.
- Pay for the above with reasonable taxes.
We’re pretty sure this is an incomplete list, but let’s use it as a starting point for this morning’s “Employee Review” of government at all levels. Because, in ERP terms, it;s all part of the same company, same organization and under One management group,
Since Government Works for Us – not the other way around.
1. Provide Representative Government.
Not only do government workers have “special” retirement progrems not Social Security. Oh, and the top of the ruling class are exempt from having their incomes halted during the shutdown.
We need to unify all retirements and if Social Security is not enough, oh well…fix it. That’s what ERP competent managements do. Measure and Fix.
Not perpetuate BS division to monetize ongoing waste…following?
2. Provide for Law Enforcement and the Courts.
Federal Courts close tomorrow unless the shutdown ends overnight, the odds of which are approximately zero.
2A. The Border is a Law Enforcement Issue.
Trump is off to the border here in Texas today. Elsewhere in Texas, grandstanding democrats will make a play for the public, too.
The absolute craziness of the Open Border people is they fail to see that walls and barriers are necessary or we might as well have Open Murders and Open Robbers, as well.
Because the liberals, living in gated compounds, would never countenance “wall free jails” and “open prisons” – yet they expect the ‘Merican people to be dumb enough to swallow such septic tailings.
3. Ensure Critical Public Services
I’ve lived in Kalifornia and I have friends who live in the canyons of Burbank and they can’t cut down brush because of environmental concerns.
If you have brush, the LA Fire Department, for example, has rules to follow, as we’d expect.
- Use of metal cutting blades for grass or brush clearance shall be limited to those which are non-ferrous/non-sparking.
- Brush clearance cannot be done on red flag days, when fire weather conditions are at their peak.
- Individuals engaged in brush clearance operations shall not engage in any other activities during their actual clearance of grass or brush.
- An approved fire extinguisher, or a pressurized garden hose with attached nozzle shall be within 10 feet of any grass or brush clearance operation, to quickly extinguish a small fire before it burns out of control.
- A cell phone capable of dialing 9-1-1 shall be charged and readily accessible to the grass or brush clearance operation.
We see an article from a year ago in The American Thinker” under the title “How Regulation Made California’s Fires Worse.” In it, there’s an enlargement that lack of proper forest management is a large part of the problem. And while that may be partially correct, as a tree farm operator (you forgot? Uretopia is a USDA numbers tree farm!) we keep our trees (as much as possible) thinned and limbed up.
Donald Trump is partly right, but California is partly wrong. And we seem to remember it was a power company crew that lit off one of the biggest fires of ’18, and no amount of finger-pointing will gorw back a single tree. Unholy smokes.
4. Provide Money as a Means of Exchange
The US Congress abdicated by handing over the role of money management to a banker-proxy cabal sold to the public as the Federal Reserve. When Richard Nixon went along with the implementation of “variable value money” (VVM) which was not convertible to a fixed amount of silver or gold) the nation’s financial fate was sealed.
There are some who cast the killing of President kennedy (or a coup by Lyndon Johnson) as the cause. We won’t mention it here, except to say odd things happen around democrats and today’s headline that a “Second man found dead in Democratic donor Edward Buck’s home identified” is a good reason to remain arms-length (or further) from anything political.
Moreover, the recent stock market volatility has likely been fueled by FOREX changes and that means the variable rate dollar’s rep is in decline which explains, we think, why gold, silver, and other fungibles are ascendant.
Oh, and yes, if the value of the dollar goes down, it takes more off them to buy the same goods. Which makes it appear that stocks are going up. But, to us, and looking at gold, it’s just the dollar going down.
5. Pay for the above with reasonable taxes.
Well, no paying for anything non-essential since Trump stormed out of the useless meeting with Schumer and Pelosi Wednesday.
All of which brings us to the precipice I mentioned in mid December that we should about be at around January 10.
That’s today…and we’ll see how much of a roller coaster ride is about to begin.
More than anything today, we’re hoping some cartel hot-head doesn’t have a shoulder-launched anti=aircraft missile somewhere just on the unenforceable side of the border. Because that’s the kind and scale of event that we fear lurks. We love to be wrong.
But to sum up?
Politics has had 243 year to “get it right.” Politicians, like leeches, multiply their own species at the expense of their hosts.
We think it’s time to re-think and stop trying to rebrand losing propositions like extremism on either side, left or right. It isn’t like companies don’t face this every day.
Everyone holding a government job should be required to have actually worked in private industry (and not sucking branches like law firms) before being allowed to seize the throttles of power.
We’d have a much smaller, work product-oriented, congress.
In Other News
CPI data is scheduled for tomorrow. We’re waiting to find out if that is an essential service.
Remember our discussion about Strategic Relocation a couple of weeks back? Well, here you go: New Kind of Oklahoma Land Rush—Anadarko Basin’s Unconventional Reserves Estimated to be 16 Billion Barrels of Oil, 200 TCF Gas,
New meaning for the term “bench warmer?” Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s past comments raise questions about Supreme Court retirement. Anything to spite Trump, huh?
And as we’ve been expecting, New year stocks rally stalls as trade talks and data disappoint with the futures down about 100.
But, ain’t hearing the Fat Lady singing. Few more days?
Moron the ‘morrow…