With or without incentives
Amarillo financial advisor Jerry Stinson writes in that city's Globe-News:
The fundamental problem with our democracy these days is that most people feel dispossessed and ignored by elected officials, bureaucrats and employees of public institutions.Think of how inefficient big business sometimes is. Make it bigger. Then, add civil service provisions that preclude ever firing employees. Add to that little incentives for managers and you've got...government bureaucracy! Swell.
I called the Washington office of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to briefly comment on a nominee for a federal commission. A young woman answered the phone. I introduced myself, explained my business and concluded my introduction by asking, "How are you today?"
"I'm very busy," she replied. "What do you want exactly?"
One conclusion might be that this young woman has never had the advantage of training in one of your better charm schools. The probable explanation for her insolent behavior is that she learned it from the senator and other "public servants" around her in the office.
Of course, I imagine that Senator Hutchison will take action to ensure that this doesn't happen. After all, she does have incentive to do so....that whole Governor's Mansion thing.
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