Published Thursday, December 06, 2012
Government has no legal or moral responsibility to create jobs or provide employment.
Government must minimize non-value-added mandates, regulations and work rules: Those that add cost in excess of what the consumer joyfully pays for. Excessive non-value-added costs drive jobs elsewhere.
For responsibilities enumerated in the Constitution or government-defining covenant, judicious employment is necessary. Staffing is limited by the available budget. Efficiency is essential. Continuous streamlining is necessary. Unnecessary or ineffective roles must be eliminated. Wages/benefits must be comparable to the private sector and linked to the specific requirements of the job.
In a free-market commercial enterprise, cost discipline is self-policing. If a producer permits costs to exceed what the consumer is willing to pay, the consumer goes to more efficient producers and the inefficient producer goes out of business. This is the reason that a successful free-market enterprise requires a never-ending struggle for improved quality and lower costs through higher efficiency.
Public sector employment is not as tightly regulated by such natural market enforcement because there is no competition for government services, and decision-makers do not have direct accountability for results as do those in the private sector.
Public sector employment is funded by taxes on present (or future) private sector employees. The 110 million private sector employees in America today can fund no more than 7 million of the 22 million existing public sector jobs. Sixty eight percent are funded by debt to be paid by future taxpayers. This is lunacy.
For 40 years, the private sector has been forced by competition to streamline operations. The public sector must catch up if America is to survive because the direct and indirect cost burden of government is making it impossible for our commercial producers to be competitive — and that kills revenue-generating jobs.
Frank D. Banta, Newnan