Sunday, September 27, 2009

REFORM OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING

David returns to Italy

Big governments grow too fat and they waste money.

FBI director Robert Mueller reportedly squandered 1 billion dollars on a computer system that was dodgy. (government-waste/)

The US federal education bureaucracy costs around $100 billion each year. At least 30% of the money never reaches the classroom. (Government waste, duplication and mismanagement)

Over an 18-month period, Air Force and Navy personnel used government-funded credit cards to charge at least $102,400 for admission to entertainment events, $48,250 for gambling, $69,300 for cruises, and $73,950 for exotic dance clubs and prostitutes. (Army Purchase Cards: Control Weaknesses Leave Army Vulnerable to ...)



Let's take a look at barmy Britain.

In the mid-1970s, Britain had to go to the IMF for a bail-out.

At that time the deficit was 7% of GDP.

In 2009-10, Britain's borrowing is expected to be at least 12% of GDP.

(Source: Deflating the state)

Gordon Brown spent too much money over the years.

Yet Britain's hospitals are dirty, its railways are a mess, its schools are full of illiterate bullies, and its army can't win wars.

Much extra money went into Britain's health service.

But that money went to pay for the following: computers systems that don't work, over-generous salaries to doctors, and vast numbers of administrators who do more harm than good.

Britain has about 5.8m state employees. Most of the admininstrators in schools and hospitals are not needed.

The Office for National Statistics recorded falling productivity in the public services in the decade to 2007. (Deflating the state)

Deflating the state

One way to improve things is to have smaller empires.

Perhaps places such as Dallas, Sacramento and Los Angeles should have their own powerful parliaments.

Here are our proposals for reform in the UK:

1. Parliaments

Scotland's parliament has control over several areas of government, such as health and education.

English regions (eg Cornwall, Yorkshire) should be given their own parliaments.

Our advice to Britain's various parliaments would be to consider the following:

2. Welfare benefits.

Young workless people should be put on to community work schemes.

Young people who refuse to work should lose access to benefits.

Well-off parents should not receive child benefit.

Single mothers should receive lower benefits.

The minimum wage should be greatly increased.

Immigration should be curbed.

3. Health

The number of administrators should be reduced each year.

Most patients should pay a small sum for treatments.

4. Education

The school leaving age should be reduced to 12.

All state schools should be run as independent charities. Headmaster would have the right to expel disruptive pupils.

The number of education administrators in local and national government should be reduced each year.

Children who get generally good reports on their behaviour would receive free education in state schools.

Children with repeatedly bad reports on their behaviour would have to pay a small sum for their education; and their education could be in special schools.

4. Defence

The military should be closed down.

5. Public Order

The number of police should be increased, as the military is phased out.

There should be more, and much smaller, police districts.

The public should be able to hold referenda on issues such as police efficiency.

6. Transport

Build more railways and bicycle tracks; increase congestion charges; increase the tax on luxury vehicles.

7. Tax

Place an extra tax on goods produced by multi-national companies using 'slave labour' (very low wage labour).

Nationalise those banks which are using up too much of taxpayers money on bonuses.

Impose high taxes on houses worth millions.

Increase taxes on alcohol, except that produced by small companies.

Reduce taxes on smaller companies.

Exempt the first £10,000 of income from tax, and increase income tax on the highest earners.

Freeze local taxes.

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"Secessionist organizations are operating ... in Texas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Alaska and Hawaii." - Secession movement moves beyond Texas

Study shows a stunning gap between U.S. rich and poor

All aboard the MPs' gravy planes: Taxpayers' millions spent on exotic trips that never need to be declared

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2 comments:

aferrismoon said...

Movies , especially those promoting the incredible expense of keeping evil at bay, regularly treat us to high cost solutions [ blowing up people and things] to rid us of the enemy.
Our great heroes have to spend billions to kill 'it' off.
The politicos must look well fed and have a grand purse for the fending off of creeping somethingness otherwise who will respect them and by association - us

Let us prey

scunnert said...

2. Welfare benefits.

"Single mothers should receive lower benefits."

A disincentive to fecundity I suppose?

This is a social issue and can't be resolved with financial penalties. What has got to change is the culture. Interestingly, the same mindset accepts ever increasing payments to third world countries to maintain their ever increasing populations.

Penalties on indigenous women for having kids at the same time as increasing immigration because of declining population seems to me self defeating? Unless you want to change the demographic!

But:

"Immigration should be curbed."

Curbed how?

"Children who get generally good reports on their behaviour would receive free education in state schools.

Children with repeatedly bad reports on their behaviour would have to pay a small sum for their education; and their education could be in special schools."

Penalizing folk for having substandard kids is just eugenics. However,"single mother absent father syndrome" is an artifact of our economic system and can only be changed culturally.

Imagine trying to stop this with financial penalties:

http://tinyurl.com/yegts8x

7. Tax

"Place an extra tax on goods produced by multi-national companies using 'slave labour' (very low wage labour)."

Why not just ban them completely? Oh 'cause that would be against free trade legislation? Who says?

"Nationalize those banks which are using up too much of taxpayers money on bonuses."

Why not nationalize them all?

"Impose high taxes on houses worth millions."

Nah - the preservation of our built heritage requires government to back the fuck off.

 
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