10 Worst Mistakes The Government Makes
Nobody is perfect. Not even groups of people trying to pull together different minds and experiences to achieve a common goal, well, maybe a common one. The United States government is no different. In fact, it seems to be an expert at mistakes. They multiply by the day.
Well, we cannot list every mistake the US government has made. If we did, we'd be dead and buried, possibly even turned completely to dust, before we even got a tenth of the way through the list. I'm not trying to say that our government is horrible. I'm just saying it makes too many mistakes.
Here, I list ten ways where the US government has made its worst mistakes. These are rather general as they have to cover many of those that would take generations to discuss. This list is by all means not complete, but there is only so much space in on article anyone is willing to sit and read.
#1 - Misreading the People
After this last election, I think we can all agree on this one no matter what side of the political fence you stand. The government has spent nearly its entire life misreading the people it governs.
Who are the people? They are the ones who elect the ones who sit in the seat of government. They are the ones who determine who is part of the government and who is not. They are also the ones that seem to be forgotten once those same people are in the government system.
The ideal government of America is to represent the people and their wants. The problem is that too often the government isn't on the same page as the people. They think they know what the people really want and go down the paths they feel comfortable with and not where they need to go. That is when the government realizes that they might be in seats of power, but they are really the minority. The people have the majority card.
The government gets too deep in its pool of power. It forgets who put the components in place. It forgets who really has the power. It is the power until it realizes that it has strayed from the desires of the people. Then election time comes, and the misreading becomes apparent.
The people will be heard. When the government veers off the path the people want them to travel, the people will pull them and put someone else on that path. The government can't seem to see they are on the wrong path until the elections are over and they have been upended. The government never really seems to be able to read the people. Why? Because it sees only what it wants to see which is usually what fits in their own individual goals.
Why is this one of the greatest mistakes of our government? Because it prevents anything of value is accomplished. The misreads cause upheaval and back to square one.
#2 Knee-Jerk Reactions
Too often our government...reacts. It is quick to react in order to quiet the reaction of the people. All it wants to do is quiet the people and give them a sense of peace even if they make the wrong decision. In the process, they cause more problems than what already existed.
In 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). This was passed due to many incidents with product recalls due to toxic elements in toys. It stated that any product had to be tested for toxic chemicals. Each run of any product, including books, had to be tested by an approved lab facility. That satisfied people who were upset that toxic items were given to their children and grandchildren. The government calmed the public down and made them happy...for a time. Then the truth of the law hit everyone quickly.
The knee-jerk reaction would put a large amount of small businesses out of business. The cost of each test was monstrous and only large companies could afford it though it would still hurt them. If the small company published children's books, they would have to test each batch of publication. Most did not publish extremely large batches due to cost. Now they would have to publish very large batches and then spend the money to test each batch. Bankruptcy was the only solution facing thousands of businesses.
The government didn't stop and think of what the impact would be on its citizens. It just was wanting to quiet the unrest over toxic items handed to their children. Yes, children should not be exposed to them, but when the law was passed, it was too generic and included items that would never have contained the toxic chemicals listed in it. Many products were targeted that shouldn't have been. The law was passed and then trouble arose.
There had to be amendments to the law to help small businesses and to weed out the areas that should not have been covered by it. Panic had risen tenfold because the government just reacted instead of fully analyzing the situation and investigating the full ramifactions.
#3 - Refusing to Compromise
Our government is so good at compromise. Not! They might not even know what that word means. In fact, it is expected that no one will compromise in the government. It is unforgivable to agree with the other side. No wonder nothing gets accomplished!
My husband says that when another party takes over the government, the parties just exchange scripts. This year, the Republicans will have one stand on taxes this year that opposes the Democrats. Next year when the Democrats win the election, they switch positions. It doesn't matter what the position is as long as it is the opposite of the other party.
During election times, I listen to politicians condemn the opposing party's candidate for various stances and decisions/votes. As I research the candidates, I discover that what the one condemns the other one for they had themselves done a few years back.
Why can't the members of the government compromise? Why does it have to be all one way or the other? That means there will be nothing progressing for the benefit of the people.
Let's look at gun control. One side wants no controls. One side wants no guns. There is no compromise. What if there was? What if both sides decided to make small steps with a little compromise? That way both sides get a little bit of what they want while not giving in completely. Progress is made. A few years later, another step can be made in comprise to get to where society is acceptable of the final results. Instead, the government sits back and argues with each other while pointing fingers and trying to tear down each other. There are no results aside from a lot of mudslinging.
#4 Not Looking Long-Term
Too often the US government doesn't look beyond the next election cycle. They'll deal with issues later. For now, they have to get their party stronger in controlling the government. All decisions are made with that in mind.
Think back on a few laws that have been passed or even proposed. Usually, fallout occurred quickly. Think back on the example I gave previously in regard to CPSIA. The government wanted to show the public they were listening and taking care to protect the citizens it governed. They didn't think beyond the nice election results because of their actions. Long-term, the law was a disaster and could have crippled the country economically. Small businesses would be forced to close. The long-term impact was never considered.
The government is normally short-sighted. As previously stated, they are looking only through the next election cycle and keeping their position of power. But the long-term impact can reach out to our great-grandchildren's time. Decisions made by the government should look beyond today.
Let's look at some past government periods, particularly that of prior to the Civil War. Slavery was not suddenly an issue during Lincoln's run for the presidency. It had been a controversial topic since the colonial days under Great Britain. Many wanted it ended. Some wanted it to continue. Others wanted it dealt with in a slow, gradual way to abolish it. Every president and congressman up to Lincoln pushed the subject aside to let the next administration deal with it. They only looked at the short-term impact. How would it reflect on their term? What would happen to the economy if slavery was abolished? Not a single one looked to the future and how bloody the results would be as the Southern states grew angry at being told what to do. Who do you blame the Civil War on? All those other administrations who were to afraid to face the issue.
#5 Focued on Next Elections
I just mentioned in the previous section how the elected officials of the US government are only concerned about the next election cycle. They even admit it at times. They only want themselves or their party gaining power.
I have to admit that I have been naive when I was younger. I thought, once elected, that politicians worked to get laws passed and take care of the people who elected them. As I listened to politicians and watched their actions, I discovered that once elected they were already eyeing the next one. Every action they make is geared toward getting them re-elected. They will avoid topics if they are too controversial and might make them look bad. They focus on what will make voters happy.
Why is this a mistake? Because the government is not trying to leave a mark that will last for years aside from each individual name. They are not working for the people. They are working to keep power and gain more. I know this sounds extremely cynical. Sadly, it is realistic. There might be a few government politicians that aren't doing that. They might be sincere in representing those who elected them. The truth is that most of the government is concerned about the power they possess and how to keep it.
Focus on the term and not the next election. That will come base don how you handle your term.
#6 Always Spinning
Spinning is what the government does extremely well. Nearly every word out of their mouths comes out as a spin.
Let's explore what spinning is. Spinning is actually spin control. Per Webster, it is "the act or practice of attempting to manipulate the way an event is interpreted by others". Note the word "manipulate". It is not just saying something happened or how one feels about a situation., It is about manipulating that information to obtain the desired reaction.
A protest gets out of hand because one person got too mouthy and then pushed someone else to where they fell. Let's say the words exchanged were heated and basically was one telling the other to get out of his way. Let the political parties get involved, and the spinning would begin and get out of control. One party would say it was the other party's representative that started it. The other party would say the same thing about their rival. Yes, those involved might have belonged to the different parties, but that wouldn't mean it was all about political hatred. Yet each side will twist the events to make it look like that so the public will get angry and demand justice. They take basic facts and turn them around to make the public look through specific lens.
I honestly do not believe that the government could talk about anything without putting a spin on it. It is just too natural for them. So what is wrong with spinning? The truth is not usually represented. It is corrupted so that an agenda is achieved. It reeks of corruption.
#7 Party Association
Every politician is associated with a party. No, they are all not Democrats or Republicans. It seems that way because they are the most numerous and the loudest whiners. There actually a number of other parties that have a very small presence in the American government. But no matter what party each individual belongs to, they associate to such a degree that they are too often not willing to work with others in the opposing parties.
If I'm a Republican, I will only agree with Republicans. I will only support them. Even if the Democrats propose something that I agree with and think is beneficial, I will not vote yes for it because the other side proposed it. The same thing would happen if I as a Democrat. It all comes down to party.
Let me give you an example of someone I had a discussion on politics with. I will not reveal their name or how I am associated with them. She were a die-hard Democrat for their entire life which was quite long at this time. Something about a Republican was on the news. She jumped up to claim he needed to be removed. A few years, a Democrat had faced a similar situation. At that time, she had claimed that the nation should be more understanding toward him. I called her out on this. The response was that the one guy was Democrat which made it okay. "So if Hitler ran as a Democrat?" The next response was shocking. "Well, then he wasn't as bad as we thought." What? All because of what political party he was affiliated with.
Now I'm not saying just Democrats act this way. I've head similar feelings from Republicans. Too many are fixated on party affiliation than with achieving results that better our country. Big mistake. They actually ask for the jokes about them being a congress since it is the opposite of progress.
#8 Drama Oriented
The government loves drama. If there is nothing legit, somebody will create false drama. Usually it is used to deflect attention from situation to another that could damage opponents in the political fighting field.
Want to attempt to prevent the other party from getting more votes next election year? just focus the attention of the public on drama. It could be something personal in their life or something to do with their work in the government. It doesn't even have to be true. As long as it has the desired impact on the public, it is all well and good. Not!
Again, instead of doing their job, the government focuses on drama because they know American love it. Shoot, across the world they love it. The average person is stupid enough to believe everything their is said by the parties they are associated with. They follow the drama and fan the flames of it. They take the bait and the real issues get ignored and progress once again is shoved down a dark hole.
A mistake of the government is taking the low path and not focusing on the work before them.
#9 Fighting Itself
I think has been pointed out a number of times above. The government will not work with itself. It always wants to fight. Again, most of it comes down to party lines. They cannot work together without a brawl.
Want gun control in place? It will never happen as long as both sides are fighting. Instead of trying to come up with some type of solution(s), they argue, create drama, and sling mud. How is that ever going to help get any laws passed?
I always comment on how childish politicians act. They argue constantly. They point fingers. They lie. They spin the truth. They try to hide their own actions by pointing out what others are doing. You would think they were on a play ground.
Government infighting is a mistake because once again it puts the needs of the nation on the back burner. So much more would get done if the government stopped fighting with itself.
#10 Playing Games
The government loves to play games. They do it all the time. More often than not, the government holds information tight to its chest. That can be good at times, but too often they do it in order to trump the opposing party. It is so they can come out looking good, not to do the right thing.
Yes, I know I'm being too unrealistic in thinking the government should do their job. I know I have to do my job at work or I will get fired. That's not what happens in the government. It all comes down to how well you can play the game and come out on top.
Why is this a mistake? Because it hinders the process of actually governing the country. It sets good people up for failure. It gives power to corrupt individuals and groups. It takes a great concept, a republic form of government, and makes it as corrupt as all the others.