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Recent Government Failures

Updated on July 11, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years.


It seems to me that many on the left side of the political spectrum believe that government can be the solution to all our problems. Their faith in big government is unfounded by reality. I decided to start a list of recent government failures to put a spot light on the truth.

-Jun. 2015


Someone very astute ask the question "what has any government agency done so well that you would want them to do more?" The answer is obvious. The issue comes down to motivation. I'm sure there are plenty of government workers who wants to do a good job and believes they are helping the public. The problem is the "system". It is not setup to reward innovators but to keep the status quo. A federal agency, once created, never goes out of business. A second more troubling problem is the lack of accountability. No one is held accountable when thing go wrong. The difference in the private sector is this. If you screw up or didn't do your job, you are most likely to be fired. Even if you are not, it is the company that suffers. In government, we the taxpayer foot the bill and have no say as to consequences.

I will be appending to this hub over time to track more government failures.

© 2015 Jack Lee


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      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      My esoteric, as usual, you are missing the point. I don't care if the Government makes money on these loans. It is not their mandate to make these loans in the first place.

      If all you care about is making money, why not have government run brothels, or gaming? Or yea they are in lotto...

      So, in your limited view, anything from Fox is to be ignored?

      In all these cases I highlight, the main problem I see is the lack of accountability.

      I thought I made it clear in my hub but I will repeat it. When you have an agency that provide a service and the people performing those services are not accountable as in the private sector, you will end up with poor performance. It is human nature. Can you understand that concept?

      The IRS has plenty of funds to give out as bonuses and yet they don't have the budget to upgrade their computer system? Give me a break.

      Are you going to be an apologist for all the wrong doings? When will it be sufficient for you to say, they screwed up and they should be fired? Apparently, you have not reached that threshhold. I am not that patient or forgiving.

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      Scott Belford 

      3 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      From that far-Left publication "Scientific America".

      "That also means the loan program may have taken too little risk. The program has made a profit of nearly $1 billion in interest payments to the U.S Treasury to date. At least $5 billion more is expected over the next few decades as loans are paid back. That compares with $780 million in losses to date, the bulk of which is accounted for by the $535 million loaned to Solyndra. And more money could be made if the program were to ever sell its group of loans rather than managing them for the next few decades."

      To BUY Windows 7 at the volume needed requires approval of Congress because it is a major procurement. Maintaining XP comes out of Operations and Support funds, something the IRS probably has on hand to spend. Given the Right's decision not to fund anything beyond the military, there is no hope to get the appropriated funds, therefore the IRS has no choice but to upgrade. I ran into this many times when I worked for the AF.

      I won't bother with the hacking given more damage has been done by hacking in to private industry than gov't systems.

      I started the Fox article and stopped when the first few things they said I knew to be not true from my 20+ years experience as a civil servant.

      Amtrak - the positive train control had been installed in that area but had not been turned on yet (reason not given but the NTSB apparently has not found that it should have been turned on yet) and the CEO said this in testimony "Boardman said Amtrak could have installed positive train control sooner if Congress had given it more money when it first began work on the system years ago. "

      I'll leave it there.


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