ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What needs to be done to have a more efficient federal government?

Updated on June 18, 2014

Efficiency and government are two terms which seem to be in a disconnect mode in these economic times. Spending is exceeding revenue. This can be an indication of inefficiency within government operations not necessarily across the board. In past years money was going into accounts such as Social Security but it was being borrowed to pay government expenses. Granted there are some expenses which cannot be predicted such as disaster relief but government needs to live within its means or find other ways to increase revenue. This does not mean that taxes should be raised to match expenses. The inefficiency of government needs to be corrected but the question is how it should be done.

One of the biggest problems causing inefficiency is the complexity of the structure the structure which has been created over several administrations. We all know there are duplications of responsibilities across several departments and agencies the problem is getting rid of it. Duplication is a mark of inefficiency. It is a known fact that revenue needs to be increased to some extent but the problem is how to do it without negatively impacting our weak economy.

There are three clear answers and possibly more. One is changing our tax structure to leave more money in the pockets of citizens. Our current tax situation is so large and complex that not even our elected officials in Congress can clearly say they understand all the rules and the rules keep changing. Businesses do not know or can predict what their expenses will be from year to year and as a result they cannot plan for their future. Our tax structure needs an overhaul. Our tax structure need to be more business and individual friendly instead of penalizing individuals and businesses for earning more it needs to encourage business expansion.

The second is getting rid of overbearing regulations. The number of regulations seems to be growing by leaps and bounds these days so much it is difficult to keep up with all the new ones and their revisions. Regulations are a necessity with regards to the federal government responsibilities but several have no clear connection to constitutional responsibilities. Others make reference to constitutional responsibilities in an attempt to say they are constitutional.

The need for additional revenue cannot be denied. One area where revenue can be increased involves our energy reserves. Presently the federal government places restrictions through the EPA and other departments on not only what can and cannot be done but where. Opening up our energy reserves to production activities will do two things. It will lower unemployment and increase the tax revenue. In addition it would lower unemployment benefits costs as more individuals would be working. Government needs to remove restrictions to access the huge energy reserves we have across the country. Several states where it was within their control to do so has tapped into the energy reserves and thereby lowered their unemployment while raising the revenue coming into their states. The same thing can happen if the federal government restrictions are removed or at least reduced. From several reports it has been said our energy resources exceed the reserves in place in The Middle East.

The federal government has become so large and so involved with our everyday lives that it is trying to solve all the problems when government is the problem. It is not the responsibility of the federal government to solve all our problems for one reason it is not within their constitutional responsibility to even try. Granted there are areas where the federal government needs to be involved but there are others where they need to let the philosophy of supply and demand work. This philosophy has worked since our country began but the involvement of government has impacted this philosophy. It is another inefficient function of government. A limited government operation where states have the responsibilities as identified in the Constitution would create a more efficient government which costs less. If it costs less there would be more money in the pockets of citizens which would open up spending opportunities thereby increasing revenue back to the government.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)