Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Modest Proposal For Government; It Will Be Ignored

This great idea comes from blogger E.D. Kain,  I agree with the general concept, but I really love the specific examples.

In any case, I like the idea of sunset provisions for government institutions themselves. I’m not sure if this has ever been tried. But wouldn’t it have been wonderful to write in not only a sunset provision for the Patriot Act, but for the entire Department of Homeland Security?

Too often our government is a self-serving, bloated mega-institution incapable of ever cutting off any of its outgrown limbs. Making more if it temporary – or at least writing in the possibility of temporariness when constructing it – would at the very least give these big government institutions a reason to try to remain relevant.

Of course, the downside would be an even more concerted effort to self-preserve, but at least there would be a conversation going on about whether survival was in the best interests of the nation at large.

1 comment:

caheidelberger said...

Dang! Throw this topic into the LD resolution hopper next year!

We'll have to balance the harm self-perpetuating institutions with the harm of reinventing the wheel every 5-10-20 years. I think South does something like the proposed model with its legislative audits of each department. Every so-many years, each department has to go before a committee (DENR is undergoing this process this summer) and explain why the legislature should keep funding it. I wonder: has any agency ever failed the audit and been abolished?