America can still be saved by turning over much of the federal government to the state, city, and country governments. The primary reason is because the federal government is broken and cannot be fixed. There are three major problems.
One. Morale among federal employees is at a record low. The 2014 annual survey showed that only about half of the federal employees were satisfied with their jobs. About 72% of the private sector employees were satisfied. Younger federal employees are even less satisfied because they have to work for incompetent older employees and promotions are not based on merit.
Two. Our federal government is not innovative and does not offer incentives for employees who are creative. The Partnership for Public Service’s innovation index score is the lowest it has ever been. Typically, old guard leadership in the federal government fears new approaches which could make them look incompetent. These leaders do not have the confidence to welcome new ideas because they believe they will erode their power.
Three. Customer satisfaction with federal services is at the lowest it has been since 2007. The American Customer Satisfaction Index indicated that only 64.4 percent of the government’s customers were satisfied with the results. Any business with this low customer satisfaction would not be able to stay in business. Part of the problem is that federal employees don’t even know who their customer is. When asked, they will tell you their customers are: (1) supervisors, (2) department heads, (3) Senior Executive Service positions, (4) other federal agencies, (5) the executive branch, and (6) the citizens who request assistance. They never say the American taxpayer is their client and yet that is who is paying them for their services. The bottom line is that federal employees are generally motivated to satisfy their leaders in order to advance their careers. “Careerism” is much more important than customer service.
The federal government is broken beyond repair because the system protects itself from repairs. Even though the federal leadership is poor, the system is the problem. The only way to remedy this defect is to minimize the damage it is doing to our country. Transfer the powers and budget for the federal government to local governments. They will do a better job because they will be more focused on local activities than the federal government would ever be.
Even though the local governments are not perfect, they will be better at addressing local issues. The local politicians will be motivated to make their neighborhoods a better place to live. This is called Politics in My Backyard, “PIMBY.” Even when the local politicians are selfish, they generally will spend money to protect themselves and their families by making the community stronger.
It is important for Congress, with the power of the purse, to start sending more money to local communities and governments, cutting off the weak efforts of an incompetent federal government. It is time to go local, freezing out the federal government.