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The Federal Government in Two Words

October 12, 2010 by

Too big

It was not even close.

When the USA Today/Gallup poll asked 981 Americans “if someone asked you to describe the federal government in one word or phrase,” there was one phrase people used far more frequently than any other: “Too big.”

{ 11 comments }

El Tonno October 12, 2010 at 4:59 am

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic:

“UK gov could not procure its way out of a paper bag”
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/11/government_procure_rubbish/

Green finds gruesome inefficiency shock
By John Oates
11th October 2010 15:05 GMT

Sir Philip Green’s review of government efficiency has found… no evidence of efficiency.

Green reviewed how government buys IT services, travel, phone and print services as well as how it manages its property portfolio. Green’s researchers got access to department accounts and got information on government contracts and leases. They found “the poor quality of much of the data relating to where and how Government spends its money”.

Shopkeeper Sir Philip Green said: “There is no reason why Government should not be as efficient as any good business. Any large organisation would want to use its credit rating and scale to buy efficiently.

“The conclusion of this review is clear – credit rating and scale in virtually every department has not been used to make Government spending efficient.”

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the scale of waste was staggering.

The full recommendations will be published here (http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/newsroom/news_releases/2010/101011-green.aspx), shortly. ®

Andrew October 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

See this one? Hilarious.

“I don’t have any complaints with the Federal government. I work for the U.S. Postal service and we sometimes have problems but you are going to have problems in any place. It’s still a lot better than it would ever be in the private sector.”

J Cortez October 12, 2010 at 9:53 am

Interesting statement, especially considering that the express and overnight service provided by the post office is actually outsourced to FedEx.

matskralc October 12, 2010 at 9:01 am

…people then went on to explain that “those government-growing Washington fat-cats had better keep their hands off my Medicare!”

Dave October 12, 2010 at 11:28 am

HAHAHA So true.

J Cortez October 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

My favorite survey answers outside of “too big,” were: DIshonest, disgusting, dysfunctional, corrupt, incompetent, ineffective, inefficient, mess, out of control, overreaching, out of touch, pitiful, poor, screwed up, terrible, troubled, too much, wasteful, and [profanity deleted]

If I had to answer such a question, my response would be, “incompetent criminals.”

J. Murray October 12, 2010 at 10:52 am

If I was asked, this would have been my one-word answer – Unnecessary.

Joshua Park October 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

Leviathan

Libertarian jerry October 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Andrew,You “work”for the US Postal System. My 14 year old paper boy probably works harder than you do. The average letter carrier today,with all their benefits,makes altogether over a 100k a year. For what? Being a glorified paper boy.Talk about being overpaid. No wonder the postage stamps keep going up in price almost every year. The US Postal service is bankrupt and should be sold off to entrepreneurs who know how to run an efficient business Its high time to give us consumers a break.

J. Grayson Lilburne October 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Jerry, Andrew was quoting something someone else said. He was not saying he himself worked at the Post Office.

Bruce Koerber October 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

If someone asked me to describe the federal government in one word or phrase it would be: “It is an unConstitutional coup.”

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