Petrogram - Summer 2010 - (Page 7)
When Was Government Ever the Answer?
…We don’t have anyone with a business background making any decisions in Washington.
overnment was created to form a more perfect union, establish domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare. Those underlying principles should make it simple for citizens and government to happily coexist. Sadly we are at a place where those in government have chosen to ignore those core principles and replace them with a “we know what’s best” attitude. It occurs at all levels of government. City, state and federal oﬃcials now believe that they are competent business people capable of knowing the best way of running any type of business. Even though, for the most part, none of them have ever created or managed a business. I fear our federal government is spiraling out of control. With a lack of knowledge, supported by an overwhelming sense of misguided conﬁdence in their abilities, they have embarked on a path of total ruin for this country. Let me talk about the stimulus eﬀort. We were told we had to spend money to get out of debt. What businessperson would ever choose that path to save their business? Not one of them would. What businessperson would attack any signiﬁcant business problem by a onesize-ﬁts-all approach? Again, not one of them would. Let’s take the health care issue since it has dominated the news lately. We all know there are problems with the system. We also know it is the best health care system in the world. As a businessperson, you know that you have the best product but you’re having diﬃculty in getting it to your customers at a reasonable price. You ﬁrst look at cost and any type of ineﬃciency that is adding to your bottom line. When you ﬁnd it,
you ﬁ x it. When you locate a way to trim cost, you do it. A business approach to the health care system would take three simple steps to bring about dramatic improvement to the product. First a businessperson would look at reasonable and fair tort reform. This will eliminate unnecessary and costly redundancies in tests performed on patients. Secondly a businessperson would allow the sale of health insurance across state lines. Imagine how diﬃcult it would be to limit any other business from buying products made in another state. Finally a businessperson would seek out and eliminate the Medicare fraud that runs in the tens of billions of dollars a year. Once those things were done, then and only then would a businessperson attempt further changes. Like I said, we don’t have anyone with a business background making any decisions in Washington. ❍
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Summer 2010
Petrogram - Summer 2010
Out & About the Industry
2010 Convention and Sunshine Food & Fuel Expo
MDM Services Completes Quick Turnaround Facility
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Summer 2010