|Naivety and Management
||[Jul. 27th, 2012|01:26 am]
Been forever since I posted something like this but well a fit of insomnia took me.
Today (or rather Yesterday) I understood my manager more fully, he is privatization sort. He has worked for big business much of his life and he offers "refreshing" ideas to the public sector.
At the same time though he is naive in the way of government, he doesn't understand some of the reasons for "inefficiency". I can't exactly explain it to him, in a way all the time that he can ration. Coming from a bottom line sort of private sector where it is about paying the shareholders you can't grasp enough of a concept of who your shareholders are. In public sector it is everyone you tax, and they don't get money back. There is a desire for efficiency but there are reasons for selective efficiency.
The chair story, why does public sector buy the same chair at 3x the cost of what one would cost. Why not just buy something at Wal-Mart and replace every couple of years.
The answer is perplexing to most, what happens is government seeks to buy items from locally and ideally minority owned businesses in the community (therefore paying more) for the same chair, but getting an extended warranty that probably won't be used.
Here is the thing you are already "taxing" the community and this is your way of repaying taxes back to folks work in the community. Government is a partnership between public and business.
If you buy that chair at Wal-Mart there is no guarantee that money is going back into the community there are shareholders that need to be payed, and the business needs to be paid. Sure it may "trickle down" to the community, but how will the community to be able to tell.
This is a problem with privatization of the public sector. Our corporate overlords aren't taking care of us, unemployment is high and the amount folks need to make to have a certain standard of living is fading from obvious sight, promising with better education (which we can't afford) that a better job is on its way.
Some of us have grown addicted or dependent on lower costs, why would corporation keeps costs low if they can manage to get a few cents more, or a few dollars more, once smaller business are out of business who stops the others.
So here is one of my thoughts on the matter.