We could be doing so much better. When government provides the solutions, innovation is crippled. Variety and choice are problems that raise the cost of administration. Square pegs are hammered into round holes through political correctness, financial penalties and incentives, and force when other methods fail.
Buying votes by promising to do good with other people’s money dominates everything. Power over others, either to gain it or to prevent it, becomes the only thing that can be discussed. As The Eagles observed in Hotel California: “… you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.”
Years ago when California was a middle class paradise, I traveled there often on business. There was an observation that liberals were waking during the night in a cold sweat with the fear that somewhere somehow somebody was making money. I recently traveled to San Francisco. As I walked around the piles of human excrement the thought hit me that what awakens them today is the fear that somehow somewhere something is unregulated.
Privatization on a large scale is the best solution. Our political leaders should compete to offer privatization plans. The public is ready to listen, but the major parties are trapped in the conflict over power. The liberals for self-serving financial reasons, and the conservatives to outlaw sin.
I have specific privatization proposals on K-12 and Higher Education Funding at http://dickillyes.com/positions.html
Let’s talk them up and look for others. The voters are looking for ideas. 2018 is a uniquely good time to inject these ideas into the public debate.