Website owner: James Miller
One problem that arises over and over in the endeavors of man is that of how to best use limited resources. Individuals, organizations and governments are always working with limited resources. An intelligent man will ask himself how he can use the limited resources available to him most efficiently -- how he can get the most per dollar spent, time spent, effort spent, etc.. It all has to do with efficiency of movement and operation. And it has to do with waste, the squandering of resources. If we look around us we see that neither individuals nor governments generally seem to pay a lot of heed to efficiency of operation and the best allocation of their limited resources. Most individuals tend to be grossly inefficient in their use of their personal resources and governments tend to also be grossly inefficient in the use of their limited resources. What causes waste in the use of resources? Lack of care, lack of thought and lack of understanding of basic mechanisms. Government spending is generally determined much more by politics than by thoughtful analysis. Politics mostly determines how large chunks of money are allocated. Underneath is often a certain assumption: the assumption that money can solve any problem and so if you have a problem you deal with it by throwing a lot of money at it. You don't have to think about it and understand it, you just throw money at it. You don't ask if it is solvable or not. You just assume it is solvable and throw money at it. It is not a highly intellectual approach. The result is a lot of naive, but expensive, programs that don't work, a whole lot of waste, money down the drain. Individuals and organizations are mandated to do the impossible and the result is a lot of foolishness and sham and squandered money. No one ever says the problem is unsolvable. They just take the money and pretend to be solving it. For example, teachers are mandated to teach all students, whether they have any interest in school or learning or not. You can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink and trying to get a horse to drink that doesn't want to drink is not a good allocation of a teacher's resources, not a good allocation of time and effort spent. A good allocation of resources would call for him to focus on those who want to learn and ignore those who don't. But politics won't allow him to say or do that. The government spends a lot of money on social programs. Most don't work. Most are a very poor allocation of the government's limited resources (of our tax dollars). In order to use resources efficiently you must first understand the problems, understand the cause of the problems, understand the mechanisms involved. Sept 2004 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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