Do you really not understand? Or are you just messing with me?
Do you really not understand?
Jon D Thornton

I repeat what I said: the whole reason we are having this conversation is because great swaths of the US have unacceptable response times, as in the original article (which I now believe you never read, because you keep repeating that claim that your response times are great).

I lived in the US for 30 years and I never saw this “high level of cooperation” you talk about. What I see is bureaucracy duplicated at three levels, and a near pathological level of incompetence and outright corruption.

Overall your ideas seem to be incompatible with reality. For example, you believe that you can take a dysfunctional organization and make it into a functional one by simply starving it of cash. How could this possibly work? When has it ever worked in the real world?

What happens when you do that is simple. The few remaining good people leave. The incompetent ones stay, because they have nowhere to go, and become even more incompetent. The system, which was strained before, just collapses, costing you huge sums of money.

I’ve been involved with the rescue of broken departments and organizations before. In order to fix them, you need to temporarily spend more money — bring in new management, revamp all the procedures while still keeping going with the old procedures so it doesn’t all collapse, getting rid of the deadwood while rewarding the few people who are actually doing their job. If you do this, then you can often see dramatic improvements in efficiency a couple of years down the road — these are the sorts of investment that pay off a hundred-fold down the line.

Your solution is like curing asthma by putting a plastic bag over the head of the patient.

People like you are half the reason I left America. The other is the tremendous amount of suffering — the desperate insecurity that everyone except the top few percent of society experience at all times — the fact that people literally die in the street for lack of medical care — the endless and incredibly costly foreign wars against imaginary enemies, wars which have for thirty years failed to achieve anything of value whatsoever — the militarization of your police and the stunning levels of menace they exude.

I left. I wasn’t going to sit there while it collapsed around me. I watched the place crumble for thirty years.

As you say, we will see. I do not think we shall have to wait for very long.

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