In the last ten years, we have seen a massive expansion of the size and scope of the federal government to the point where the inescapable reality that we must confront is the fact that the federal government, in its current state, is too big to manage.
The policy prescriptions of the past decade have put more power in the hands of the government without the accountability needed to make sure the policies are enacted the right way.
The result is a massive infection of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement that has spread throughout every inch of the federal bureaucracy. This infection has severely impeded government’s ability to deliver to the American people the government services they deserve in an efficient and effective way.
Instead, we have lost any sense of predictable responsibility. Put in its place is a culture that has fostered an era of no answers, no transparency and no responsibility. When something goes wrong, too often, the answer to the America people is “I didn’t know” or “no one informed me”.
When you look at the structure of our nation’s military and the Joint Chiefs, you have a structure deliberately designed for predictable accountability in the decision-making process.
When you look at the rest of the federal government, no one in a cabinet or authority position seems to ever know what’s going on or who’s responsible. Too often, the complexity of the political process delays even the most incremental of reforms.
The time has come for policymakers to step up and do what we were all sent here to do. The truth is we are running out of time. We need bold reforms. We need real solutions. We need transformational reorganization of government rooted in predictable responsibility so we can have real accountability.
This means making tough, sometimes, unpopular decisions. This means addressing the inefficiencies in our cabinet and agency structure through consolidation and realignment.
Make no mistake about it; this is a government that is a government in crisis. We have a national debt of $16.7 trillion. 11.8 million Americans are unemployed. The Medicare trust fund will be exhausted in just 13 years.
The budget constraints of the future will only make it harder for the government to deliver services to the American people. All-the-while, policymakers keep imposing more authority and responsibility in a system that isn’t structured to manage it efficiently or effectively.
We cannot keep loading cargo on a ship that is already sinking. It’s irresponsible and flat-out dangerous. Absent a true and absolute commitment to bold reform and immediate action, it is only a matter of time before this ship sinks.
Full Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA)