I just finished reading your editorial in the March 6 issue of Current in Fishers. You attacked taxing the wealthy because it would send more money to a government that incurred $325 million of Medicare fraud in Texas. A reasonable extension of your logic would be a parallel effort to stop placing money in financial institutions because they defrauded the public causing the economic downturn.
As a practitioner of management in both the private and public sectors, I have seen no difference in the level of incompetency. After all, 90-plus percent of all businesses fail in the first five years. You are overlooking the constant human effort to find better management tools, flexible and transparent controls, etc. that represent the constant human pursuit of improvement in our organizational endeavors, whether public or private.
What you are missing is that, as flawed as they are, both the public and private sectors have their roles to play. We don’t reject the value of the institutions because they need to improve and we can find extraordinary examples of when they have failed. Rather, we fund universities and spawn think tanks to develop means for preventing such problems in the future.
Because one government role should be to level the playing field and promote the fundamentals required for overall growth of society from roads to care for those who need a helping hand, it needs to be adequately and fairly funded from fair contributions from all levels of society.
Barbara G. Quinn