Saturday, July 30, 2011

IDEA: Government Efficiency Standards Modeled on Fuel Standards

"... what [is] good for the country [is] good for General Motors, and vice versa." -- Charles E. Wilson, former President of General Motors and Secretary of Defense in the Eisenhower Administration.

The White House recently mandated new fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks sold in the United States. Presently, the U.S. fuel standard is 28.3 miles per gallon. The new standard mandates 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, just fifteen short years from now.

This new government standard mandates a 93% improvement, saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Cars and trucks sold in 2025 must be nearly TWICE as efficient as they are now. New cars could travel the same distance burning only half as much fuel. Imagine the power of the government's mandate!

Okay, now imagine if U.S. citizens placed similar mandates on the federal government. By 2025, we could have a similar-sized federal government that burns only half as much money.

Currently, the U.S. federal government borrows about $0.42 of ever $1.00 that it spends. If we could improve government efficiency at delivering necessary services, we could reduce our enormous budget deficits and reduce the national debt.

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