Sunday, May 25, 2008

Solving the 50 State Bottleneck

Earlier I wrote about the impossible bottle neck of 50 states in the US funneling down to one federal level government organ and the awful inefficiencies that that alone may have created.
Given some assent on that point, here's the solution: Require each state to form an alliance with one or more neighboring states over some fixed time period by forming a governing entity/mechanism that will have and execute domain over these matters:
- transportation
- natural resources (water, minerals, land, etc.)
- environmental matters
- what else?
As a result, with respect to these matters - which do not observe political borders between states - we will get these important benefits
-- more comprehensive decision-making
-- better, more comprehensive planning
-- more competent management due to project and program coordination on a more complete scale
-- more efficient execution due to slimmer overhead in relation to # of projects and people "on the ground"
Must Be Revenue Neutral - reallocate revenues and tax sourcing, no net increase allowed
Must Be Bureaucracy Neutral - reallocate employee head count, no net increase allowed 
NOTE: Somehow, and if possible, this would need to be done within the framework of the Constitution so someone needs to consult constitutional lawyers for the attendant rat's nest of issues and complications. Hey, all I ask is that this is a theoretically good and sound idea. As to practical doability, I know: "Forget it."  But I'll never let that stop me.