Former Minnesota governor and GOP 201 Presidential candidate,Tim Pawlenty delivered a speech Tuesday morning at the University of Chicago, laying out an economic platform that he is calling a “Better Deal” for America.
Pawlenty said that the government should not be involved in any service that is available privately, such as the U.S. Postal Service, Amtrak or mortgages. Pawlenty believes UPS, Fedex offer the same services as USPS.
Trying to appeal to small-government conservatives, Tea Partiers, social conservatives and the like… Pawlenty suggested we apply what he called “The Google Test.”
“If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it,” Pawlenty said.
“The post office, the government printing office, Amtrak, Fannie and Freddie were all built for a time in our country when the private sector did not adequately provide those products,” he said. “That’s no longer the case.”
Other remarks by Pawlenty on economics
We didn’t close our schools. Or empty out our prisons. We cut spending where it needed to be cut. We can do the same thing in Washington.
Impounding the money should only be a last resort. To force policymakers to finally do their jobs. To cut what we don’t need. To allow us to keep the things we need most.
There’s some obvious targets. We can start by applying what I call “The Google Test.” If you can find a good or service on the Internet. Then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it.
The post office, the government printing office, Amtrak, Fannie and Freddie were all built for a different time in our country. When the private sector did not adequately provide those services. That’s no longer the case.
What’s more, the same competitive efficiency that revolutionized America’s private sector over the last three decades should at long last be applied to every corner of the federal bureaucracy as well.
It is no longer enough for government to go on a diet. Government needs to hit the gym.
One efficiency program, Lean Six Sigma, already has a proven track record. Using performance-based management practices to streamline programs at the CIA and the Pentagon. And as I can personally attest various agencies of the Minnesota state government.
If we applied this approach throughout all federal agencies we could save up to 20% in many programs.
Beyond all of this, the real slog of the next administration will be an unrelenting trench battle against the over-regulation. That’s suffocating America’s entrepreneurial spirit.
Conservatives have long made the federal bureaucracy the butt of jokes. And considering that some bureaucrat in Washington is actually in charge of the strength of our showerheads — the vigor of our toilet flushes or the glow of our reading lamp it’s hard not to laugh.