Is it all because of the lobbyists?
In the second half of the twentieth century, the world of lobbyists seems to have accelerated. Lobbyists are protectionists. They protect an industry just like union bosses protect their workers.
Car unions pushed the cost of labor higher than the product they were making. Education unions and lobbyists have put such financial costs on the working system that the majority of capital doesn’t go where it should which is to educate the kids. Health care lobbyists have done the same thing.
I was looking at a budget the other week and I asked why, why, why on so many line items and got rid of them or at least reduced them to something that made sense. You can’t do that if you are the patient, the student or the vehicle. You live with the system and it is only getting worse. (this link is a worthy read)
There is pressure coming from outside such as charter schools, automation in car factories and better software systems inside hospitals. I went for an annual appointment the other day and was pleasantly surprised and thrilled at the same time to see the checking in system was seamless and I never had to interact and wait for someone. I took a peek right and noticed the entire accounting group gone and now an expansion of the waiting area.
Things have to change. Unfortunately, this is just job elimination which was bound to happen through technology but the lobbyists’ situation has got to change. It is just putting cash into a few pockets, draining the system and frustrating the end-user which is all of us.