There are, too, some obvious examples of taxpayers being shortchanged. California motorists pay the nation’s highest fuel taxes, for instance, while suffering from the nation’s worst traffic congestion and roadway conditions that are among the nation’s worst.
The sense that we are not getting what we are paying for erodes public confidence in government at all levels. It undermines the credibility of politicians who, it seems, always ask for more money to perform some vital function.
Moneyball works in baseball. It could work in government -- if we were willing to apply it as ruthlessly as the Oakland A’s.
Email Dan Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.