Ben Carson on Government Reform


Covertly spy on government workers to make them work harder

Ben Carson said that if elected next year he might implement a "covert division" of government workers who spy on their coworkers to improve government efficiency. Carson said he is "thinking very seriously" about adding "a covert division of people who look like the people in this room, who monitor what government people do."

Carson suggested people would work harder if they suspected their coworkers of monitoring their work. "And we make it possible to fire government people!" he said to loud cheers. It's true that firing government employees who underperform can be notoriously complicated--so much so that most agencies don't even try to do it, a GAO report found earlier this year.

A spokesperson clarified Carson's comments: "Covert division? More like Secret Shopper, a quality control strategy used worldwide to improve customer service and customer care."

Source: MSNBC 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jun 10, 2015

5-year federal hiring freeze, to decrease size of government

Carson mentioned the Affordable Care Act, describing it as a disturbing government overreach into the ability of Americans to control their own health care. To decrease the size of the federal government, Carson suggested freezing hiring for up to five years. The result? Fewer employees to pay for. "Then they don't have time to stick their big noses in everybody's business," Carson said. Laughter followed.
Source: Des Moines Register on 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit , Jan 24, 2015

Human nature makes giving up power difficult

Although the founding fathers thought of many things, they failed to realize that the facet of human nature that makes people strive for power and influence might result in it becoming very difficult for them to give up their seat in the House of Representatives once they had it.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 34 , Jan 24, 2012

Too many lawyers in government; get more doctors in

[In government, it is] detrimental having one profession overly represented. If there were too many doctors serving in and/or represented in government, there would probably be an overabundance of health-related legislation.

Perhaps you've wondered why a neurosurgeon is sharing his ideas about government. You might be surprised to know that 5 physicians signed the Declaration of Independence, and many of them were involved with the creation of the US Constitution. I believe it is a very good idea for physicians, scientists, engineers, and others trained to make decisions based on facts and empirical data to get involved in the political arena and help guide our country. Physicians were once much more involved in their communities and with governance in general.

Today we have too many lawyers in government. Consequently, we have far too much regulatory legislation. Also, what do many lawyers learn in law school? They learn it doesn't matter how you fight as long as you win.

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 34-35 , Jan 24, 2012

Lengthen House term to 6-10 years, with no re-election

In the scenario originally envisioned by the founding fathers, dedicated citizens served in Congress for a few years and then returned to their original walks of life. But because many in Congress want to keep returning term after term, they need to constantly campaign and seek funding, much of which is obtained from special interest groups. Needless to say, money from these groups is not given without strings attached.

One solution to the problem of special interest groups might be to lengthen the term one serves as a representative from 2 years to 6, 8, or even 10 years--with no possibility of reelection. You could couple that term with a right of recall by the populace every other year if the representative were doing an exceptionally bad job. Congressman could then govern based on the wishes of their constituents and pay little or no attention to special interest groups. Can you even imagine how much more efficiently and logically our government would work under such a circumstance?

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 35-36 , Jan 24, 2012

Bloated government keeps itself busy to justify existence

I believe we are in the process right now of learning that our government is far too big--and the bigger it gets, the more taxpayer money it needs to sustain itself. A gigantic, bloated government has to keep itself busy in order to justify its existence; hence, you have more regulations and meddling in the affairs of the people, whether they request it, need it, or not. Our government is now so large and expensive that each year our national debt grows larger. Currently it sits between $14 and $15 trillion--a number that is so large that it is virtually incomprehensible. That comes out to $50,000 for every man, woman, and child in the US.

It was obviously a mistake to allow our government to reach this size and to spend as much as it has, but it is not the fault of one party or the other. Rather, it is the natural tendency of government to expand if there is no conscientious effort to keep it under control.

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.119 , Jan 24, 2012

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