Question for Deficit Panel – By What Method?

The call for a “plan” to deal with issues like taxes, immigration, budget deficits, social security, medicaid and other weighty issues is staple to the political season.  The real deficit is not the plans, but the knowledge that they lack.

By November 23rd, a select group of Republicans and Democrats must come up with a Deficit Reduction Plan or automatic cuts go into effect.  The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction needs to come up with legislation without knowledge.

I am absolutely for reducing the deficit, the question becomes, “By what method?”

Legislators putting together plans or legislation to reduce spending without first understanding the what and why of current performance stand to increase costs.  Across the board cuts is bad enough, but recommendations from a panel without intimate knowledge of what they are doing is even worse.  It is the reason that legislators should stay out of government management.

Whether you are in the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street you are on the same continuum of dissatisfaction of the way things are going.  Some say government should disappear and others say government should do everything.  Each are extremes of a polarized political system.

Political ideology needs to be replaced with evidence that comes from knowledge.  Too many expensive solutions are being implemented that don’t deliver anything but more costs.

Compromise is not going to happen with the extremes of the political parties. But even if it did, we would get a negotiated solution rather than one that makes sense.

We do not need a plan or another committee of “bipartisan participants.”  This is a waste of time and resources.  We need to get knowledge, redesign government services and design out non-value adding agencies like the Department of Education.

It all starts with one question, “By what method?”

Tripp Babbitt is a speaker, blogger and consultant to service industry (private and public).  His organization helps executives find a better way to make the work work.  Read his articles at Quality Digest and his column for  Learn more about the 95 Method for service organizations.  Reach him on Twitter at LinkedIn at

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