arry: "You are fundamentally wrong. Your argument assumes governments have unlimited financial supplies which of course is not the case. They have limited tax revenue (which has been reduced of late due to economic downturn) which they must spend to maximise the delivery of goods and services."
Limited resources? I'm sure it's different in Australia but in the U.S. the governmental bodies are busy raising taxes and finding new taxes.
arry: "I don't know about America, but in Australia the government certainly does this in most cases. In fact, most of the time, it is the government departments that are over- stretched and under- staffed and the private companies that waste money on lavish furniture, hundreds of secretaries etc."
I went through budget downturns when I was working. Normally, the government employees developed plans for accommodating a reduced budget that would cause the maximum inconvenience and reduced service to the public. Their goal was to retain as much of their budget as possible. The departments who did the best during hard times weren't the ones that served the public but were the ones that served the organization and the politicians. My favorite downtown was one that was announced by the City Manager to all the department heads and their staff in a large meeting. As we were being told about the "budget crisis" a truck pulled up to deliver $50,000 worth of furniture for the City Manager's office. I asked if he wanted me to tell the men to put the furniture back on the truck. He didn't and I was told to leave the meeting. I liked the year when an employeed designed the "Third Annual Budget Crisis" t-shirt. They sold like hot cakes to the employees and some citizens.
arry: "Instead of calling out 'poor management' rhetoric why don't you actually go to a government department and see how hard these people work."
Good idea, arry. I think I'll try the Federal Department of Education first. I'll stroll in and say, "I'm here to see how hard you're working."
Oh, and working hard isn't the issue. Providing service to the public, hopefully cost effective, is the purpose of the governmental organization. And why bother when you can cook the books anyway?
We had another program I liked a lot although most of the police officers didn't. It was called the Ride-Along Program. Citizens, with age restrictions, could ride with officers, see what they do, and chat with them. It was, in my opinion, good for the officers and good for the citizens. The union and some of their members, of course, didn't like that either.