Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Refreshing prospect...


One of the main attributes that Scott Sayre brings to this campaign is his history and knowledge of creating, developing, and improving a successful business from it’s inception to where it is now.

I find the prospects of incorporating successful business practices into our state government refreshing and well worth looking into. IBD (Investors Business Daily) has a very good article on how Americans donate and provide more than $2 billion in food aid each year to poor countries, but at times the government is inefficient in its efforts.

“The U.S. is the world's largest food donor, handing out 4 million metric tons, or more than half the world's total. Whenever and wherever there's famine, we help. But as a new Government Accountability Office report shows, we don't do it very efficiently.”

“Fully 65% of our food aid budget goes to overhead, leaving just 35% to directly help the poor in famine areas. Even the United Nations looks efficient by comparison; it manages to squander "only" 50% of its own food budget on overhead.”

“Private organizations like Save the Children spend less than 10% on overhead. Congress could write checks to such groups with effective results. If it can't do that, it can at least learn from them.” Feasting On Famine By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Private organizations may not be able to handle the high volume of aid that the United States provides to other countries, but this shows that government can learn and incorporate private business practices to improve efficiency.

Somebody taking what they learned about efficiency in the private business world to Richmond with them and looking out for the Virginia taxpayer.

Now that is a refreshing idea…


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