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February 27, 2012


Bud Byrd

Distributed government modeled after the approach of many large companies seems, theoretically, to be a worthwhile approach, but it is fraught with many pitfalls and and even more areas of unworkability.

The key differences that I see are:

Ultimately, a company is headed by a single individual with organizational lines of control that extend out to all distributed entities. Much is delegated to the remote entities, but no one in the line to the extended entities has any question about who is the boss, what are the lines of control, and the consequences of deviating from the company policies, management directives, etc. Do the remote managers have some authority to make and implement policy? Of course they do, but all are in a 'you bet your job' mode when making and implementing decisions. While individual companies have a more or less workable set of policies, practices and management systems to manage the single corporation on a distributed model, all are headed by a supreme leader of the respective companies.

Government, state, and local models have no hierarchical mandate. Currently, our federal government issues laws, implements rules and regulations, issues mandates to state and local governments. They do so under the United States Constitution with the Congress making laws (bound by the same Constitution) and with the Supreme Court to sanction or reject the actions of the Congress and those of the President. Within our system of government(s), no direct line of command explicit or implicit now exists. Ultimately, the only two methods of control are the courts and secondly (and it is a big one) is the federal government's ability to tax and to redistribute tax dollars in support of the federal government's objectives. In effect, we are currently on a distributed management system federal to state to local. It is a distributed model with no single entity (not the Congress, not the Courts, not the President) with ultimate control (e.g., the corporate model).

We have a distributed model with thousands of distributed governments who tax, make laws and implement regulations without common national purpose. The United States federal government has little direct control on the millions of distributed decisions made in any given year.

To bind us into 'one people', Americans, a strong federal system must be empowered to act to the benefit of all Americans, to bridge the state-to-state gaps, else we are no longer the United States of America. We would be nothing more than a loosely-coupled group of self-centered states going in their own respective directions.

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