Governments failure was inevitable. The structural design was good. The people were to provide their requirements to elected representatives (Congress) who would write the procedures (laws) upon which the nation would function. An executive (President) would the manage the nation under the laws written by Congress. An audit function (Supreme Court) was provided to confirm that the laws passed by Congress
were in fact the will of the people.
The failure was giving Congress unrestricted authority to write the laws. Additionally there no term limits prescribed for representatives. The result a self-perpetuating patronage based bureaucracy who have failed in every way to provide an adequate set of laws to manage the nation. The result a nation failing to meet either the intent of the Constitution or the ability to manage the nation. The vacuum has allowed the chief executive to exercise unlimited authority and has destroyed the effectiveness of the Supreme Court.

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The old guy is back. Turned 95 since we last talked. The impact of the election is to confirm my
evaluation of the electoral process. It is frightening to have to vote for the least worst candidate again. I’ve been living with it for 75 years.

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Fifty years ago a brash young President established an objective to put a man on the moon in ten years. By providing adequate technical resources the mission was accomplished.

Fifty years later a brash young President established an objective for a national healthcare system. Instead of providing adequate technical resources the project was assigned to Congress.

The result was/is a disaster.

The impact goes far beyond the waste of time and money involved. The Affordable Care Act is an Information Technology failure. It is not a system. It is a vague set of rules which has thrown the entire healthcare universe into chaos. It will leave national healthcare even more fragmented than before and make an adequate system much more difficult to achieve. It could well set national healthcare back a decade.

We have no choice now but to live with this amateur effort. It will have to run its course and be replaced. Hopefully the next iteration will finally provide an adequate healthcare (system).

The Affordable Care Act is probably not as tragic as the decision to invade Iraq but it is another example of the inadequacy of Governmental leadership. How much longer can the nation survive the abject failure of the Washington establishment? I have studied government for seventy five years and have never seen such chaos.

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UPDATED IN AUGUST 2015

The old guy is back in operation after some health setbacks. Used the time to write a new book which will be described below.

The original analysis for USGOV.FIX was done following the 2008 meltdown. A retired computer and Information Technology pioneer I have followed government for my entire adult life. The original analysis was a broad overview of the nation. Originally published in 2010 it was updated in 2012 to reflect the upcoming election. The primary intent was to initiate a citizen dialogue to address the very obvious problems in the institutional government.

In 2013 the second book on fixing government was published. Titled USGOV.REBUILD it dealt in more detail with the institutional government and the economy. Up to that point I had reached the conclusion that while there were basic governmental flaws they were fixable.

With the continued governmental erosion I went back to the analytical drawing board and determined there are fundamental flaws which are destroying the nation. The nation is in decline and in the new century these flaws have coalesced into critical mass.

My new book The Nation in Decline is now available on Amazon. At age 94 I didn’t have time to write a long book. A very concise book it can be read in an hour and provides a powerful message on the Nations
decline. I priced it at six bucks so anyone can afford it. It’s also available on Kindle.

Starting with the Constitution the book identifies the flaws which have allowed the creation of an inadequate institutional government. The bottom line is a government which is simply inadequate to manage this great nation. The major factors leading to the decline are identified in a conversational mode intended to initiate a citizens dialogue. That was my original objective with USGOV.FIX. Both the original books and the new one are available on Amazon.

I have picked up several hundred twitter followers on fixing government and hope we can get the ball rolling again. I have a WordPress blog called govf.wordpress.com. Use this to express opinions.

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UPDATED AUGUST 2015

The Nation in decline?  Nonsense.  The Republic is a new form of government still in the development stage.

My 2013 evaluation was wrong,

Sorry, I have to change my evaluation.

The nation is in decline and my new book deals specifically with the causes and the need for a restorative project. Our Nation in Decline identifies the stagnation brought about by years of poor leadership, institutional flaws and a destructive political process.

The original book USGOV.FIX published in 2010 identified the flaws and some general recommended FIXES.  The second book USGOV.REBUILD made specific recommendations for institutional leadership and the economy.  Both are still available at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

Citizens malaise must be overcome if the Nation is to once again move ahead. 

Our Nation in Decline is now available at Amazon both in paperback and Kindle.

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