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So that's what acid trips feel like...
What was that about hats again?
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I have officially re-entered the stock market with a new strategy. Wish me luck!

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Great post about government competency by Clay Johnson.
I'll elaborate more: The significant challenge we face with government is that neither party -- because of the interests that drive those parties -- wants government to have clear, good access to competency.

On the left -- the top contributors to political campaigns are public sector labor unions who, while they're champions of progressive causes and the "little guy" strangle government's ability to affect change. I admire and respect much of what unions do, but a driving incentive for a union is an increase in its membership. This causes unions to choose jobs over efficiency more often than not and that yields a government that doesn't value competency as much as it should.

On the right -- the corporatization of government has created procurement process that only allows the wealthiest of companies (and they're quietly held subsidiaries) to bilk billions of dollars out of the Treasury, and transfers the motivation of employees from the private sector where the decision is "let's do the right thing for the constituent" to the corporation, where the decision is "let's make the most profit." Culturally, the distrust of government creates laws like the paperwork reduction act that neither reduce paper, nor yield an effective government.

These two factors make it so that government struggles to acquire good talent and technology at the municipal, state, and federal level. As the competency gap grows between government and its people, it becomes viewed as incompetent, and eventually even the left's most ardent supporters will yield to the fact that government is ineffective. That's right: the big losers here are the incumbent progressives, whose lack of focus on making government smart and efficient, with access to competency will result in the destruction of the important things they fight for. By not doing so, the tea party wins because whilst the anti-government stuff isn't exactly the case today, eventually it will become true if government's access to competency isn't fixed.

I tend to believe that both sides are nonsensical, and I'd like to accept that a government can work and make a difference in people's lives. The historical record is on my side, in this regard.

I suspect that the only way out of this is for a new kind of progressivism (in the progress sense of the word, not the left of center sense of the word) to come about -- one that takes government effectiveness seriously, one that views governmental power and corporate power with an equal amount of skepticism, and one that values and incorporates the views of those it represents. One that's into data, and measured results. A competency progressive, if you will.

And we have beta! We have rolled out Fetchnotes to the team for internal testing. First thing I did? Add all of my notes from other apps into it. I've been waiting 5 months to do that.

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I was just interviewed by Business 2 Community. Check it out!

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Check out Fetchnotes' new page...and notice the header up top! Getting excited.

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Check out my guest blog post for Startup America!
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