Sound public policy should guide every government. This is coming from Franklin Cudjoe of IMANI Ghana.
He passed these comments and had dome five important sound public policymaking guide to share from Lawrence Reed’s guide to sound public policymaking.
He posted on facebook saying:
The following principles of sound public policy should guide every government. These are not original with me, but an adaptation of my good friend, Lawrence Reed’s guide to sound public policymaking.
1. Government has nothing to give anybody except what it first takes from somebody, and a government that’s big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you’ve got.— Leaner is beautiful.
2. What belongs to you, you tend to take care of; what belongs to no one or everyone tends to fall into disrepair.— They must be vanguards of our collective resources.
3. When you encourage something, you get more of it; if you discourage something, you get less of it.– They must encourage sound ideas.
4. Sound policy requires that we consider long-run effects and all people, not simply short-run effects and a few people.— Shortemist thinking breeds incompetence and poor quality policies.
5. Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own.— Fiscal prudence is a virtue.
Social commentators have judged this five, sound public policymaking guide by Franklin Cudjoe as brilliant and instructive. Others are of the opinion that, there is no government-funded program, only taxpayer-funded programs exist in Ghana.
In other words, the government is not being creative and is not thinking outside the traditional source of revenue for the state-funded projects and continues to burden ordinary taxpayers with endless taxes.
If the government will reconsider its tax-funded project policy approach, the citizenry will appreciate their efforts the more as many businesses and individual entrepreneurs are saddled with mountain of taxes