Florez implies that public agencies are essentially organizations which serve
themselves free from outside pressures. So they just go to sleep unless they
find a way to renew themselves. There are a few public organizations that are
like that, but many are not. I cite the Department of Environmental Quality
where I worked for several years. That organization is interfered with and
hamstrung by private industry and mining groups continually. There, the
challenge is to protect the public in the face of pressure from industry. They
are not complacent or asleep. Their situation is one of exhaustion and fear.
I agree with Mr. Florez. From my observations, institutions, public or private,
care for themselves before they care for their "customers". Why should
those providing "welfare" for the unemployed help the unemployed become
self-sufficient? The self-sufficient would have no need for their services. Often, when I see a medical specialist, it seems that the only purpose
of my visit is to have that specialist tell me that everything looks good, but
that I need to come back in two weeks. I don't put up with that. If
there's no reason to see the doctor, I tell the doctor that I'll make
an appointment when I need his help. He always protests that he is trained to
spot anything that needs attention. I counter with the fact that he's
taught me to read the blood test and to know whether the two tests are normal or
not. He likes the $300 that he charges the insurance company for sagely nodding
his head.Public or private, people and institutions need to help the
individual - first.
Doesn't the same reasoning apply to large churches which dominate their
State, including its politics, media, and education, and thus have little
incentive to look at outside criticism as an opportunity for growth?