Balmer Report on Government 2014 nonpartisan

Friday 26 May 2017 at 5:55 pm

Your own words here.

Your own words here.

Steve Balmer, CEO, Microsoft, spent about $10 million (presumably his own money) gathering data with the help of Stanford U, The Wharton School, and Lynchburg College, to make sense out of the measurements and analyses of government performance data.  

The link to the Balmer’s report is:  https://www.usafacts.org/ .  The report only contains facts from official government sources and does not attempt to draw conclusions.  Conclusions are left to the reader.

It is a fabulous 57-page report with hundreds of source references. It should be read by all.

It covers the total expenditures (2014) of $5,217,217,757,000 from 90,106 jurisdictions that employ 23,269,407 people [7% of entire population].

My goal is the read the entire report line by line to draw some conclusions as an actuary might.  Keep in mind that I have been a card carrying, dues paying Democrat all my life.  I do test as a libertarian. I am socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I do believe, as the heads of most households do, that we should be generous to our family but we should balance the budget. 

 It will take be a year to complete this analysis.  Here are my beginning notes on stuff I have just read.  JTB: Joseph Thomas Brophy.  I will need help so send me your cogent thoughts to josephbrophy@brophy.net

KEY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MISSIONS: as stated by Balmer:

  1. 1.      Establish Justice and Maintain Domestic Tranquility
  2. 2.      Provide Common Defense
  3. 3.      Promote General Welfare
  4. 4.      Secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and posterity.
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