Can you name one government policy that operates efficiently, effectively and provides quality service?

Public Education?


Veterans Administration?

Public Infrastructure?

Public Transit?

The FDA?

Internal Revenue Service?

Social Security?

Public Housing?


Post Office?

FE MA? (eye roll)

Department of Motor Vehicles?


I support our military but they are the most expensive government agency.

Update 2:

The Post Office is 30 billion in debt, hardly efficient and raising prices almost quartely. If the Post Office was efficient companies like UPS and Fed Ex wouldnt exist.

Update 3:

The VA provides good quality service? HAHA..really? HAHAHAHA!

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    There are plenty of them. The FDIC has insured bank deposits going back to the Great Depression. It has paid off every legitimate claim without going short by a penny, and the knowledge that accounts were insured has prevented enormous economic chaos.

    People complain endlessly about the Post Office but, for less than 1/2 $, you can have a dead tree letter picked up at your home and delivered thousands of miles away, right to the door of the recipient. Well over 99% are delivered accurately in a few days. It has done surprisingly well facing active competition from UPS, etc, even though its size and commitment to its traditional core market make it impossible for it to be as nimble as the newer players.

    The VA has a reputation for poor care. But here are actual facts from the article linked below. Like a typical conservative, Liberal_madness is just spouting off with no real knowledge of what he's talking about.

    "The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a study that compared veterans health facilities on 11 measures of quality with fee-for-service Medicare. On all 11 measures, the quality of care in veterans facilities proved to be "significantly better."

    Here's another curious fact. The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published a study that compared veterans health facilities with commercial managed-care systems in their treatment of diabetes patients. In seven out of seven measures of quality, the VA provided better care.

    It gets stranger. Pushed by large employers who are eager to know what they are buying when they purchase health care for their employees, an outfit called the National Committee for Quality Assurance today ranks health-care plans on 17 different performance measures. These include how well the plans manage high blood pressure or how precisely they adhere to standard protocols of evidence-based medicine such as prescribing beta blockers for patients recovering from a heart attack. Winning NCQA's seal of approval is the gold standard in the health-care industry. And who do you suppose this year's winner is: Johns Hopkins? Mayo Clinic? Massachusetts General? Nope. In every single category, the VHA system outperforms the highest rated non-VHA hospitals."

  • 1 decade ago

    There isn't one government agency that I know of that has ever been efficient, at least in the last 40 years.

    The post office is a federally chartered semi-private corporation, that's supposed to be run independently. That one's a money loser no matter how efficiently they try and run it.

    The VA is abysmal. There are guys that are still waiting for their disability coverage, 30 or more years after the fact.

    Come to think of it, even the highway system is rife with ineptitudes. I drive a lot and it seems in the past couple of years the same patches of interstate highway are always under construction and NEVER get finished. In one instance I saw the same piece of heavy machinery in the same place, sitting there for 2 months in a row. It had weeds growing around it! The only thing it served was as a speed trap because the local cops could double the speeding fines for not slowing down for a construction zone. But no one was working there. No one. Just the cops.

    Man its like the biggest black hole I can imagine. Tax money goes in and deadly methane gas comes out. Its like we feed the government money and it farts a deadly spew.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    It's SO refreshing to see the repuglicans offering to give up ANY possibility of getting medicare when they get older, VA benefits if they're veterans who need care at some point, ANY "entitlements", (ie: Unemployment, Workers Comp., etc.), if, God Forbid, they or a member of their family was to either get seriously ill or become laid off, or any assistance from law enforcement or Fire Dept's if they had an emergency. After all, they're all socialist programs. While they may have some problems with the way they are run-I guess conservatives feel that privately owned banks and super corporations are MUCH better managed. Perhaps these people that feel the ONLY solution to our economic crisis right now is "Tax Cuts", and are SO opposed to EVERYTHING else, (if a Democrat proposes it), especially our President and all these "socialist" programs; should go ahead, pick a nice big State, (Texas?), and we'll peacefully allow them their own free-market, no-Govt. , society? Unfortunately, I doubt they'd be happy with THAT-and their hate-mongering, big-mouthed leaders, would convince their robotic followers to "take up their arms", and see just how many "liberal trophy's" they could rack up. Oh, wait though-aren't these the same people who preach "pro-life", and, (most), call themselves "Christians"?? hmmmm....

  • 1 decade ago

    I've never had a problem with the Post Office, and the IRS is ruthlessly efficient and effective, but I would not say that they provide quality service. But, I get your point. Overall, government programs are wasteful, ineffective, and provide poor service. And I agree.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Depends on if you are looking in the USA or elsewhere in the world.

    FACT - the USA spends more on healthcare PER PERSON than any other nation on the planet.

    FACT - the US has higher death rates for kids aged under five than western European countries with universal health coverage.

    That means that a dead American four year old would have had a better chance of life if they were born in Canada, France, Cuba, Germany, Japan etc, all of which have universal health coverage.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Post Office and the VA have very good records for efficiency, and the U.S. has one of the best military structures in the entire world. Public transit depends on where you happen to live.

  • 1 decade ago

    IRS = Great at Taking $ from poor + working Americans

  • 1 decade ago

    Only the military, the rest of them suck

  • 1 decade ago

    the active duty military

    which is the most important one of all.

  • daddio
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    to answer directly-no.

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