There’s some obvious targets. We can start by applying what I call “The Google Test.”Perhaps, then, we should look to India for inspiration. Today, the Times' Jim Yardley portrays a country and city where economic dynamism wrestles with government dysfunction:
If you can find a good or service on the Internet. Then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it.
In Gurgaon and elsewhere in India, the answer is that growth usually occurs despite the government rather than because of it....Let Pawlenty cut taxes by another $10 trillion as he proposes, and we can have the United States of Gurgaon right here at home. Probably without the growth, though.
In Gurgaon, economic growth is often the product of a private sector improvising to overcome the inadequacies of the government.
To compensate for electricity blackouts, Gurgaon’s companies and real estate developers operate massive diesel generators capable of powering small towns. No water? Drill private borewells. No public transportation? Companies employ hundreds of private buses and taxis. Worried about crime? Gurgaon has almost four times as many private security guards as police officers.
“You could call it the United States of Gurgaon,” said Sanjay Kaul, an activist critical of the city’s lack of planning who argues that Gurgaon is a patchwork of private islands more than an interconnected city. “You are on your own.”