Friday, November 1, 2013

The U.S. Government is Nothing More Than a Giant Property Management Company

If you serve on an HOA board or if you're on a property management staff, you'll know that ninety or more percent of what a property management company does for a homeowners' association is collect money from dues and disburse it to wherever. The lawn mowing guys. The tree guys. The heaved sidewalk repair guys. Just call them the Oomp-a-loomps.

And if you're a U.S. Senator or Representative, or an admin staffer, you get that ninety or more percent of what the U.S. Government does for the country is collect taxes and pay bills.  Entitlement recipients. Soldiers. Egyptians. Loomp-a-oomps.

It was all set in motion over time, and the inertia will continue unabated, save for the moment the existence of Dark Matter is verified and turns out to be useful.

Emergencies, unfinished business, ad hoc events and cranky owners take up nearly all of HOA board meetings. But if board members squabble the whole time or don't show up, for that matter, the money gets collected and disbursed.

The current Congress is on track to have passed fewer bills than any U.S. Congress in history. Elected representatives only work a couple of days a week, so I'm not sure what takes up the day. Squabbling and not showing up, I suppose. But so what?

For the most part, everything just goes on and on. The whole machine rumbles along unabated on its own inertia. The Treasury collects taxes, pays soldiers and air traffic controllers and border control agents and TSA workers, and so on.

Around fifty percent, give-or-take, of eligible voters in America are registered to vote, which means twenty-six percent of the voting public decides stuff for the whole country.  Around twenty percent of owners actually vote at HOA annual meetings, deciding the budget and board for the entire community.

But the beat goes on. The money rolls in, the Ooom-a-loomps and the Loomp-a-oomps get paid, ratifying the widespread belief that someone else takes care of it all.

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