A new British Cabinet is being formed by David Cameron as his government composed of Conservatives along with Liberal Democrats begins a new push to bring about change. It is common among new governments to promise the same old things. Cameron insisted there would be cuts in the National Health Service of about 3% or more due to the ever reliable “improved efficiency” approach. It is almost impossible in the Western world to recall a new government whose initial statement was there would be cuts in the budget due to “efficiency.” As I recall, George Bush inherited a budget that had a surplus, but promised during his campaign to cut and cut due to greater efficiency. Within two years he had a deficit budget approaching $200 billion and that figure never stopped climbing.
We will give David Cameron a shot at reality. We hope he can discover how to get the famous “efficiency” into operation. But, we don’t have a doubt in the world, within two years he will be boasting how he “kept down the deficit.” Why don’t we simply elect someone whose name is Mr. Efficiency to clean up the deficits?