Government officials have the responsibility to their constituents, who are the ones that put them into office. These officials should render service that is based upon the best interests of the people. However, in order to make sure that such role is accomplished the citizens also have do its part of becoming vigilant in assuring that the people they elected in office are doing their work. A good way to do so is by giving their inputs regarding issues that concerns the government and eventually has an effect to them as citizens of the country.
One of the issues being raised is the idea of a graded bureaucracy wherein people would give a corresponding mark to their government officials. In doing so, this would put pressure on poorly performing agencies. This could be one advantageous way of looking at this method of assessing the performance of government agencies. Nonetheless, this would not always be the effect because there could also be adverse consequences in implementing this grading system.
The lack of consensus could be observed in assessing these government officials and agencies since there could be conflict of interest among the people who will grade them. Since there are numerous stakeholders within the country’s society there perspectives also tends to vary. Another negative effect would be that officials could lack the political power to implement policies that may not be always favorable to the majority of the society especially the ones in the elite class but could be very beneficial to the country.
If a grading system would be implemented then government leaders might just focus on gaining the approval of the masses instead of making and implementing bold policies that could aid in the development of the country. The second is the pesticide issue and the debate of whether the state should intervene with agricultural policy or this responsibility should be solely left in the hands of the federal government.
In the U. S. A., before any company could sell or distribute pesticides the Environmental Protection Agency has to make sure that it does not pose any threat to human health and the environment (Pesticides and Food). Being the case, the state government should also have the opportunity to give their inputs regarding environmental concerns as they are the ones who are most aware of the problems of their corresponding state. Since they have the knowledge as well as the geographical proximity to immediately addressed the problem they should be given the authority to participate in the environmental policy creation.
Moreover, another factor that have to be put into consideration is the fact that not all states capitalizes in agriculture, which is why a standardized federal law that would be applied to all states is not applicable. The opinion and stand of the citizens in a particular issue is very essential in the process of policy making. It is through their inputs that the government could create sound policies that would be beneficial to the country as a whole.
Environmental Protection Agency. “Pesticides and Food: How the Government Regulates Pesticides”. 13 June 2008 <http://www. epa. gov/pesticides/food/govt. htm>.