Having spent over a year now in the fold of the federal government and coming from my recent experience of trying to arrange travel to the US for our summer visit, I would like to offer a scenario of how things would go if the well meaning, but incredibly inefficient government took over.
How it is done now:
1. Decide that you would like some McDonald's
2. Go to McDonald's, talk with the man in the speaker, and get your food.
3. Pay for it.
How it would be done by the government:
1. Decide that you would like to have some food in a week.
2. Fill out an online form requesting food. As the form has no clear instructions, ask friends, neighbors and family members how they filled out their form. Dial customer service, where you will get someone who has no idea what they're talking about. Don't forget to note the date and time you would like food.
3. Wait for your form to be checked over by four separate people.
4. Fill the form out again to correct the errors that the last person found.
6. Receive an okay, and call the food scheduling office.
7. Speak to the office, and find out what restaurants they have a contract to work with.
8. Be given a choice of two meals that are in the contract.
9. Choose your meal.
10. Receive an authorization certifying that the government will pay for your food.
11. Go to McDonald's (if it's in the contract), and pick up your food. Make sure to pay for the food.
12. Submit a voucher online. Ask friends, relatives, and co-workers how to submit the voucher. Don't forget the receipt and three other proofs that you went to McDonald's and got the food.
13. Wait for your voucher to be checked over for four other people.
14. Have it returned for errors.
16. Receive reimbursement for your hamburger.
17. If you would like ketchup, go back to step 1.