It isn’t like our state bureaucracy hasn’t been running smoothly since as long as anyone can remember. It has continued to thrive and--with the exception of some minor setbacks--expand, and as a self-sustaining organism, it is practically unparalleled in survivability.
So why would Gov. Rick Scott want to impose random drug testing on Florida’s state employee workforce? Has there been a drastic, worrisome reduction in red tape? Has it become unnecessarily easier for the public to interact with government? Are state workers suddenly showing suspicious signs of courtesy and helpfulness on the job?
It’s easy to understand why people in hazardous jobs need to be regularly and randomly tested. The unpredictability of randomness keeps, say, airline pilots from gaming the system.
When a state bureaucrat, on the other hand, commits an egregious human error, chances are it amounts to no more than an incorrectly filled-out form, one that gets lost in a mountain of hundreds of millions of similar documents. No lives are lost. In the leaky pipe that is state government “efficiency,” it is but a drop of water. Why go to the expense⎯the taxpayer expense, mind you⎯of administering drug tests when a state worker’s error is more likely to be the result of corruption or some other malfeasance?
I thought Rick Scott was going to redesign government and save us money. Not only will this scheme add a needless burden to the budget, it will wreak havoc with that intangible factor, morale. When that goes into the toilet, Scott and his wonderful experiment in streamlining will begin to look more like a kid who just blew up his chemistry set.