One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
I would like to proceed with a simple examination of the success (or not) of the various US Federal cabinet departments toward their stated missions. I will do this by selecting for examination one or two appropriate measures for each department.
NB: Keep in mind, the success is relative to the mission statement, not based on my views of either the Constitution or libertarian theory.
The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.
There are fourteen major military operations listed for the United States since World War II. Other than the 1991 Gulf War, the rest might – at best – be considered dubious victories; more often, embarrassing defeats.
A success rate of 7% would qualify as horrendous. Weighting the conflicts for cost and lives destroyed, I suspect the success rate would be lower than 1%. Is there a category below horrendous?
Maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources effectively.
Protecting the integrity of the financial system?
The financial crisis of 2007–2008, also known as the Global Financial Crisis and 2008 financial crisis, is considered by many economists to have been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It threatened the total collapse of large financial institutions, which was prevented by the bailout of banks by national governments, but stock markets still dropped worldwide.
Total collapse = Horrendous.
The U.S. Department of the Interior protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future.
· Living conditions on the reservations have been cited as "comparable to Third World…"
· …depending on the reservation, four to eight out of ten adults on reservations are unemployed. Among American Indians who are employed, many are earning below poverty wages…
· The overall percentage of American Indians living below the federal poverty line is 28.2%. The disparity for American Indians living below poverty on the reservations is even greater, reaching 38% to 63% in our service area…
· “…30% of Indian housing is overcrowded and less than 50% of it is connected to a public sewer.”
· "The average life expectancy for Native Americans has improved yet still trails that of other Americans by almost 5 years…”
We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
· Obesity in the United States has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent decades. While many industrialized countries have experienced similar increases, obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world.
· Obesity has continued to grow within the United States. Two out of every three Americans are considered to be overweight or obese. During the early 21st century, America often contained the highest percentage of obese people in the world.
· The United States had the highest rate of obesity for large countries, until obesity rates in Mexico surpassed that of the United States in 2013.
The highest rate…well, until last year. As one year does not make for a trend, the Department of Agriculture will remain, for now, in the horrendous category.