22 February 2004

BY: Regis H. Murphy, Jr.
GKO Contributing Writer

GIANT KILLERS ORG (02/16/04) -- A self-made millionaire once told me, "never give good money for bad service," it only encourages those who perform substandard to continue at that level. If you really want to reward and therefore help those who do act below acceptable levels, let them know exactly how you feel about their service and thus afford them the opportunity to improve. Rewards and punishments are essential elements of adjustment to modify behavior.

That lesson has served me well with the development of my children into successful members of our society as well as commanding military units of mercenaries. I believe most of you will agree that this technique has at one time or another worked for you. My concern is that if we know this to be a true axiom, why don't we apply it when faced with poor behavior in any venue? Certainly, international politics is a place where we Americans should apply this knowledge with confidence. After all, we spend more money on foreign countries and international operations than any other nation ever has! We've been known to give humanitarian aid to countries in need that have even threatened us! We send medical aid and food to nations in Africa that are literally starving and yet are among the first to voice an opinion that we are not doing enough for them! We have even provided aid to Cuba, China, North Korea and Russia over the years in one form or another! Have we been eaten up by the 'dumb ass' or have we developed into a country of good liberal Samaritans who have no regard for the future of 'our' children?

Today we hear discussions about the United Nations getting involved in the development of Iraq. Why should we reward their 'bad performance' with anything more than allowing them to continue to exist? Surely a technique can be found that will allow us to recoup some of the monstrous amount of money we have spent in Iraq without the help of the UN? Of course, if they would commit some of their troops to do more than just conduct 'sick call' and get involved in the pacification of that area even though we would be paying them, I could accept a decrease in the loss of our troops as a fair payment. At least at that juncture we'd be getting something for our money! If we're going to pay good money to countries for service, the service should be just as good. So far, for the most part, the United Nations is a 'taker' of everything and a giver of almost nothing!

Recently the Japanese have sent about one thousand non-combat administration technicians to help with road building or rear area operations of some kind. Seems to me a poor return for the 55 years of support, rebuilding and development we've provided that country. As the saying goes,"with friends like that, who needs enemies?" Let's not even mention the Germans and French!

With the tremendous amount of money being thrown around these days by our government for apparently bad service I for one want to see some good results soon or else I'm going to go to war with the Federal Government myself, loose and then apply for aid! Or easier yet, apply for a grant to study alligator behavior here in the bayou with the possibility of finding Jimmy Hoffa! Ridiculous? The next time you're in New York, visit the United Nations Building and see what ridiculous really is!

With tax time at hand, for once I'd like to think my tax dollars are going for some good service such as our military, schools, or veterans affairs. However, I have a problem buying condoms to send to Africa, rice for North Korea, pay increases for politicians (who, by the way can vote themselves a pay raise!) and new furniture for members of the United Nations! I'm tired of giving my good, hard earned money for bad service! How about YOU, what do YOU think about how our money is spent?

That's my opinion! "Remember This Is Still America!"

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Romeo 47 are that of the author and not necessarily that of Al Colombo or others who appear in the GKO publication. Direct inquiries regarding it's content to the author. Thank you.

Allan B. Colombo