Government Ignores the 'Pings' at Its Own Peril

And we also should look at our tax and budget policies in a way that seeks the truth. Today, a huge part of the tax code doesn't reward performance and productivity. It isn't set up to give average workers an edge, but rather it rewards the stagnancy of held wealth and even nonperforming capital.

Further, our government budgets are not judged on performance either. We should have a system that systematically dismantles programs that are inefficient and underperforming. Government agencies should be judged on their performance and not on their politics. This is true in social programs as well as defense and foreign aid.

So while we listen to the pings in our own life and where our heart wants to take us, let us also push our leaders to listen to the pings of the country at large. And raise our voices in a way that they can't ignore the leadership we are demanding. And we should reward performance at every level, and not partisanship.

There you have it. Matthew Dowd is an ABC News analyst and special correspondent. Opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of ABC News.

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