Policy Challenges

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A policy's goal is to rationally attempt to obtain objectives. The goals for public policy are equity, efficiency, security and liberty, all of which contain ambiguities and problems of interpretation that make them the object of political struggles (Stone 2002).


Just as people evolve and change their minds, public policies must grow and change with us to suit our needs. Interpreting policies and making choices varies with time, place and individual policies, which happens to be what policy politics is all about. There will never be a policy that is satisfactory to everyone because of the differences in lifestyles and individual values of what is proper for a person to live by. It is human nature to always want more or to have what others have, but what is to decide that equality is the same for everyone. Equity as a goal for public policy tries to determine what is fair and equal for everyone: "who gets what, when, and how" (Stone, 2002 p.39).

The government has conflicting ideas over what are basic needs and what are desires. The policy is debatable because the government provides the minimal needs and nothing extra. The need for security and well-being seems to be a basic and minimal need, but how can the government provide basic needs to people without them feeling unequal to everyone else in society.

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