Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Don't blame Trump. We the people are the problem.

David Ignatius is correct in stating Trump will make our country worse (Washington Post 3-11-16), but using Fukuyama’s example of the US Forest Service to highlight the consequences of “conflicting political mandates and poor management” missed the most egregious and clarifying example.  Fukuyama assessed “Medicare and Medicaid“as “22% of federal budget” but U.S. policy makers refer to it as ‘Health Care’.   The true basis of ‘health care’ is prevention.  Our government created ‘Med’ this and ‘Med’ that -and then label it “Health Care”.   We the people allow it to do the same thing with national security and foreign policy.  We call our military the “Department of Defense” but use it primarily for offensive uses.  Uses that create more enemies than we kill.  Mountains of tax dollars are persistently devoted to expensive and preventable consequences (war, terrorism, disease) instead of investing in root causes in the first place.  And ‘we the people’ keep electing and supporting candidates that offer nothing different.   If our nation’s problem is dysfunctional government, Trump isn’t really to blame.  We are.   


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