Democrats have been complaining — loudly and repeatedly — that Republican opposition tactics on the Affordable Care Act are unprecedented. This is true, but not for the reasons that Democrats are telling themselves. No political party was ever foolhardy enough to pass such a big bill, with such sweeping consequences for so many people, without the support of a majority of their countrymen and at least a few members of the opposite party. Once they had done this unprecedented thing, the unprecedented reaction was predictable — and indeed predicted by myself and others.
The mistake that Democrats made is akin to that made by a brash new outsider who is brought in to make over a government agency or turn around a company. Occasionally, folks in these roles think their job is just to come up with top-notch orders to give to their subordinates, and maybe have some meetings with key “constituents” like politicians or board members or customers. What happens next is generally a spectacular crash and burn, because they alienate the folks they need on board to make their new program work.
A smart leader knows that big strategic thinking and giving orders are the smallest parts of her job. The biggest is persuading people who are not invested in her agenda to carry out her grand plans — and, equally important, figuring out which plans to abandon because they can never get enough support to work.
This is the constant danger of any law whose political foundations are built on sand. Any flaw in the structure atop them is likely to bring the whole thing crashing down. The architect may blame the wind or the rain or, well, sabotage. But that won’t put the house back together.
In theory, socialism works really good. In theory it is far superior to any other economic/political system ever imagined. In practice, not so much.
That is why socialist countries are invariably authoritarian. It needs coercion to function at all. People have to be forced to participate in socialism, otherwise they will drop-out or emigrate to somewhere else. Socialist nations are the only ones in history that built walls to keep people IN.
Socialism requires micro-management of everything. That is the beauty of a democratic free-market system – it doesn’t need to be managed.
The free-market is really just democracy in action. Instead of casting ballots we “vote” with our money, labor and property. Hundreds of millions of people making billions of decisions each day about how to best utilize their resources.
Democracy is messy. Some people waste their resources, but most of us muddle through and a few excel. And the resources we get are not distributed equally or even fairly but there is very little that government can do to change that.
So what happens when you take 1/6 of the largest economy in the world and hand it over to a bunch of academics and politicians who are a mixed
bad bag of socialists and crony-capitalists?
You get Obamacare.