Daily Archives: March 25, 2010

The Law Of Unintended Consequences

 

Wikipedia describes the law of unintended consequences as follows:

The Law of Unintended Consequences or unintended consequences is an adage or epigram that can be defined as follows: “Any intervention in a complex system may or may not have the intended result, but will inevitably create unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes”.   In common usage, it is a wry or humorous expression warning against the hubristic belief that humans can fully control the world around them. It is used in variety of different contexts in different fields of study, including Philosophy, Economics, History, and Social Sciences.

Someone forgot to school the Republicans on Capitol Hill about the law of unintended consequences. 

They appear confident that  November 2010 will  result in  a re-awakening for voters in this country.  They said that victory toward a majority in the Senate and possibly the House was in sight.   Between their “party of no” status and their really poor attitude toward partisanship, Republicans may need to rethink their strategies and agenda for the upcoming mid-term elections:

Anything can happen between now and November.  However, it appears that the GOP will have to have some sort of paradigm shift in their stratergy to make independents see that they are not as hubristic as they seem.
If independents were turned off by Sen, Bunning’s antics, I wonder what they would say about Sen. Coburn doing the exact same thing, but promising not to cave in at all:
 

GOP Blocks Jobless Benefits While Dems Are Out Of The Room

While Senate Democrats held a press conference celebrating their latest health care reform victory on Thursday afternoon, a Republican slipped into the chamber to move a bill that would extend soon-to-expire enhanced unemployment benefits — paid for with $10 billion in unused funds from the stimulus bill.

With Democrats caught off guard, the clock started ticking on the bill’s slog through the legislative process. Democratic leaders, who had planned to introduce the same bill without using funds committed to the stimulus, trudged into the chamber as Sen. Tom Coburn launched into an epic speech on the perils of deficit spending.

“We’re going to be like the Athenian Empire,” warned the Oklahoma Republican, standing alone on the Republican side of the room. “The real thing going on outside Washington is the fear that that’s happening to us.”

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) slumped in his chair, rubbing his temples in apparent agony.

After about 20 minutes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) interrupted Coburn to ask: “How long are you going to talk?”

Coburn said he planned to talk for another 45 minutes. Reid turned around and left the room. He eventually returned with a motion to table Coburn’s bill, which succeeded easily.

After the vote, Coburn’s office released a statement blaming Democrats for blocking benefits. “The 59 Senators who voted no,” the statement said, “may be the only 59 people in the country who believe the federal government is running at peak efficiency and can’t be trimmed to pay for unemployment benefits for families who are struggling.”

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Gene Lyons: GOP whine – Drink deeply

Gene Lyons is one of my favorite political writers.  Having said that, here is why:

I love the sound of Republicans whining in the morning. Boo-hoo-hoo. The GOP lost the presidency and a big congressional election back in 2008. With the passage of President Obama’s healthcare bill, they’ve now lost the most significant domestic political battle since the 1960s. So naturally the light of freedom has been extinguished, the U.S. Constitution voided, capitalism doomed and the nation fallen into a dark totalitarian nightmare.

Party leaders are increasingly solemn, diminishingly serious. The GOP’s entertainment wing, its crack team of right-wing radio/TV melodramatists, has been thrown into a competitive frenzy. For sheer entertainment value, this stuff is hard to top. Surely some dark beast shuffles toward Washington to be born. Rush Limbaugh predicts that the nation’s private insurance industry will be bankrupted. (Oddly, insurance company stocks continue to rise.)

A couple of weeks ago, Limbaugh even vowed to leave the United States and move to Costa Rica if healthcare reform passed. Evidently, nobody told him Costa Rica has a government-funded, single-payer healthcare system. He has since recanted.

Neither Limbaugh nor Chicken Little had anything on Fox News’ Glenn Beck, who actually compared the bill’s passage to Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor! Not to be outdone, Mark Steyn, writing in the formerly respectable National Review, envisions “fewer doctors, more bureaucracy, massive IRS expansion, explosive debt, the end of the Pax Americana, and global Armageddon.”

According to Steyn, America’s “global military capacity” will need to be sacrificed to the ruinous expense of paying for grandpa’s health insurance. Nuclear holocaust can only follow.  

Conservative blogger Matthew Vadum tweets a different outcome: “Fascist House Democrats are preparing to euthanize America.”

So which is it, boys? Fire or ice? Make up your minds.   More>>>

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