Full post here.
Worth revisiting as some ‘tech surge’ folks assist with the failing ACA/Obamacare website.
There are political risks and rewards of course, and maybe a sense of civic duty motivating many, but hopefully there are some serious second-thoughts at this point.
California, where a lot of tech companies are, has a culture where many of the same political factions and ideological interests behind the ACA are well-represented. Kaiser Permanente, after-all, has worked alongside this administration to help inform the public about its law. Nancy Pelosi, representing the 12th Congressional District, was instrumental in getting it passed.
***NPR, in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation, not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, worked to create an ACA-FAQ page. Ribbing NPR and its mix of aging boomer liberalism and 60’s political activism is a quixotic endeavor of mine. It shouldn’t give so much pleasure, but it does.***
California’s also a state in which a larger percentage of tax-revenues from tech and other industries go to fund various groups of Left-leaning activists and unions in the public-sector. Such groups have gained tremendous political power, money and influence as they organize around ideals like women’s freedom and equality, environmental activism and law, and racial identity politics and political activism.
In theory, such groups claim good intentions and to be working for all of the public. Some of them actually mean well so far as their ideals go. In practice, however, a system of incentives is created in which competing factions aim to feed at the public trough. More and more laws and regulations are drafted which shift costs to private-parties and companies while these factions argue more and more over less and less, securing their own narrower interests. Inertia sets-in as you run out of other people’s money and/or a series of political/budgetary crises occur.
Maybe Jerry Brown hasn’t really balanced the budget.
Everyday citizens, organizations and companies unconnected to the legislative power these factions wield have little recourse once this happens, except voting with their feet or pursuing their own political activism to shake-up the status quo. Unsurprisingly, after many years of this and due to deeper economic forces at work, California’s looking at a serious pension-crisis, very high-taxes, and a thicket of dense regulations and laws, often redundant and easily corruptible.
‘Washington is in the throes of a rekindled romance with technocracy: the idea that what is most needed to save the economy and the planet is a bunch of really smart people who have spent their lives studying complicated problems like health care finance or renewable energy. The last time we had this many fresh-faced wonks geting feted for their deep thoughts was the New Deal.’
So, why on earth would we go national with this particular model of governance and progressive idealism now?
Well, ideas and culture matter, I suppose. Big tech-companies, no matter their intentions, must also play the game. They have internal politics, public relations, and local, state and national politics to think about.
Perhaps this is why wiser bloggers and tech companies should think twice about getting involved in politics when they can. Lots of downside risk, and competition over limited resources where someone always loses.
Addition: There’s a database for everything.
-A link for Michael Lewis’ article about California politics, public pensions and Schwarzenegger’s time in office.
Victor Davis Hanson Via Youtube Via Uncommon Knowledge: ‘The New Old World Order’…Victor Davis Hanson At The City Journal: ‘California, Here We Stay’…
Dream big: Via Reason: ‘California’s Public Transportation Sinkhole’ A great city deserves great art extravaganzas…: L.A.’s New Public Art Piece ‘The Levitated Mass,’ Or As The American Interest Puts It: ‘A Moving Rock’
Richard Epstein At The Hoover Institution’s Defining Ideas: ‘California’s Kafkaesque Rent Control Laws’
Walter Russell Mead takes a look at the blue model (the old progressive model) from the ground up in NYC to argue that it’s simply not working. Check out his series at The American Interest
Related On This Site: …Repost-From The Spiked Review Of Books Via The A & L Daily: ‘Rescuing The Enlightenment From Its Exploiters’… Behavioral economics and libertarian paternalism and below all that some liberal totalitarianism (the personal is political crowd)…Ross Douthat Responds To Paul Krugman At The NY Times: ‘Can We Be Sweden?’
Are these the enemies of the future?: Virginia Postrel At Bloomberg: ‘How The Elites Built America’s Economic Wall’…
Fukuyama has started a center for Public Administration at Stanford…it’d be interesting to imagine a conversation between Eric Hoffer and Fukuyama: Francis Fukuyama At The American Interest: ‘Mexico And The Drug Wars’…
Can economic freedom and free markets reconcile the moral depth of progressive big-State human freedom?: Milton Friedman Via Youtube: ‘Responsibility To The Poor’…A Few Quotations From F.A. Hayek’s: ‘Why I Am Not A Conservative’…libertarians share a definition of liberty
Some thoughts on Fukuyama and Leo Strauss: Update And Repost- From YouTube: Leo Strauss On The Meno-More On The Fact/Value Distinction?’
Charles Fried and Randy Barnett among others, testify as to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Nearly 3 hrs, but likely worth your time. You can skip to the parts you’d like)