People seem confused about what Ted Cruz is trying to accomplish with his filibuster. The apparent goal of the current battle, defunding Obamacare, seems impossible to attain. Too many think that this means that the battle should not be fought. This lack of understanding arises from a basic misconception about the goals of good strategy, which are not always simply "winning."
How do we elect such poor decision-makers to office? As anyone who studies our warrior's rules at this site knows, politicians are our most fertile source of examples of defective strategy. This fact raises the question: how do these people get elected to office in the first place?
All strategy is a matter of managing perceptions ([node:content/12-subobjective-positions link]). This is especially true of political strategy. As Obama's popularity declines, Democrats are attacking not only their political opponents, Fox News, and most recently the polling company, Ramussen (source of the attached graphic).
The Commerce department has again corrected the numbers for 3rd Quarter "growth." Originally announced at 3.5%, downgraded to 2.8% a month later, and now corrected again at 2.2% this week. Of course those numbers were originally inflated by the Cash for Clunkers program, which moved car sales into that quarter.
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