Government

Cruz's Strategy

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."

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Sec. Clinton Attacks Iran's Ruthless Repression

The discontent of Iran's population under the rule of the mullahs is an opportunity that the US has overlooked for too long. Secretary of State Clinton took her first tentative steps into that opening by attacking Iran's treatment of protesters. This is a very good sign of a real change in the current administrations view of Iran.

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Perception of Economic Recovery Over Reality

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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Obama Cabinet: No Competitive Experience

If this administration seems particularly clueless, there is a reason. Less than 10% of Obama's Cabinet have any experience in the public sector. This is by far the lowest of any Cabinet in history where the averages has been around 40%. Without private sector experience, cabinet members lack any feel for competitive environments and how they work (see chart, via Nick Schulz's article in The American).

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Congressional Healthcare Battle: Links to Lessons about Creating Conflict

Strategy teaches that creating conflict is too costly to make long-term strategic success possible ([node:content/313-conflict-cost link]). We can see the dimensions of this problem in battle created in the current health care bill (aka Obamacare). If the health care bill "wins" this battle, the most likely losers in the next election are those supporting it. In this battle, we can see all the distorting aspects of conflict:

Creating more opposition (See David Harsanyi in Denver Post)

Happy 4th! Celebrate Freedom!

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

Feel free to replace the word "safety" with anything else that politicians pretend that they can offer in exchange for your freedom: medical care, housing, environment protection, jobs, funds for your pet project, and so on.

Obama's Six Impossible Beliefs Before Breakfast

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." The Red Queen, Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

[W]ith essentially complex phenomena, the aspects of the events to be accounted for about which we can get quantitative data are necessarily limited and may not include the important ones.” F.A. Hayek said, accepting the 1974 Nobel Prize in economics

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