P.S. re Grand Bargain or Death by Detail?

DP Challenge – Go back to a blog post you always thought could be better, or were unsatisfied with — now, fix it.

Well that was easy – thanks so much! You can see the original here, but would be it so crazy if… – scroll on down for an entire paragraph italizied:

We are hearing more and more of a Grand Bargain coming out of Washington, D.C. whether of an economic budget, immigration, gun control or the current cause of the day. It makes me twitchy. What about you?

In 2009, a Democratic Congress passed the wonder of our time, Obamacare or, wait for it, its proper name, The Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act. Emphasis on affordability. Paging Dr. Phil. “How’s that working out for you?” A 2,700 page bill that few of our representatives actually read. Followed by more than 17,000 pages of regulations. Followed by the unveiling of a 60 page application for assistance in getting insurance, which has tucked into the questionnaire, “Do you want to register to vote?” (see bottom of page 48). Followed by the hiring of “tens of thousands of Obamacare Navigators” hired to help people fill out their forms, whose pay could be between $20-$48 per hour – California has indicated it might need as many as 21,000. Yeah, the same state with cities declaring bankruptcy. Katherine Sebelius, previous Governor of Kansas from 2003-2009, Secretary of the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services since 2009, admitted she underestimated the politics and the confusion caused by the slow rollout of the legislation. Really? (“We are not in Kansas anymore, Toto.”)

President Obama is two months late in delivering his proposed budget – he’s been awfully busy with gun control legislation. He has promised it will come out tomorrow. The Senate finally presented its first proposed budget in over four, count them, four years – one of the requirements of their job. Once everybody’s budget proposals are on the table, they have until June 30 to thrash out the annual budget.

So, would it be so crazy to propose that Congress take each issue and break out the portions they do agree on and pass those? Is it really necessary that we solve all problems by one gargantuan bill? Is it even possible to do that? Look at Obamacare, please! We know our Tax Code needs to be overhauled, that the billions in waste should be rectified immediately, that we played Russian Roulette with the fiscal cliff fiasco, followed by the never-to-happen-Sequester – it was unthinkable! Why the need for such comprehensive bills, except to hide the details – those nitpicking deals resulting in “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours – nobody will even see it coming, dude.” Out here in the real world, project management dictates A. “What is your Goal? Your Objective; Your Mission?,” B. What would it take to accomplish it? How would you measure success? C. Break that out into parts – solve those parts. Get the pieces done that you can, continue working on those not yet solved. D. Time’s up: How did you do? You do not break for vacation ~ you get the job done. Period.

So, based on the above, when you hear the words “Grand Bargain,” it does not mean a cool, streamlined comprehensive (shudder) solution. But, it might and therein lies the fear. You ought to be afraid. Very afraid. I am.

7 thoughts on “P.S. re Grand Bargain or Death by Detail?

  1. You would now be going on the assumption that any government anywhere actually give a single shit about the people they’re supposed to govern.
    It would seem that your liberals have dumped America into the kind of crap heap we South Africans have been living in for the past 20 years.
    Welcome to my world…


  2. I’m sadly convinced that the world had gone mad. Meaning not just the entire globe of countries with mal-functioning heads of state, but our own gloriously founded America. The treasure of insight in our US Constitution, and gift of the Republic our Founders entrusted to us is in a death spiral. I’d suggest that the best view of this insanity is on our knees in prayer.


  3. Hunt, Back in my high school days I would have like to have looked over your shoulder at your answers. I would have copied every one of them, and I would have followed you from class to class, Damn your smart. It is so enjoyable to read your thoughts, your opinions, and your potential solutions. They make to damn much sense. Thank you for being a light. Take care, Bill

    I am a firm believer in Term Limits, and the exclusion of PAC’s in total. I believe that the associations of a politican and a PAC is just a vote bought by the PAC, and this system will stay inplace until this country is buried in it’s own crap. Sorry to be such a downer. Take care


    • Ah, Bill, I was too busy ditching out of boredom for you to have been able to copy my answers. Except on finals – I always showed up for finals. And, I did score very high, if not the highest on those… Grin. Didn’t matter – they felt attendance was more important than knowledge….

      It is not a downer to face reality. You can’t fix something if you’re not willing to look at it straight on. I sit at my dining room table, shaking my head, listening to the latest pundits and politicians telling me that up is down, black is white, grey is just a spice…. Crazy-making!


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