We were supposed to build a Great Society.
That's what the last 50 years of "activist government" and "social engineering" promised us. They pointed at Columbia, Maryland and said "See? You can build it all from the top down". But they never understood Columbia, and they still don't to this day, because while it was planned from the top down, it was never "centrally planned". The entire design approach and execution begins at the lowest level and then proceeds to build syngeries between the pieces until they fit with the next group of pieces. These pieces are flexible enough to change over time, because while they have all been fitted together, they are still pieces: they retain the autonomy of their internal systems.
All the Great Society people see in Columbia is "Rich and Poor Living Together"; they get lost in the euphoria of the outcome. They completely miss the actual design, and thus have no chance of ever replicating it elsewhere. They've been promising they can replicate Columbia's design since 1964. They have failed miserably, because again, all they can see is the outcome, they don't care to get themselves qualified to understand the material or how to design, and while they say they care about problems, they don't care to do the work that TRULY solving them requires.
In 2016, this is what confronts us. Everyone is going to hate government to a degree(it's called govern...ment) no matter what. That however is no excuse for the current state of the government, or the problems it creates, and the solutions it fails to provide, for ALL Americans.
These "social engineers" aren't engineers of any kind: just the opposite in fact. Look. At. Obamacare.
They can't build a house with Lincoln Logs, and if you hold them to account for why the house they promised isn't built? They scream they need more $. More $ is not an excuse for sucking at designing systems, or for refusing to fix schitty designs...not when you've had 50 years to get it right. (EDIT: $, time, and quality are all intrinsically linked...in a triangle. The closer to you move to one point, the more is taken from one of the other points, or both. Depending on how much quality you want, or you promise, you can spend your time, or your $, or both to get it. QED 50 years is more than enough time spent to get quality, no matter how much $ has been spent, thus the only reasons for failure are incompetence and/or corruption.)
They know this. People who have screwed up always know it before, better, and how badly than anyone else. That's why we've gone from "social engineering"...to now..."social justice". NOBODY takes them seriously as engineers, so, now they are going to try to hold their positions of power, $ and influence...by claiming that they have a right to it all, and that taking it away is...
...injustice. Worse? At least when one is "engineering" they are puporting to solve problems. What does a social justice...person?...purport?
Edited by OCinBuffalo, 27 January 2016 - 10:15 PM.