Polls have shown that in the last 11 months, as Americans have started to think hard about Democratic proposals, they have become less confident in government’s ability to direct society.
of individual health insurance. And the CBO says the bill would not bend the cost curve downward.
Democratic leaders want to pass something, almost anything, for fear of political damage. They want to give government even more power over one-sixth of the economy, and over ordinary people’s health care. To that end, they have been happy to game the CBO’s scoring system, misusing specialized knowledge to achieve political ends. tion Agency’s designation of carbon dioxide as a pollutant is an attempt to give EPA bureaucrats such control in the likely event that the Senate fails to pass something like the bill the House passed last June.
So politicians are acting either in ignorance of specialist knowledge or by manipulating and misusing it in the conviction that central planners can organize and control human behavior better than individuals can through markets and voluntary action operating under the rules. The economy mostly thrived.
In contrast, reform in Russia was top-down: Mikhail Gorbachev changed the rules, but that allowed apparatchiks to gobble up state industries and created new monopolies, over which Vladimir Putin’s government re-established control. The economy mostly stagnated.
The Democrats’ health care and cap-and-trade bills are classic top-down legislation. Many inside players have bought into the changes and