Change Is Hard

Change Is Hard

Policy changes are tough. Some people like the status quo and sometimes a minority is motivated (through hook or crook, e.g., the Covid jab) to acquiesce and turns itself from a minority to a majority. So, if nothing else, the pandemic has proved it can be done. But how is change achieved without fear mongering and the mainstream media?

That is harder.

Many people still rely on the evening news or other mainstream news source. Others still use social media, with its decidedly left-leaning slant. Unfortunately, these viewers appear to represent the majority. Policy change requires an understanding of what exists now and a rational discussion as to why it should be changed and the advantages of any proposal. At this stage of our society, it can’t be done. This type of debate is impossible.

The country was divided before Covid but it is worse now.

Any change to current policy must be examined to ascertain who wins. If some minorities (you can’t use any minority, e.g., Asians) or other favored groups are not clear winners in any proposed policy change, it is a racist policy. No facts provided will alter this position. If the change does not explicitly benefit women, the person proposing it is a misogynist. It does not appear to matter if they are female.

Policy changes, at least initially, are often expensive. For one thing, it often requires parallel actions (essentially duplicate programs) or expends additional resources to achieve the desired goal (which in the long run will save money, e.g., prison programs to reduce recidivism). The problem is exacerbated since program funding often must be delineated prior to appropriation. This allows too many fingers to enter the pie. It might be that programs will only be authorized if they are offered in MY DISTRICT, if they are prioritized for minority owned business, if they include certification (to be offered by “select” firms), or other hooks or impediments that make implementation more bureaucratic and expensive.

This is part of the problem, policy changes include a battle to NOT expand the bureaucracy. If done badly, which is often the case, policy changes – designed with the best intentions, in fact, make the proverbial swamp bigger. It takes a coordinated effort to keep fingers out of the pie and implement changes that help people and makes a concerted effort to rob current administrators of power or leverage.

It can’t be done by a handful of Legislators.

The executive side can try and in some States the budget is permissive to allow policy changes, idea incubators, and other innovative strategies to be tried. This requires desire. It would be helpful if the people of these States would encourage its Governors to do it. Try some different tactics and see if they work. Without the peoples’ insistence, and support, these Governors won’t move.  

At least they haven’t so far.

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