Leverage Creates Interest

Leverage Creates Interest

As the gun control argument dominates the nightly news, it is a reminder that tragedies can spark momentary policy interest. The rhetoric is the same, take away the taxpaying, law abiding and conscientious citizens’ rights and privileges. Why must this group be targeted? At what point will the pendulum swing back to giving the law abiding citizen, and not the criminal, the benefit of the doubt. This is not only a gun control issue, it flourishes in most policy debates.

Homelessness is a great example. This should not happen, but is allowed to happen as leadership will not demand it stop. As has been discussed in previous posts, house people in a very basic existence, with rules. If they can’t abide by the rules, kick them out and arrest them if they move back to the streets. A society should have rules that are enforced. If they are not enforced, remove these rules. For some people, and this population appears to be growing, there is no incentive to behave.

There must be a deterrent.

Pick any policy. Health care will not improve as long as people have no responsibility for their health. It will not be less costly until transparency exists. What do things cost and why? Is it cheaper to have a procedure done one place verses another? For most people, it doesn’t matter, they have insurance. Insurance should help smooth health care costs, not remove responsibility.

K-12 schools are somewhat adequate for involved children and informed and engaged parents (albeit standards are abysmally low). It fails when those key pieces are missing. How to acquire those attributes is a function of rules. The rules must be followed and, in this case, it is easy to measure. Weekly assessments from kindergarten forward. If the student can’t pass, weekend school with mom and dad. No exceptions. These assessments should be given to home schooled and private schools as well. If problems persist, the situation can be elevated. There must be a price for failure. Society needs citizens with basic educational abilities. It is not about creating a society of Einstein’s, but a society that can read a basic contract, understand a mortgage document, create a budget, and have basic life skills. These are rudimentary functions and are necessary for a healthy society, but for some children, without leverage, they have no interest.

Leverage creates interest.

As a society, it appears we have grown more tolerant. In and of itself, this is probably a good thing, but too much tolerance promotes unwanted behavior. If a person parks their cart in the middle of a store aisle, it is easy to smile and ask them to please move it. It is the civil thing to do. But at what point, should that person be told it is rude and inconsiderate as my mother told me. If I was standing in the way at a store (or anywhere else), my father would grab me and yank me out of the way and chastise me for not being aware. Tolerance is fine, but we need to elevate the awareness quotient.

Without more deterrents and motivators to do what is right, policy changes will not occur. If policy changes are enacted, history shows us it is the law abiding folks who will bear the brunt. If people would pay attention, maybe some of these policy discussion could take place before they become the policy de jour, but that would require a desire to learn and make things better.

At present, this is impeded by the “other AI”.

Categorized as Policy


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