Real-world ecosystem hostile to Democrats

Friday, December 16th, 2005 2:29 pm by Neal

Tony Snow has this article on how the Democrats, like all central-planning types (think: communists, European beaurocrats), still think that a central, top-down plan is the secret to harmony and happiness in the world. Somehow they’ve had their heads in the sand for the last 50 years and missed the numerous object lessons on the disaster of central planning. In this essay, Tony Snow sounds as if he’s read HR’s post here on this blog last week about how Democrats are as useless as software project managers. HR was dead-on right: like project managers, Democrats worship the plan and eschew the implementation. “The plan,” after all, is the high wisdom that emanates from the enlightened sensibilities of elitists who are above the low, dirty, squiggly, real world where things actually get done, as opposed to just talked about, where the devil is always in the details, and where no plan can accomodate the complexity of humans and human interactions. The ecosystem of this real world is hostile to Democrats, and they can only survive in that environment with their life-support system, the MSM.

Here’s an excerpt from Snow:

The only flaw in the Orderliness Hypothesis is that it doesn’t work if people are present. The war on poverty looked great on paper. It failed miserably in real life. Air-cleansing regulatory schemes looked great in computer models, but failed abysmally in reality. Centralized health care boasted of chalkboard elegance, but is breaking the bank right here, right now. The myth of managed affluence collapsed with the Berlin Wall.

And yet, failure has not altered Democratic thinking an iota. John Kerry boasted dozens of times in his debates with George W. Bush that he had a plan — for everything: dental care, tree planting, street paving, book binding, teen rutting, mass transit, air circulation, steel production … you name it. He announced these schemes with a sense of triumph, as if having a plan were superior to having a clue.

In resisting President Bush’s infinitely variable approach to the ever-shifting situation in Iraq, Democrats have reverted to form. The cries for benchmarks and deadlines merely embody their weird faith in plans. Howard Dean unwittingly captured the absurdity of it all when he announced this week the precise number of National Guard units required to subdue Al-Qaida.

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