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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Friday, June 12, 2020

The Blame Game


In public policy, tradeoffs are inevitable. 

Health care is a vivid example. Autism Policy and Politics: In Autism Intervention, Cheap Does Not ...

Negativity bias: losses may get more attention than gains.

Overpromising:  "If you like your current plan..."

Agency strategies (Hood, ch. 4):  "the mess we inherited"

Blame acceptance (Hood p. 54).  After the Bay of Pigs disaster, JFK said, "There's an old saying that victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan ... I have said as much as I feel can be usefully said by me in regard to the events of the past few days. Further statements, detailed discussions, are not to conceal responsibility because I'm the responsible officer of the Government."



Paul Krugman a Twitter: "We've been heading for the Trump moment ...

Yemen: early sign that Trump would avoid blame acceptance.

The messes he inherited:



Coronavirus?

May 14
We inherited a broken, terrible system. And I always say it: Our cupboards were bare. We had very little in our stockpile.
March 13
Q    Dr. Fauci said earlier this week that the lag in testing was, in fact, “a failing.”  Do you take responsibility for that?
...
THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, no, I don’t take responsibility at all, because we were given a — a set of circumstances and we were given rules, regulations, and specifications from a different time. 
Villains

John McCain (died August 28, 2018)



The Fed



The Deep State



Antifa



Elderly Catholic Peace Activists!



Transparency and Accountability

Jefferson: "the whole art of government consists in the art of being honest."