Regulatory topics

– Carl from Chicago has a nice post on the bureaucracy. Punchline:

My advice is to befriend governmental workers and medical care professionals in the future as our system moves more towards the “Greek” model of over-promising care to everyone and under-funding and not incenting the hard work necessary for quality care to occur. And be prepared for a wall of government workers who can rule with impunity based on arcane processes and standards not tied to the free market or any sort of accountability based system as our “investment” in government increases; the first thing these workers will do is build a system where they are put “first” before the mission that they are trying to accomplish.

– The NYT started a discussion about "technocrats" with this article, which is a waste of time. Everyone wonders whether "technocrats" can solve Europe’s problems, without mentioning that the definition of "technocrat" seems to be: "unelected government official who caused Europe’s problems." Seems odd, no?

– Peter Suderman notes (seemingly with favor) a proposal that would require the FCC to "publish rules before voting on them." I’m sure this will work, since it’s worked so well to curb regulations at other agencies since 1946.

– Keoni Galt’s post "bureaugamy" is worth a read as well.

3 Responses to Regulatory topics

  1. The Other Eugenicist says:

    Well, this could go either way. Why do people assume that things will continue in the same direction as they always have?

    If we are entering another little ice age, bureaucrats everywhere might have to find other means of survival.

  2. says:

    Observing the defense industry is interesting because the CEOs spend a lot of time buttering-up government workers with flatteries, dinners and treating them as if they’re part of the in-group. Government technical oversight of the projects they manage is sub-incompetent and old technologies are leveraged for the next generation with little interest in whether-or-not they work (glad I left).

    If we go to some sort of government managed health care system, we’ll basically just have to start bribing government workers to work. Or alternative third ways will present themselves such as medical tourism. Of course, for North Americans this will involve traveling to central or south America which would be the only destinations within reach.

    I suspect that home internet doctoring and pharmacology would increase dramatically, despite its dangers. Improved home test kits for various illnesses are likely to increase as lab-on-chip technologies improve. Still, this is no substitute for a doctor, but better than having no doctor at all.

    Your best posts always involve shedding light on the bureaucracy, Foseti. Keep at it.

  3. PT Barnum says:

    America health care is very, very poor.

    They can’t even manage basic sanitation.

    I know, I know, cue the franking yelping. IDC.

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