Government has accomplished some mighty impressive things, the most impressive being the Manhattan project (nuclear bombs and nuclear energy), and the second most impressive being the landing on the moon.
After Hiroshima, and before the moon landing, people said “Why don’t we (meaning government) have a Manhattan project to do X”
After the landing on the moon, people said “If we (meaning government) can put a man on the moon, why cannot we do X”
Well guess what, boys and girls. Today we can’t put a man on the moon.
Richard Feynman was one of the greatest scientists of all time, in every way a very smart man, and when he was working on the Manhatten project, he was mighty impressed by how smart everyone was.
Let us compare the Manhatten project with the ITER project, (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).
When a group attempts to accomplish any large, complex project, the way to do it is to break it into smaller less complex projects – which requires one to define the interface between the smaller projects and the acceptance criteria for each smaller project. The ITER project was broken into smaller projects without defining interface requirements or acceptance criteria. So when the parts were brought together, they simply did not fit, and if they had fitted, would not have worked.
Much comedy ensued, and continues to ensue, with those fouling up being rewarded by larger budgets and more power.
I am pretty sure that if you are not smart enough to accomplish project management, you are not smart enough to accomplish thermonuclear fusion.
Observe that the Manhattan project was done in the bad old days, back when, according to Charles Murray, the elite was selected on the basis of class and race, whereas the ITER project was unsuccessfully attempted by an elite that, Charles Murray assures us, is the cognitive elite.
Even leftists, aka the state, have noticed the declining capability of the state, which they blame on the disturbing lack of faith by Republicans
the party of no has made sure that government does not work and will continue to make it impossible for Obama to make good on any cleansing processes he may propose.
Somehow the party of no achieved this remarkable accomplishment even when the president was a democrat, the senate and the house of representatives had Democratic party majorities, and the public service was and is one hundred percent left, far left, and far out left. I suppose it was their evil thought waves that did it.
The state that cannot do project management generates legislation of thousands of pages of entirely opaque prose telling businesses how to do stuff, with the result that business comes to a halt. Hence the economic crisis: Ever greater intrusion, ever less competently done.
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