Fantasies and Krauthammer Realities
have been seduced by computer glamour …Glamour is a powerfully pervasive tool.
Taken as a guide rather than the literal truth, it can lead to positive
lifestyle action. But it is also an
illusion. In the real world hidden details matter.
Postrel, “Obama’s Virtual Fantasy Coludn’t Handle Messy Reality, Bloomberg, October 24, 2013
When you run something this large, it has no chance of succeeding.
Charles Krauthammer, MD (born 1950), on Fox News video discussing Obamacare and healthcare.gov
Two fantasies have seduced President Obama..
government elite and its central planners know what’s best for people and can virtually
manage their personal and health affairs.
computer and its spin-offs is a powerful and pervasive force capable of managing society down to the last detail.
In his new book,
Things That Matter: Three Decades
of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics, Charles
Krauthammer, MD, a political columnist and a psychiatrist, puts these two fantasies into perspective.
To begin with,
he says, it is important to get the politics right.
In his book, he talks of his journey from being a life-long Democrat and a Great Society liberal to a reluctant Reagan
admirer to a contributor to Fox News and a commentator widely regarded as the
most persuasive voice of American conservatism.
He notes that he is not the first to make
the journey from liberralism to conservatism.. Ronald Reagan, Irving Kristol, Pat Moynihan, and others made that same journey before him.
He expresses his opinions in a weekly
Washington Post column, syndicated in
350 newspapers, and in numerous talk
shows, the most notable of which is a nightly Fox News appearance.
Krauthammer’s voice is not shrill. It is pragmatic, reasonable, empirical, nonpartisan. He is simply saying that the
Leviathan government model doesn’t work in the real world. A more limited smaller government works
better and is more in keeping with individual, aspirations, skills, dreams, and freedoms.
He read widely before reaching these conclusions. Though his reading and his own empirical observations, he became slowly converted “ to a philosophy of restrained,
free-market governance that gave more space and place to the individual and to
the civil society that stands between citizen and state.”
doctor, graduated from Harvard
Medical School and trained as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital,
where he served as chief resident in Psychiatry He regards the health care system as a delicate
ecosystem developed over the course of
70 years. The professon, he feels, is not capable of being overturned or transformed by federal
mandates and bureaucratic regulations.
healthcare.gov and other computer apps can transform medicine and that government
knows best is fantasy now colliding with reality.
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