Monday, December 9, 2013

Laws Obama  Should Heed

The biggest threat (to Obamacare) is Murphy’s Law, along with its corollary, the Law of Unintended Consequences. These are the most powerful laws in the world. They are even more powerful than the Affordable Care Act, and they are the nemesis of all master plans. Evidently, the President and his merry band of wonks had never heard of them.

Margaret Wente, “ObamaCare . Where the Liberal Dream Crashes and Burns,” The Globe and Mail,  December 7, 2013

President Obama and his close advisors has been paying too much attention to the 2700 page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Law, when should be heeding a series of pithy laws more likely to shape his legacy.

Twenty of these laws are:

1.      Murphy’s Law – Anything that will go wrong will go wrong.
2.      Law of Unintended Consequences – Outcomes are not the ones intended, a perverse effect not originally intended.
3.      Parkinson’s Law – Work expands  so as to fill the time available for its completion.
4.      Peter’s Principle – The law that states that members of an organization or political party where success depends on achievement and merit will ultimately rise to their level of incompetence.
5.      Law of Credibility – Never promise anything in the present   that will prove untrue in the future.
6.      Law of  Information Technology –When you try to impress somebody with a website you think works, it won’t.
7.      Low of Logical Argument – Anything is possible when you don’t know what you’re talking about.
8.      Law of Complexity – If you think something is too complex to grasp,  it is.
9.      Law of Rhetoric – If you have gold in your tongue,  it will turn to lead in your mouth when results don’t match your words.
10.  Law of Perverse Results -  If there is a possibility  that several things going wrong, the one that will go wrong is the one that will do the most damage.
11.  Law of High Expectations – If you think things are going well, you have overlooked something.
12.  Lay of Liberals – Anticipated outcomes will never live up to expectations.
13.  Law of Politics – If you have a political hammer,  all opponents look like nails and vice versa.
14.  Law of Central Planning –The best laid  plans of mice and men are approximately  equal.
15.  Berra’s Second Law – Anybody who is popular will be ultimately disliked.
16.  Law of Certainty – The more data available, the less certain  the outcome.
17.  Law of Political Launch – Take-off is optional, landing is compulsory.
18.  Law of Political Opposition – Where there’s a will, there’s a won’t.
19.  Law of Democracy – No man’s liberty, personal health care, or pocket book is safe when the legislature is in session.
20.  Law of Political Advisors – Everyone has as scheme  that will not work.

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