Schrödinger’s Cat

Gratuitous Picture of Dana Perino

(because she is far prettier than Bob Beckel)

I just heard a remarkable exchange between serial liberal and multiple campaign loser Bob Beckel and conservative Dana Perino on the rebroadcast of yesterday’s The Five on FOX.

The discussion was about Obama running on his record on the economy and Beckel said that Obama’s policies couldn’t stop the unemployment and he couldn’t change anything in the economy if he wanted to – essentially saying that the free enterprise system caused the crash and none of Obama’s regulatory or legislative efforts could have done anything…ergo, he shouldn’t be blamed by the Republicans as we move under a year to election day.

It is interesting that he used that example to defend Obama when the Democrats are currently screaming for even more laws and more regulation. If Beckel is right, wouldn’t the logical conclusion be that additional laws are useless?

We have had 60 years of escalation of “progressive” programs and the legislative, regulatory and financial schemes that are necessary to support them – yet, we still have periodic economic problems, high unemployment, civil unrest and wars. Look at politics in the 50’s and 60’s compared to today. Essentially the same speeches, the same issues, a case of SSDD (same sh*t, different day).

Does anyone else see the potential error here? Think maybe “progressivism” and the centralized governmental control that comes with it isn’t the answer? The old saying that “less is more” has real application with regard to government in a free and open society.

We even have the #OWS kiddies wailing about corporatism and crony capitalism, their answer – abolish corporations and add more government! Their assumptions are that while corporations are corrupt, government is not. Well, kids – I have news for you – it takes two to tango…and Obama, the bureaucrats and DC politicians are very, very accomplished dancers.

Even Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Perhaps it is time to try full on capitalism, a constrained government based the Constitution and make decisions based in logic not on political “truth”.

Sound good? It does to me.

The wonderful thing about logic is that a given statement cannot be both true and false at the same time and in the same context. If you say that “the sun is shining” – it either is or isn’t, it is either true or false. Of course, a change in context can make a true statement false – that same statement has a different truth value if it is issued at noon than it does at midnight – context matters – but  there is no possibility that it can be supported in a current policy discussion context to say that regulation could not have affected the economy yet follow that with saying that the answer to the economic problem is more regulation.

I’m also amazed at how the “Progressives” illustrate what we talked about yesterday, the cat in the box experiment, the thought experiment called Schrödinger’s Cat.

Remember – the cat is both dead and alive, we don’t really know until we look in the box…

Like the thought experiment, they think that:

  • If it isn’t reported in the approved media sources – the Washington Post, the New York Times, etc. – it can’t be a scandal. Beckel on FOX just dismisses Solyndra by saying that it is a non-story because these outlets don’t think it is.
  • If they ignore it, it isn’t real – the way that Obama’s failures on the economy are just not talked about or how Obama cronies like Immelt at GE are making out pretty well under his patronage.
  • Everybody “else” should do as I say, not as I do – millionaires Michael Moore, Kanye West and rap impresario Russell Simmons proving themselves as hypocrites by pimping the #OWS crowd, yet they still woke up in their respective mansions this morning and probably have meetings with their money managers this week. How about Obama demonizing “fat cat bankers” and then holding his hand out for $38,000 a plate dinner donations?

Like Perseus looking at Medusa’s reflection in the polished surface of his shield to avoid being turned to stone, nobody seems to want to look directly at the real issues of today – the large segment of America just wants to fix their gaze on a gauzy reflection of Obama just like they did in 2008 when they fell for “Hope and Change” from a poorly qualified and largely unvetted junior Senator from Illinois and elected him to the highest office in the land.

They still crave promises cloaked in visions of the Roman columns of Mount Olympus – even as they descend into the Hades of more and more government control and dependence.

Well, as my granddaddy used to say, “You can’t eat promises.”

This election may turn on whether the American public will be willing to determine status of the cat. We are going to have to look in the box whether we like it or not.

13 thoughts on “Schrödinger’s Cat

  1. Well, kids – I have news for you – it takes two to tango…and Obama, the bureaucrats and DC politicians are very, very accomplished dancers.

    Not the Tango. They’re accomplished at the side-step 🙂

    • That they do. I’m pretty dismayed by the direction of our country right now. It is like some of the bad businesses that I have done turn-arounds in – almost every decision that the leadership makes is wrong and when the business fails its tasks, the leaders blame the employees (our citizens).

      It is difficult to watch.

  2. Not to change the subject,but to change the subject… Steve taught me to do italics in a post, but how do you go back to regular script in the same post?….sorry, I was just drawn this way….

  3. Something screwy with the comments on the site. You shouldn’t have to go back. normal text is the default unless you insert the HTML code to make it italicize.

    I’ll have a look…

    It only appears to be doing it on the comments on this post.

  4. What a day. Funeral of one of my few straight leading men whom I adored; put your thread in italics; put polpundit’s in italics; (I’m God’s Favorite over there now) and more drama for this evening.
    Depressing. But as Frankie Valle once sang (I think it was him) Big girls don’t cry……
    So I won’t…. Even though the first show I did with him was when I was a teenager!
    I’m going off on a tangent as I’m wont to do and getting a clears throat moment here, and so I’ll shut up.
    Stiff upper lip. Back to politics…….sans italics

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