March 23rd, 2010
By Bruce Phillips, American Thinker
Obama decries the messy process and arm twisting that he just employed
There is an important lesson to be learned about Obamacare, which passed the House last night. It was brought to national attention on February 7th, when President Obama sat down for a Super Bowl interview with Katie Couric. Among the many surprising things he said was this:
Look, I would have loved nothing better than to simply come up with some very elegant, you know, academically approved approach to health care. And didn’t have any kinds of legislative fingerprints on it. And just go ahead and have that passed. But that’s not how it works in our democracy. Unfortunately, what we end up having to do is to do a lot of negotiations with a lot of different people.
Translation: “There’s a rational solution that would not require all this messy politics.”
Having spent the better part of a decade as a management consultant, I recognized immediately that this view violates the cardinal rule of effective solutions. Here’s how.
We often talked with our clients about the way a solution to their problem would be developed and implemented. We had experienced widespread misunderstanding as to both the key components of a solution and the concerns that must be addressed to ensure successful implementation. So we developed effective shorthand to deal with this important issue.