Dilbert - Dogbert for President 3


The first ‘official’ presidential primary is in process now in the Granite State of New Hampshire. One of the few (9) states to have no state income tax underscoring their ‘small government’ ethos. As such, maybe Scott Adams’ pioneering notions for 21st century government might find some support there.

His ‘candidacy’ is predicated on a hearty embrace of chaotic failure including his economic policy statements in his post ‘Economic Mumbo Jumbo’. Like Penn and Teller ‘revealing’ the secrets of their magic, Adams fully discloses the ‘back box’ nature of most economic policy pronouncements that most of the electorate simply don’t have any solid understanding of…

  • “Sometimes it is better to sound smart than to be smart. Today I will discuss economic policy in an oversimplified and misleading fashion. I’d be surprised if anything I say makes sense. But it will sound brilliant because I will use some psychological tricks to accomplish the illusion…Oversimplifications are compelling because we humans prefer the illusion that we understand our environment over the reality that we don’t. The illusion of understanding gives us a feeling of control over our lives. We feel as if we can fix the problems of the world through our intelligent voting…As a one-term president, no one would need to criticize my policies or thwart my plans just to gain an advantage in the next election. In our current polarized political environment, only an independent president has a chance of getting anything done domestically. This is probably the only time in our history that has been the case. In chaos, there is opportunity. And the opportunity in this situation is to elect an independent President.”

In fact, in his recent WSJ article “How to Tax the Rich”, he outlines a process for generating unprecedentedly bad ideas in the area of taxation itself…

  • “The way our political system is designed, politicians are not free to float bad ideas. Doing so is a sure way to lose an election. Politicians aren’t even free to support good ideas if they are too far from the norm. But as citizens, we’re free to speculate all we want. And if some new and better idea gains popularity at the grassroots level, our elected leaders would then be able to embrace it. In other words, it’s literally your job to fix the budget problem because your government isn’t equipped to handle it. The ideas I’ve mentioned here are bad by design. But if a few million people start brainstorming their own ideas for solving the debt problem, someone might come up with a winner.”