The Problem With Healthcare Dot Gov is Dot Gov
Nov 24th, 2013 by kids4biz

Providing quality, universally affordable health care to the masses is achieved through acts of production not acts of Congress. It is achieved by driving prices DOWN through innovation focused on consumer desires not UP through government bureaucracy focused on ideological mandates. In support of that claim, compare the way the government rolls out programs to the way enterprises roll out products, specifically, a software product realized through what industry calls “agile methods”. Technologists, particularly software developers, ought to be aware of the agile manifesto, stated here for reference;

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

Agile methods in software, and their lean analogs in manufacturing, are not the culmination of production techniques, however, they certainly represent substantial progress in these areas. Agile methods deliver tremendous value to the world at large as proof of the theory on which they’re based.

Comparing agile methods to how the government works supports the notion that the problem with Healthcare.gov is not technology, software or software developers but government itself. Let’s explore this further in the context of each guiding principle of the agile manifesto.

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

When the government, particularly the U.S. government, makes economic policy, its impact is wide reaching, if not global. Individual desires, requests or whims and serving the “long tail” of consumer wants with custom products and services that can be summarily rejected by the populace at its discretion are not its focus nor its intent. Government methods are heavily driven by process and it generally relies on its most powerful tool, the use of force, to get things done. Minority driven ideology routinely trumps interaction with the citizenry.

Working software over comprehensive documentation

It should suffice to say that Healthcare.gov, a.k.a. non-working software resulting from thousands of pages of documentation, is the apotheosis of not adhering to principle number two. It’s important to make the point, however, that the documentation represent regulations and mandates to rule the “individuals” that were not “interacted” with in principle number one of the agile manifesto.

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

Given government’s failure in principles one and two, it should be clear that customer collaboration is non-existent. Also, since the goal is to implement the ideology of the party in power, negotiation is not an option. If this is not clear from the history of the Affordable Care Act, it will certainly become a painful lesson now that the precedent of using the nuclear option to obliterate political opposition has been set.

Responding to change over following a plan

Finally, let’s compare how a community goes about changing the behavior of a corporation compared to changing the behavior of government. It’s not an outrageous claim to say that if enough consumers pulled back on their expenditures of Microsoft software or Walmart’s products by say as little as 20% in a quarter’s worth of time, these giants in their respective industries would rapidly address whatever issue was at hand. Try getting that kind of response, or exercising that level of control on the Federal government.

Looked at from another point of view, when it comes to economic issues, the government was specifically designed to be slow to respond to change because it has the legal power to use force. Its activity in the sphere of economics and influencing civil liberties was meant to be limited precisely for this reason. Government authority over its citizens was also meant to be curtailed by a notion, which is the exact opposite of principle number four of the agile manifesto. The government is supposed to follow a plan and that plan is the Constitution of the United States. As it pertains governments, following a plan is a good thing. The Constitution is our bastion of individual liberties preserving the freedom of voluntary interaction. When the government follows its plan, its power over the people is limited as it should be. Individuals are free to collaborate and respond in agile fashion to each other’s needs as producers, partners or consumers. Through principles of free market Capitalism, such as mutually beneficial exchange and VOLUNTARY cooperation, they interact, collaborate, respond and they make things work!

Michael Malgeri is the creator of the “Johnny Profit” series of children’s books, which teaches young people about capitalism. He authored H.R.422, a Congressional Resolution that creates awareness of the superiority of Capitalism as an economic model. His website is www.Kids4biz.com

Fight the ObamaTax With These Rules for Defeating Radicals
Jun 30th, 2012 by kids4biz

As the ObamaTax leads us further down the road towards Socialism, hard working, freedom loving INDIVIDUALS the world over ought to consider these RULES FOR DEFEATING RADICALS.

1. Individual freedom is the standard by which all rules are judged. Live for it.
2. NEVER accept unearned guilt.
3. Capitalism is the unsung hero. Defend it righteously.
4. Socialism is the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Oppose it vigorously.
5. Money and Pride, earned honestly, are good. Allow no one to convince you otherwise.
6. Charity, if voluntary, is good. Embrace it…voluntarily.
7. Beware the Globalists. Never compromise your values.
8. “Don’t accept the narrative, speak truth to power, have fun doing it.” – Andrew Breitbart
9. Sustainability is often a code word for stagnation. Reject it for progress.
10. “If you make a small footprint no one will ever try to fill your shoes.” – Mother Nature

Side Note: Congressman Rohrabacher (CA 46) had the vision and courage to submit Congressional Resolution H.RES.422 regarding the “Superiority of Capitalism as an economic model.” Capitalism, by definition a system of voluntary mutually beneficial exchange, is a system characterized by the absence of force and the pervasiveness of persuasion. “The Rohrabacher Rule” can be read at this link. If you support the ideas presented in this bill, please click this link to email ANY Representative, asking them to join Congressman Rohrabacher by Co-Sponsoring this resolution.

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Obamacare Hearing, The Fight for Freedom
Mar 25th, 2012 by kids4biz

The Supreme Court hearing on the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, will finally take place this week. One of the things that will be decided is whether Congress could, i.e. is allowed to, penalize an individual for NOT engaging in commerce.

The hearing and subsequent ruling promise to be gripping events, attracting worldwide attention. However, the REAL discussion, which never took place, needed to focus on the question “SHOULD Obamacare have been passed at all?” The now infamous quote by Nancy Pelosi, “we need to pass it so we can see what’s in it,” highlights how our political process was distorted to block such a discussion.

Recent findings by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the real cost of Obamacare lend credence to the fact that Obamacare is NOT “Affordable” and should never have been passed. It’s not at all ironic that passing Obamacare is proving to be be an economic hazard as well as a hazard of liberty.

So the real contest of this hearing is between individual freedom versus government control over our lives through government mandates. Let’s hope freedom triumphs.

SIDE NOTE: If you want to teach your children about honest business and free enterprise, please read (short 2 pages) Congressman Rohrabacher’s courageous and visionary bill, H.RES.422 .

If you agree with the bill, click this link to contact ANY Representative to encourage him or her to join as a Co-Sponsor.

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