Election: The Tyranny of Experts

Elections are coming. Will anything change? No. Why?  Because in this age of specialists and professionals, the common voter, and common sense are ignored in favor of the ‘professionals,’ whether they be lifetime philandering politicians, crooked bankers or government backed ‘green industrialists.’

It seems to be a ‘rule’ today that only an expert or someone who has spent years hacking a disastrous path can be qualified to lead or suggest solutions.  The average voter subsists only in the shadow of these ‘experts and media darlings’ and the experts and incumbent ideas receive all the television time.  Compared to the complex emotional issues of the day, Common sense seems to be too simple and cold.

Easily manipulated

I believe that people would like to enjoy the right to be ‘left alone,’  but our power hungry parasites (politicians) have discovered that the herd can be easily manipulated by emotional issues.  And it doesn’t matter whether we actually solve any of these issues so long as they can be used to win elections, gain power and distribute favors.

Society is so complex that maybe it’s inevitable that there’s always some ‘well meaning’ professional or authorized group/agency  fighting for the children, pulling shenanigans such as the wildly overpaid  Mid Peninsula Open Space District, or the overbearing community crushing ABAG – Association of Bay Area Governments, all paying themselves very well while ‘fighting …….. always fighting.’   And even those who fail or cause catastrophes, (the Banksters and incumbent Senators) still get the recognition, attention and TV time to run their next campaign or scam.

Congressmen, senators, state assemblymen, or city council, the incumbents win 95 % of the time. Why is this?  Could it be that we are all so overwhelmed and intimidated by the complexity of the high tech world that we actually feel safer with known losers?     Is it just ‘name recognition?’   Do we have so much crap to distract us that we just don’t give a hoot?

Ideas slide down the sewer pipe of congress

Maybe it’s our system of horrifying lawsuits and liability.  So we defer our responsibility to the experts for data, ideas, and solutions.   These experts, professors, researchers, often work in think-tanks and universities and their ideas don’t have to actually work there, they just have to be exciting, different and challenging enough to impress their fellow egg heads and dreamers.  Eventually these odd shaped ideas slide down the sewer pipe of congress and become the policies and laws of the land.  They don’t have to work, they just need to energize voters and defeat opponents.

And so I predict that nothing will change in this next election.  The law of physics – that objects in motion tend to stay in the direction of their motion.’ will prevail.   And it does not matter that outside of Silicon Valley and Washington D.C., the rest of the country is limping along ignored and glossed over by a sheen of continuously manipulated Government statistics.

Thanks to the Tech Bubble,  right now, the San Francisco Bay Area (Silicon Valley) is able to float over any law, limit, tax, program or agency whether green, solar, carbon, diverse, income flattening, racial equalizing, or flea saving, that feels good to talk about.   JFK said, ‘a rising tide lifts all boats.’ But here in California, there’s just one big, hot yacht ……….Silicon Valley.  And no one has figured out how to choke that goose yet.  But you can bet some ‘professional’ is working on it.