Submitted By Todd on January 3rd at 9:35am
to India. As much as liberals may hate me, though, it turns out that I'm good for them.
In an article on learning as we age, the New York Times explores how to keep your brain vibrant in the middle years. Professor Kathleen Taylor of St. Mary’s College of California has some advice.
“There’s a place for information,” Dr. Taylor says. “We need to know stuff. But we need to move beyond that and challenge our perception of the world. If you always hang around with those you agree with and read things that agree with what you already know, you’re not going to wrestle with your established brain connections.”In other words, long held assumptions about the ways of the world are bad for you! The unchallenged mind loses it's abilities - making the recall of facts and names harder. If you want to maintain a brain, you must challenge your assumptions, not just keep repeating what you figured out the last time you dropped acid!
Jack Mezirow, a professor emeritus at Columbia Teachers College, has proposed that adults learn best if presented with what he calls a “disorienting dilemma,” or something that “helps you critically reflect on the assumptions you’ve acquired.”Okay, then. Since disorienting dilemmas are good for you, consider Howard Fineman's latest Newsweek column casting doubt on the wisdom of the Obama health reform bill that's taken many twists and turns through congress.
The result is a 10-year, trillion-dollar contraption full of political risk and unintended consequences for a health-care system that constitutes one sixth of the economy. Many of the people who will benefit directly from the reforms, the uninsured, don't vote. Insurance premiums will continue to shoot up for most of us; Democrats fret that they will be blamed for those increases in the 2010 elections.Go ahead liberals, see if you can do it - challenge your assumptions that this fiasco is good! Fineman's a liberal, and he did it!
Some regulations on the industry kick in immediately, but most don't begin until at least 2013. And yet, to allow the bill to "save" money in the first decade, most new taxes and fees go into effect immediately. "We're collecting money before we're giving all the benefits!" lamented a Democratic senator facing reelection. "That is a political disaster."Has the president cleverly thrown congress under the bus while protecting his own butt?
For now, he is safely behind a blast wall, since many of the law's features wouldn't come into play until his second term, if he has one. But if he's lucky enough to get that far, he will discover that even simple things in government never go as planned; a project as large and complex as his health-care "fix" is certain to be more costly and disruptive than anticipated, and in ways no one can predict. "Never allow a crisis to go to waste," Emanuel declared a year ago. "They are opportunities to do big things." Yes they are, but Obama has to hope he's not creating another crisis in the process.Wow - Fineman does seem to have a Fine Mind!
Obama had promised us a transparent "Google Government," but now we know what Obama government actually looks like: ambitious and generous, perhaps, but also secretive, Chicago-style, and way too complicated. Fewer than half of voters now support the legislation, murky as it still is to them. Crucially, support has cratered among independents.Since observing the obvious is a quality that is not conducive to adopting a liberal belief system, Fineman may be forced out for his intellectual honesty. But his clarity is likely to grow over time, even while liberals have a tougher time remembering which president it was who once promised Hope & Change.