I have to laugh when my friends get upset by anything they perceive to be “central planning” on the part of the government. Not to worry, the government isn’t doing any central planning, they’re just responding willy-nilly to those who elected them-huge corporations. And corporations, trust me, engage in central planning. They do it in secret and call it Board Meetings.
Why is planning a bad thing? Don’t you plan even your vacations? Don’t you say, at least now and then, I have a goal-what do I need to do to reach that goal?
I used to be Director of various agencies and I had to come up with a Strategic Plan that answered the following questions:
1) What is our mission? 2). What are our strengths? Weaknesses? Opportunities? Threats? 3). What are our goals? 4). How will we measure progress toward our goals? This Plan makes a pretty package, but it doesn’t actually do much unless you periodically review the whole thing and make adjustments. Why? Because stuff happens, stuff that we cannot control and so we must periodically take that stuff into account.
For example, my goal may have been to increase donations by 7% per year. But the Crash of 2008 comes along and my goal may need adjustment, because I have no control over global economic disasters. Now, does the above process sound like anything our government engages in? Do they even have a mission statement? What are the goals?
Unfortunately, the huge corporations only plan short-term and the goal is only profit. They need to report increased profits every quarter, by hook or by crook. Enron did it by crook and I suspect quite a few are doing the same as we speak.
Is THAT any way to run a country? You can see the results all around you. What we need is some central planning-on behalf of all the citizens of the USA.