Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Another point about permanence

Another factor making schemes to enshrine permanent majorities or permanent programs imprudent is that the very factors that account for the permanence make adaptation excessively difficult. One example of this is public employee unions. The attempt to ensure permanent benefits and infinitely increasing benefits ensures that any necessary adaptaions will be met with vigorous resistance. The unhealthy gets imcorporated into dated ideas that have outlived their usefulness, yet change is hampered by interests that have everything invested in unwise permanence. A "permanent" program is one of unwieldy inertia, eventually requiring bitter reform to keep up with more desirable progress.