Imagine that. I don’t think any of us are surprised by this but there it is. One of the architects of Obamacare admitting they were less than transparent about the process does not surprise me at all. In the end the thing we learn about the Affordable Care Act is that the real Joke is not the word Affordable although that is laughable as premiums for health coverage have doubled or more for a lot of people who were originally paying but what we learn it was a deception right out the gate. In short the lies were pretty much out there for everyone to see, now though we have a guy who helped built the thing showing us the smoking gun. Nothing like confirmation from someone who was involved to ruin your day as Democrats.
Obamacare aside, the real interesting comment that caught my attention, was the one referring to the idea that lack of transparency is a political advantage. In a tactical sense this may be true short term, the problem is that you can’t do this if your planning on changing the nature of anything long term or effect long term change. The problem with time is that the longer the information is out there, the more likely it come to the surface. This gets even more problematic within the information age we live in. Things are instantly recorded and filed these days. I get constantly amazed at politicians in general that are not cognizant of this basic fact. They say one thing one day and deny it the next and the hoping to goodness that no one will notice. This is complete stupidity in the world we live in and no advantage will be gained by trying to cover things up. Crime has dropped in large part because now more than ever we have the technology to catch the bad guys, and a lack of transparency in an information age creating a new transparency of information is making it near impossible to lie in politics and get away with it. If one of the political parties realizes this and adopts a PR policy respecting this reality, they will dominate. So far neither seems to be coming to this new understanding of the new world we live in and we are seeing the lack of trust people have in all politicians as a result.
It in my opinion is better to be transparent and understand change in a person’s view is inevitable. Case in point there was one senate race this last time where the Republican had come out said he had rethought his position on women’s reproductive rights, admitted he was wrong and won the election. That’s transparency as an advantage and trust me now that he has done this, he will probably have a far greater chance of maintaining his seat next time around because people know he is conscientious enough to change when given new information or thoughts on a subject. Playing defense because you lied is far more work and effort as is dogmatically defending your position even though something has been presented that proves your wrong than if you are transparent out the gate and trying to sell idea on its merits would actually bring about through its implementation. Of course if you actually produce a truly good idea it is a lot easier to sell it to everyone.
Obamacare became unpopular pretty quickly and had trouble out the gate because of its lack of transparency and it stands as an example of how the lack of transparency is a not a political advantage. With all the talk about I have done on this blog about how the new transparency of information will not allow religion to survive as it has been, neither will it allow politics to do so. Politics is going to have to adapt to the simple idea if one person hears you say something, the whole world can too. Lack of transparency might continue to be an advantage but only if you can keep it in the dark, which given our day and age is difficult, if not impossible to do.