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The Immigration Ban: Management vs. Ideology

Jeff Hall

Posted on February 1, 2017 11:31

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Chaos serves nobody -- except for possibly our enemies. As Ben Franklin put it, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

As everyone knows by now, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies were not part of the planning process to block immigrants from entering the U.S.

I actually "get" the desire to begin a new era of extreme vetting.  We can't just let anyone in.  Some of these people are our sworn enemies, and they are here to wreak death and destruction.

But there are exceptions to every rule, and a little foresight would have gone a long way in this case. 

People responsible for implementing the policy up and down the line weren’t informed as to what was about to hit.  And so chaos predictably erupted. 

It seems like when the U.S. government finds itself in trouble, it's often when our leaders act out of pride, ego -- or a desire to show how "tough" they are. 

Surely that was the case in Vietnam; going into Iraq turned the Middle East into chaos and gave rise to ISIS. 

These two huge -- and completely unnecessary errors -- plague us to this day.

Thinking things through a bit -- and playing out all the potentially foreseeable outcomes and their consequences -- is simply good management. 

Trump is renowned for the attention he pays to details when it comes to his hotels, all the way down to bathroom fixtues.  Why not apply the same kind of thinking to major policy changes? 

If our nation's security apparatus is turned into shambles, will we be more secure or less secure?

Government makes mistakes, we all know that.  The response to Hurricane Katrina was a disaster.  The rollout of Obamacare was a fiasco, as we all recall. 

And now here we go again – another botched rollout. 

If you are an adversary of the U.S., are you more impressed -- or less impressed -- by Trump's ability to get things done? 

As a citizen, are you more reassured?  What if you were one of the people responsible for implementing this policy?  How would you be feeling right now? 

Granted, figuring out how "extreme vetting" will work is something that could have been studied to death by government bureaucrats and two years from now some big committee would come up with a policy so complicated it would be hard to interpret, let alone implement. 

But in this case, giving the home team two weeks or a month to figure this out would have been reasonable -- simply good management.

The Republicans like to talk a lot about the wisdom of the Founding Fathers. 

Here's a pithy phrase they should recall at this time, from Benjamin Franklin: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."


Jeff Hall

Posted on February 1, 2017 11:31


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