The Moneyball Approach to Government
American slang has picked up the term “moneyball,” one of whose meanings apparently refers to any old observation being hailed as a brilliant new insight.
Courtesy of the November 4 issue of The Weekly Standard magazine, we have this observation, just as Congress is debating the next budget:
“On October 18, Peter Orszag and John Bridgeland published a Politico op-ed under the headline ‘A Moneyball approach to government’ …
“Orszag is a former head of the Office of Management and Budget under Obama and Bridgeland was director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under Bush …
“Here are the three key points: ‘First, government needs to figure out what works. … Second, once we know what works, government needs to shift dollars in that direction. … Finally, we need to stop funding what doesn’t work.'”
You’re no doubt stunned at the depth of this analysis. (That was tongue-in-cheek, for anyone assuming we are always serious.)
But we are serious about the conclusions themselves, and CCHR has been saying this for 44 years. It seems to finally be sinking in. Government needs to stop funding unworkable and harmful programs (psychiatry) and start funding workable and effective programs.
Contact your school, church, media, and local, state and federal authorities and representatives to express your opinion; insist that governments remove funding from unworkable psychiatric treatments; suggest alternatives to fraudulent and abusive psychiatric treatment; and demand that governments provide funding and insurance coverage only for proven, workable treatments that verifiably and dramatically improve or cure mental health problems. Let us know when you do.
And you can quote the Moneyball Approach to Government.