Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A Preference for Ignorance

I came across the quote while reading Tech Central Station. It looks at government spending and how well (or poorly) the government spends money. This is a topic that I have been ranting about for sometime and I thin the quote has a lot of truth.

In the fields of health care, education, and assistance to poor countries, we rarely measure value properly. It seems as though we prefer to be ignorant about what succeeds and what fails. We know shockingly little about the cost-effectiveness of very expensive programs.

Read the rest of the article here.

For discussion: Do you thinkpeople are intersested in the government spedning money wisely?


Anonymous Kyle Jacob said...

Personally, I don’t think people follow through. No one researches.

Many think that if millions of dollars are pumped into Africa, something is bound to change. The problem is too many people trust that the government knows what to do with the money. In most cases, they don’t. We just end up pumping money into an often corrupt government of a third world country, rather than overseeing the construction of something like infrastructure or public utilities.

To answer the question, no. People don’t care.
Everyone agrees that “something” must be done; unfortunately the word “wisely” never comes into play with the plans that are made.

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