Friday, August 8, 2014

Time Horizons: Immigration

President Obama is impatient. Congress won’t act on immigration, he says, and therefore he will. 

Prime example of differing time horizons at work.  

Obama:  There is injustice happening now.  Something must be done about it now.  Potential future and second order consequences are not as important as the current and tangible problem.

The Right (and in this case the Right stretches, as Krauthammer points out, pretty far into moderately left leaning folks):  Potential future and second order effects of this type of action are far more important than the current and tangible problem.

This also highlights one of the aspects of the time horizons theory that FLG took a while to understand -- policymakers of both parties in a democracy are inherently more short time horizon oriented. 

1 comment:

Withywindle said...

Unless the President is working on the even longer game of changing the electorate to further his policy positions in the long run, and using "short-term crisis" as an excuse.

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