Obama Health Law Seen Valid, Scholars Expect RejectionThe article goes on to describe a poll of 21 constitutional law scholars, 19 of whom (that is over 90%) assert that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional under existing precedent. Nevertheless, only 8 of the 21 (38%) expect that the Supreme Court will uphold the Act.
We have gone through the looking glass, have we not? One analogy that occurred to me appears in the heading to this post. Another example of the topsy-turvy world we are living in comes from North Carolina, where the state legislature is considering a bill that would require that a state commission limit its predictions of future sea level increases to past data, rather than relying on the best predictions that scientists are able to make today. In other words, the exponential increases that most scientists are predicting would be forbidden, while arithmetic increases would be acceptable. The headline might read as follows:
Sea Levels Seen as Rising, Scientists Expect No Change in Rules for Beachfront DevelopmentThis kind of thinking is not confined to judges' disregard of precedent, or politicians' disdain of science. We could also look at the Congressional response to budgeting and come up with a similar headline.
Republicans Decry Deficit, Expect Higher Defense Spending and More Tax Cuts
Once you get used to this head-in-the-sand method of problem-solving, you can apply it almost anywhere.
Highways Seen in Urgent Need of Repair, Expect Funding Cuts
Student Loan Debt Skyrocketing, Expect Loan Rates to DoubleLet's not stop there. We can solve most all of our nation's pressing problems by simply doing the opposite of what logic and experience would suggest:
Obesity on the Rise, Expect More Demand for Supersize Portions
Wealth Inequality Worsening, Expect Higher CEO Pay and Tax Cuts for the Rich
School Performance Declining, Expect to Fire More Teachers
Unemployment Still High, Expect More Offshoring
Whatever problem you can name, those who know better than the experts have a solution. You think those solutions would make these problems worse? That must be because you insist on living in the evidence-based community. You need to change your way of thinking.