Of course, the President isn’t the first to be struck with this malady, but it seems to affect politicians more than any other group. Part of the reason is that they are always beholden to their base and the interest groups that financially support them. This causes them to constantly overlook the ways policy harms the whole of society in favor of helping the small group. Then there is the fact that politicians regularly get upset when the Congressional Budget Office and independent commissions call them on the detrimental consequences of the latest policy, only to be told they are wrong and to come back with another answer more suited to that politician’s sensibilities.
Is it too much to ask our President to consider all the ramifications before shoving another ill-advised policy down the throats of the American people? We’ve seen time and time again that Obama is slow to come to any conclusion or policy decision like in the Afghanistan surge and addressing both the crisis in Egypt and Libya. So why not take the time to examine all the outcomes first? Then have an honest discussion with the American public about the pros AND cons of a decision. Not only will it force the President to deal with unintended consequences, but it would also elevate the public discourse by creating a more informed electorate.