Asymmetric Info | Megan McArdle | Obamacare Won't Be Doing Much for Small Business Next YearThis is one of the advantages of studying CS: you actually take things from conception to execution. You can't just brainstorm up a bullet point that your system will have feature X or accomplish goal Y; you actually have to work out the rules for how to do X or Y and then implement those rules in such a way that X or Y actually happen — on time and without breaking everything else.
I don't get the sense that at the time of passage, people had spent a lot of time thinking about the sheer mechanics of how this would all work: how the IT would be built, the rules written, the necessary information assembled. They spent a lot of time staring at the blueprints, not so much thinking about the building materials and the labor.
I don't think there are many other disciplines where that happens. I heard a story when I was touring Taliesin West that Frank Llyod Wright wouldn't take on a new student until they had actually built their own shelter on his grounds. We could use that kind of qualifier more often.
I think this is also a symptom of politicians failing to ask the crucial question and then what? You pass Law A, establish Department B, implement Regulation C. And then what? The vote isn't the end of the line. People change their behavior. The environment shifts. Incentives change. Agents react.
I want more lawmakers who are good at chess, poker, Civ, Supremacy... any game that forces you to think "if I do this, he'll probably respond by doing that, in which case I can do this, which will cause him to..." and so on down the line.
Attention lawmakers: you're playing an iterated game; act accordingly.