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    Intentions or Results?

    When a policy or program is proposed, do you focus on the intentions or the results?

    Intentions being, what the policy or program aims to do.
    Results being, what the policy or program actually does, in relation to the stated intentions.

    How often do you follow up, checking the results, of programs and policies that you support?
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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    I generally look at both. If the intention is something I agree with, I then look at how they plan on making it happen. I've been known to vote against a program that had very good intentions but was poorly planned and would have ultimately failed for a variety of reasons, the most important being how it would be financed in the long run.
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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Both, and they are equally important, for example my government is introducing a carbon tax, I agree with the lowering emissions, but disagree with the method the dickheads are using.
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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    Both, and they are equally important, for example my government is introducing a carbon tax, I agree with the lowering emissions, but disagree with the method the dickheads are using.
    I hope the Australian Government starts taxing Bad Jokes.

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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    When a policy or program is proposed, do you focus on the intentions or the results?
    I hate to be the first smartass to bring it up... but.
    We don't know the results until after it's happened.

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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    When a policy or program is proposed, do you focus on the intentions or the results?

    Intentions being, what the policy or program aims to do.
    Results being, what the policy or program actually does, in relation to the stated intentions.

    How often do you follow up, checking the results, of programs and policies that you support?

    I would think most people look at what a policy can do for them. Everyone should be looking at the results of a program or policy and if the results arent what was intended get rid of it. We have too many that we keep paying for that show no worthwhile results
    Last edited by lpast; 04-15-11 at 08:01 AM.

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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    When a policy or program is proposed, do you focus on the intentions or the results?

    Intentions being, what the policy or program aims to do.
    Results being, what the policy or program actually does, in relation to the stated intentions.

    How often do you follow up, checking the results, of programs and policies that you support?
    Results as much as possible. There are times when something can have poor intention but end up with good results or cases where the opposite happens.

    However, I make a distinction between my intent and the intent of whoever proposed whatever policy and generally tend to only care about what I think is best.

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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    When a policy or program is proposed, do you focus on the intentions or the results?

    Intentions being, what the policy or program aims to do.
    Results being, what the policy or program actually does, in relation to the stated intentions.

    How often do you follow up, checking the results, of programs and policies that you support?
    What's the old saw? "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." We must learn to focus on results within government. And we must come to the realization that what Congress says it's trying to accomplish and what Congress actually passes are very often two entirely different things. Sleight of hand isn't just for the Vegas stage.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The historic $38 billion in budget cuts resulting from at-times hostile bargaining between Congress and the Obama White House were accomplished in large part by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway.
    My Way News - Budget tricks helped Obama save programs from cuts

    The Congressional Budget Office estimate shows that the spending bill due for a House vote today would cut just $352 million from the deficit through Sept. 30. About $8 billion in cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid by then are offset by nearly equal increases in defense spending.”
    First Read - Congress: When $38 billion becomes $350 million
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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    When a policy or program is proposed, do you focus on the intentions or the results?

    Intentions being, what the policy or program aims to do.
    Results being, what the policy or program actually does, in relation to the stated intentions.

    How often do you follow up, checking the results, of programs and policies that you support?
    Both. If a policy is based on bad intentions, then we have a problem. If a policy is based on good intentions but has zero practical application, then we have a problem.

    How often do I follow up? I don't think I ever check on programs specifically - I think most people tend to inadvertently check up on the results of their programs simply by reading the news or going on Wikipedia.

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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    I think the results are what was intended. The stated intentions are what are usually called bull****. I don't think the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington are that stupid but they are that crooked. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac did exactly what Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd planned on them doing. Oh, and they're still doing it.

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