To: Democrats, Republicans
CC: Anarchists, Communists, Independents
Re: Department of Unintended Consequences
I don’t talk politics around here much but…
One thing the government needs is a “Department of Unintended Consequences” , or Unintended Consequences Ministry. This department will be in charge of analyzing the potential unintended consequence of any proposed policy put forth by any government department. I suggest that it hire the best computer engineers to help build simulations using the most advanced AI /game techniques. Perhaps this Unintended Consequences Ministry will help the broader government avert misguided actions, avoid long term consequences, and identify prudent courses of action.
This critical department will start it out with a small budget. But funds are tight, so other departments may have to make a few small cuts.
This department may rise in importance to be come a fourth component of the balance of power in the American system. I volunteer to be head of this department, and will accept a market compensation package.
Paul C Wonk