Keith Kube for Legislature

Editorial #20 Perfecting the Question October 26, 2017

Perfecting the Question

We live in a world where news is never about the goods things that are happening, but only about things that are wrong or dysfunctional. In looking at health care, the budget, the debt, immigration, tax reform, international security or whether the Russians hacked the election, all these issues are not the actual problem but simply the media “Whining” about symptoms of these dysfunctionalities.

It is sad, but good news and things that are going right is boring and does not attract eye balls that sells advertising. This whining by the media becomes infectious and is exploited by the liberal agenda to gather more victims who complain “why isn’t the government doing something to fix this stuff”.

This infection hypes the issues making them into talking points that politicians use so they can stand in front of the parade so they can call themselves leaders. They almost always address only the symptom, never the problem and say “I will fix this for you”. This is where bureaucracies are born and they are the only living organism in the world that never dies. They only grow by looking for more victims who want the government to fix it for them and devour more tax dollars leaving little or nothing to show for the spending.

The little used phrase “Perfecting the Problem” is missing from this dialogue. The phrase means quantifying the irritation and democratically determining what is acceptable. For example: how much tax is too much, how much air pollution is too harmful or how much welfare is fair. These are questions a true business manager would ask.

There will always be problems. That is life. But determining what is acceptable must be established before there is any hope of finding a solution. It will never be perfect but if these points are not quantified at the start, any solution will always have detractors who will complain and insist we “throw the baby out with the bath water” if they don’t get their way.

In a democracy we will never get the best of the worst of anything. We will always get the perfectly mediocre or the absolute average. This is why we need politician with business experience. Our system is a democratic republic that forces these elected managers to “run through the gauntlet” which is painful and expensive, but does produce someone that has above average skills to tolerance and survive this process.

And since they are managers and not dictators, they must manage within the system that “We the People” have decided upon through The Constitution. This system is not perfect but it is the best of all the terrible alternative available. So next time we find something we do not like, we must determine if we are whining or trying to perfect the question so we can get the best answer from all the terrible alternatives.

This is Keith Kube wishing you the best in making the world a better place.

Keith Kube, of Crofton, is a business analyst and author of two books on business management with both books available at the Elkhorn Valley Museum and the Norfolk City Library as well as on Amazon and E-Bay.

During his career as an engineer, investment banker and business analyst he identified traits commonly overlook that are vital for all successful business operations. You can hear all his past editorials or review his books by going to his website: