Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court puts the hidden factory into law

One of the axioms used by every decent quality engineer is to watch out for the "hidden factory"--the things done by workers to get through each day when the "right" way doesn't seem to be working--and one of the things we get to do from time to time is to tell those operating the "hidden factory" that they need to stop doing that and let the process (pardon my French) "go to Hell" if it must.

The reason for this is simple; if you don't know well what the consequences are to the current process, you're not going to be willing to change it.  Letting the process "go to Hell a little bit" makes that case to management.  If you don't do this, you end up with no control over your process--and then things get bad quickly. 

Fast forward to the Health Insurance Deform Act, aka Obamacare, which has once again been rescued from the plain (and Unconstitutional) meaning of its text by Chief Injustice Roberts.  More or less, the law clearly indicates that subsidies will only be awarded to those in the state system, but the court has decided that given the impact of negating Obama's illegal executive order is so severe that they must interpret "State" as meaning any level of government.

In other words, a law poorly written and not debated with horrific consequences in effect gives carte blanche to the President to "fix" things with a hidden factory.  The consequence of this decision, which Justice Scalia rightly mocks?  Just as tolerating the hidden factory makes work instructions and quality documents effectively obsolete, this decision makes the law and the legislative process effectively obsolete.

Liberals, we warned you that this was going to be part of the "hope and change" Mr. Obama was offering back in 2008.  An additional note is that when President Obama referred to the White House as "his" house while responding to a heckler, he just might have been saying a little bit more than simply that he was hosting the event.  Just sayin'.

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