Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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[QUOTE=JoeVal;3428623]The beating around the Bush will not cease until it's time for another excuse to bitch about. Immediate history is something that even very smart people would not learn from because it has been part of our lives and we have a chiseled opinion or interest about it. The present is now and gone, but another victim of our preconditioned focus.
Why cling? Perhaps there are no anti-cling softeners at his/her market.
Sure you can learn from immediate history. It is what problem solving is about. Whether economics or military, you learn from mistakes.
I learned a long time ago that when I go into a project that is in flames the folks that set it on fire usually are really interested in seeing us "move forward" and "not dwell on the past". Those who practice that kind of project problem solving are doomed to constantly repeat it.
As an example, look at 1991-1992 taxcut+deficit spending = recession, 1990-1991 taxcut+deficit spending = recession, 2006-2009 taxcut+deficit spending = recession. If lessons had been learned in the first or second instance, it is possible that the third instance may not have occurred, or would have been greatly lessened.
Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.