Michael Ginsburg doesn't pull any punches here in his editorial opining that political "experts" know nothing.
... Yet throughout my time in school, it always gnawed at me that my fellow classmates in other disciplines—the students of government, political science, and policy, masters of words, theories, and rules—were going to graduate, occupy positions of power, and determine how I would be able to live my life and run my career. Never mind that many of them started their weekends on Thursdays and probably never took a class in the hard sciences while I was sweating away night and day in the engineering library. They were going to grow up and make decisions that would control my life.
... the piece of parchment with the school name was going to open the doors to the gilded life that would allow them to, as one of my schoolmates put it, “rule the world.”
... Americans are governed by politicians who see fit to reimagine entire sectors of our economy and, indeed, our lives despite having little, if any, experience in the areas of life they seek to reform wholesale. This means Americans, seeing the failures of government from Obamacare to the Veterans Affairs, from the Environmental Protection Agency dumping toxic materials into a Colorado river to the Dodd-Frank regulations strangling local community banks, have had just about enough of their credentialed but utterly inexperienced supposed betters reordering their lives and livelihoods.
... It was my nightmare scenario come to life. Hard-working, industrious doctors, who spent years in training, often taking on debt to complete their education, having their careers and lives upended by highly educated, highly credentialed, and galactically inexperienced policy “wonks” who had little to no real idea of how their reforms would work in the real world. Obamacare essentially was a case of inexperienced legislative and executive branch staffers, lobbyists, and academics, all of whom had fancy degrees from fancy schools but little to no understanding of the health care industry they were reshaping, going ahead and reshaping it anyway.
... Obamacare was clear evidence that the governing class treats Americans as playthings, as guinea pigs for their social engineering experiments on how to order Americans’ lives.
... Students can get a fancy degree in a “more luxurious, socially superior major” (as the blogger Ace of Spades perfectly put it), quickly rush to DC, and get a job in a policy shop, on the Hill, or in an administration, and make their way to dictating other people’s lives by drafting legislation and crafting regulatory policy affecting areas of the economy in which they have never personally participated. It does not seem to require years of experience in a particular field to be making policy in that field.
.. There is perhaps nothing more galling to someone who sweated away in the engineering library for most of his academic career than to hear politicians lecture others on what “science” supposedly says.
... They are happy to stick their hands in companies’ profits. Yet they speak from having absolutely no experience ever having run a company. They have never had to meet a payroll or make business decisions. They view businesses as bottomless pots of money they can simply raid to provide more goodies for one favored group or another.
... But to hear politicians like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders who have never built anything in the private economy criticize Trump for his business failures and economic policies is just too much. She’s a millionaire a hundred times over who wears clothes over the course of a week that cost more than the average American income, not because she helped build a building or an industry, but because she gave speeches. That is, she just had to talk to get rich.
As I said, I haven’t been on the Trump train. But his rise seems to me a testament to Americans’ hunger for the America whose disappearance Sobotka lamented. Americans are tired of word-gaming politicians who craved power from the moment they graduated school and have never experienced what it is like to be among the governed.