ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Banning The Word "Comprehensive"

Updated on March 21, 2017
jackclee lm profile image

Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

Every so often when you listen or read the news, there is someone reporting or talking about comprehensive this or that... It may sound good but it rarely is. There are few exceptions when it comes to solving problems or dealing with complex issues. It has gotten to a point when I hear that word, my first reaction is they don't want to deal with it and it is just a good sound bite. I am proposing that we ban the word "comprehensive" from our lexicon.

-Aug. 2015

Problem Solving Options

When it comes to problem solving, there are basically three ways to do it. You can do it top down method (which is comprehensive), or bottom up method (which is reactionary) and finally pragmatically (which is the smart way).

The top down requires centralize planning, and studies and debates and very time consuming and costly and rarely gives the results that we seek.

The bottom up method is reactionary because it waits for a problem to surface and it gets the attention and it is taken on when things get bad enough. It is like a band aid approach to fixing problems.

Finally, the pragmatic approach is to take a step back and examine the issues and come up with a "smart" solution that may not be comprehensive but more incremental and it allows for corrections along the way. If one method does not pan out, another can take its place. The goal being to move closer to the solution at hand but not necessarily solving everything and getting everything right.

What Are Some Specific Problems...

In recent years, there are a few persistence problems that as associated with the term comprehensive. Here are a few examples.

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • Comprehensive Healthcare Plan (ACA)
  • Comprehensive Education Reform (Common Core)
  • Comprehensive Tax Reform...
  • Comprehensive Climate Change (EPA)

Well, you get the idea. With the exception of the ACA and Common Core which are actually laws and are in the process of being implemented, the rest are all pie in the sky talking points. The ACA is not working out well as intended and the cost of healthcare has escalated and most people are dissatisfied with the plan. Yes, more people have health insurance but many of those are getting subsidies to pay for it. A 2000 pages law is complex and no one understand what's in it and what long term implications it may have on our health case delivery system.

Exception to the Rule

I am thinking back to all the years I've been living in America and have come up with only one item that deserves to be done comprehensively and it has succeeded. That was the Apollo mission for NASA to land a man on the moon before the end of the 1960 decade. It was President John Kennedy that created this mission. It took a combined effort of engineers and scientists and medical staff and years of training for the soul purpose of putting man on the moon. This unique mandate required a "comprehensive plan" so that all the components are working in sync to get the job done.

Summary

In almost every instant, a large problem is best dealt with by pragmatic methods. It is a way of cutting down the problem to size. Prioritizing the tasks and addressing them piece meal is the way to reach the end result. It may not be the most efficient or elegant but it will get you there and with less fanfare.

My proposal on immigration reform is one glaring example of how a "non comprehensive" plan is the right solution. We don't need to deal everything all at once. In fact, in this case, a step by step solution is better and more persuasive.

© 2015 Jack Lee

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      thanks for checking in.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      3 years ago

      You make way too much sense. There is no room for common sense in today's world!

    • lions44 profile image

      CJ Kelly 

      3 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Great way of thinking about it. Now when I turn on the news or Sunday talk shows, I'm going to wait to hear the word, "comprehensive." Good job. Shared.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)