Commentary: Think tanks don’t really help ag
And then when I read about the money that these think tanks use to come up with their opinions, I became even more amazed. Those who want to think about the best way for all of us in the world to live should be doing it like the best non-profit organizations—spending only a few cents per dollar on overhead—in my opinion. All totaled, it appears the savings of operating on a shoestring would free up billions of dollars to actually be used for transforming the world as a better place—rather than paying blowhards with high opinions of themselves penning opinions.
I was tipped off to the stupidity of having all these think tanks by a news release from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that ranked number 11 in the subcategory of Think Tanks to Watch. I guess being watched is a positive thing. This was reportedly the first time this think tank appeared in the TTCSP. The council was also number 36 in the subcategory of Best Managed Think Tanks and number 60 in the subcategory of Top Defense and National Security Think Tank in the World. Wow, the council came out of nowhere to be leaders. The “Foreign Policy in the New Millennium” was ranked number five on the Best Policy Study/Report by a Think Tank.
Now what’s concerning to me is that the Chicago Council on Global Affairs also brags that it “has expanded its contributions to policy discussions on topics such as global agriculture and food security, immigration and energy.”
I wonder if these thinkers actually know the difference between a plow and a planter, but they can write winning reports. Maybe this Chicago think tank got involved in opinions about the farm bill in Congress and made it an easy situation to quickly pass a farm bill, or maybe they are claiming they didn’t get involved but could have saved us all the problems if their opinions had been followed. I don’t know the situation.
All I know is that thinking and writing reports doesn’t solve problems, taking action solves problems. Operating groups to think extremely hard and overly long can also reduce the money available to take action.
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