Politicians as Wonderworkers
Thomas Sowell’s worth reading on the incentive to treat the impossible as if it simply needs to be enunciated as plausible:
People can get the possible on their own. Politicians have to be able to offer the voters something that they cannot get on their own. The impossible fills that bill perfectly.
As a noted economist has pointed out, nothing “could prevent the California electorate from simultaneously demanding low electricity prices and no new generating plants while using ever increasing amounts of electricity.”
You want the impossible? You got it. Politicians don’t get elected by saying “no” to voters.