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“The Democrats running for president have an abundance of interesting ideas, some good and some bad, about how to make our country a better place. The proposals include providing universal health care, lowering the cost of higher education, fixing our national infrastructure, reforming immigration laws, changing tax policies, and more. Ideas are great, especially aspirational ones that demonstrate the nuts and bolts of a policy agenda that also gives a vision for the country’s future.
Great presidents, in almost all cases, have had a vision for the future of America and ideas that motivate and inspire the American people. But ideas aren’t enough. As we have learned, absolutely nothing can be accomplished or turn ideas into policy by working it through the system without management expertise, knowledge of how the different federal government branches operate, and the ability to put together a high performance team to actually get things done.
I know from my own experience. When I moved from being a Kansas congressman to being Secretary of Agriculture in the 1990s there was a steep learning curve. I went from managing a congressional office of 20 to 30 staff to managing an agency with nearly 100,000 employees. I realized right away that I couldn’t be effective in getting anything done without understanding the nuance and complexity of the programs we were administering, and developing a team of high performance career and noncareer professionals was my ticket to gaining that knowledge.”
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"THE CAPTURE of the last territory controlled by the Islamic State on Saturday was far from a final victory over the movement, as U.S. commanders and diplomats were careful to emphasize."
"How a Gay Teen, an Internet Nazi, and a Late-Night Rendezvous Turned to Tragedy. When self-loathing meets the new age of online extremism."
"Benjamin Netanyahu ignored the intelligence operations of Beijing and Moscow for too long. Now, the Israeli government is finally paying attention, but it could be too late."
"Former Nick Jr. kids are now reckoning with this all-grown-up intrepid explorer, whose obstacles are a lot bigger than Swiper the Fox. And that is a hard pill to swallow."
"At the end of last week, the three-month Treasury bills' yield rose above the yield for 10-year Treasuries for the first time since 2007, prompting warnings that the U.S. is headed for recession later this year or in early 2020."
"A team of researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology attempted to answer some questions about voting with the help of artificial intelligence (AI)."
"The experts I spoke with all said that the internet had changed the way conspiracies spread, but conspiracies, both dangerous and petty, have always been with us."
"Pop culture today is obsessed with the battle between good and evil. Traditional folktales never were. What changed?"
"Trustful parents allow their children as much freedom as reasonably possible to make their own decisions. They trust their children’s instincts, judgments, and ability to learn from mistakes."
"Arugulagate. In 2007, Barack Obama was in Iowa, speaking as a presidential hopeful to a group of farmers who were worried about the stagnation of their crop prices while America’s grocery bills continued to rise."
"To say that information exists in and of itself is akin to speaking of spin without the top, of ripples without water, of a dance without the dancer, or of the Cheshire Cat’s grin without the cat."
"Ted Cruz replaces the Democrats’ muddled manifesto with a clear and unequivocal exploration of the hatred of Jews and its particular evils."