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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 results were surprising. The center-right coalition, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, remained in power against the opposition Labor party, which had led in every poll for years."
"Anger seldom works against Trump; he owns the currency and can always issue more of it. In addressing the rogue President directly, or speaking about him in the third person, Pelosi usually adopts a tone that is more sorrowful than angry..."
"I am Mizrahi, as are the majority of Jews in Israel today. We are of Middle Eastern and North African descent. Only about 30% of Israeli Jews are Ashkenazi, or the descendants of European Jews."
"Kids are exposed to plenty of controversial social issues on a daily basis. And if parents don’t want their kids to watch “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” they can turn off the TV."
"Are public-school teachers really underpaid? It’s a claim often made during teacher pay disputes, but the same data and statistical methods that produce the “teacher salary gap” lead to some ridiculous conclusions..."
"Tech companies are getting into the business of making cities. We need to stop Silicon Valley social engineering before things get even worse."
"Having a Library or Cafe Down the Block Could Change Your Life: Living close to public amenities—from parks to grocery stores—increases trust, decreases loneliness, and restores faith in local government."
"“What name . . . shall we give to the darkness of hell...?” The question of how we can name a place such as this is at the center of scholar Scott G. Bruce’s new anthology The Penguin Book of Hell."
"She had all six of her kids — ages 5, 4, 2 (twins) and 10 months (also twins!) in her 10-seater van. To get the kids a quick snack, Curry parked in front of the Cobbler’s Café."
"Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they grew up typically eating dinner at a kitchen table, but a little less than half said they do so now when eating at home."
"If you tied a rope tight around the Earth’s equator and then added a single yard of slack, would the extra material make any noticeable difference to someone standing on the ground?"
"While American Jewish women face attacks on our freedom and rising anti-Semitism, abortion opponents are appropriating Jewish history in order to push an agenda that hurts women."