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Why Presidents Fail

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 2:19 pm (UTC-4)
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Presidents and their aides have assumed that good politics and persuasive rhetoric could cover up flaws in performance. They were wrong….the next president needs to focus on basic management precepts: Pay more attention to implementation. Do performance audits on the bureaucracy.

Duty, Danger and Death in Dallas

Posted July 13th, 2016 at 10:46 am (UTC-4)
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Eulogies by President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush Tuesday praised the call to duty of the five police officers gunned down in Dallas last week. Both presidents also sounded the call to America to put aside differences and work toward the common good.

Acknowledging that police officers and their families know “each new day can bring new dangers,” Bush said “none of us…could be prepared for an ambush by hatred and malice.” He added “too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions and this has strained our bonds of understanding common purpose.”

Obama observed the nation was not as divided at it may seem. He addressed both sides of the “black vs. blue” debate, saying “an overwhelming majority of police officers do an incredibly hard and dangerous job fairly and professionally,” but are undermined when broadly depicted as biased or bigoted.

He also noted that no one is “entirely innocent” of having bigoted thoughts or feelings, including police departments….we cannot simply turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protests troublemakers or paranoid…or a symptom of political correctness or reverse racism.”

It will take more than words of two presidents to bring these polarizing issues closer to the middle.

Dallas Mourns

Posted July 11th, 2016 at 9:10 pm (UTC-4)
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Dallas, Texas is bracing for a week of anguish, burying five police officers, killed by a man who the Dallas police chief said “was asking us how many did he get. And he was telling us how many more he wanted to get.”

President Barack Obama will be in Dallas Tuesday, once again assuming the role of consoler-in-chief at an interfaith service. With him, Vice President Biden and former president George W. Bush, who also was the governor of Texas.

Thursday’s killings of the police officers, Wednesday’s police shooting of a black man in Minnesota and Tuesday’s police shooting of a black man in Louisiana is again raising — and politicizing — the issues of policing and race relations — past, present and future.

Transformational Change? Time Will Tell

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 2:52 pm (UTC-4)
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The crux of the criticisms (about Africa policy) that developed during Obama’s first term and followed him through his second can be boiled down primarily to two arguments: he did less than Bush, and he’s doing less than China.

Where Jeb Bush Went Horribly Wrong

Posted February 3rd, 2016 at 1:19 pm (UTC-4)
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The thesis of the Bush campaign is that voters crave a competent manager to make reasonable decisions — not a celebrity or a personality. This, of course, is ludicrous, a total misunderstanding of the modern presidency. And I can prove it. My first witness is his father.

Jeb Enters the Republican Presidential Pack

Posted June 15th, 2015 at 12:11 pm (UTC-4)
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We continue our series on the 2016 presidential candidates with the official entry of presumed Republican front-runner and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. If he wins his party’s nomination and the race to the White House, he would be the third Bush to inhabit the Oval Office. But his surname comes with a price, observers say, pointing to his official logo “Jeb!”