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  • How about this way to run government?

    05/24/2012 11:56:57 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum
    What would happen if government operated the way successful businesses do? An entrepreneurial business realizes that disappointing customers will disappoint the bottom line as well. Create enough disappointed customers and the business fails. That’s why smart businesses don’t build disappointment into what they promise customers. They under-promise and over-deliver...
  • Charlie Leonard: President's math doesn't add up

    05/03/2012 6:24:22 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 6 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | Charlie Leonard
    It's the nature of our politics that we allow our politicians wide latitude when they make promises about the future. More often than not, this is the triumph of hope over reason, but it's the small probabilities that sustain us in this optimism. It's because we know it's actually possible to solve problems — even if in our hearts we know certain individuals lack the courage or the competence to get it done — that we continue to give them some benefit of our doubt. But what are we to believe when our politicians start to make promises that are...
  • Dan Walters: Two data sets neatly frame state's budget crisis

    07/14/2009 12:18:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 662+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/14/9 | Dan Walters
    Two sets of data, one from the governor's budget agency and the other from the state controller, neatly frame the budget deficit that top political officeholders are trying – and so far failing – to close. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposals include a chart labeled "workload budget," which is essentially everything the 2009-10 general fund budget would be covering – the sum of years of policymaking by voters and politicians – if the state could pay for it. That would include about 8 million students in K-12 schools and colleges, more than a quarter-million prison inmates and parolees, more than a...