TO: The Remaining Presidential Contenders


Escaping Jurassic Government, Author: Donald F. Kettl.

By Donald F. Kettl – In just a few months, one of you will be elected president of the United States.

However, if you’re not very careful—now—in planning how you’ll manage the government, you’ll set the stage for a replay of this campaign in 2020—only next time it will be even worse.

You will be the Washington that candidates in 2020 will run against, only next time trust in government (you, that is) will be even lower and voters will be even angrier (at you). And you’ll have only yourself to blame.

We’ve become so preoccupied with policy puzzles—what we should do—that we pay little attention to policy results—how we can get things done.

Too many promises go unmet, too many programs get trapped in failure, too many harsh words get spent in blaming opponents for failing citizens.

The result? Trust in government is at an historic low, as Americans sense the profound mismatch between promises and results. more>

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