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7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Government

BradWilson Wrote: Jul 23, 2012 10:45 AM
Effective government requires a balance that addresses the dilemmas related to each point Cal raises. Cal grabs the bull by only 1 horn and fails to give the statesmanship answer. In fact, you can reverse about all of his points, which also can support highly effective government: 1. taxes that are too low, 2. too few regulations, 3. too little spending, 4. too little bureaucracy, etc. To be "highly effective" you must be wise, which means to reconcile each dilemma. Cal is ideological, not wise. Of course, the biggest issue today is corporate special interest government, which is always bad government, and Cal, like so many other ideologues, naively pretends that's not even worth mentioning. He's false to favor bad corp gov.

Stephen Covey, the management guru who died this week, would have had a hard time selling his books in Benjamin Franklin's America, or Abe Lincoln's. His best seller "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" would have been considered a self-evident truth, one drummed into earlier Americans by schools, churches and the Puritan ethic.

Today, Covey's thoughts about how to become a success by applying principles with a proven track record seem innovative and cutting edge. His work is a rebuke to the notion that government can do it all for you.

Contrast Covey's ethic with what President Obama said during a...