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on June 19, 2012
Today our two political camps are facing each other over a battlefield, over the issue of government. There are so many Rs ready and willing to destroy government, rather than make it effective and worthy of respect. Ed Rendell, former Mayor of Philadelphia and Governor of Pennsylvania, has demonstrated...well chronicled in his book...how one man can negotiate with unions; increase efficiencies; empower highly competent people to help him turn the narrative into a productive one for all citizens. In a real sense, Rendell respects the dignity of all the people in their common desire for good government. He did the job of fixing budgets, and realigning and streamlining government structure so it becomes effective and smart...and most of all something about which citizens can be proud.
This is a Democratic example of how to do make it happen. There are, and will be Republican examples as well. I won't hold my breath for any new era of bi-partisanship, but it's well to note for any R readers, that Sean Hannity was able to give this book a strong endorsement, but more importantly, an endorsement to Rendell's fiscal policy successes in Philadelphia and Harrisburg.
But before any such hopes can germinate, according to Rendell, it's necessary to get off the self-destructive idea that government itself is evil, when it's often just incompetent, unimaginative, and suffering from lack of true leadership. Once this corner is turned, then Rendell's example of mustering the courage to achieve great things...what too many assume simply can't be done...CAN be made to happen.
Ed Rendell is an example of what's needed all over America: honest and forthright public servants, who believe in the proper role of government and truly want to make it succeed. This book us filled with the unadulterated hard facts of how Rendell operated so successfully, covering the people, places, and dates, and humorous anecdotes, with openness, and even joy. It's lively, hopeful, and a good read to boot.