Category: Political

The Problem with Housing Starts: Why we need new national economic metrics

Toward new national economic metrics: Housing starts (New residential construction) and foreclosures offer insight into the current economic malaise in the United States. They also reflect an ingrained view of consumption measures as the yardstick for economic health. Our measurement system is driving us to establish conditions similar to those before the recession. If we.

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Public Sector Uncertainties: Why Cities, Counties and Regions Need Scenario Planning

Public Sector Uncertainties Perhaps the most important reason that cities, counties, and regions need scenario planning is that they have less control over their markets than do the businesses and people who live there. Unlike people and businesses, these political entities are fixed in space. They may occasionally annex some new territory, but they are.

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Obama’s Legacy and the Work of Government

Many observers of the Obama presidency describe the president as pragmatic. So far, though, I do see a nuts-and-bolts kind of legacy forming. I see him presiding over complex problems and creating complex solutions to them. There is, however, ample time for Obama to take a different path, one that won’t conflict with his aspirations.

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Strategy and What Not To Do: The US National Debt

Strategy and What Not To Do: The US National Debt as an Example Strategy and What Not To Do:…Strategy is as much about what not to do as it is about what to do. The US Government as a whole (vs. the slices the parties claim as theirs) lacks a sense of strategy. If they.

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Washington DC Needs Strategic Play

Washington DC Needs Strategic Play As I listen to the partisan bickering in Washington D.C., I mourn the loss of ideas that could be fueled by real engagement. Rather than lob old ideas and quick fixes across the aisle like rhetoric bombs, they should be finding a common ground for strategic play. Scenario planning, at.

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