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A Partnership at Risk

July 1, 2000 letters@govexec.com f America's voters promote George W. Bush from governor of Texas to boss of the federal workforce, he'd better be prepared for a sharp change of climate on the labor-management front. As President, of course, he won't owe many debts to organized labor. (According to a campaign spokesman, no ...

Defending Public Service

June 1, 2000 letters@govexec.com stute executives at top publishing houses have a keen scent for blood. Like personal injury lawyers, they move in quickly when disaster strikes. The Clinton impeachment episode, for example, produced a flurry of titles from publishers seeking to capitalize on the Monica and Bill scandal. At least one publishing ...

Divided They Fall

May 1, 2000 dkirschten@govexec.com owever the slugfest between George W. Bush and Al Gore comes out, let's just hope that the victor has coattails. If the past few years of divided government have taught us anything, it's that the next President's chances of resolving big problems like the solvency of Social Security and ...

Who's Prepared to Govern?

April 1, 2000 dkirschten@govexec.com ow that the field has narrowed in this year's presidential primaries, it appears most likely that a two-term Vice President with prior experience in Congress will face off in November against either a two-term governor of a large state or a candidate with extensive experience in the Senate. Which ...

Voters Stymie Reformers

March 1, 2000 dkirschten@govexec.com or those of us in Washington who engage in political commentary, this is the cruelest of seasons. Starting in late January and accelerating through early March, voters have begun speaking for themselves in party caucuses and primary elections. As cheerleaders for civic participation in governmental processes, we should be ...

Making Incumbents Uneasy

February 1, 2000 dkirschten@govexec.com s long as Arizona Sen. John McCain commands the bully pulpit of a serious presidential candidacy, the discomfort level on Capitol Hill will remain high. It's bad enough that McCain has found a large megaphone through which to shout his campaign reform message on outlawing the massive infusions of ...

Kicking Glass

February 1, 2000 dkirschten@govexec.com he highly publicized appointments of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Attorney General Janet Reno as the first women to hold those posts are merely the tip of the iceberg. Women also run a remarkable array of other government activities-from regulating the nation's airways to running the federal prison ...

Rating Elected Officials

December 1, 1999 dkirschten@govexec.com ho says Congress and the White House can't cooperate enough to get anything done these days? They may have missed the deadline for completing annual appropriations again-for the fourth time in five years-but they nailed a measure giving legislators their second pay raise in 18 months and doubling the ...

Nostalgia Time

November 1, 1999 erhaps Lee Hamilton can be forgiven for indulging in nostalgia. When he first came to Congress 34 years ago, Washington was a very different place. Elected to the House in the wake of Lyndon Johnson's landslide victory over Barry Goldwater, Indiana Democrat Hamilton arrived in a town caught up in ...

Slam Dunking Science

October 1, 1999 o its credit, Congress has not gone as far as the Kansas Board of Education, which voted in August to delete the theory of evolution from its science curriculum. But lawmakers on Capitol Hill have done plenty of late to provoke America's scientific community. At the moment, universities, hospitals and ...