Finding the Right Metrics for the First 100 Days
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who I had the privilege to work for in the Senate, was famous for the truism that “everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.” He was also well known for insisting on the right metrics to evaluate progress in our nation, states, and cities. As we are bombarded by punditry on the first 100 days of the Administration, we would all benefit by focusing on the right metrics. The number of bills proposed or passed, the number of orders signed or overturned, or the number of promises checked off are the wrong metrics.
Every Administration and every Congress — regardless of the Party in power — should be judged by how its actions impact: the growth of America’s Middle Class; the opportunities for education, training and economic advancement; access to affordable healthcare; the stability and long-term health of our environment; the strength, openness, and vitality of our democracy and confidence in our democratic institutions; the security of our people, both domestically and internationally; and the advancement of democracy, stability, tolerance, and human rights globally. In this spirit, FedWeb.com will continue to provide nonpartisan, factual, and plain English updates on Federal #budget, #spending, #taxes, #debt, the #economy, #healthcare, #international-trade, and all things #Federal. Read more at: http://fedweb.com/update-and-outlook/...