There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics.— Paul Wellstone
Sensitive Public Policy quotations
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. The he becomes your partner.
Religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternatives.
The major economic policy challenges facing the nation today - pick your favorites among the usual suspects of low public and household savings, concerns about educational quality and achievement, high and rising income inequality, the large imbalances between our social insurance commitments and resources - are not about monetary policy.
Be the same person privately, publicly and personally.
I want people to see the truth... regardless of who they are... because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.
Besides a happy policy as to civil government, it is necessary to institute a system of law and jurisprudence founded in justice, equity, and public right.
Avoid any specific discussion of public policy at public meetings.
People who complain in private want an answer. People who complain in public want an audience.
Racial discrimination does not always violate public policy.
Tell the truth, because sooner or later the public will find out anyway.
And if the public doesn't like what you are doing, change your policies and bring them into line with what people want.
Bipartisanship on behalf of an imprudent policy can be folly, just as partisanship on behalf of a just cause can be wise. What is clear is that politics will not stop at the water's edge simply because presidents plead for it. American foreign policy will return to the tradition of Truman and Vandenberg only when the American public demands it.
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
A government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent public necessity and sound public policy is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny. It condemns the citizen to servitude.
Governments will always play a huge part in solving big problems.
They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who needs them. They also fund basic research, which is a crucial component of the innovation that improves life for everyone.
Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?
Honesty is the best policy.
A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. Professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public policy.
The greatest difference between now and 1964, when I began teaching, is that public policy has pretty much eradicated the dream of Martin Luther King.
Wishful thinking is not sound public policy.
No diet will remove all the fat from your body, becayse the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.
What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies.
I have been criticized throughout the course of my career for placing too much faith in the reliability of children's narratives; but I have almost always found that children are a great deal more reliable in telling us what actually goes on in public school than many of the adult experts who develop policies that shape their destinies.
Tolerance obviously requires a non-contentious manner of relating toward one another’s differences. But tolerance does not require abandoning one’s standards or one’s opinions on political or public policy choices. Tolerance is a way of reacting to diversity, not a command to insulate it from examination.
Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year to control the public mind.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
By maintaining the separation of church and state, the United States has avoided the intolerance which has so divided the rest of the world with religious wars.
Don't liken me to that [SOB]. Anybody that lets his public policies be mixed up with religious prejudice is a plain [GD] fool.
Let us not be a society where honest in public equals weird.
There is something fundamentally antidemocratic about relinquishing control of the public education policy agenda to private foundations run by society's wealthiest people; when the wealthiest of these foundations are joined in common purpose, they represent an unusually powerful force that is beyond the reach of democratic institutions.
There is a thought that poverty is a public policy failure;
poverty is man-made by action and non-action: poverty can be eliminated.
Bush equals Clinton equals Bush equals Obama equals Clinton.
It's the same policies...immigration policies that may turn us into Europe, where hordes of Islamic madmen are raping, killing, pillaging, defecating in public fountains, harassing private citizens, elderly people - that's what's coming.
A public opinion poll is no substitute for thought.
But politicians who talk about failed policies are just blowing smoke.
Government policies succeed in doing exactly what they are supposed to do: channeling resources bilked from the general public to politically organized and influential interests groups.
Family farmers are victims of public policy that gives preference to feeding animals over feeding people. This has encouraged the cheap grain policy of this nation and has made the beef cartel the biggest hog at the trough.
The standard progressive approach of the moment is to mix color-conscious moral invective with color-blind public policy.
Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.
The American public has difficulty believing .
.. [that] injustice continues to be inflicted upon Indian people because Americans assume that the sympathy and tolerance they feel toward Indians is somehow 'felt' or transferred to the government policy that deals with Indians. This is not the case.
I do not believe it is the function of the judiciary to step in and change the law because the times have changed. I do well understand the difference between legislating and judging. As a judge, it is not my function to develop public policy.
The overwhelming public sentiment in India was that no meaningful dialogue can be held with Pakistan until it abandons the use of terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy.
Aside from the occasional genocide, oppression, evil and torture, etc.
, it is inarguable that public policy could be implemented more rapidly in an autocracy.
I am a pastor, and I teach and preach the Bible to my congregation every week.
But the Bible is not a manufacturer's handbook. Neither is it a science textbook nor a guidebook for public policy.
The homestead policy was established only after long and earnest resistance;
experience proves its wisdom. The lands in the hands of industrious settlers, whose labor creates wealth and contributes to the public resources, are worth more to the United States than if they had been reserved as a solitude for future purchasers.
The proposed policy [of raising the level of public service in the occupied territories] may clash with our intention to encourage emigration from both [Gaza] Strip and Judea and Samaria. Anyone who has practical ideas or proposal to encourage emigration-let him speak up. No idea or proposal is to be dismissed out of hand.
Why does a public discussion of economic policy so often show the abysmal ignorance of the participants?