Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our
systemcannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this countryhas already done; what freemen and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale
politicalarguments that consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignifiedWhere the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programswill end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Friday, January 30, 2009
In the vein of Etienne's latest post, here's an excerpt from President Obama's inauguration speech that I have taken the liberty of remixing in hopes to to shed some light on revitalizing the Public Service culture and, by extension, it's relationship with the people they serve.
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