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A Nation of Wusses

How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great
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ISBN-13:
9781118330661
Einband:
Ebook
Seiten:
256
Autor:
Ed Rendell
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
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Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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Governor Ed Rendell explains why America's leaders rarely call for sacrifice for the greater good—to avoid making any sacrifices themselves!Rendell has seen job security become the primary consideration of any person with power in America—their own job security! Most politicians and bureaucrats can see no further ahead than the next election, sometimes no further than the next press conference. Americans are rarely afraid of sacrifice and hard work when they mean building a better future, but when was the last time you heard of a leader of anything making a sacrifice for the greater good? The people can only win when they make it clear to the powers that be that making the right choices, even the hard ones, is the key to winning the next election.Explains in rollicking stories ranging from the profane to the profound that most hard choices are only "hard" because the polls conflict with your principles Ed Rendell rose to the top of Philadelphia, then Pennsylvania, then national politics, by doing what he thought was right, and there were plenty of times that looked like it would be his downfall as well This book revisits the high points of Ed Rendell's career and current landscape to define the political fights his peers seem just as afraid of winning as losing Rendell is a former head of the Democratic National Committee, a current MSNBC Senior Political Analyst, and a Partner at Ballard Spahr LLP
Introduction 11 The Wussification of America 52 “We’re Mad as Hell and We’re Not Going to Take it Anymore!” 113 “I Wear Blue, Take Me Too!” 214 Only a Smart Jewish Lawyer Can Turn This City Around 295 The Truth about Waste, Fraud, and Abuse 356 “Fast Eddie, We Are Ready!” 477 What’s a Nice Jewish Boy Doing Holding Hands with Louis Farrakhan? 578 “We Don’t Cover Plane Landings!” 639 “Harper Valley PTA” 6910 Animals I Have Known 8311 How to Get Uninvited to a Christmas Party You Were Never Invited To 9112 How My Love Affair with Philadelphia Made Me Governor 9913 Lobbyists’ Rule: No Money for School 10514 “Behold the Turtle” 11115 How Two Young Non-Wuss Pittsburgh Women Stared Down the Haitian and US Governments 11716 Sports and Politics 12717 “Like a Sturgeon” 13718 “Hillary, Hillary . . .” 14319 Change We Can Believe In: How the Best Communicator in Campaign HistoryHas Been Badly Outcommunicated as President 15120 “Know When to Fold ’Em” 15921 Please, Please Don’t Honor Me 16722 Build, Baby, Build: “Infrastructure,” the Least Sexy Word in the English Language 17323 Stand and Defend: There Are Some Things Worth Losing For 18324 “The Charge of the Wuss Brigade!” 19325 Does Government Create Jobs? 19726 Is Honesty the Best Policy? 20327 The Top Ten Reasons Why Most American Politicians Are Wusses 20928 How to Get Our Democracy Back on Track—Electoral Reform 217Conclusion 225Acknowledgments 231Index 233
Governor Ed Rendell explains why America's leaders rarely call for sacrifice for the greater good—to avoid making any sacrifices themselves!

Rendell has seen job security become the primary consideration of any person with power in America—their own job security! Most politicians and bureaucrats can see no further ahead than the next election, sometimes no further than the next press conference. Americans are rarely afraid of sacrifice and hard work when they mean building a better future, but when was the last time you heard of a leader of anything making a sacrifice for the greater good? The people can only win when they make it clear to the powers that be that making the right choices, even the hard ones, is the key to winning the next election.

  • Explains in rollicking stories ranging from the profane to the profound that most hard choices are only "hard" because the polls conflict with your principles
  • Ed Rendell rose to the top of Philadelphia, then Pennsylvania, then national politics, by doing what he thought was right, and there were plenty of times that looked like it would be his downfall as well
  • This book revisits the high points of Ed Rendell's career and current landscape to define the political fights his peers seem just as afraid of winning as losing
  • Rendell is a former head of the Democratic National Committee, a current MSNBC Senior Political Analyst, and a Partner at Ballard Spahr LLP

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