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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 01/23/2012

DeMorning Links: Can business still lead?

Without business leaders’ support, there would have been no Metro. (Matt McClain - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
Steven Pearlstein poses a fine question in his Sunday Post column: What’s happened to business leadership in the Washington area? He notes that for “business organizations in the Washington region, including the Federal City Council in the District and the Greater Washington Board of Trade,” their “ambition and influence have declined over the past decade.” Part of that, he posits, is that the city’s and the region’s problems have become more complex. Another part is that the major players in the regional economy, for various reasons, just aren’t as invested in local issues as they once were. It’s time for that to change, Pearlstein writes: “Here and elsewhere, history shows that it is only the business community that naturally thinks in the long term, not just about getting through the next news cycle or the next budget year or the next election.”

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