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The Question

Is government shutdown the image of inefficacy?

With a federal shutdown looming, how concerned should Congressional leaders be about the image of U.S. government efficacy their stalemate projects--both to Americans and the rest of the world? Is the image problem enough to warrant a compromise, even if it means abandoning certain principles?

Posted by On Leadership  on Apr 5, 2011 2:35 PM
Views from the Panel

Rome won’t be built in a day

“The longer our leaders pretend it can be, the longer they risk being perceived as disconnected at home and ineffectual abroad...”

Posted by Robert Goodwin on Apr 7, 2011 11:44 AM

Can political leaders compromise about theories?

“Most positions taken by politicians are not based on principles but on theories believed by the people who...”

Posted by Michael Maccoby on Apr 6, 2011 5:13 PM

Avoiding a shutdown and fixing a dysfunctional government

“By taking 88 percent of spending off the table, policymakers are, in essence, arguing over the bar tab on the Titanic...”

Posted by David Walker on Apr 5, 2011 2:55 PM

Congress is approaching America’s threshold

“The bigger question might be: Have Congressional leaders waited too long to salvage the image of the U.S. government?...”

Posted by Alaina Love on Apr 5, 2011 4:19 PM

Shutdown: When image does, and doesn’t, matter

“The question of how to deal with the “image problem” of a nonfunctional U.S. government presupposes that everyone agrees it’s a problem...”

Posted by Coro Fellows on Apr 5, 2011 4:35 PM

The government is already shut down

“For millions of Americans–the most vulnerable and voiceless among us–the government has been effectively shut down for so long it doesn’t even...”

Posted by Bill Shore on Apr 5, 2011 2:50 PM

When partisanship is placed above citizenship

“Their repeated failure to find compromise in session after session is a blemish on our national will...”

Posted by John Baldoni on Apr 5, 2011 2:57 PM

The budget’s real cost to tax payers

“Balancing federal and state budgets on the backs of poor women and middle-class union workers--including the proposed draconian cuts to...”

Posted by Kathryn Kolbert on Apr 5, 2011 2:59 PM

On the budget, jumping into the cold stream

“The tag ends of the current budget should be compromised in order that all attention can be focused on next year's...”

Posted by Slade Gorton on Mar 3, 2011 1:08 PM
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