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If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government by John O'Leary, William D. Eggers

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CHAPTER 6

The Complacency Trap

Changing Times

Idea → Design → Stargate → Implementation → Results

(←—————Reevaluation—————→)

CHAPTER GUIDE

  • Mickey Landry Returns to New Orleans
  • The Complacency Trap
  • Sloughing Off Yesterday
  • Pruitt-Igoe and Dynamiting Obsolete Structures
  • Sunset in the Lone Star State
  • Fixing the White House
  • Herbert Hoover’s Comeback
  • Schwarzenegger’s Reforms Get Terminated
  • NASA’s Twin Tragedies
  • The Risk of Complacency

You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?”

—ROBERT F. KENNEDY, PARAPHRASING GEORGE BERNARD SHAW IN BACK TO METHUSELAH

“FROM MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, I can tell you that the public school system in New Orleans has been troubled for decades,” says Mickey Landry. In ...

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