Five Recommendations For American Presidents

From Robert B Reich’s review of “The Heart of Power –  Health and Politics in the Oval Office By David Blumenthal and James A. Morone:

  • a new president must move quickly, before opponents have time to stoke public fears
  • a president must set broad health reform goals and allow legislators to fill in the details, but be ready to knock heads together to forge a consensus
  • “The only way to deal with Congress is continuously, incessantly and without interruption” (L. Johnson)
  • disregard or overrule [the] economic advisers
  • there is an art to losing, too — in a way that can tee up the issue for future presidents