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View from the Cordillera

A Commentary on Achieving Excellence in Local Government
Read by Municipal Leaders on 4 Continents
Published by the Cordillera Institute
What Can We Learn from ... the Recent Elections? (Vol. 4, Issue 40)
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Summary of This Commentary
Once again good people, I've been absent from this keyboard.  A small group of individuals who have devoted much of their careers to analyzing public policy at the national and international levels invited me to participate in a review and analysis of the recent U.S. elections.  These are the same people who, earlier this year, invited me to study the impacts of the policy choices being made by the current administration in Washington.  Now that this latest assignment is complete, I want to share with you some of their findings.  In doing so, I'm going to add my own takes on the role played by the major media.  Just 2 years after pulling out all the stops to help elect the most government-first administration and Congress since the great depression, they found themselves largely impotent to stop the tide which swept so many of their allies out of office.  What happened to them in 2010?  Which of their myths were debunked?  How are they responding to their widespread losses?  If most voters reject the government-first agenda, how is it that statist candidates still manage to be elected?  How can we prevent their election in future?  This commentary sets out a 5-step program to achieve that objective.  And, it concludes with some observations from the October municipal elections here in Ontario.  Since all of us, whatever our full-time occupations, are also voters, the purpose of this issue is to offer some ideas on how to make the most of our privilege to elect those who govern us.
As always, we welcome your comments.
David Barber
Director
Cordillera Institute
(416) 293-9300
DBarber@cordillera-institute.org
http://cordillera-institute.org/

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