Commentary: A Profession Worth Respecting When Done Well

By on May 3, 2021

first_imgGov. Eric Holcomb discusses the plans for improvement that DCS will undergo.Photo by Brynna Sentel, TheStatehouseFile.com Commentary: A Profession Worth Respecting When Done WellJuly 6, 2020  Posted by: jlkrull59By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb wisely tapped the brakes just before the July 4 holiday weekend on the state’s plans to reopen during the raging coronavirus pandemic. John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.com“More than recognizing it, we have to accept the fact that this virus is on the prowl, and it’s moving, even within our borders,” Holcomb said in announcing the slowdown. “And we are living on virus time.”Originally, Indiana was supposed to loosen things up considerably on July 4 and move to Stage 5 of a planned reopening. Bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues could have started doing more business.Instead, the state will continue operating on a restricted basis.Holcomb called the move Stage 4.5 – to suggest that Indiana still was moving forward, just a little more slowly and cautiously.Skeptics pounced on that bit of branding to say that, even when he was doing the right thing, Holcomb had to play politics.Well, yeah.And that’s all right.One thing we all should hope comes out of this current crisis is a renewed appreciation for the skills that comprise strong political leadership.Among America’s defining myths is a belief that is egalitarian in spirit. It is an article of faith that asserts that, because everyone has – or should have – equal rights and opportunities, everyone is equal, as if human beings were interchangeable parts in the complicated machinery of self-government.For much of our history, we articulated this notion by saying that, in America, any boy could grow up to be president.Now, as our understanding of liberty and its blessings has expanded to meet the promises offered by our founding documents, we say, in America, anyone can grow up to be president.That’s not true, of course.Even as we seem to be tearing down some walls that kept a high political office in this nation as a preserve reserved for white males alone, many barricades still exist. The chances that, particularly in this era of free-flowing and dark money, a candidate at even a statewide level who does not have access to both abundant sums of cash and quality education can achieve success are between none and nonexistent.Such barriers are not just.But some others are.Because the fact is that not just anyone can be a successful political leader. To be a good governor or a good legislator or – certainly – a good president requires a rare set of skills.We’re seeing that now.One of the arguments Donald Trump and his partisans advanced for making him the president was that he would run government “like a business.”That idea was flawed in several ways, not the least of which involved the question of whether Trump ever was a good businessman. His track record – multiple bankruptcies and a long history of litigation – suggests the answer would be no.But the more fundamental problem with that argument is that government isn’t, never has been and shouldn’t be a business.For instance, the government’s primary purpose isn’t to turn a profit for its shareholders and stakeholders, but instead to protect and advance the interests of the citizens it serves.All the citizens.That means, among other things, that government can’t – or shouldn’t – disregard the concerns of any group of citizens on a consistent basis. It isn’t – or shouldn’t be – allowed to write people off.Businesses don’t have to operate that way. Businesspeople can decide that it isn’t cost-effective to serve one portion of their market and shut down operations designed to provide that service.This is not to disparage businesspeople.It takes great skill to be a good business leader.But it also takes great skill to be a good political leader.And they aren’t the same skills.We tend to venerate the successful business leader while disparaging the good politician.But we shouldn’t.These past few years should give fresh appreciation for the skills – for conciliation, for balancing disparate interests, for keeping everyone at the table, for finessing difficult situations, for leading while serving – a successful politician must-have.So, yes, Gov. Eric Holcomb played politics in announcing a delay in Indiana’s reopening.Good for him.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Teenage sensation Fati leads Barca thrashing of Valencia

By on September 22, 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Koeman hints at different approach from Barca after friendly win Barcelona’s 16-year-old forward Ansu Fati continued his explosive start to life in the first team by scoring and providing an assist as the La Liga champions thrashed Valencia 5-2 on Saturday. Goals from Fati, Frenkie de Jong, Gerard Pique and two from Luis Suarez gave Barca their second win of the season. Kevin Gameiro and Maxi Gomez scored for Valencia, who suffered their biggest defeat in over three years in coach Albert Celades’ first game. The victory took Barca on to seven points after four games, while Valencia have four. Fati, who became Barca’s youngest ever goalscorer two weeks ago by netting at Osasuna, struck his first goal at the Camp Nou to give Barca the lead with less than two minutes on the clock by smashing a pass from De Jong into the net. The goal had the injured Lionel Messi grinning in admiration as he watched on from the stands but the teenager had fans on their feet again five minutes later as he dashed into the area and teed up De Jong to score his first goal for the club. Valencia were playing their first game since owner Peter Lim took the surprise decision to sack Marcelino, the coach who had secured Champions League football twice and also led the team to victory over Barca in last year’s Copa del Rey final. They pulled a goal back later in the half through Kevin Gameiro but Barca came flying back at them after the interval. Pique bundled the ball into the net in the 51st minute after Antoine Griezmann had hit the post while Luis Suarez netted twice after coming off the bench. Making his return after getting injured on the first day of the season, Suarez flummoxed Valencia goalkeeper and former team mate Jasper Cillessen with two thumping finishes, one which went in off the near post, the other settling in the near corner. Suarez was given a warm reception by Barca fans but it was nothing compared to the remarkable standing ovation they gave to Fati, who heard his name chanted by supporters when he came off to make way for the Uruguayan. “He (Fati) is delighting the fans and making them very excited,” said Sergio Busquets of the teenage sensation. “Every time a player like him bursts on to the scene he is compared to many players but we need to support him and let him continue to grow. “He still needs to be aware of where he is and how difficult it is to make it.” Maxi Gomez got a consolation goal in stoppage time for Valencia, who fell to their heaviest defeat since they were thumped 7-0 at the Camp Nou in 2016 when Gary Neville was in charge. “We cannot forget what has happened in the last few days and how traumatic it has been for some,” said beaten coach Celades, who is in his first role as a senior first team coach. “This scoreline hurts us a lot but we can only look forward and keep working and try to improve.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Ansu FatiBarcelonaFrenkie De JongLuis SuarezValentialast_img read more

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