William W. Bradley

(William Warren Bradley)

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... balancing competing goals of simplicity, efficiency and equity. Taxes
[On political campaigns:] Get an elbow, give an elbow. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A party should be more than a fundraising vehicle and job placement vehicle. Political Parties & Machines
America should have a big ambition. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
An article of the Democratic faith is that greatness lies in each person. Democracies & Republics
Candidates run on the strength of their ideas, not the weight of their wallets. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Capital gains tax reduction is the ultimate now-nowism. Taxes
Division and the death of hope. These are the results of Republican rule. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Driven by globalization and technology our country and our economy is becoming different every day. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Espionage takes place in the world. Even we commit espionage. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
For me, leadership is tied to self-knowledge. The examined life has become one of my ideals. To lead a people, you have to know who you are, where you come from, what you believe and why, what you're prepared to fight for or even die for, where you draw your strength, why and how you share yourself, and finally, where you would want to take the nation. Leaders & Leadership
Foreign leaders should not be outraged by talk in a democracy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Good politicians listen to the people. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Government power, juxtaposed to private power, is a balance. Power
I don’t see why a gay person can serve openly in the White House and not be able to serve openly in the military. Military & Veterans
I don't have a magic wand that makes problems disappear. Miscellaneous
I voted against him the first time because I thought he didn't have enough international experience. I voted for him the second time because I was proven wrong.
If America is about fairness, it is about equal incomes paying equal taxes. Taxes
If we are going to lead the world, we have to know where it is. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
If you run for public office today you must be prepared for a massive invasion of privacy. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I'm listening to America, not to the pundits. Public Opinion & Polling
In all of history the only balance to private power has been public power. Power
Individualism degenerates into disease without limits. Human Nature
Making yourself vulnerable is a key element of leading. Leaders & Leadership
Many white Americans resist relinquishing the sense of entitlement skin color has given them throughout our national history. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Money distorts the democratic process in a fundamental way. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Money in politics is like ants in your kitchen. You close all the holes and get them all out or they'll find their way in again. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
My ability matches the national moment. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
My life has told me that I do owe another human being. I owe him part of my life. That's why I'm in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
My mother wanted me to be a success. My father wanted me to be a gentleman. Neither wanted me to be a politician. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Once you have lost control over your people, you are on the road toward a potentially democratic society. Democracies & Republics ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Part of getting beyond color is refusing to make race an excuse for failing to pass judgment about self-destructive behavior. Minorities & Women
Patriotism is a little like strength. If you've got it, you don't have to wear it on your sleeve. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Politics is broken. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Slavery was our original sin. Race, our continuing dilemma. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Sometimes I feel that I'm living in a political era in which what I value most, character, is endangered; what I admire most, humanity, is devalued; and what I feel most sensitive about, privacy, is denied. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Tax reform laws … are like sand castles built next to the ocean. They get washed away. Taxes
The answer to too much debt is not more debt; it is less debt. Foreign Aid
The developing world is poor. It needs capital. Foreign Aid
The economic future of white America is going to be dependant on non-white America. Welfare
The idea of giving up something small for yourself to gain something big for all is not new, but putting that ancient idea into practice is the central necessity of our new age. Miscellaneous
The Soviet Union is a first rate military power and a fourth rate economic power. Power
The tax code was so complicated that it took so long to master it that one lost the will to reform it. Taxes
There are two kinds of politicians, those who talk and promise and those who listen and do. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There is a difference between bold leadership and nibbling around the edges. Leaders & Leadership
This is a new time, a new age. We are living now! Miscellaneous
This is the first time that I've performed in the Omni in long pants. Miscellaneous
To protect the natural environment is to protect the possibilities for youth. Environment & Environmentalism
Tolerance is common sense in a pluralistic society. Minorities & Women
We should applaud peristroika but not pay for it. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We too often prefer the individual thrill to collective responsibility. Miscellaneous
We're going to have to take the best of the liberal agenda and the best of the conservative agenda and create an American agenda. Liberals & Conservatives
What if we as Americans can no longer define ourselves in opposition to a well defined evil? States. Nations & Nationhood
When the President calls you and asks you what you think, you owe him what you think, not what you think he wants to hear. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When was the last time each of us discussed the issue of race with a member of another race? Discrimination & Prejudice
When you are not a candidate you have greater credibility. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
When you're in the real world as President of the United States it doesn't go according to the script. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You don’t do foreign policy unilaterally. Foreign policy is a team sport. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs