David Brooks Quotes

Government is operating under uncertainty

 
Context
Government officials are not clairvoyant and cannot foretell the future, So all government policies and programs are created and managed with some uncertainty. Some conservatives complain that business in order to thrive needs to have certainty. However, if businesses had certainty in what they did, few would ever lose money or fail. Brooks explained that there is no way any government can supply certainty even about its own policies and programs unless it is willing to give up the option of dealing with any unexpected circumstances.
Citations

David Brooks, Political Journalist & Columnist, PBS News Hour, May 4, 2012

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David Brooks
David Brooks
  • Born: August 11, 1961
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Columnist, Pundit

David Brooks is a Canadian-born American center-right political and cultural commentator who writes for The New York Times. He has worked as a film critic for The Washington Times; a reporter and later op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal; a senior editor at The Weekly Standard from its inception; a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly; and a commentator on NPR. Brooks is currently a columnist for The New York Times and commentator on PBS NewsHour.

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