Quote of the day

It comes from New York Times Columnist David Brooks:

“Over the past decade, many Republican politicians have spread the message that the country’s problems would be easily solved if only the nefarious elites would get out of the way and allow the common people to take over. Members of (a resurgent, more thoughtful) conservatism are more likely to conclude that, in fact, problems are complex and there are no easy answers, but there is room for policy expertise, and perhaps philosophical rigor, even if it comes from Washington.

“But these experts should focus on specific needs and desires of working-class Americans, not gripes and obsessions of the Republican donor community …”

How well this translates to Stockton. Over the past election, many voters believed the nefarious elites needed to be moved out of the way and replaced by populists such as Mayor Anthony Silva. But the city’s problems are complex. If the mayor and council are to address them, they either need to have a Masters in public administration, or years of service in public administration, or they ought to at the very least be willing to take counsel from those who possess such expertise.

Silva has neither the knowledge, nor the experience. And he proved unwilling or unable to work with City Manager Bob Deis. The result is he has done next to nothing to satisfy the specific needs and desires of working-class Stocktonians. Only experts can do that, but they must as Brooks advises focus on the public needs, not the agenda of the donor class.

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