Potholes and the Political Career of Sisyphus

“They are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.” – Winston Churchill

In this Charlie Rose interview of Michael Bloomberg & other Mayors, you get a chance to listen to politicians that have to make decisions, stand by their decisions, and HEAR criticism (or praise) directly from the public on a daily basis.

The fundamental challenge mayors face is the need to invest in the future, when there is not enough money to fix potholes in the present. I don’t envy their job, and for that reason can’t help but respect these politicians. In some ways, this is the level of government at which real leadership emerges: the leadership of responsibility.

Several quick observations:

  • Where the heck are the female mayors? There’s generally few women in public office, but the mayoral position is especially crowded by men.
  • Michael Nutter is very impressive in this interview medium. He came off intelligent, funny, and visionary.

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