The New Gospel Of Good Government

A year ago, Lawton Chiles, Florida's newly elected Democratic governor, was putting the final touches on his inaugural address when an aide burst in with bad news: Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld, a Republican, had just given much the same address at his inauguration. "Government should steer, not row," Weld intoned. "Government should focus on results, not rules." Weld had taken the aphorisms right out of Chiles's mouth. Chiles hastily drafted a new speech.

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