When In Doubt, Mumble—Dynamic Inaction May Be Our Best Hope

by | Apr 7, 2013 | Editor's Blog

In the Daily Read, Joe McLean gives insight into how DC best operates in times of turmoil and change:

The late James H. Boren, a mostly forgotten humorist, bureaucrat, and erstwhile philosopher (as well as the brother of former Oklahoma Senator David Boren) is credited with discovering the powerful doctrine of “dynamic inaction.” In 1976, with newly elected President Jimmy Carter coming to Washington wearing a cardigan and carrying his own luggage, Boren told Time, “Any president who sets foot in this town without a full briefing on dynamic inaction, decision-postponement patterns, and creative status quo cannot go very far.” Read More >


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