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The Politics of Policy
The politics of policy

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” [Rahm] Emanuel, the incoming White House chief of staff, said at a Wall Street Journal conference last month. “And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before. … What used to be long-term problems, be they in the health care area, energy area, education area—things … that were long-term are now immediate and must be dealt with.”

NPR News, December 23, 2008 1

Shortly before 10:00 p.m. on April 20, 2010, the massive drilling platform straddling the deepest drilling well in the world, a symbol of America’s quest for energy security, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico ...

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