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The Measure of Success

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So, after the dust has settled (at whatever the cost) how will we know whether we have succeeded? What is the measure of success? Is success measured by the number of missiles that are fired at an undefined target? Is it the number of airplanes that are used to drop bombs? Is it the number of gallons of fuel that are expended? Is it measured by the absence of “boots on the ground”? What is the measure of success?


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The center on our high school football team was a guy everyone called Thugs Malone. I never knew what his real first name was. But it was easy to figure out how he got his nickname. He was pretty tough, and mighty dumb.

The story goes that before our first road game, Coach Sanna finished his pep talk by reminding the team, "I expect you boys to bring me back a success story today."

On the way out to the bus, Thugs asked, "Coach, how do we know if it's a success?"

"Thugs... we win; that's how."

Pretty elementary, huh?

Rumor has it that Thugs followed in the footsteps of his idol, John Blutarsky:

Ah, for the good old days, when success was easy to measure.

Shortly after the presidential election in 1980, when asked how he planned to deal with the Soviet Union, president-elect Reagan replied, "We win; they lose."

Eight years later... mission accomplished.

That Was then; This is Now

Success in the the federal government in the modern era is a little harder to measure. For instance, how do we measure the success of the expensive Head Start program, for which taxpayers have been fleeced to the tune of more than $180 billion? Several studies confirm that, by the third grade, there is no difference in the academic or social performance of kids who were enrolled in Head Start and those who were not.

$180 billion. Zilch. Nothing.

Success, in that case, seems to be measured (by our government) based how many kiddies pass through the hands of government babysitters, or on how much money is shoveled into the program year after year.

Using that measure... mission accomplished.

Our president told us that the bailout of General Motors would prevent the automaker from having to declare bankruptcy.

How many people remember that General Motors did, nonetheless, file for bankruptcy?

Based on that measure... ah, not so much.

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