Sometimes it is better to begin the journey, to get under way, then it is to sit back and wait until such time that you're convinced that all conditions are perfect and that there'll be no surprises along the route.
All 50 states had the same national economy. And on virtually any measurement you wish to look at, Michigan has moved up and improved against the others.
You win by working hard, making tough decisions and building coalitions.
I just have a position that any child that's in a failing school should be able to get out, or be in a position to have that school fixed.
I had made a decision early on that we were going to do the right things and that if they worked we were going to be very successful. And if for some reason they didn't, all the claims and the protestations and the excuses wouldn't make any difference.
I expect my next job to be outside government.
I don't put labels on myself.
I have an old saying that the harder I work, the luckier I get.
I'm very pleased with the job President Bush is doing and he's off to a terrific start.
I think we've got outstanding teaching in Michigan classrooms.
I kept telling everyone I wasn't going to Washington to stay. I go to visit.
I'm a compassionate conservative.
The asbestos problem impacts everyone.
While America's infrastructure needs are substantial, there is no reason to delay completion of the highway bill. Every day of delay means jobs lost, investment opportunities missed and growth sacrificed.
Michigan is also the only industrial state that has a AAA credit rating.
I've gone from being one of the youngest governors to now the longest consecutive serving governor in the country.
The greatest luck that I've had has been the ability to find men and women who came into my administration who worked with me and brought extraordinary talents that we were able to take full advantage of.
We didn't pass any constitutional amendments that affected the executive branch while I was governor.
Very few charter schools are being created in some of the best school districts in the state. If you're an educational innovator, that isn't where the greatest need is.
Believe me, I'm not going to try to get into testing.
We have broken the cycle of dependency. People have found out they're better off working.
Despite these hurdles, manufacturers in the U.S. and their employees are doing remarkable work.
Manufacturers account for nearly 60 percent of all industrial research and development.
Redistricting is one of the purest actions a legislative body can take.
Manufacturers employ more than 14 million Americans doing what Americans do best, making things, building things, transforming raw materials into finished products.
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