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.
As governor, I learned the importance of having an agenda.
The parent knows instinctively that if they're working and setting an example for their child that means that child is more likely to be in school, more likely to stay out of trouble and more likely to complete their education.
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.
I've gone from being one of the youngest governors to now the longest consecutive serving governor in the country.
I'm very pleased with the job President Bush is doing and he's off to a terrific start.
I have an old saying that the harder I work, the luckier I get.
I don't put labels on myself.
I expect my next job to be outside government.
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 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 kept telling everyone I wasn't going to Washington to stay. I go to visit.
I'm a compassionate conservative.
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.
We didn't pass any constitutional amendments that affected the executive branch while I was governor.
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.
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 think we've got outstanding teaching in Michigan classrooms.
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.
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