Christopher Dodd

Applying the Eisenhower principle to paid family leave

Applying the Eisenhower principle to paid family leave

House Democrats have various options for how they wish to approach their legislative agenda. In addition to their oversight agenda, they can pass laws they believe in (like strong gun control laws), which the Republican Senate will reject; pass very mild bills, which their constituencies will reject, or pass bold bipartisan legislation that has an outside chance of passing.

The third approach is the most ambitious and arguably rewarding. Democrats can take a page from Dwight Eisenhower for how to proceed. "Whenever I run into a problem I can't solve, I always make it bigger," the two-term U.S. president once proclaimed, making the point that sometimes the perspective you...

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