John Engler

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You win by working hard, making tough decisions and building coalitions.
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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.
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I've been in the legislative branch and now the executive branch and in each case I felt it was important we use our constitutional responsibilities to the fullest.
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As you look around the country there are still a significant number of states where their whole school debate is over school funding and we've been focused on the quality debate for most of the '90s.
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Michigan is also the only industrial state that has a AAA credit rating.
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I've gone from being one of the youngest governors to now the longest consecutive serving governor in the country.
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I have an old saying that the harder I work, the luckier I get.
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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.
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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.
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Redistricting is one of the purest actions a legislative body can take.
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The current Michigan Constitution was written in 1961 and '62.
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We didn't pass any constitutional amendments that affected the executive branch while I was governor.
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I created no authority that wasn't already there under the constitution.
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And there should not be a limit on the creation of new public schools. We ought to expand choices for parents.
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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.
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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.
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We have broken the cycle of dependency. People have found out they're better off working.
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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.
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I'm a compassionate conservative.
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I don't put labels on myself.
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Nobody gets any guarantees.
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I kept telling everyone I wasn't going to Washington to stay. I go to visit.
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I expect my next job to be outside government.
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I wish we could have acted quicker on Detroit or other failing schools.
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I'm very pleased with the job President Bush is doing and he's off to a terrific start.
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The Clean Michigan Initiative has been and continues to be a success.
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Believe me, I'm not going to try to get into testing.
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Given the professionalism of Michigan teachers, I think they're not teaching because of the financial rewards.
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I think we've got outstanding teaching in Michigan classrooms.
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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.
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I care about the children of Detroit.
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Despite these hurdles, manufacturers in the U.S. and their employees are doing remarkable work.
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Manufacturers account for nearly 60 percent of all industrial research and development.
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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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As governor, I learned the importance of having an agenda.
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The asbestos problem impacts everyone.
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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.
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The current Michigan Constitution was written in 1961 and 62.
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Collection: Michigan
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Senator Allen has long been a leader on competitiveness issues in the Senate and as governor of Virginia. His announcement of the Competitiveness Caucus comes as great news to the nation's manufacturers. We support every item on this agenda and will work with Senator Allen and others to make it a reality. The time has come for Congress to recognize the vital role manufacturing plays in American life and do what it can to strengthen our ability to compete in the global marketplace.
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Collection: Reality
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Ive been in the legislative branch and now the executive branch and in each case I felt it was important we use our constitutional responsibilities to the fullest.
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Collection: Responsibility