He was not among the first of the economic rationalists in the Liberal Party.
He speaks of an epiphany bringing him to this position, but its intellectual sources are not revealed, again a strange omission in a self-proclaimed ideas man. His biographers suggest that one attraction of economic rationalism for Howard was that it allowed him to differentiate himself from, first Malcolm Fraser, and then Andrew Peacock. So he is a user of ideas rather than a thinker. B lair did not want to duplicate the many accounts already written of his prime ministership; his aim was to record his personal experience and reflections. Howard, by contrast, is a great duplicator.
If you followed his career in the quality press, still more if you have read the biography John Winston Howard: The Definitive Biography , by Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen for which Howard was a source , there is very little novelty in Lazarus Rising.
I found most revealing the chapter on his dealings with the Chinese, where he is optimistic but cautious; he thinks Fraser and Bob Hawke were too enthralled by China. In the final chapter on industrial relations, when the government was on the ropes over WorkChoices, there is more detail on cabinet deliberations and divisions than previously. Blair and Howard defend at length their decision to invade Iraq, the cause that brought them together.
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Both remind us that everyone agreed that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction; the issue was whether the time had come to enforce the demands of the United Nations that Saddam had defied Blair cites a list of these. Blair argues that, though he would have preferred a final resolution endorsing force, the existing ones were enough.
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Here and elsewhere he is the more persuasive because he concedes that his critics had a case; what he challenges them to do is ponder the consequences of inaction, the consideration that presses so heavily on those who actually have to make difficult decisions. Howard, oddly for a conservative, agrees with Paul Keating that if you change the government you change the country. But only superficially, surely.
Those who think that the party label of the government in office determines the political agenda should note how similar are the issues preoccupying the two prime ministers: welfare dependency, inadequate state schools, the fear of crime, asylum seekers, the cost of health, clumsy and unresponsive bureaucracies. Blair notes the commonality across the political divide, where parties now disagree only about means. Both leaders had troubled relations with their presumed successors. Nothing they say — and they say a lot — can hide the fact that, as long-serving, successful prime ministers, they failed in their duty to contrive an orderly transition in the leadership of their party.
Blair acknowledges the danger of hubris without fully applying the term to himself.
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Blair told Gordon Brown that he would go only when Brown made it clear that he would follow the principles of New Labour. The effect of this demand was to drive Brown into the hands of all those opposed to New Labour in order to be rid of its architect. Blair immediately delivers on his promise to make his account personal by recording how terrified he was upon winning office. On election night, the more euphoric his supporters became, the more he knew he was bound to disappoint them. Pulitzer, a Hungarian-Jewish immigrant, was disgusted by the penuriousness of the American public and tried to raise money to build the pedestal through his newspaper, the New York World.
His efforts included a competition in which important poets contributed a poem addressing the statue and the liberty it symbolized.
One of those poets, Emma Lazarus, was a Jewish-American activist and Zionist who fought against the anti-Semitism of the time. Her actions aroused the anger of powerful men who would do anything to those who tried to interfere with their plans—perhaps even murder them. Lazarus also drew the ire of her sisters, who disapproved of her Zionism and her crusade on behalf of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, whom they considered to be of inferior stock.
But would they have tried to harm Lazarus, or hasten her death? She soon learns, however, that some think Lazarus was poisoned—and after dealing with the likes of Henry Hilton, Jay Gould, and other Gilded Age magnates, Bly begins to agree with the poisoning theory. For Rojas, the journey to nonprofit founder began three years ago when he found himself in need of advice in the resume and job market application process. David Sang, who subsequently became a member of his strategic advisory council, supplied him with a much-needed lesson.
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That lesson was instrumental in fostering this realization: If this process was difficult for him, it must be nearly impossible for those who need opportunities the most — the homeless. Determined and on a mission, Rojas headed to nearby shelter Emmaus House. He met with the director and pitched his resume workshop idea of preparing participants in the shelter to secure employment.
Shortly after implementing the workshop the director contacted Rojas notifying him that someone received a job. That feeling of helping someone change their trajectory in life was overwhelming and addictive to Rojas. He realized he had something here and was going to need the assistance of others to make this work on a larger scale.
Shelter residents have myriad back stories but the common thread is that something unfortunate happened and they need an advocate. Lazarus Rising is their voice and they want to be heard, he said. The mission statement is clear. We empower our participants through personalized resume reviews, mock interviews, and job search portal navigation at absolutely no cost to either our participant or out community partners.
The nonprofit has received the assistance and recognition from Gov.
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