Daily intelligence briefings presented to the president by military generals in uniforms adorned with stars and pins curry respect and attention because of its formal approach and routine.
Health and Human Services officials should mimic the military’s approach and get in front of the president on a daily basis.
Wearing their own starched and pressed uniforms with smiley-face pins signifying healthy children and broccoli-head lapels to represent soup-kitchen meals served, health officials would present the president with a daily status on America’s social well being.
Monday’s health briefing would include Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto to cut state-funded health care for up to 35,000 poor and childless Minnesotans.
Intelligence like that could really raise the priority of our social status.