When I told my mom in my senior year at the US Naval Academy that I’d be defusing bombs for a living, she wasn’t pleased. In the following seven years I spent as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) commander, I learned a lot. Perhaps the most useful was that in the face of crises, the first rule in making things better is oftentimes to prevent them from getting worse.
Despite the widespread recognition of a country in crisis, we can’t seem to make things better. Why? Because our Congressional Representatives and other elected officials continue to break the first rule of crisis management. They are making things worse.
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