Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How Things Apparently Work

Finished reading former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby's How Things Really Work: Lessons from a Life in Politics.

Bill Hobby was the longest serving Lt. Gov in Texas history - serving for 18yrs. His father - William Hobby, Sr. - was governor of Texas, and his mother - Olveta Culp Hobby - was the first head of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (renamed the Dept. of Health and Human Service, after a separate Dept. of Education was created in 1979) in the Eisenhower administration. Hobby also served as parliamentarian for Lt. Gov. Ben Ramsey.

Having been around politics for so long, Hobby has a lot of tales to tell, such as his fight with the Killer Bees, which he compares to the 2003 redistricting fight in the Texas Legislature. He doesn't mince words about what he thinks of current political battles and issues.

Throughout his work, one prominent theme emerges: respect the process. As Hobby as in his last chapter, "Dedicate yourself to the process of governing. Make the system work."

If you are interested in political science, political history, and particularly, Texas politics, this is a good book to read (although seeing him in person at the Texas Book Fair, not so much fun).

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