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Donna Shalala Quotes & Quotations
Donna Shalala
Public Servant
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    Asking the government to help you for short periods of time is different than asking the government to take care of you for the rest of your life. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    But for me, it is when a student has died. I find the death of a young person the most difficult and painful of times. To explain it to other young people, to see a bright future snuffed out, is just awful. I am haunted by those deaths. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    But I have a driver, so I can return calls while I'm in the car. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    By putting people around me who will calm me down and slow me down and make sure I work through an issue. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    Every year, I am reminded of the kids who aren't in the freshman class and aren't graduating. I remember every single one of them. That is the worst of times for me, to see the future snuffed out. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    I bring other constituencies - I also have ties to minority communities. And obviously, to the world of world-class research universities. So I can bring some constituencies that I'm used to working with. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    I have always hired people of different ages. Young people and older people. People in their 70s and in their 20s. People who are fully capable of talking back to me. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    I have always hired very strong people. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    I have long ties to the women's community. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    I have to admit, in January and February I was in an absolute fuzz. I had no one on board. It wasn't that I didn't know what I was doing, but we didn't have all the pieces put together. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    I think anyone that thought that we were coming in as a bunch of liberal Democrats to deliver more large-scale social programs was nuts. I sure didn't expect it. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    I'll be one of the spokespeople, one of the people who sells the Administration's plans. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    I'm pretty disciplined and am almost always on schedule. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    I've spent my whole life with people underestimating me. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    In every community, whether large or small, there are people who lead in their community in easy and difficult times. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    Sex education has to do with what's in people's head. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    Sure, it is apparent that presidents are looking at polls, but they are also stepping up on issues. President Clinton stepped up on tobacco. He shaped the polls on the tobacco issue. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    The government is fully capable of delivering services. Even complex services. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    The other thing is, I'm one of the handful of people they have that actually knows how to run something, that's an experienced administrator. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    We can't afford as a nation - not because of money but because of our social fabric - to have large numbers of people who are not working. Donna-ShalalaDonna Shalala
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    We have not yet concluded that needle-exchange programs do not encourage drug use. Donna-Shalala/">Donna Shalala
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    We have to mainstream everybody. No matter what their circumstances when they were growing up. Part of that is knowing that after they're finished with school, everybody in this country gets up and goes to work. Donna-Shalala/">Donna Shalala
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    Well, it took everybody a while to build relationships of trust, whether it was the White House staff with the cabinet agencies. Donna-Shalala/">Donna Shalala
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    You don't want to destroy the energy that comes out of a campaign. Donna-Shalala/">Donna Shalala