President Barack Obama

“I don’t care whether the ideas are Democrat or Republican.  I do care that they work.  I do care that they are subject to evaluation, and we can see if we are using tax dollars in a certain way, if we’re starting a certain program, I want to make sure that young people like Kiara are actually benefiting from them….And the second thing is they’re holding themselves accountable by delivering measurable results.  We don’t fund things, we don’t start projects just for the sake of starting them.  They’ve got to work.  If they don’t work we should try something else.  And sometimes those of us who care deeply about advancing opportunity aren’t willing to subject some of these programs to that test:  Do they work?” –President Barack Obama, Remarks on Promise Zones Initiative, January 9, 2014