Assessing the State of the Union?

By Jennifer Parker

Feb 24, 2009 10:03am

Kenneth Duberstein, former White House chief of staff to Ronald Reagan, has a cool idea in today’s New York Times.

He says we should have the non-partisan National Academy of Sciences run a Web-based system for measuring key national data … so we can assess the State of the Union ourselves.

"Imagine everyone having at their fingertips answers to questions like: How many quality jobs are we adding to the American economy? How many more students are getting into college? How many more people are gaining access to affordable health insurance? Are we increasing economic growth along with savings and investment? Are we reducing our greenhouse gas emissions?" Duberstein writes.

But the key question is: who decides what goes in?

–George Stephanopoulos

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