The Missing Link: Performance and Job Security

What if programs in state government received the same sort of scrutiny that many of us give to college football?

We pay the coaches a gazillion dollars, like an ancient tribe that celebrates a chief when the crops are good and kills him when the crops fail, installing a new honcho in the big house with the good food and all the creature comforts. The ruler stays as long as prosperity lasts.

In sports, the implicit contract varies. Some schools demand excellence. Some are just looking for a diversion on a dozen Saturdays every year. The coaches with the best ...

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