CHAPTER 4

THE GRAND SIMPLIFIER

Truth is the grand simplifier.

                       —Will Schutz

Nothing damages a relationship as quickly as not telling the truth. Just ask Gray Davis, the former governor of California, who was recalled from office just a few months after being reelected to his second term. He was recalled in large part because the voters didn’t believe he was telling them the truth. Knowing full well that the state was heading into the worst fiscal crisis in its history, Davis kept that news quiet until after he won reelection. Then when the full impact of the fiscal crisis became known, few voters were willing to give Davis the benefit of the doubt. Presidents Nixon and Clinton also learned the hard way, each creating his ...

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