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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Always on the results. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but intentions don't mean a damn thing. Unless the policy actually achieves it's aims, it's a failure and I'm tired of failures in government. It's great that you want to achieve a goal, it only counts if you actually do.
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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    False dichotomy. Good and true intentions often bring results both immediate and far reaching. If you are lacking results, your intentions and/or expectations are at fault; review and revise them.

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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    there are a lot of un-intended results from good intentions, results are more important because intentions can be very partisan and be up to opinion.

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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    I hate to be the first smartass to bring it up... but.
    We don't know the results until after it's happened.
    He's talking about what is most important to you, not whether they are mutually exclusive.
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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    You can't have a result without intention, so in that respect, I'd say intention is more important. However, the fact of the matter is the result is the real-world application of whatever you wanted to do, and if it isn't up to scruff, then too bad.
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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    I hate to be the first smartass to bring it up... but.
    We don't know the results until after it's happened.
    There are plenty of resources to draw upon to get a good idea of what the results would be.

    Also, with policies and programs that were implemented prior to your existence, you can still chose one of the other after the fact.
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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    The intentions are the most important. Just because the first results are a failure is no reason not to implement plan 'B'.
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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    What's the old saw? "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." We must learn to focus on results within government. And we must come to the realization that what Congress says it's trying to accomplish and what Congress actually passes are very often two entirely different things. Sleight of hand isn't just for the Vegas stage.

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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    I'll used education as an example. We throw money at it and the results suck even though intentions are good.
    So whenever there is talk of throwing even more money at it, (with good intentions) the results will probably suck again.
    Results are all that matters.
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    Re: Intentions or Results?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    When a policy or program is proposed, do you focus on the intentions or the results?

    Intentions being, what the policy or program aims to do.
    Results being, what the policy or program actually does, in relation to the stated intentions.

    How often do you follow up, checking the results, of programs and policies that you support?
    Mostly the results. However, if the intention is something that I don't agree with, then I'm not going to support it regardless of the results. In fact, programs that are very effective at achieving bad goals are probably the worst programs of all.
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