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David Walker

Former Comptroller General of the United States, David Walker is founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative.

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Gov. Walker is overreaching on some solutions

Irrespective of whether these benefits are bargained or not, there needs to be more transparency regarding the design of these government plans as compared to major employers in the private sector...

By David Walker | February 28, 2011; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (11)


President Obama's speech was a "A" in tone and style but was a "D" on substance, especially in connection with...

By David Walker | January 25, 2011; 10:47 PM ET | Comments (9)

The dramatic decline in civility

The time has come for all elected officials and candidates for public office to pledge to refrain from personal attacks and gross distortions of facts for partisan political...

By David Walker | January 11, 2011; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not the right deal to cut

While some compromise is necessary and should be encouraged, this "deal" does not seem reasonable from a fiscal responsibility and social equity perspective. It seems that President Obama is operating from a position of weakness and the Republicans from...

By David Walker | December 7, 2010; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (10)

Americans are starved for fiscal truth

We can do it in an intelligent and phased-in manner before a crisis is at our doorstep; or else it will have to be done in a sudden, dramatic and possibly draconian manner in the face of a crisis. The choice is ours...

By David Walker | November 30, 2010; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Defusing our fiscal time bomb

It will be interesting to see whether President Obama and the new Congressional leadership can pivot after the elections in a manner that will allow some progress in defusing our fiscal time bomb. It clearly is in our nation's interest for them to do so, and hopefully they...

By David Walker | October 26, 2010; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

People can handle the truth

People can handle the truth and the biggest deficit we have is a leadership deficit. The federal government as well as many state and local governments have grown too big, promised too much, and become more disconnected with...

By David Walker | October 12, 2010; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

The power of shared principles

Most Americans, including me, relate favorably to the Tea Party's ideas of limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility. However, if the Tea Party fails to develop...

By David Walker | September 21, 2010; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Chipping away at our structural debt

Concrete actions rather than words or processes will be needed to restore the public's faith in government. The time to start is now!

By David Walker | June 25, 2010; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

End the spending binge

It's time to begin a process that will engage the American people with the hard facts, the plain truth and the tough choices relating to our nation's deficits.

By David Walker | February 3, 2010; 04:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's that light?

Employees need to see there is light at the end of the tunnel and that it's not a train.

By David Walker | January 4, 2010; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pete Peterson, statesperson

Pete Peterson is a model business statesperson and our nation needs many more like him.

By David Walker | December 15, 2009; 05:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Real work in private

State dinners can help to bring people together but they tend to be more social occasions and are more about show than substance.

By David Walker | November 23, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Our Dysfunctional Democracy

Elective office has become an occupation rather a period of time for which leaders leave their normal careers to temporarily do public service.

By David Walker | August 31, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Reagan Strategy

Watch for Sarah Palin to go on the speaking circuit and possibly pursue a radio or television talk program of her own. She may be trying to employ the strategy that Ronald Reagan did before being elected as governor of California.

By David Walker | July 7, 2009; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Marital Vows, Constitutional Vows

We need more people who lead by example and practice what they preach, including in connection with their moral and ethical behavior.

By David Walker | June 30, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

Not Our Business

In General Motors' case, the government's actions may result in an oxymoronic situation: although the government pledged not to control GM, taxpayers could ultimately have majority ownership of the company.

By David Walker | June 1, 2009; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Leader for One Season

Different types of leaders are needed at different stages of an organization's life cycle, and, in the final analysis, boards of directors have the primary responsibility to find the right fit.

By David Walker | May 26, 2009; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Sensible Center

The duty of a judge is to make decisions based by applying the facts to the law and in a manner consistent with the Constitution.

By David Walker | May 18, 2009; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Support ROTC, Keep the Academies

There are plenty of other ways, besides closing the academies, to save big money in the Defense budget. At the same time, we should continue to support ROTC programs.

By David Walker | April 21, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Confident and Non-apologetic

President Obama was right to convey a cooperative, multilateral approach, but he also needs to show his resolve in addressing issues of major concern to the United States, including the long-range missile launch by North Korea.

By David Walker | April 6, 2009; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Change At All Costs

While leadership changes should be based on merit, sometimes there is a need for a change at the top in order to facilitate more dramatic changes and to enhance confidence among all key stakeholders.

By David Walker | March 30, 2009; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Practical Solutions for Bonus Problems

The Obama administration and the Congress need to focus on the credit crunch as well as the nation's rapidly deteriorating financial condition, growing structural deficits and over reliance on foreign lenders.

By David Walker | March 22, 2009; 08:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Breaking the Mold

While some research shows women tend to be somewhat more risk averse than men, top women executives may not fit that pattern.

By David Walker | March 8, 2009; 11:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reduce Costs First

We should not expand health care coverage until we have meaningfully reduced health care costs and the tens of trillions of existing unfunded federal health care promises. We must not shoot ourselves again!

By David Walker | March 2, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

In Debt to "I.O.U.S.A"

The movie demonstrates that the biggest deficit the United States has is a leadership one.

By David Walker | February 17, 2009; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cut Hours, Not Heads

Companies might consider cutting back on employee hours rather than reduce headcount, especially if the employees involved are critical to the entity's future success.

By David Walker | February 9, 2009; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Back to the Real World

New York is too focused on money and the markets. Washington is too focused on power, position and politics. Both places have grown increasingly out-of-touch and out-of-control.

By David Walker | February 2, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

Find the Right Fit

Being a leader means matching your people to the needs of your organization, and that's exactly what Coach Whisenhunt did.

By David Walker | January 25, 2009; 08:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Long-Term Vision

It is particularly challenging to make major changes in government, especially when the crisis you are trying to address is emerging and not immediate.

By David Walker | January 21, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tough Talk -- More Needed

He has talked to us candidly about our current challenges and the tough choices they require, but he has yet to drive home the point that, like the rest of us, the government cannot keep overspending.

By David Walker | January 12, 2009; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strong Start That Fizzled

George W. Bush enacted his tax cut with bipartisan support, set a clear management agenda and sent the right signals after 9/11 -- then his leadership went downhill.

By David Walker | January 5, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keep the Pressure on Blagojevich

When scandal hits, leaders should address the issue quickly and forthrightly.

By David Walker | December 15, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Be Willing to Step Aside

The auto executives need to provide more detailed information -- and signal that they will get out of the way if necessary.

By David Walker | December 8, 2008; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

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