Dan Glickman served as the 26th United States Secretary of Agriculture, a post he held from 1995 until 2001. Previously he was a Democratic representative for Kansas in Congress for 18 years. Currently he is the president of the Motion Picture Association of America, which is comprised of the "big six" Hollywood studios. Glickman was born in Kansas in 1944 and began his career as a lawyer. He was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1986 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Harry E. Claiborne, a Nevada judge. Glickman has more recently served as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
Question: Collectively, what should we be doing?
Dan Glickman:Well I think that we as a country . . . we should be a) reforming our political system to minimize the role of political contributions into the system, because I think it paralyzes the American political system, and makes it so our system doesn’t deal with some of the bigger problems quite as easily as we should do. I think we should look at our educational system and . . . It’s not just a resource question, but it is a serious public policy issue about how we can make dramatic improvements in our public school systems in America. Because that relates as much to the future of our businesses than anything else – having talented people.
Recorded on: Jul 7 2007