When I was learning to do policy analysis one point I had trouble with was that my final product would be read by a Senator in two minutes or less. You have to know your stuff, but they don’t have to know your stuff. If they want more they’ll ask someone else, and probably get a different policy recommendation from yours. And you’re supposed to jump at the opportunity to do this for a living? I think not. Better to be the Senator reinventing policy analysis than to be a policy analyst by the wayside.

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