John O'Leary is a former GOVERNING contributor. He is co-author of "If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government."E-mail: email@example.com
In his column on "e21" -- a site that looks at economic policies for the 21st century -- Professor Steve Goldsmith argues that the budget crisis hitting state and local government is unlike those that have come and gone before.
As a result, Goldsmith urges us to abandon old ways of thinking, and discard the tried and failed strategies of the past. Provocative reading.