A few helpful quotes from our favorite would-be Supreme Court Justice, Harriet Miers (yes, these statements were written down … and published for others to read … in a real law journal):

Ms. Miers: “An organization must also implement programs to fulfill strategies established through its goals and mission. Methods for evaluation of these strategies are a necessity. With the framework of mission, goals, strategies, programs, and methods for evaluation in place, a meaningful budgeting process can begin.”

Translation: Groups do stuff.  Stuff costs money.

Ms. Miers: “More and more, the intractable problems in our society have one answer: broad-based intolerance of unacceptable conditions and a commitment by many to fix problems.”

Translation: We fix problems by recognizing problems and fixing them.

Ms. Miers: “There is always a necessity to tend to a myriad of responsibilities on a number of cases as well as matters not directly related to the practice of law.”

Translation: Lawyers are busy.

Ms. Miers: “We have to understand and appreciate that achieving justice for all is in jeopardy before a call to arms to assist in obtaining support for the justice system will be effective. Achieving the necessary understanding and appreciation of why the challenge is so important, we can then turn to the task of providing the much needed support.”

Translation: [Who knows?]

* Shout out to David Brooks of the New York Times for showcasing these precious little gems in his October 13, 2005 op-ed.