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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mourning Senator Lugar

Richard Lugar was mayor of Indianapolis before he was elected to the Senate in 1976.  He would go on to serve for 36-years, and was a highly regarded Republican foreign policy expert who, along with former Senator Sam Nunn, spearheaded a program that dismantled thousands of former Soviet nuclear weapons after the Cold War.  He died last month and today numerous national leaders and several hundred mourners gathered for his funeral. He will be remembered as a peacemaker and a man whose contributions to our nation are countless.

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution


The first industrial revolution started in Britain in textile factories.  The second affected everything from steel to motor cars.  The third brought us computers.  Now, we might be looking at a fourth, one that will bring robots, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing to factories everywhere.  This change will disrupt the world.  Whether it means humanoid robots start to fill factories, or factories start churning out vastly different products every day thanks to the ease of 3D printing remains to be seen, but disruption is certain.  It doesn’t have to be negative though.  Manufacturing is a huge source of economic growth for the U.S. and countries around the world.  If the fourth industrial revolution is coming, here’s a chance for us to shape it so that it has the best impact possible on every nation.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Avoiding another Government Shutdown- Probably


According to the news sites, President Trump intends to sign a border security deal to avoid another partial government shutdown.  While reportedly not happy with Congress’s tentative deal, he has said he does not want another shutdown.  The potential deal doesn’t include full funding for the border wall, but there are other options available to the executive branch when it comes to funding.  Any move forward will undoubtedly come under extensive debate.  There’s a reason negotiation is referred to as an art – it takes skill, finesse and talent to come out a winner, and that’s especially tough during a time when politicians and American citizens are struggling to see a way towards a universal winning narrative.   

Thursday, December 20, 2018

2019 Federal Budget


The end of the year is approaching, and while that might mean holiday music and vacations, it also means all eyes are on the federal budget.  If Congress and the White House don’t strike a deal, nine federal departments and several smaller agencies will run out of money and shut down at midnight on Friday.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has proposed a bill that would fund the government through February 8.  Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., both said Democrats would support the measure.  Hopefully sensible policy will reign this holiday season.  As McConnell said, no one wants to end the year the way it began – with a government shutdown.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Traits of Opportunity Makers


We all want opportunity.  Whether for ourselves or someone close to us, opportunities are a pretty universal desire.  Kare Andersen recently gave a TED talk where she called on people to remember the three traits of opportunity makers: opportunity-makers keep honing their top strength and they become pattern seekers; they get involved in different worlds than their worlds so they’re trusted and they can see those patterns; they communicate to connect around sweet spots of shared interest.  There is a lot going on in our world.  A mix of positive and negative.  We all should be aware of how we can not only find opportunities for ourselves, but also make opportunities for those around us.  In doing so, we can start spreading positive change.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

This Day in History- August 29th 1972


On August 29, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon held his 27th news conference.  The topic was the burgeoning Watergate scandal, a scandal that would eventually result in Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974.  Forty-six years after that press conference, we all still remember Watergate.  It’s a part of American history, and a reminder that we need to remember our past.  Remember it, but not dwell on it.  We learn from our past, both great moments and distressing moments, but we must keep our focus on the present, with a healthy, educated guess at what the future holds.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Supreme Court Nomination


President Trump announced the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  If Kavanaugh is confirmed, he will fill the vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.  Kavanaugh spent 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, longer than any recent Supreme Court nominee except for Ginsberg, who served 13 years.  However, as with any other Supreme Court nomination, there are conflicting opinions as to whether he is the right judge for the position.  It is up to the Senate to confirm or deny the nomination.