We react with understandable empathy, sorrow and fear to breaking news of a mass shooting.
Fifty happy Saturday night partiers killed in Orlando. Horrific – yes!
Five police officers assassinated in Dallas by one unstable man with a semi-automatic weapon. Unimaginable, heartbreaking – yes.
But it turns out to be equal to just two percent of the total incidents of gun violence in 2015!
30,000 Americans died as result of gunfire every year in the last decade.
After I turn off the lights each night, I repeat the basic prayer of my faith followed by a brief, extemporaneous chat with God. It was just after 1 AM Sunday morning when I asked God to do what he can to achieve peace on earth. At that very moment the largest mass shooting in the history of the United States was taking place across the country. How can it be that 49 people were murdered in an Orlando, Florida, night club? How can it be that 53 people who went out for a good time on Saturday night – ended up fighting for their lives in Orlando hospitals on Sunday? Then the “other shoe dropped”. The killer who pledged allegiance to ISIS — was known to the FBI but still was able to buy a military-style assault rifle from a legitimate gun dealer. Massacres Have One Common Denomi
A mutually beneficial trade relationship with Mexico is entirely possible – a relationship that looks more like our Canadian trading relationship.
More manufacturing jobs are an opportunity to expand the Mexican middle class but not all of those jobs have to come at the expense of American workers.
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump are all campaigning on a promise to produce jobs – lots of jobs.
But none of them have explained how they are going to do it.
Maybe we should elect ABC News' David Muir? Unlike all the leading Presidential candidates, he understands that a dynamic economy is a balance of consumption and production!
As a "million mile flyer"– I am skilled at managing my way through airport security with as little hassle as possible.
Even when I am "TSA Pre-cleared" I always have my liquids in one regulation size plastic bag, always declare my iPad or PC, and avoid wearing jewelry or high heel shoes that can set off a metal detector.
But I was completely unprepared for my experience with the TSA this past week --
when I was stopped by a female TSA agent who told me she had to "pat down my ponytail".
In 1970 a high school diploma implied that the graduate had mastered basic arithmetic, could read and write a coherent paragraph demonstrating comprehension of what they'd read and possessed some knowledge of basic science.
Maybe not enough to be admitted to Harvard or UC Berkeley but certainly enough to begin to build a middle class life – an auto mechanic, building trades apprentice, chef, miner, farmer, police officer, fireman, US military member or factory worker.
Fast forward to 2016 there are still hundreds of careers that can be built on a 1970s high school education including new careers like network administrator or computer programmer -- jobs that pay +/- $70K or more a year – after only about a year of technical training.
The problem is that a high school diploma in 2016 does
"A free college education for every student at every public college or university in America" is as likely as being swept up in a tornado, landing on your head still holding your dog, and living to tell about it – i.e. assuming the Wizard of OZ is a true story!
Scenario interviews accomplish three things. (1) Test the applicant’s skills (2) Test the applicant’s temperament (3) Test the applicant’s judgment. When you vote, you are part of a hiring decision. If you want better government you’ve got to make smart hiring (voting) decisions. You’ve got to pay close attention — see through the smokescreen of wishful thinking and anger. You’ve got to vote with your eyes wide open!