Jackie Gingrich Cushman from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:40:22 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Jackie Gingrich Cushman from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/jackie-gingrich-cushman-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman 4c36156d28b667a3711345db816324c3 Media Hype Forces Friction for 07/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/17/media-hype-forces-friction Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Americans' interests and broadcast news coverage are at odds. Additionally, the tendency of the news media to focus on conflict rather than progress helps create an adverse environment for lawmakers. </p> <p>Perhaps we need a change of focus.</p> <p>Bloomberg released a poll this past Monday that included the most important issues facing the country right now (1,001 American adults, conducted July 8-12, +/- 3.1 percentage points). The top issues were: health care (35 percent), unemployment and jobs (13 percent), terrorism (11 percent), immigration (10 percent), climate change (10 percent) and the U.S. relationship with Russia (6 percent). These topics have little to do with recent media coverage. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 20, 2017</p> c5f293b2d1cbdfa29f60ea6a4a042300 Frame of Reference for 07/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/17/frame-of-reference Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's common to hear political debates and read headlines regarding immigration, policy and how welcoming (or unwelcoming) the United States is to those who want to move here. </p> <p>Sometimes, though, some key facts are missing. So bear with me as I lay out what I hope will help readers form a frame of reference that will help them draw their own conclusions about U.S. policy.</p> <p>The world's most populous countries are China (1.4 billion), India (1.3 billion), the United States (326 million), Indonesia (260 million) and Brazil (207 million), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While the United States is the world's third-most-populous country, China and India each have roughly four times our population. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 13, 2017</p> d4df955e3ba0a7ecc283034e6cd029e3 Feeling Free for 07/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/17/feeling-free Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>According to a recent write up by Jon Clifton, a managing partner at Gallup, we have a lot to work on in our country, starting with feeling free. Yes, we celebrated the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this week. But, as a nation, we don't feel as free as we once did. </p> <p>"Americans' feeling of freedom is declining. In 2006, 91 percent of Americans were satisfied with the freedom in their lives. Today, it's 75 percent," wrote Clifton. "The 16-percentage-point decline is dramatic &#8212; but looking at how far the U.S. has fallen in comparison with the rest of the world, the decline is even worse. The U.S. ranked 11th when Gallup asked this question in 2006 (among 118 countries). In 2016, the U.S. came in 71st (among 139 countries). This puts the U.S. in the bottom half of all countries measured."</p> <p>We feel less free than we once did and less free compared with people in other countries. What's driving this decline? Why are we feeling this way? <p>Updated: Thu Jul 06, 2017</p> db2de2374d093650ff1e9d651139ead6 News, Information and Infotainment for 06/29/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/17/news-information-and-infotainment Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Watching today's constant battle between the White House and the press is tiresome for spectators and probably even more exhausting for those who are involved in the day to day back and forth. While it might drive ratings, it might not be of much use to anyone other than the advertisers and the networks.</p> <p>During the 2012 Republican presidential primary, I served as a Senior Advisor and media surrogate for Newt Gingrich (my father). During that time, I talked often to James Farwell, author of "Persuasion and Power: The Art of Strategic Communication" for his advice regarding press relations. Farwell, and expert in communication strategy and cyber war, has advised the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Department of Defense. </p> <p>I first met Farwell in 1992, when, in response to an untrue attack ad against my father, I appeared in a television commercial shot with me talking directly to the camera, noting that the attacks "just weren't true."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 29, 2017</p> dc9edfb8acf174bda1690f8c36237ae3 The People Want Results for 06/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/17/the-people-want-results Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Even with a Republican victory, there are lessons to learn. After weeks of media prognostications and massive money funneling into the special election for the Sixth Congressional District of Georgia, the race was won by Karen Handel, a Republican. Her opponent, Jon Ossoff, outspent her, and the media declared this election a referendum on President Trump. They predicted a win for Ossoff, but in the end, the massive money and media missives were for naught. </p> <p>How much was spent? According to a New York Times article this Wednesday by Alicia Parlapiano and Rachel Shorey titled, "Who Financed the Georgia Sixth, the Most Expensive House Election Ever," Ossoff's campaign raised $23.6 million (mostly from outside Georgia) versus the Handel campaign, which raised $4.5 million (mostly from inside Georgia). Outside groups also spend money in the race, but were not controlled by the candidates. The Democratic side spent $7.6 million, while the Republicans spent $18.2 million. When the campaign and party expenditures are combined, the Democrats spent $31.2 million while the Republicans spent $22.7 million. </p> <p>The one thing we can be sure of was that this election was an economic boom for advertisers and media outlets. According to Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, "The tidal wave of spending led a local television broadcaster, WXIA, to temporarily add a 7 p.m. newscast on its sister station." A sure sign that money drives business. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 22, 2017</p> eed6e82f8bc527afd312edd673b85658 Special Counsel, Independent Investigation? for 06/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/17/special-counsel-independent-investigation Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While the news media and pundits are covering the investigation and potential link between the Russian government and Trump's campaign, their ongoing fascination with who said what, how and to whom can obscure understanding of the larger issues. This might confuse many who don't have the time to follow this on a full-time basis. So here is a recap of what has happened so far. </p> <p>On May 17, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel of the Department of Justice to investigate "any links and or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and (ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and (iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. 600.4(a)."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 15, 2017</p> 704a80b47e5bd428df8ee5bcacf785a3 Let's Shine A New Light On Small Businesses for 06/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/17/lets-shine-a-new-light-on-small-businesses Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Here is a proposal for a new reality show that could not only help President Trump do his job, but could help millions of other Americans gain or keep theirs.</p> <p>I'll tell you how in a minute. But first, some background:</p> <p>For a small-business entrepreneur to be successful, he or she must not only come up with an idea and execute it, but then navigate the paperwork and bureaucratic processes involved in getting a business off the ground. It's not enough to make and sell your product and service. You also have to acquire business licenses, open bank accounts, lease space, hire employee, pay taxes...the list goes on and on. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 08, 2017</p> 1eebbcf0cde8a24c6ec044204185c809 News or Newsy Covfefe for 06/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/17/news-or-newsy-covfefe Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Early this Wednesday morning, shortly after midnight the night before, President Donald Trump tweeted out "Despite the constant negative press covfefe," and the internet erupted. Endless tweets, speculating about the meaning of the tweet, the reasoning of the person tweeting, creation of possible meanings of the word, along with rumination regarding why staff had not intervened before the president pressed the send button. Who knows how many man (should I say people) hours were devoted to the derision and speculation about covfefe.</p> <p>A few hours after his initial tweet, shortly after 6 am, Trump tweeted, "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!" At that point, the coverage and speculation erupted again. </p> <p>Think of this coverage as Newsy. Real news carries real information that is new and relevant. Newsy is more &#8212; well, news infotainment. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 01, 2017</p> 5446b5520d4f6bcb376e846e930f66c0 The Challenge Tour for 05/25/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/17/the-challenge-tour Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, President Donald Trump took his first foreign trip, beginning in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Trump's speech in Riyadh provides a clear contrast with the language and approach of President Barack Obama, who gave a speech titled "A New Beginning" in Cairo, Egypt, in 2009.</p> <p>Obama, who began his speech recognizing "tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations," asked for "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world."</p> <p>Because of this speech, some labeled the tour as Obama's apology tour. The speech included what the United States could do for the Middle East. He promised to invest "$1.5 billion each year over the next five years to partner with Pakistanis." We would provide "more than $2.8 billion to help Afghans...expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships ... encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities." <p>Updated: Thu May 25, 2017</p> 768ed85d7d8ba2aa51670d3c5a5f2202 Be Wary of Anonymous Sources for 05/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/17/be-wary-of-anonymous-sources Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The public's insatiable desire for content has led a number of so-called reporters to lower their standards and practice shoddy journalism &#8212; biased, full of conclusions that were reached before facts were verified, reliant on anonymous sources who may have their own axes to grind.</p> <p>The result is not news but fake news or, as we would call it in my hometown of Carrollton, Georgia, just plain gossip. <p>Updated: Thu May 18, 2017</p> 7ed6a8153cf86d1893a20cb2ef7e1d17 Angels Around Us for 05/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/17/angels-around-us Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While we tend to celebrate our own mothers on Mothers' Day, this year I am celebrating all mothers who overcome odds to take care of their children and others' children. "Janice" (not her real name) is one such woman. </p> <p>Janice is a teacher at Our House, an Atlanta non-profit that provides shelter to live and education to thrive for homeless children and their families, which are predominantly led by mothers. <p>Updated: Thu May 11, 2017</p> 49b54ac2246aae64ceea1d20609508bf He's Only Just Begun for 05/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/17/hes-only-just-begun Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last Saturday marked President Donald Trump's 100th day in office. But you already know that, since he, his administration, his critics and members of the news media have noted this at length.</p> <p>Presidents are elected to four-year terms. So, while it might make headlines, the 100-day mark represents less than 7 percent of Trump's first term.</p> <p>He's only just begun.<p>Updated: Thu May 04, 2017</p> 3476d5ed324a996eef310520573c8482 A Meaningful Life for 04/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/17/a-meaningful-life Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This month has included the passing of my friend Julie who, at 41 years of age, was almost a decade younger than I. </p> <p>Julie had been diagnosed with cancer 38 days before she died. Her funeral, while filled with shock and sorrow, was also filled with joy and peace. A committed Christian, she brightened the lives of those she touched and left a legacy that resonated among the mourners: go and brighten others' lives as she brightened yours. The fact that she had found solace, purpose and strength in God, faith in Christ and belief in an afterlife made her funeral service more of a celebration than a sad event. While her life was far too short, it had great meaning. </p> <p>Her death and the deaths of three of my friends' parents remind me of my own mother's passing more than three years ago and raise the question in my mind of how I want to live out the balance of my life. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 27, 2017</p> e5cf920230ba75387e10245d47a7ef1e New Day, New Race for 04/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/17/new-day-new-race Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, the national media and national Democrats claimed a premature victory in the Georgia sixth congressional district special election, which they saw as a referendum on President Trump.</p> <p>But they suffered a rude awakening. </p> <p>When all the votes were counted, Democrat Jon Ossoff found himself in a runoff against Republican Karen Handel rather than the outright win he and his funders had hoped for.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 20, 2017</p> 5087efbeca72762f04f3c1e3fbae9774 Life, Resurrection and Easter for 04/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/17/life-resurrection-and-easter-0bcc9 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Growing up in rural Georgia in the 1970s, I thought of Easter not only as the resurrection of Jesus, but as a sign that spring had sprung. It was also the time for a new Sunday dress, a hat, gloves and more chocolate than I could eat &#8212; at least at one time.</p> <p>My focus was less on the resurrection and new life of Jesus Christ than on standing still while my mother pinned the new dress she was sewing for me to get the right fit. Any rapid movement on my part would result in a pinprick. My sister Kathy and I spent the night before making sure that our white Mary Janes had gotten at least one new coat of Kiwi white liquid shoe polish &#8212; it often took several coats to get rid of the black scuff marks. </p> <p>On Easter, Kathy and I would wake up before dawn, rush to our Easter baskets, eat a few bites of chocolate, put on our brand new Easter dresses, white tights and Mary Janes, and head out for the sunrise service, with candy stashed in our purses. At this point, it was less about the dress and more about the chocolate.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 13, 2017</p> 5c07d134dbba1ebdc1a89a9bf64894ac Surviving Weather and Turbulence for 04/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/17/surviving-weather-and-turbulence Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the South, spring thunderstorms and tornadoes can leave deadly destruction in their wake. The milder storms bring relief from pollen, leaving the air purer and easier to breathe, as well as providing much-needed water for the rapidly growing crops and flowers. </p> <p>As a child, I loved sitting on the wooden swing on the front porch of my family's house in rural Georgia as the summer thunderstorms passed over, counting the number of seconds between the lightning strike and the roar of thunder. The storms reminded me then &#8212; and still do &#8212; of the awesome power of God. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 06, 2017</p> fd072c6280ffb1a822aef16c47dc2ce1 Connecting and Communicating for 03/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/17/connecting-and-communicating Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This past week, after President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, pushed for a vote on the repeal/replacement of Obamacare, the bill was pulled at the last minute due to lack of votes. All week they thought they could get there, and they were wrong. There were two errors made in the process: an artificial deadline for an incredibly complex issue, and failing to build support with the American People. </p> <p>A day before the vote was called off, Quinnipiac released a poll showing "American voters disapprove 56 to 17 percent, with 26 percent undecided." Republicans only supported the bill at 41 percent.</p> <p>The second problem &#8212; the forced deadline &#8212; can easily be fixed: by not providing one. The first error &#8212; winning the argument &#8212; is more complex.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 30, 2017</p> 01b711d3ead932e3a663d322d52bbb21 Where We Belong for 03/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/17/where-we-belong Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>While we might have changed a lot since our high school days, according to Emily Esfahani Smith, author of "The Power of Meaning; Crafting a Life that Matters," (Crown, 2017, New York, New York), one attribute is still the same: we have a need to belong. In high school, this need to belong can influence and change attire, hairstyle and even actions. The same is true as adults; we, too, want to belong.</p> <p>According to Smith, there are four areas that influence our ability to create a meaningful life &#8212; belonging, purpose, storytelling and transcendence. Belonging includes forging "relationships in which we feel understood, recognized, and valued &#8212; to know we matter to others." Purpose includes having "a far-reaching goal that motivates us, serves as the organizing principle of our lives, and drives us to make a contribution to the world." When Smith writes about storytelling, it's the ability to take "our disparate experiences and assembling them into a coherent narrative that allows us to make sense of ourselves and the world." Transcendence is the feeling that "we have risen above the everyday world and are connected to something vast and meaningful."</p> <p>The beginning point for a meaningful life is belonging &#8212; this influences our purpose, our story and our ability to transcend. You can identify or belong to a family, tribe, group of friends, team, neighborhood, city, state, nation or religious group, for instance. While we might belong to numerous groups, it's the ones we identify with and the ones that we search for and find relationships where we feel "understood, recognized and valued" that really matter. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 23, 2017</p> c99bdf0b08d07b79b9542fb3b5c22348 A Resilient Country for 03/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/17/a-resilient-country Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>While the election and inauguration are over, it seems, at least to me that partisan politics are as strong as ever. It spills over not only on cable news, broadcast news, internet and print, but also into daily conversations and interactions. </p> <p>As a firm believer of seeing a bright future for all Americans and working towards that future, I am going to ask you to suspend belief for a few moments. Image a country where "optimism, ownership and a sense of control" is pervasive. These attributes, according to Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Sam Goldstein in "Raising Resilient Children," are the markers of resilience.</p> <p>A resilient country. Just imagine. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 16, 2017</p> 3446624c8ca87e374caa02b014477860 Frameworks, Gratitude and Grievances for 03/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/17/frameworks-gratitude-and-grievances Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Today's hyper-connected, social media driven world shapes the information and news that each of us consumes. What many of us see on search engines, Facebook and Twitter is based on our history, our likes and our preferences. While this might lead us to click on much of the content curated for us as individuals, it also means that we will see very different information than others &#8212; with different histories and preferences &#8212; will see. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">What I consider to be important news may never be seen by the person across the aisle from me on a plane. Or it might be presented from a totally different perspective, leading that person to a different and possibly opposite interpretation and understanding.</span><p>Updated: Thu Mar 09, 2017</p>