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 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:46:34 -0800 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 f6466c0aa5a9449db0d48e4c0cc9c064 You've Come a Long Way for 11/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/17/youve-come-a-long-way Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>While others in my family are already planning Christmas Eve dinner, I am still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Halloween has come and gone. At this point, I am simply thankful that my husband and son threw away the carved pumpkin on the front step rather than leaving it to decay in place, as happened a few years ago. </p> <p>Thanksgiving arrives next week, and, though we are hosting a dinner, I am not sure how many guests will show up, I have not laid out the seating chart and I have no idea what time dinner will be served, nor what it will contain. </p> <p>And the uncertainty doesn't end there. The weekend after Thanksgiving will be devoted to putting up our Christmas tree and, with it, beginning the scramble to the next big holiday.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 16, 2017</p> 1b0867cbade1702772a05b75cf790ddf Cutting Taxes and Building Bridges for 11/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/17/cutting-taxes-and-building-bridges Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>While Democrats across the nation are declaring both victory and a potential turning tide after this week's off-year election, Republicans might want to turn to their old playbook to prove the Democrats wrong. </p> <p>But it won't be easy. </p> <p>For Democrats, still smarting after last year's loss by Hillary Clinton and this week's release of Donna Brazile's book "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House," just about anything would look like a victory.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 09, 2017</p> c06dd696046454f04b2bc0f5f076f3a5 Fast and Furious for 11/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/17/fast-and-furious Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There is a rhythm to life, to living. There is a time for everything, a time to wake up, a time to sleep, a time to eat and a time to celebrate. The passage of time allows us to process the world around us. Events that happen around us as well as those that happen near and involve us directly become part of who we are and how we understand the world over time. It is not only the external events, but also how we each then interpret them internally. </p> <p>Even before this week's terror attack in New York City, Deena Shanker of Bloomberg wrote that "Americans Are Officially Freaking Out," based on the American Psychological Association's Eleventh Stress in America survey. "Almost two-thirds of Americans, or 63 percent, report being stressed about the future of the nation," Shanker wrote. "This worry about the fate of the union tops longstanding stressors such as money (62 percent) and work (61 percent) and also cuts across political proclivities. However, a significantly larger proportion of Democrats (73 percent) reported feeling stress than independents (59 percent) and Republicans (56 percent)." The "current social divisiveness" was cited by 59 percent. That same percentage said "they consider this to be the lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember." </p> <p>The terror event in New York City this past Tuesday will not ease our stress. A man in a pickup truck drove down a bike path for almost a mile, killing eight people and injuring 11 more.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 02, 2017</p> 5761ae99a7bfc9de66726d14278e6f2f Middle School Drama on a National Stage for 10/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/17/middle-school-drama-on-a-national-stage Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Three winds currently blowing through political Washington: the never-ending, middle school-esque drama talk, the steady reduction of executive overreach and the need for legislative leadership. All three will have an effect on mid-term elections next year. The backdrop is the fire that fueled Trump's election &#8212; the fear of government corruption. </p> <p>To make sense of it, we might learn from an event that occurred in the fall of 2011, when my father, Newt Gingrich, was running for president and my daughter was in sixth grade.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 26, 2017</p> cac892d2a28b5f03b3ccb2d61940ff7d Me Too, But Not You for 10/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/17/me-too-but-not-you Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, sexual harassment and sexual assault have been trending on Twitter driven, in part, by actress Alyssa Milano's Sunday night post, "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet." While some women responded with their story or stories of harassment or assault, others simply listed the hashtag #metoo.</p> <p>According to CNN, the phrase "started more than 10 years ago with activist Tarana Burke." When Burke was a youth and a volunteer, a child revealed to her that she was being sexually abused. Burke sent the child to an adult for help, unable to verbalize the words "me too."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 19, 2017</p> 8fb48ba0e31065e621f348d781b77529 Growing Up for 10/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/17/growing-up Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, our oldest child Maggie turns 18. She and I traveled together this past week visiting potential colleges. Next year she will be out of the house and enrolled in college. I can't help but pause and reflect.</p> <p>Way back in 1999, my husband Jimmy and I were thrilled to welcome her. I had previously suffered a miscarriage, along with all the heartbreak, tears and uncertainty that went with it. It took weekly blood tests to ensure that my progesterone was in the right range, but it worked.</p> <p>My labor began in the middle of the night. Having heard that the first labor could take hours, I watched the movie "Rooster Cogburn" starring Katherine Hepburn and John Wayne to pass the time. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 12, 2017</p> 465ee48bbeb301fdc18d0b50b0a0a01c Honesty, Candor and a Shared Future for 10/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/17/honesty-candor-and-a-shared-future Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>We've all made mistakes, some we admit, some we hide. The good news is that honest confessions of our mistakes can provide cover for others to tell their truths as well, creating greater connections and stronger, more honest cultures. While we often look up to charismatic speakers or those in the media spotlight, the greatest moments in leadership are not the inspiring speeches but "rather little moments of confession, when they admitted to a mistake or a weakness," according to Daniel Coyle, author of "The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups," (Bantam, New York, 2018). "Dave Cooper, a Navy SEAL, put it this way: 'The most important words a leader can say is, 'I screwed that up.'"</p> <p>Why does this make a difference? Because culture is important. According to "Culture as a Corporate Asset," a report released this week by the National Association of Corporate Directors, "businesses with high scores on other culturally related criteria such as mission, consistency and employee involvement had significantly higher returns on assets, sales growth rates, and market-to-book values compared with firms that had low scores." From a business perspective, it might make sense for business leaders to confess to their mistakes in an effort to connect and encourage real discussion and growth from others in the company.</p> <p>An organization's culture is not simply about what's printed on mission statements or on posters about values. Instead, it's about the day-to-day actions of leaders and the behaviors they tolerate or even encourage in employees. While CEOs cannot know every action taken within their companies, they can set standards of behavior and create criteria, written, or unspoken, that set boundaries of tolerated or expected behavior. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 05, 2017</p> d55651a7049cecaf050c4c218e0d55ec Capacity and Confusion for 09/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/17/capacity-and-confusion Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The combination of constant news, social media and a filterless firehose of opinion has created a deluge of political news, comment and updates that can be overwhelming &#8212; especially to Americans who are attempting to work, raise children, care for parents and take a little time every day simply to breathe. The places and spaces that used to provide community or respite from the drudgery of the daily grind &#8212; sports teams, entertainers and simple neighborly conversation &#8212; are instead becoming part of the ongoing and seemingly never-ending political conversation.</p> <p>The pace of political news is so fast and the changes are so abrupt that many Americans may find it easier to dismiss the topic altogether rather than attempt to try to keep up. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 28, 2017</p> 5f17145f8d42402927cb618d8b5f785f Our Destiny is in Our Hands for 09/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/17/our-destiny-is-in-our-hands Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In a remarkable speech marked by fearlessness and clarity, the leader of the free world told other world leaders this week that all of them &#8212; himself included &#8212; need to focus on their own people.</p> <p>In his first address to the United Nations, President Donald Trump offered a mixture of views that provided both paradox and clarity. He focused on sovereignty, but was not isolationist. He was respectful of other forms of government, but pushed world leaders to focus more on people than on government. </p> <p>Trump reaffirmed his belief in the slogan that helped win him the nation's top job. "As president of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always, and should always, put your countries first," he said. He then acknowledged the cultures and sovereignty of other nations. "We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions or even systems of government," he said. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 21, 2017</p> 2ac7bd9b343ab283286f5449c01fee18 Courage to Care for 09/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/17/courage-to-care Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the past two weeks, our country has endured two hurricanes. They are reminders that, in a world where we attempt to plan and control, to be the masters of our destinies, we are all too often at the mercies of a greater power. During times of natural disasters, people rush in to rescue others, either through personal action, donations or thoughts and prayers. We have the courage to care and to help others, often at our own expense.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The immense devastation, the potential for those we know and love to be involved, the knowledge that the people affected did not create the disaster and the ongoing media coverage make it easy for us to care, to connect and to compassionately reach out to assist. And we do.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Sep 14, 2017</p> ca215a5eff0db7f1f58e236fc1b6cea8 The Purpose of Process for 09/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/17/the-purpose-of-process Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A quick glance at media headlines might lead one to believe that the decision regarding so-called "Dreamers" and their immigration status is an easy one; that it can be made on the basis of what's right, what would be compassionate, and what the end result would be, without regard to process. But, as often happens, reality is more complex. It's the process as well as the end result that matters. Let's step back and review what's happened.</p> <p>In the spring of 2011, at a Univision townhall, President Obama was asked about using executive order to change immigration policy. His answer, "With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case...Congress passes the law. The executive branch's job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws...for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president."</p> <p>Eighteen months later, Obama had determined that the end was more important than the means... at least temporarily. On September 15, 2012, he spoke about the "new actions my administration will take ... specifically for certain young people sometimes called 'Dreamers'...you can one day earn your citizenship...this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure...Congress needs to act."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 07, 2017</p> 4247804dcfc6fb2e82cc84299f01728e Back to Work for 08/31/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/17/back-to-work-7e428 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While many of us consider work to be a four-letter word, we all know that work can be fun and exhilarating if we are working at becoming better, or using our talents to help others. In such cases, work is transformed from a labor of necessity into a labor of love. Everyone has different talents and interests given to them by God; meaningful work puts those talents to work in areas that not only interest you, but help others, too. There is value in having worked and made a positive difference to others.</p> <p>After the Labor Day holiday this weekend, most schools will be back in session, summer vacations will be over and, for most Americans, the focus will be on getting stuff done at work or in school until Thanksgiving and Christmas. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 31, 2017</p> 7d454e1abab154bf01257421dca9edb5 Ludicrous, Ridiculous Life for 08/24/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/17/ludicrous-ridiculous-life Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When you have a hard time distinguishing between a ludicrous late-night comedy sketch and a game on ESPN, you know that things are out of hand.</p> <p>This Tuesday, the website "Outkick the Coverage" ran this story: "MSESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVA Game To Avoid Offending Idiots." The reporter, Clay Travis, broke the news that ESPN had reassigned announcer Robert Lee from the opening football game to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia, between the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary, to the Youngstown State at Pittsburgh game. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 24, 2017</p> 24747930ee3470b34c3b22d2ec1618ca The Last Year at Home for 08/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/17/the-last-year-at-home Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My first memories of dropping our daughter &#8212; and oldest child &#8212; off at preschool revolve around her screaming "Mommy, Mommy," as I walked out the door. She was a toddler and I was returning to work full time. I would wait in the hall for her to calm down, wondering if my heart would break. </p> <p>In retrospect, the crying didn't last long, but at the time it seemed to last for hours. After I dropped her off, I would watch as the teacher distracted her with some activity or another, and the crying subsided. Only then would I take a deep breath and head to work. Each day, it took her less time for her to calm down, and soon she was glad to be dropped off in a fun, interesting environment. She would smile as I left for the day.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 17, 2017</p> 12bb4884151c5af29aedeb9122107abe Shades of Gray for 08/10/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/17/shades-of-gray Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in a series of articles named "The Crack-up" for Esquire in 1936. "One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise." </p> <p>If Fitzgerald's test remains valid today, then I can only conclude that few people with first-rate intelligence are making their voices heard. Instead, firm views from both sides of an argument are more often simply amplified. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 10, 2017</p> a6e035e1771a5687b37603bc709bd74c White House Communications for 08/03/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/17/white-house-communications Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you have been on vacation, you may have been buried in a good summer novel and missed the real-life story of Anthony Scaramucci, whose tenure as White House director of communications lasted just 10 days. Though this is no novel, it is riveting nonetheless:</p> <p>Initially targeted in January to fill an assistant-to-the-president position, the financier was advised by then-White House Chief of Staff, Reince Preibus, to withdraw his name from consideration; he did so. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 03, 2017</p> 72f0e814da45d4120e52b956126e0ad0 Senate Should Push Toward Peak Performance for 07/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/17/senate-should-push-toward-peak-performance Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, after the press predicted doom for the potential repeal and replacement of Obamacare, Senator John McCain, R., Ariz., who had been diagnosed with brain cancer last week, flew back into Washington to vote for the motion to debate the potential repeal of Obamacare. While standing on the floor of the Senate, McCain charged to Senate to be more, to do more,than stand for partisan politics.</p> <p>He has a point - it's through self-transcendence that great feats can be accomplished. "Peak Performance" authors Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness write that people perform at their best when they are able to transcend self and overcome their limitations and fears by focusing on something greater. "A self-transcending purpose doesn't come from thin air. It comes from inside you," wrote Stulberg and Magness.</p> <p>McCain reminded the Senate that "they had an obligation to work collaboratively to ensure the Senate discharged its constitutional responsibilities effectively. Our responsibilities are important, vitally important, to the continued success of our Republic. And our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all." <p>Updated: Thu Jul 27, 2017</p> 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>