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, 23 Feb 2018 02:00:04 -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 e1ff447d001345b9d86aec4ab61493b4 Make it Work for 02/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/18/make-it-work Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Make our current systems work first &#8212; then figure out if additional changes are needed. This past week, 17 people were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by a single shooter. As a mother of two teenagers, I cannot image the heartbreak of the friends and families of the victims. A tragedy. </p> <p>Possibly it could have been averted.</p> <p>People are outraged, as they should be &#8212; but they are fixated on the changes we should make or need to make, many of which might be helpful, BUT...our big problem right now is that not even the current system is working.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 22, 2018</p> 3ddd34990d84a1c562cb2fb0bb8d04ed Our Work -- the Will of God for 02/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/18/our-work-the-will-of-god Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This coming week we recognize the federal holiday celebrating George Washington's birthday. Many states now recognize President Abraham Lincoln's birthday on the same day. For retail advertisers, it's more about the sales than anything else, and for some school systems that had snow (or ice/cold) days earlier in the year, it's a chance to make up a day of instruction.</p> <p>My challenge to you this year is to pause, reflect and reconsider how Washington and Lincoln have shaped our country, and how their actions can still influence and shape our future. </p> <p>Washington almost didn't make it to our Revolution. While serving in the French and Indian War, Washington had two horses shot out from under him and four bullets pierced his clothes. These near-death experiences may have provided Washington with a different perspective, reminding him, as I was reminded by a friend yesterday who was en route to a funeral, to remember that "every day is a gift."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018</p> b67584e39f87be8390b3c652c1bc7851 Tumultuous Waters, Sound Structure for 02/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/18/tumultuous-waters-sound-structure Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In a world that often feels tumultuous and erratic, it's helpful to step back and realize that change is the only constant, whether in personal life or the life of a nation. To weather the storm, look to the horizon to gain perspective and thereby peace. </p> <p>When George Washington decided not to remain president, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson ran against each other to replace him. Jefferson lost the election of 1796 to Adams, (68-71 electoral votes), and served as vice president, presiding over the Senate. This handoff of power, from Washington to Adams, proved that Americans could transition peacefully from one leader to another.</p> <p>America was not a monarchy. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 08, 2018</p> 924904488460212d4496ef7a4b20a780 The People for 02/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/18/the-people Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The coming mid-term elections will be a battle between hope and fear, pride and shame, inclusion or identity politics and the people versus the current bureaucracy and government control. On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump set it up perfectly.</p> <p>For those watching the State of the Union Speech this week, it might have seemed extraordinarily long. It was. At 1 hour and 20 minutes, it was the the third-longest State of the Union speech on record.</p> <p>What may not have appeared obvious was Trump's mastery of the speech structure. The optimistic tone and tenor, the inclusionary language, the bipartisan requests, the inclusion of real people (who represent the achievements of everyday Americans), the laundry list of accomplishments from the past year followed by a long list of accomplishments yet to be made, Trump conveyed while folding in policies that are normally clung to by those on the left (criminal justice reform and family leave), while reminding us of our shared history and our founders' quest for freedom. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 01, 2018</p> a6924164599b66b4fa1293d1a99d0370 Must-Watch TV for 01/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/18/must-watch-tv Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This Tuesday, President Donald Trump will travel to the United States Capitol and deliver his first State of the Union Address from the well of the House of Representatives. Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul Ryan will sit behind him during the address and stand, clap and nod as appropriate. This will be a historic address. It will combine Trump's ability to engage, entertain and connect with his audience, the American people, with his ability to create a vision of an even brighter future of Americans. </p> <p>With the passage of major tax legislation behind him, and the government back open, Trump has much good news to share. The State of our Union is good.</p> <p>During his first year, Trump ended the delay for Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, and he appointed a raft of conservative federal judges, (most importantly, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch). Government regulations have been cut, leading to business optimism and economic growth. On the foreign policy side, Trump has reoriented our foreign policy stance from everyone else first, to America first. This reorientation has lead to the United States' departure from the Paris climate accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. He announced that he will move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 25, 2018</p> 9b21fb77b62ca7076671108ec9475b1b Media Has to Change for 01/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/18/media-has-to-change Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>For the news industry to thrive, it has to address their audience's low opinion of their work product and make it better. While the First Amendment provides freedom of the press, it does not address the potential bias of those who work in the press, or what control the press might have. It does not address how that bias might change news into opinion, nor does it address the distinction between news and commentary. The First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press."</p> <p>So government can't control the press. The press has the ability to determine what to focus on as well as how to phrase, position and promote their coverage. With opinion writers (such as myself) or show hosts, it's easy to see and understand the political bias that events are viewed through. With those who "report" the news, it gets a bit more difficult. It becomes more important to see what was covered, what was left out and the perspective from which it was viewed and created from.</p> <p>For example, the White House held an event this Tuesday: "A Conversation with the Women of America." During this event, a panel discussion was held. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called on Sharon LeVell &#8212; the owner of Dunwoody Diamonds USA, in Dunwoody, Georgia, and a woman of color &#8212; for a comment. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 18, 2018</p> bfb1315eae6ba4a29d8c9796a86fb07d Yes and Yes for 01/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/18/yes-and-yes Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>President Donald Trump's historic, televised meeting this Tuesday on immigration reform proved that he seeks to lead all Americans &#8212; not just his base. Seated between Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Trump appeared to defer to legislators, while encouraging them to get to work on legislation regarding immigration, the wall and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. </p> <p>"President Trump offered support for sweeping immigration legislation at a White House meeting on Tuesday, sending the signal he's willing to embrace a bipartisan deal in a midterm election year with the GOP's congressional majorities in play," wrote Jordan Fabian Tuesday in an article published in The Hill, which carried this headline: "Trump says he'll take heat for immigration deal."</p> <p>While some might view the president's move as political suicide, or at least confusing, the American people don't agree. They are looking for action and accomplishments from their elected officials. A Gallup Survey released October 9, 2017, (random sample of 1,022 adults, conducted Sept. 6-10, 2017, sampling error +/- 4 percentage points) provides the data. "Fifty-four percent of Americans want political leaders in Washington to compromise to get things done. This far outpaces the 18 percent who would prefer that leaders stick to their beliefs even if little gets done, while the views of 28 percent fall somewhere in between. The gap between compromise and sticking to principles is the widest in Gallup's trend."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 11, 2018</p> 78e3eba4ed0a46184f43707aba7c2d91 The Ground is Shifting Under Obamacare for 01/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/18/the-ground-is-shifting-under-obamacare-43844 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>After closing 2017 on a high, Republicans have an enormous opportunity this year if they work hard, make accomplishments and focus on real communication. Last year's stellar finish was marked by the legislature's passage of the most comprehensive tax bill in three decades and President Donald Trump's signing it into law.</p> <p>In addition, the stock market had a great year in 2017. The S&P 500 has risen for 14 consecutive months. This has continued into 2018, with the NASDAQ hitting a record high this past Tuesday.</p> <p>The January 1 New York Times article by Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley titled, "The Trump Effect: Business, Anticipating Less Regulation, Loosens Purse Strings," accurately captures the current business outlook. "A wave of optimism has swept over American business leaders, and it is beginning to translate into the sort of investment in new plants, equipment and factory upgrades that bolsters economic growth, spurs job creation &#8212; and may finally raise wages significantly."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 04, 2018</p> a26caa2169ae69f565cda4a0a5c93ea8 Pause, Reflect and Get Ready for the Year to Come for 12/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/17/pause-reflect-and-get-ready-for-the-year-to-come Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This is the one time of year we collectively pause, take a breath and get ready for the year to come. It's when we can set next year's tenor, tone and pace. It's up to each of us to make the most of our pause.</p> <p>I love this time of year. Christmas is over and the new year has not yet begun. Families are still together and friends are making plans to catch up while school is still out and many businesses are closed or are operating with smaller staffs. The Christmas decorations are still in place, and the traffic is light enough to slow down and enjoy them.</p> <p>Those who are working are doing so at a different pace, with different expectations regarding response and turnaround times. We have time to catch up with friends, family and co-workers, to grab coffee, a drink or to simply stop and chat. The soon-to-be old year is wrapping up, and the new year is not quite here.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 28, 2017</p> 2da1310cf8aab0095fe5adccddc983b1 Great Start to Next Year for 12/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/17/great-start-to-next-year Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This week, Republicans in the House and Senate passed the most comprehensive tax bill in the past three decades. This marks the biggest change since Reagan signed the 1986 tax reform. </p> <p>Tax rates will drop for corporations and for individuals, allowable deductions will be changed and Americans will no longer be required to choose between buying health insurance or paying a fine. </p> <p>"Under the final tax bill, the corporate tax rate would fall to 21 percent, from the current 35 percent, a move that Republicans are betting will increase economic growth, create jobs and raise wages," wrote Thomas Kaplan and Alan Rappeport in the New York Times article, "Republican Tax Bill Passes Senate in 51-48 Vote." "Individuals would also see tax cuts, including a top rate of 37 percent, down from 39.6 percent. The size of inheritances shielded from estate taxation would double, to $22 million for married couples, and owners of pass-through businesses, whose profits are taxed through the individual code, would be able to deduct 20 percent of their business income."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017</p> 83c50f7bd484742d285324b5cc57422b Short-Term Loss, Potential Long-Term Gain for 12/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/17/short-term-loss-potential-long-term-gain Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>While Democrats are crowing about their victory in the Alabama Senate race, now is the time for potential long-term gain for Republicans. The Alabama special election for senator was held this week, with Democratic candidate Doug Jones beating Republican Roy Moore.</p> <p>In the Republican primary, Moore had beaten a more moderate candidate, Sen. Luther Strange, who had been appointed by then-Gov. Robert Bentley.</p> <p>A few months later, Bentley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of violating campaign finance law and resigned.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 14, 2017</p> 41396395e6c18007cfca9be4040a4ee5 This Advent, Let Your Presence Be Your Present for 12/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/17/this-advent-let-your-presence-be-your-present Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Advent is a time of expectation, and preparation for the celebration of Christ's birth. While much of the Christmas hype is focused on the day itself, along with the gifts to be purchased and exchanged, Christmas is better thought of as process, a time to be lived through and savored, day by day, week by week, rather than rushed through to the end. </p> <p>This year our family purchased and decorated our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. Maggie, our eldest and a senior in high school, had requested the early start. My husband Jimmy and I granted her request without hesitation, as we well realize that next year she will be away in college. The following weekend, we made a wreath and lit the one candle as a family to mark the first Sunday of Advent.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 07, 2017</p> ea307b335bf2d019eb30b90a10e05d7b The Power of Hope for 11/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/17/the-power-of-hope Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"Once people come to believe, for whatever reason, that life is no longer worth living, that belief tends to become self-fulfilling," wrote Joseph Hallinan, in a May 7, 2014, "Psychology Today" article titled "The Remarkable Power of Hope."</p> <p>Hallinan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, referenced "the work of late Johns Hopkins professor Curt Richter. In the 1950s, he conducted a gruesome experiment with domesticated and wild rats." Richter would put the rats into a jar of water and watch them drown. Three of the 12 domesticated rats died rapidly. "The nine remaining rats did not succumb nearly so readily; they swam for days before they eventually gave up and died," wrote Hallinan.</p> <p>While the wild rats were more ferocious and better swimmers, all 34 died within minutes of entering the water. Richter's hypothesis, "'The situation of these rats scarcely seems one demanding fight or flight &#8212; it is rather one of hopelessness,' he wrote. '[T]he rats are in a situation against which they have no defense...they seem literally to 'give up.'"<p>Updated: Thu Nov 30, 2017</p> 261d6ce6b896aadf196bc8ff404cfb47 Giving Thanks is Good for You for 11/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/17/giving-thanks-is-good-for-you Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Thanksgiving began in 1621, when the Pilgrims invited the Wampanoag Indians to join them in celebration of the fall harvest. The Pilgrims had fled religious persecution in England a year earlier and had lost many of their group during the travels overseas and subsequent harsh winter. After harvest, they paused to thank God. The Indians traveled for several days to join them, created their own camp and stayed for three days of feasting and celebration.</p> <p>The holiday received official status in 1789, with George Washington's first presidential proclamation, which designated the 26th day of November next to be set aside for a time of Thanksgiving. "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God and to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor," he wrote.</p> <p>In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared a day of Thanksgiving after the Union victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, even while the nation was still divided. "I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens," he wrote. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 23, 2017</p> 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>