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 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:46:51 -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 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> 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>