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 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 05:49:28 -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 0d2b6e5b5f0e4998699f6974d3c1a06b Stay Calm and Slow to Anger for 09/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/20/stay-calm-and-slow-to-anger Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most of us understand the concept of working toward a goal based on the system in place. For example, when I was in college, I'd review the syllabus for each class, see how the professor calculated final grades (did it include performance on homework and quizzes or just tests, and how was each of those weighted?) and then periodically figure out &#8212; based on my past performance &#8212; what I needed to do to get the grade I wanted. </p> <p>Let's take this tack while reviewing the upcoming presidential election. As I wrote a few weeks ago, we elect a president based not on who wins the popular vote but who wins at least 270 of the Electoral College's 538 electoral votes. In 2016, Donald Trump won the Electoral College 304-227. His Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote but lost the election by losing rural areas. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 24, 2020</p> 4378b3cfc6e3f51cd0b7dabc21f7d991 A Challenge and a Prayer for 09/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/20/a-challenge-and-a-prayer Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's easy to become frustrated, especially in politics, as Election Day grows near. It's harder, but it could be more helpful, to focus on curiosity rather than frustration, as bestselling author Brendon Burchard challenged this week via social media &#8212; curiosity about why something would happen or not, rather than frustration that it did or didn't. Curiosity leads to learning. </p> <p>This week, I am attempting to switch my frustration over the mainstream media's focus on stories that highlight the worst of President Donald Trump to curiosity about why they would gloss over his historic achievements, specifically, the Abraham Accords peace agreement signed Tuesday at the White House by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. This is the first Middle East peace agreement in decades. It is a historic event that has taken years to achieve, and it has attracted little coverage. Contrast this with coverage of the doings of former President Barack Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, which even he was surprised to receive.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 17, 2020</p> f0a7214c9729c691b23c01e2a62de423 Talk Versus Action for 09/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/20/talk-versus-action Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With less than two months left before the presidential election, polls in the swing states are tightening, and the focus is sharpening. Remember, it's not the total popular vote that determines the outcome of the presidential election but the final tally from the Electoral College. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win. </p> <p>So, which states are in play? According to a Politico article published Tuesday titled "The battleground: These states will determine the 2020 election," 13 states could determine the outcome. Writers James Arkin, Scott Bland, Beatrice Jin, Andrew McGill, Steven Shepard and Allan James Vestal conclude that four of the states, with a combined total of 78 Electoral College votes, are likely to go to President Donald Trump (Texas, 38; Georgia, 16; Iowa, 6; and Ohio, 18). Four states with a total of 65 electoral votes are toss-ups (Florida, 29; North Carolina, 15; Arizona, 11; and Wisconsin, 10); and five states with a total of 56 Electoral College votes are likely to go to Biden (Nevada, 6; Minnesota, 10; New Hampshire, 4; Pennsylvania, 20; and Michigan, 16). <p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p> fa5e2cd55037d4d2d5350973b436635b Trump's Great Opportunity for 09/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/20/trumps-great-opportunity Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While Democratic operatives and pundits are calling for Georgia to go for the Democratic nominee, President Donald Trump has greatly improved his lead. Let's start with a bit of history for those who are not as familiar as I am with Georgia, my home for more decades than I would like to mention.</p> <p>For several presidential election cycles, pundits have said Georgia has been shifting into the Democratic column. This election year is no different. The state has voted for Republican presidential candidates since 1972 (with the exception of Southern Democratic candidates Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980 and Bill Clinton in 1992). <p>Updated: Thu Sep 03, 2020</p> 90e5c3e38a2c71a0108cf8534ffb451e How to Win the Presidency for 08/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/20/how-to-win-the-presidency Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A little over two months from now, American voters will have a choice to make: Vote for President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, or for former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris for president and vice president of the United States. There are other options: to not vote, or to vote for a third-party candidate. The one certainty: Those who don't vote or who vote for a third-party candidate will not have a chance to vote for the winning team. </p> <p>Either Trump/Pence or Biden/Harris will be the winning team, even though it might take more than one night to identify the winner if there are challenges in the vote counting. In 2000, the George W. Bush/Al Gore contest was not decided until Dec. 12, when the Supreme Court decided in favor of Bush's team, leading to Gore's concession the next day. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 27, 2020</p> 3942a6135046ef9bb7dc157ca170e03a Empathy and Elegance Vs. Policy and Performance for 08/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/20/empathy-and-elegance-vs-policy-and-performance Thu, 20 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Democratic National Convention is being held &#8212; virtually. Normally, political conventions of both parties are a hot destination for politicos and journalists alike. The fun is not only in the nomination process but in the backroom meetings, large crowds and electric atmosphere. There are few things better than a crowd of thousands cheering as a speech is delivered live. While the speeches are written prior to the convention and delivered with the assistance of a teleprompter, there is still the chance that the speaker can ad lib, flub or connect instantaneously with the audience. There is also the chance that the journalists can grab headlines. </p> <p>For example, John Chancellor, an NBC reporter, was arrested at the 1964 Republican National Convention. In 1968, CBS reporter Dan Rather was punched in the stomach by security personnel on the floor of the Democratic National Convention as anchor Walter Cronkite narrated. There will be no such drama this week at the Democratic National Convention, nor next week at the Republican National Convention. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 20, 2020</p> 35af11ef256f03809ee37232b17b76f1 Hold on Tight! for 08/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/20/hold-on-tight Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's hot and muggy in Atlanta, where I live and where our primary runoff election was held this week. Normally, we would have had more of a break between the runoff and the general, but COVID-19 has changed the timing. Now the presidential election is less than three months away. Hold on tight; it's going to be a wild ride.</p> <p>The announcement this week by former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, of his selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate places all of the key people in the race. The matchup is set: President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence versus Biden and Harris. The selection of Harris, who is smart and tough and uses skills attained as a prosecutor, provides the Democratic ticket with a fighter who not only says she is a fighter but backs it up through style. It will be a tough battle to the end.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 13, 2020</p> 55175c29d1e9d508762b1e2ea17988f9 The Great Outdoors for 08/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/20/the-great-outdoors-8dbde Thu, 06 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Great Outdoors Act was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. This is an enormous achievement. It provides permanent financial support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), using a small fraction of offshore oil and gas drilling revenues. The backlog of maintenance in our parks will be addressed with $9.5 billion funded over five years. Going forward, it creates permanent annual funding of $900 million. </p> <p>You might wonder, what is the big deal? Well, "5 presidents, 9 secretaries of the interior, and 10 secretaries of agriculture have worked on legislation to accomplish fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund," noted Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Tuesday. "Only one president has gotten that done." President Donald Trump.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 06, 2020</p> af040be93d828e60d0a0a1677905f927 Happy Birthday to Robert for 07/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/20/happy-birthday-to-robert Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, our younger child, Robert, is turning 19. His sister, Maggie, is two years older. Gone are the days when my husband and I were parents of toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school children and high school children. We are about to enter the phase of having both children in college.</p> <p>As seasoned parents, we now realize that having a child was just the beginning; raising a child properly requires a daily effort. In the early years, it's physically demanding &#8212; bathing, clothing, feeding, picking up, etc. In the middle-school years, it's more intellectually demanding. What is the best way to connect, to motivate, to reach a child? Every child is different, and what works for one may not work for another.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 30, 2020</p> 88788d24da964433c0e9f458bb10c559 Path to Victory for 07/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/20/path-to-victory Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There is always a path to victory; the question is, can it be found and followed? If I had the opportunity, this would be my advice to President Donald Trump regarding his reelection.</p> <p>First, understand that people are scared, and do something about it. The pandemic, the resulting economic decline, the protests and the increasing violence have combined to create a fearful environment. President Trump can quell this by making sure the American people have accurate and consistent information regarding the pandemic, by working with the American people to get people working again and by maintaining a focus on law and order. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 23, 2020</p> fff0741f20a1df5c76d4ccd29f532212 Send Your Kids to School! for 07/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/20/send-your-kids-to-school Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the 1980s, when I started working in financial analysis for a $3 billion company, my first project was to work with the company's field organizations to ensure that the metrics (financial and operational) were sent in a timely manner and based on consistent definitions. The goal was to ensure that the daily, weekly and monthly reports included correct, consistent information that could be compared across the company. It took a few months, but we were able to ensure that we were getting good information in a timely manner. </p> <p>Fast-forward a few decades. Months into the coronavirus pandemic, we are still grappling with how to collect, compile and interpret data correctly. A New York Times article by Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz published Tuesday titled "Bottleneck for U.S. Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine" notes that data is being funneled through several pipelines. As a result, there is a good chance some of that data is missed or counted twice. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 16, 2020</p> 9c8fd49ac9d8899274e96b7e0c269c6f Hot Times in Atlanta for 07/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/20/hot-times-in-atlanta Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I've lived in Atlanta for over three decades. I grew up an hour west in the then-rural town of Carrollton, where my father taught at West Georgia College. Twice a year, we traveled to Atlanta, in August to do our back-to-school shopping and in December to attend "The Nutcracker" ballet. My husband is a native Atlantan. Both our children were born here. It is our home. We have invested our time and energy in our city. I serve on four nonprofits; my husband serves on the vestry at St. Luke's Atlanta. We love Atlanta.</p> <p>I care deeply about the city I call home and have worked with others for decades to make our community stronger and better. Atlanta, long known as "The City Too Busy to Hate," has an opportunity to once again lead the nation, for Atlantans to reach out to one another to focus on projects and progress, rather than rhetoric and hate. It won't be easy, but it can be done.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 09, 2020</p> 8f9d875975015ce841a30e9ca9f060a1 Proud To Be an American for 07/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/20/proud-to-be-an-american-31a0c Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I am proud to be an American. Yes, I know that our system of government is not perfect, but I firmly believe that it is the best in the world. We are an exceptional country &#8212; not because our people are exceptional but because we have a different &#8212; and exceptional &#8212; structure of government. I am grateful that I was born an American. </p> <p>We declared our independence from Great Britain 244 years ago this week. It happened after years of overreaching rule by King George III and Britain's insistence on taxation without representation. We had had enough. We were pushed into action over time &#8212; and act we did, finally.</p> <p>The taxation began in the 1760s; the Boston Massacre occurred in 1770; the Boston Tea Party in 1773; and the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April of 1775.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p> 217e7cdea4d1d8e05538b9715a049b97 Sitting With Our Outrage for 06/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/20/sitting-with-our-outrage Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>These past few months have been tumultuous for our nation. If I could transport myself back to the first day of this year and explain to my friends what the state of the world would be six months later, they never would believe me. The COVID-19 pandemic, protests, riots, outrage everywhere. Unfortunately, here we are, for now.</p> <p>As I caught up with a community leadership group over Zoom last night, I talked about my son finishing high school but losing the opportunity to attend prom, enjoy the last semester of his senior year or visit all of the colleges that accepted him. During his transition, I was stoic and matter-of-fact with him, but while recounting his experience (or lack thereof), I found myself choking up. I had not taken the time to pause and acknowledge that things have played out differently than anticipated.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 25, 2020</p> cd17c4901c3d2dfeb862d876d91d6144 Trump's Possible Path to Victory for 06/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/20/trumps-possible-path-to-victory Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The COVID-19 pandemic stalled our economy and left millions without jobs and stuck in their houses. Then came the protests, attended by many now willing to brave the risk posed by the virus. </p> <p>While our economy is starting to regain traction, President Donald Trump's reelection chances will be determined by our country's "ability to bounce back after encountering difficulty." That's the definition of resilience in the book "Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges" by Steven Southwick and Dennis Charney. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 18, 2020</p> c962a78eb15dc22ccc30b22be7b0aa45 Empathy, Not Sympathy for 06/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/20/empathy-not-sympathy Thu, 11 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>George Floyd was buried this week. It was clear to me when I watched the video that his death was tragic and unfair. It also seems that, to many Americans, his death brought to mind other tragic deaths that have occurred. For those who view Floyd's death as another one of many, it must seem tragically unfair. </p> <p>The weight of this understanding: heavy and almost unbearable.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 11, 2020</p> a6d6d4a2a6b54639f74caf35e501c5d0 Listen Instead of Ranting for 06/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/20/listen-instead-of-ranting Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There has always been something different about America. We declared our freedom from a monarch and acknowledged that our rights were from God, not man. The rights enumerated included life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We then loaned rights to our government to allow for the governance of our nation but always retained the rights of the individuals. </p> <p>While we were not all free, nor did we have the right to vote at the time of our nation's birth, through civil war, the civil rights movement, and the women's suffrage and rights movements, we have moved toward attaining the ideals outlined at our founding. Movement toward perfecting this vision of independence has often been short-lived, interrupted by reversals and injustices. But, overall, we have kept moving forward. It's the forward movement that is important. While the pace might seem slow, the journey is great. We must not grow weary of doing the work that is needed to experience the freedoms enumerated at our founding.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 04, 2020</p> 0fa5bc5511c469233efe52d313263656 Stay Shut; Open up -- Another Way for 05/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/20/stay-shut-open-up-another-way Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Stay shut or open up" is the current political argument. In its most simplistic form, it's painted as a choice between saving lives (stay shut) or helping the economy (open up). As with many supposedly two-choice options, it's both false and ill-framed. Just remember: When people give you two choices &#8212; it's often a sign that they have not thought deeply enough about the problem and potential solutions &#8212; there are often many potential solutions.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Yes, we can focus on both saving lives and restarting the economy.</span><p>Updated: Thu May 28, 2020</p> ada4a41c02b7a69d6f6c470f19e17d08 Remembering the Cost of a Free and Undivided Republic for 05/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/20/remembering-the-cost-of-a-free-and-undivided-republic-da218 Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Memorial Day normally equates to BBQ, sales and pool openings, the beginning of summer. Many people travel to a beach, lake or mountain. Some traditions include visiting a memorial cemetery to honor the fallen. This year, the number of Americans traveling is expected to be far below last year's record-breaking 43 million, according to the American Automobile Association, even below the 31 million who traveled in 2009, during the Great Recession. Whether we travel or not, we should honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. </p> <p>It's the day to remember those who gave their lives to keep our country safe, free, so we can work toward prosperity. Memorial Day began as Decoration Day after the Civil War. The graves of the fallen soldiers were decorated to honor their sacrifice &#8212; their lives &#8212; to keep our country united. Credit for Memorial Day goes to John Logan, who had served as an Illinois congressman prior to the Civil War, volunteered as a Union soldier and was promoted during the war to general. After the war, in 1868, he issued an order to honor those who had died in the war.</p> <p>"The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country," the order said. "We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance." Logan described their deaths as "the cost of free and undivided republic."<p>Updated: Thu May 21, 2020</p> fb1330fb15d7f28f7b080d56c1d860a9 Read the Transcript -- Again for 05/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/20/read-the-transcript-again Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, Attorney General William Barr was interviewed by Catherine Herridge, a CBS News correspondent, regarding the Department of Justice decision to end the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. </p> <p>In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the former Russian ambassador to the United States, but he filed in January 2020 to rescind his guilty plea based on the "bad faith, vindictiveness and breach of the plea agreement." <p>Updated: Thu May 14, 2020</p>