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 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:42:33 -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 a730aca5fd296406092c9b2057318a8a Be a Mermaid for 04/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/18/be-a-mermaid Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"And may your future be worthy of your dreams," Barbara Bush, then-first lady of the United States, challenged the graduating class of Wellesley College in the spring of 1990. This challenge remains with us today, after her death this week at the age of 92. A matriarch of a political family, she was one of only two women (the other being Abigail Adams) who was both wife and mother of American presidents.</p> <p>After serving eight years as second lady, while Nancy Reagan served as first lady, Bush moved into the White House in 1989 with her husband, then-President George Herbert Walker Bush. A fierce defender of her husband and their children, she was a relentless advocate for literacy. She was a visible icon with her bright white coiffed hair, double strands of pearls and understated yet tasteful clothes. Her presence was a visual reminder of proper manners and reminded some people of their grandmother.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018</p> 0238bf8be49f536abc8f6670b766caa7 More Options for Students, More Appreciation for Teachers for 04/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/18/more-options-for-students-more-appreciation-for-teachers Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We need to expect and receive more of our educational system and students, while supporting, thanking and training teachers. Our future will be determined by our students' current educational experiences. </p> <p>In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education published A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform. It found connections between our education system, our economic future and national security, connections we should keep in mind today. It was not a flattering report. President Ronald Reagan noted our educational system had "low standards, lack of purpose, ineffective use of resources, and a failure to challenge students to push performance to the boundaries of individual ability."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 12, 2018</p> 568d5c1f1135053208ab0dcbf4fa895a All God's Children for 04/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/18/all-gods-children Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week includes Easter as well as the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. On Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this anniversary, we reflect on King's message, work and legacy. Recognizing both in the same week has led to additional reflection. </p> <p>My takeaway? Don't worry, be happy and focus on others while doing God's will. Understand that, even in the darkest of times, there is hope, light and an opportunity to make progress. All people are God's children &#8212; even those who disagree with you.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 05, 2018</p> e3def7a6276f2f8a8bc22ff7b41d7389 Framework, Fact, Opinion and Common Ground for 03/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/18/framework-fact-opinion-and-common-ground Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Inherent to any democracy is robust debate and an understanding of all the options available before reaching a solution. For a democracy to work, people from all walks of life must participate in the process. </p> <p>If just one person were to make all the decisions in a society, that society would be a dictatorship. </p> <p>Without debate and healthy, robust interaction with those who disagree, we would have little opportunity for reflection, learning and improvement. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2018</p> eb5e2bccfab54383ae04a77d5d196394 A Better Future for 03/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/18/a-better-future Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When we see a problem in society, we want to fix it. Often the theoretical solution appears as a large government program, administered and funded through Washington, D.C. It is intellectually appealing and provides that ability to gather large amounts of funds to be applied to the problem. While the theory of taxing individuals and corporations and administering programs nationally might be appealing, the outcome is often vastly different. </p> <p>Taken to the extreme, total government control can create a collapse of a country. The Socialist government of Venezuela is currently experiencing rapid inflation, high unemployment and a fleeing middle class. "Unemployment will reach 30 percent and prices on all types of goods in the country will rise 13,000 percent this year," wrote Patrick Gillespie for CNN Money in January. "This year will mark the third consecutive year of double-digit contractions in Venezuela's gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity. The nation's GDP declined 16 percent in 2016, 14 percent last year and it's projected to fall 15 percent this year."</p> <p>Government control does not work.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 22, 2018</p> 07511a41f2ff90318654c0c5d879349a A Learning Experience for 03/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/18/a-learning-experience Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Republicans have a chance to learn and grow. The question is whether they will take this opportunity to do that.</p> <p>I am writing this column on the morning after the special election for Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district, and the race is too close to call. In a district that Donald Trump won by almost 20 percentage points in 2016, too close to call is a surprise to many &#8212; especially to Republicans.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018</p> 9d979fbfa480d27217dea1c32a2af670 With Malice Toward None, With Charity for All for 03/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/18/with-malice-toward-none-with-charity-for-all Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>To make progress as a nation, we must have free and open debate. This can be done only by approaching topics with the belief in others' rights to have and to state their opinions and for us to take no offense from them. We can disagree, yes; argue, yes; shut down and turn away? No. </p> <p>Last Friday, Virginia Republican Delegate Nick Freitas stood in the well of the Virginia House of Delegates and delivered a passionate speech. It began with a discussion of gun control, but morphed into a plea for real debate and respect for differences of opinion, with the understanding that they are held with deep convictions.</p> <p>The video of Freitas, one of six Republicans in the U.S. Senate primary who are vying for a chance to take on Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., this fall, has received more than 13 million views.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018</p> b037e3adc55b67a6ea4a474bab74865e Relative Political Vision for 03/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/18/relative-political-vision Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Republicans need to more clearly articulate their relative political vision.</p> <p>In our current two party system, the decision is often based on which option is disliked the least. The winner, after winning, determines that they earned the votes they received, rather than understanding that they were voted for because they were the lesser of two evils at the time, the relatively better choice. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 01, 2018</p> 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>