Taylor Swift's Apple Approach Lives Up to Her Name
Huffington Blog Post
Photo (© Kennedy) - London
"Two groups prevailed in their quest to receive compensation for their labor, but one quickly convinced a broad coalition that "You Belong with Me" while another's efforts withered on the vine for decades.
It took raisin growers over six decades to get the U.S. Supreme Court to confirm that the government could not take a major portion of their crop without compensating them. It took Taylor Swift less than a day to get Apple to reverse course on its proposal to not compensate artists for their music during the free trial period of its new audio streaming service.
Swift, working as an activist on behalf of all (sometimes starving) artists against the behemoth purveyors of their artistic creations, achieved swift results. The contrast between her approach and the raisin growers' gives insights to other seekers of justice."
TPA Pivot Is Democracy at Work
Huffington Blog Post
June 19, 2015
"No one ever said legislating would be pretty.
President Barack Obama, Republican Congressional leaders and pro-trade Senate Democrats are working together to overcome special interest opposition on trade. This struggle is a perfect example of democracy functioning as it was constitutionally intended.
Those who lament partisan gridlock and political dysfunction will have a reason to celebrate if the Senate completes its half of the bargain. Passing the stand alone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) measure that cleared the House with the commitment from congressional leaders that they will also advance an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Obama to sign would be a win for American leadership in the global economy.
This is democracy at its best!
The path to winning TAA, take two
The Hill opinion piece
June 15, 2015
"President Obama and Republican leaders working together to advance trade reflects democracy at its best: our elected officials setting aside partisanship to advance principles they hold dear. Obama worked Congress harder than he has on any issue, yet came up with half a loaf in his quest to obtain the trade promotion authority (TPA) that is essential to concluding Pacific and European trade deals vital to America's prosperity and leadership.
House Democrats' revolt against Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), normally a liberal favorite, presents a serious challenge, but also offers an opportunity for further Republican leadership."
How to Swing the Votes to Win the TPA Fight
Foreign Policy Opinion Piece
Photo - Paris
June 4, 2015
"Achieving the decisive votes to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives will require targeting two groups — Republicans concerned with granting President Barack Obama more authority and Democrats fearful of union retribution. Figuring out how to build a message that can appeal to these two seemingly incongruous populations is essential to legislative success."
Engaging East Asian Capitals
GWU Course in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo
Photo - with students at China's National People's Congress
May 24-June 4
Both my students from George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management and I are learning a lot during our visits with political, corporate, NGO, academic, and media leaders in Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo.