Obama Defers to Merkel on Ukraine Talks, Greek Economy
February 10, 2015
"This vital partnership between Germany and the U.S. has always relied on the U.S. president making the tough calls," Mark Kennedy, a former Republican U.S. representative from Minnesota and now director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, told Newsmax. "The hesitancy by President Obama to make the difficult decisions has contributed to the deterioration of conditions within the Ukraine."
On this issue, some observers such as George Washington University's Kennedy were willing to cut Obama slack. As he told us, "It is appropriate for Obama to not seek to contradict Chancellor Merkel on Greece since only the Eurozone itself can make the tough calls for how to achieve fiscal harmony within their common currency."
Chinese New Year
February 12, 2015
It was wonderful to join the Embassy of China's celebration of the Chinese New Year. Better understanding each other is a vital path to harmonious relations.
Obama's Authorization To Fail
DailyCaller Opinion Piece
February 11, 2015
"There are two ways to win a military battle: fast and slow. Winning fast depends on strength — it requires going in with all you've got to get the job done. Winning slow depends on sustaining or ignoring the public's patience – it requires the endurance to outlast the will of the enemy.
Authorizing a strategy to win fast (three year limit) without strength (a restriction on ground troops) is almost certain to be a path to failure. Congress should reject the authorization for force to address the threat of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) as proposed by President Barack Obama."
Risky Business - Responding to Climate Change
Sec. Hank Paulson at Economic Club
Minnesota Public Radio Broadcast
February 5, 2015
Minnesota Public Radio broadcast the Economic Club of Minnesota's event with Sec. Hank Paulson and Cargill Chairman Greg Page discussion the introduction on the Risky Business report of climate change in the Midwest. The event was moderated by Steve Sanger, Hon. Tim Penny and myself, as Chairman of the Economic Club.
State of Manufacturing Address - Trade Report
Hosting Jay Timmons at Economic Club
February 4, 2015
It was an honor for the Economic Club of Minnesota that I chair to host the kickoff to the National Association of Manufacturers annual State of Manufacturing Report. The NAM President Jay Timmons emphasized the importance of passing trade legislation pending before Congress.