Congressional Republicans Have The Power, Now They Have To Wield It
Daily Caller Opinion Piece
January 16, 2015
"In the final quarter of President Obama's tenure, Republicans' control of both chambers of Congress will finally put them in a position to detail a vivid contrast between the two political parties. Whether the GOP can successfully navigate a difficult Senate electoral landscape in 2016 or provide wind in the sails of their presidential candidate depends on their effectiveness at governing in the months ahead.
Avoiding several key missteps will help the Republicans achieve Winston Churchill's famous exhortation to "deserve victory" in the upcoming election cycle."
Is a Major Trade Deal the Way for Obama to Secure His Legacy?
Foreign Policy Opinion Piece
Photo (© Kennedy) - Paris
January 14, 2015
"Last month President Barack Obama addressed his plans for expanding trade before a group of corporate leaders, complaining, "There's a narrative there that makes for some tough politics." While businesses must constantly make the case for how trade benefits America's middle class, the pivotal voice will be President Obama's. It is imperative that he extols the benefits of his trade initiatives in next week's State of the Union address (SOTU)."
Shapeholders - 7A Approach
Toyo Keizai Interview
Photo: Tokyo, Japan - Speech to JANE
January 4, 2014
In a Transactional Town, You Need Real Relationships
Huffington Blog Post
January 6, 2015
"Why did Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, win another term in the House on the first ballot Tuesday? It all comes down to one word: relationships.
"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." That line, misattributed to President Harry Truman, has been taken as gospel by scores of politicians, staffers, and operators in our nation's capital. People, including "Give 'Em Hell Harry," would have you believe that politics is nothing more than "you scratch my back and I will scratch yours."
While tradeoffs are an essential ingredient to reconciling conflicting positions, the transactional view in some ways puts the cart ahead of the horse. In reality, genuine personal relationships are essential to create any hope of bridging differences and finding common ground."
Why 2015 Should be the Year of Trade
Foreign Policy Opinion Piece
Photo: New York
January 5, 2015
"Wen surveying the global landscape, there are many reasons for concern. At least two countries — China and Russia — show signs of seeking regional hegemony. Whether your foreign policy goals are to balance power, strengthen global institutions, or advance our ideals, the emergence of an authoritarian regional hegemon should be highly disturbing. At the same time, America's key allies — Europe and Japan — struggle with anemic economies.
Pending trade agreements in both the Pacific and Europe offer the opportunity to strengthen each region's commitment to the global order and boost our allies economic prospects, all while also enhancing America's economic growth and job creation. That is why advancing trade agreements should be the United States' top geopolitical priority in 2015."