Every negotiation requires a negotiating partner
Like a person’s credit card limit, the debt ceiling is not meant to be reached or exceeded. If the nation approaches or reaches the debt ceiling, it should signal lawmakers and the president to deal with the debt, not add to it.
Spiking the Electoral College with a free trip to St. Croix
Last week the Oklahoma Senate stunned many Oklahomans by approving a proposal to counteract part of the constitutional principle of states’ rights. When the founding fathers designed our Constitution, they included an important mechanism to ensure that smaller states such as Oklahoma were represented in the Electoral College by giving each state two Electoral College votes, regardless of population.
Samoas, Thin Mints and business ethics
But these lessons aren't learned when Scouts sell outside grocery stores or via mobile app, or, even worse, when parents ask their colleagues to purchase Girl Scout cookies, a query I recently received at a casual work lunch. My friend wasn't prepared for the lecture that followed. I'd be more than happy to buy cookies from his daughter, I said, but only if she called me on the phone to personally ask for the sale.
Since when is college football not a business?
Here it is, from the mouth of Northwestern's vice president for university relations, Alan K. Cubbage: "We do not regard, and have never regarded, our football program as a commercial enterprise."
Driving under the influence of distraction
The crash report said, “The vehicle crossed the center line and smashed into the victim’s car.” Another said, “The victim’s car went off the side of the road and overturned.” Unfortunately, these kinds of crashes occur frequently.
Iran sees itself as Islam savior
In early February, the French sent a delegation of over 100 important business executives to Iran to discuss the prospects of commercial ties once the international sanctions against that “Islamic Republic” are eased.
Why should we care? In the second week of February, Iran sent two of its naval “rust buckets” to put in an appearance in international waters off the coast of the United States.
Why should we care? A few days ago, Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi announced that the Islamic Republic is prepared for a “decisive battle with America” should hostilities break out in the Middle East.
Build the Keystone oil pipeline
Building the Canada-to-U.S. Keystone XL oil pipeline is more than a choice about energy. It’s a choice about keeping America strong and secure and maintaining its place as a world leader.
The pipeline, which needs approval from the Obama administration to be built, is an opportunity to strengthen our nation’s economy and energy future. It can help the economy by providing new jobs — including thousands of new jobs to build and operate the pipeline and more than 100,000 new long-term U.S. jobs linked to increased oil sands development in Canada.
Mounting threats demand missile defense
he South Korean government just confirmed what the world hoped was a baseless rumor. North Korea has indeed restarted its Yongbyon plutonium reactor and is now actively generating nuclear energy from the facility. Refined plutonium generated by such a reactor can be used in the development of long-range nuclear weapons — a decades-long goal of the Kim regime.
Becoming your best medical advocate
From purchasing a new car to finding the best deal on a hotel, Americans are comparison shoppers. According to a study by GE Capital, 81 percent of consumers conduct extensive online research before purchasing major items like appliances, electronics and furniture. Now more than ever, consumers are spending this same time and energy in a different type of online marketplace to make important decisions about their healthcare coverage. Through the Affordable Care Act, more than three million Americans have purchased private coverage through HealthCare.gov and its state affiliates, and millions more were determined eligible for Medicaid.
Farm bill provides safety net for producers, consumers
Congress delivered America’s farmers, ranchers and consumers what they deserve by passing the Agricultural Act of 2014 — commonly referred to as the farm bill. This five-year comprehensive bill ensures producers have the tools they need to provide an affordable and stable food and fiber supply.
Just like production agriculture in Oklahoma and rural America, farm policy has come a long way since the first farm bill, the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933. At the time, our country was in the middle of the greatest depression in national history and terrible dust bowl conditions were rampant. America’s farmers and ranchers were in desperate need of assistance, so President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first farm bill into law to help address these issues.
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