Jim Brown is a Louisiana legislator, Secretary of State and Insurance Commissioner.
After all that talk about falling off the fiscal cliff, you just knew that members of congress would do the right thing, and work out a compromise on the federal budget that would curtail any additional new spending, close generous tax loopholes, reign in entitlements, and take a dramatic whack out of current spending. Isn’t that what congressional leadership is all about, particularly at times of major financial crisis?
Remember the scene in the movie, The Fugitive, where Harrison Ford is about to jump off a cliff into a raging river?
Most of us have been swept up in the momentum of the holiday season. We have passed the Christmas milestone and are approaching New Year’s Day, the third in the trilogy of holidays that we celebrate during this time each year -- Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
According to a number of Republican presidential wannabes, the outcome of the presidential election was a fiasco, a major disaster for the GOP. And the excuses keep pouring in.
It’s soap opera at its best. Far better than any soap on TV.
Mitt Romney took the stage Tuesday night to concede that he had lost his race for president.
People are early voting in record numbers all over America. Here in my home state of Louisiana, election participation is up 25% over the presidential election just four years ago.
You know you have a die-hard interest in politics when you want to see the national presidential debate, and it becomes a major commitment just to find a place to watch. That was my case last week while I was in southern Turkey as the Turkish conflict with Syria was heating up. I had limited television options and just could not tune into one of the U.S. national networks, or even CNN International. And even if I could find a station, the time difference meant I would be watching at 3:00 am. No such stations beaming into Turkey could be found. Apparently, we are not as important in this part of the world as many in Washington think.
One of the joys of my early life was to study English Literature at Cambridge in England back in the early 1960s. Nobel prize author and poet Rudyard Kipling was an early favorite. He did not bog the reader down with dense symbolism and complexity. He was easy to understand. Born in India, Kipling was tagged as the “Poet of the British Empire. It just might be a good idea for Republicans and Democrats, who fall over themselves espousing America’s continuing role in the Middle East, to take a breather and read a little Kipling.
Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward has a new book out this week, (The Price of Politics) where he focuses on the first term missteps of the current president. He concludes that to be successful, presidents need to “work their will -- or should work their will -- on the important matters of national business.” Woodward concludes that one of the best examples of a president who can “work his will” is the guy who overshadowed all the other speakers at both recent political conventions. Bill Clinton.