Commentary: Lee Hamilton’s America

first_imgFebruary 12, 2018  By John BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Lee Hamilton has some things to say about the state of the country.The former longtime Democratic congressman from Southern Indiana and I talk in a studio just a few doors down from his office here on Indiana University’s campus. He serves here as senior advisor to the Center for Representative Government.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comAs Hamilton, 86, and I chat, the members of the Congress in which he served for 34 years scramble to avoid the second federal government shutdown in two weeks. They fail, and the government closes, once again, for a few hours before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representative’s cobble together a compromise that will stabilize things for a year. The cost is that the deficit will explode by at least a trillion dollars.At the same time, the stock market – spooked, analysts say, by concerns about these deficits, interest rates and the government’s instability – takes another shrieking dive, dropping more than 1,000 points in a single day. This also is the second time in days this has happened.Hamilton doesn’t talk about these events.At least not directly.He starts by expressing sympathy for the people who serve as president of the United States.He says no one is qualified to be president. The job is too big, the responsibilities too immense, for any one human being to fill the role to perfection.He’s known, nine presidents. All of them, Hamilton says, talked about the restraints imposed on the office.“We talk about how the president is the most powerful person on earth, and perhaps he is,” Hamilton says.But that power exists within constraints.The effective presidents, Hamilton argues, learn to work within those constraints to get things done.Hamilton’s implied message is twofold and clear.The first part is that we Americans often have unrealistic expectations about what presidents, regardless of their party, can accomplish.Particularly on their own.That’s the second part.Good presidents don’t accomplish things by dictating to people or by issuing orders. The presidents who get things done understand that their greatest power is the power to persuade. To serve the country, they must bring people along with them.Great presidents know how to work with others, including those who don’t agree with them.Then Hamilton talks about how government itself should work.He notes the discontent that dominates the land. He says many Americans have lost their faith in our institutions, in our government, even in the country itself.The causes of this are many, Hamilton adds. Some Americans may be upset that they are not paid what they think they should be. Or that their children won’t be able to afford lives and homes as comfortable as the ones they’ve known. Or that other parts of their lives just are not secure.Donald Trump understood these concerns, Hamilton says. The president didn’t cause them, but he read those Americans’ fears better than anyone else and gave voice to them. That’s what put him in the White House.But anger and unhappiness are neither policies nor solutions.The remedy Hamilton proposes sounds surprising, but it shouldn’t be. He was, after all, one of Congress’ master negotiators, the guy who was sent into the room after room after room to bring warring sides together and close the deal.He says we need robust partisanship. This country works best, he argues, when the two-party system is strong.The two parties serve as checks on each other, mechanisms that test ideas and make sure that varied voices and concerns are heard as decisions are made.Hamilton says he watches the warring going on within the Republican Party with concern.The issues that historically have animated the GOP – fiscal restraint, respect for traditions and institutions, national defense – are vital to the country’s success and survival. Those voices need to be heard in the nation’s discussions and decision-making.“America needs a strong Republican Party,” Hamilton, a Democrat his entire career, says.This country, he adds, works best with strong leaders with firm principles who trust each other enough to work through differences.Hamilton’s message is clear.We need to start listening to and working with each other once more.That’s the way to make America great again.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

A unified front’

first_imgNotre Dame football brings the Saint Mary’s College and Notre Dame student bodies together each year, and Saturday it brought together the student government executives of both institutions. Prior to Saturday’s football game, Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president Kat Sullivan and Maddy Martin were honored alongside Notre Dame student body president and vice president Alex Coccia and Nancy Joyce. The ceremony consisted of both teams walking the American flag across the field and presenting it to members of the Irish Guard, who hoisted it onto the flagpole during the national anthem. The names and hometowns of the four leaders were also announced, she said. The four also watched the game from the press box, Sullivan said. “I was just in shock when we were walking out. I was like, ‘This is a really surreal experience,’” Sullivan said. “I was just so excited, and I felt really blessed to have that experience, and the fact that Notre Dame really considered us a part of the community.  That they allowed Saint Mary’s to be involved was really cool.  It was just exciting that my whole family was there to see me for that.” Martin said she agreed that it was a great experience, emphasizing how nerve-wracking the experience was for her and how close they were to the players. “Although it sounds simple, I was so nervous,” Martin said. “We were all really excited.  We got there around 2:45 p.m.  We just got a chance to walk around the field by the fifty-yard line.  I was close enough that I probably could’ve touched one of the football players, probably like Tommy Rees when he was walking by.” Martin said this is the ninth year in which both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame student executives have been included in performing the ritual, and she said she felt honored to participate. “I know it was started back in 2004.  However, it is such an honor that Kat and I are able to share such an exciting experience with the Notre Dame student body president and vice president, especially since we are not technically students of Notre Dame.  It was awesome to look like a unified front,” Martin said.    Before the game commenced, the student government leaders met Irish basketball head coach Mike Brey, University President John Jenkins, Assistant University Vice President Dennis Brown and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Sullivan said.  Sullivan said Rice was very relatable and the group relished the chance to meet her. “We shook hands with her, and she asked if we were seniors, what our plans were for next year.  She was very down-to-earth.  She’s a Notre Dame alumna.  She was awesome.  It was a really, very cool experience.  It was really cool that all four of us got to share that as well,” Sullivan said. Sullivan credits the fellowship between Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s student governments for their immediate association following elections last spring.     “Maddy [Martin] and I have a really good relationship with Alex [Coccia] and Nancy [Joyce].  We started hanging out with them … right after all four of us were elected to plan to collaborate this year on different events,” Sullivan said. The two administrations and Holy Cross student government will collaborate on a yearlong calendar of community events, Sullivan said.  “There’s an event called Support-A-Belle-Love-A-Belle here [at Saint Mary’s].  It’s for Mental Health Awareness.  It was started three years ago, and when we described it to Alex and Nancy, they wanted to introduce something like that at Notre Dame.  So now they’re doing Irish State of Mind.  We’re doing our own [collaboration] on three different events.  We happened to get a hold of the Holy Cross student government as well this year.  So it will be all three schools, and that’s in a few weeks,” Sullivan said.        Martin said, ultimately, she was honored she was able to represent Saint Mary’s College with Sullivan. “I am so proud of my school and the women that attend it,” she said. “My opportunity to participate in the flag presentation signified the importance of Saint Mary’s as a whole.  I was honored to be able to represent an incredible group of women in front of thousands of people.”last_img read more

Mesut Ozil gives his Arsenal shirt to Leroy Sane at half-time of Manchester City defeat

first_img Read More Comment 1/1 The German playmaker was an unused substitute in the Gunners’ defeat (Picture: AFP)Mesut Ozil has risked the ire of Arsenal fans after giving his shirt to Manchester City’s Leroy Sane at half-time of the Gunners’ miserable 3-1 defeat at the Etihad on Sunday.The German was named on the bench for the trip to Manchester, where a hat-trick from Sergio Aguero saw Unai Emery’s side slip to sixth in the Premier League table.Ozil was an unused substitute in the match, having fallen out of favour under Emery, while the Spanish boss opted to bring on Aaron Ramsey and Denis Suarez ahead of the German. Sane and Ozil chatted as they walked down the tunnel at half-time (Picture: YouTube/Man City) Read More PLAY Read More Halfway up the stairs, Ozil gave Sane his matchday shirt (Picture: YouTube/Man City)With little need for his shirt, Ozil decided to give it to countryman Sane at half-time, with the City winger also benched for the match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT The pair were seen deep in conversation as they headed to their respective dressing rooms at the break, laughing and joking, and Ozil gave his former German teammate a parting gift.He had to ask the kit man for a new shirt ahead of the second half, though it wasn’t needed as Emery opted not to call upon his most creative – and highest-paid – player despite requiring two goals.Ozil has only played in one of Arsenal’s last six Premier League matches since being taken off at half-time of the 1-1 draw with Brighton on Boxing Day.There have been reports that Emery does not trust Ozil in big matches, or particularly physical encounters, and he was frequently linked with a move away from the Emirates during the January transfer window.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Video Settings by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Top articles Advertisement / center_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Feb 2019 1:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Advertisement Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Mesut Ozil gives his Arsenal shirt to Leroy Sane at half-time of Manchester City defeat Skip Coming Next Read More About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad SPONSORED 1 min. storylast_img read more

Government committee: let people choose gender

first_imgStuff 18 August 2017A transgender boy is among those celebrating a win for people whose gender does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth.A Government committee has ruled on the side of gender diversity, saying people should to be able to choose their own gender.Currently those wanting to change their sex on their birth certificate have to go through a potentially costly court process, and prove they have had medical treatment or gender reassignment surgery.The Human Rights Commission and other social advocates say this is discriminatory, and have been arguing for a change for more than a decade.This week, the Government Administration Committee recommended Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne commission a review of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act with a view to changing it.This would mean anyone can change the sex details on their birth certificate based on “self-identification” and by filling out a sex declaration form through Internal Affairs.READ MORE: SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT read more


first_imgSinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has welcomed unanimous support for his motion which called for all housing developments with wastewater treatment problems in Donegal to be registered by the council as ‘in seriously problematic condition’ so that they may be exempted from any property tax.Cllr Murray said: “I welcome the unanimous support for my motion which, I believe, will provide protection for home owners in unfinished estates from future property taxes.“I moved the motion as I am aware of a number of developments in Inishowen which, while signed off by the council as having met all planning conditions, have developed serious problems with their wastewater treatment plants. “Some sewage plants have collapsed to a point that effluent has flown down their streets from overflowing manholes. The residents in these developments have confirmed, through the HSE, that there are serious health risks in these developments.“I am aware of a development which must empty their system on a fortnightly basis at a cost of €1300, just to stop it from overflowing. They is becoming an unbearable financial burden for the residents.“However, as the council has signed off on the development, it was deemed to be finished and is liable to property taxes.“Now however, with the passing of this motion, I am hopeful that they will be exempted from these taxes. “This is a small step in the fight to have problematic estates fixed to a standard that families deserve. It is also a small step in the fight against unjust property charges.” COUNCILLORS BACK MOTION TO EXEMPT UNFINISHED ESTATES FROM PROPERTY TAXES was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNCILLORS BACK MOTION TO EXEMPT UNFINISHED ESTATES FROM PROPERTY TAXESlast_img read more

South African rhinos off to Zambia

first_img28 May 2008Rhino conservation in Southern Africa has been given a major boost following a relocation agreement between South Africa, Namibia and Zambia, with five black rhinos being transported from South Africa to Zambia this week.“This translocation shows that we, as South African National Parks (SANParks), are definitely committed to regional conservation and are certainly not xenophobic when it comes to creating more habitat for Africa’s endangered species,” said the Kruger National Park executive director Bandile Mkhize.The operation is as a result of an agreement reached last year between Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism, SANParks and Eastern Cape Parks, and will see the distribution of the various black rhino subspecies (including Diceros bicornis bicornis and Diceros bicornis minor) increased across the southern African region.In exchange for 12 examples of the rare desert or southwestern black rhino subspecies (Diceros bicornis bicornis) from Namibia – which went to SANParks and Eastern Cape Parks-administered parks and reserves – five examples of black rhino (Diceros bicornis minor) are on their way to Zambia today.A further five rhinos from the Eastern Cape Parks will follow these rhinos next year and the remaining two black rhinos have been exchanged for four white rhinos and these will be delivered to Zambia later this year.Namibia will receive plains game from Zambia in exchange for the 12 rhino that were delivered to South Africa last year.Four of the animals that were translocated today come from Kruger and the remaining rhino from Marakele National Park. The rhinos, two bulls and three cows, will be settled in North Luangwa National Park in Zambia, with the support from the Frankfurt Zoological Society.With all its game transfer operations, SANParks subscribes to the strict guidelines laid down by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for these operations.When this current translocation project is concluded, it will mean that 13 of the 20 rhino introduced to North Luangwa National Park from South Africa in Zambia were supplied by SANParks.“In recent times, we have transferred various species of animals to both the Limpopo National Park and the Gorongoza National Park in Mozambique,” Mkhize said. “This shows that the Kruger National Park is definitely committed to conservation projects in our entire region and not just South Africa.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Global partners join forces on SKA

first_imgAustralia – Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and ResearchChina – National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of SciencesItaly – National Institute for AstrophysicsNew Zealand – Ministry of Economic DevelopmentRepublic of South Africa – National Research FoundationThe Netherlands – Netherlands Organisation for Scientific ResearchUnited Kingdom – Science and Technology Facilities Council SAinfo reporter 3 January 2012 The world’s biggest telescope project has taken a crucial step forward, with its international partners joining forces and agreeing funding for the detailed design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA is a €1.5-billion global science project to build the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. Scientists, engineers and industry partners from around the world are collaborating on research and development for the SKA, which will be capable of answering some of the most fundamental questions about the universe. South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the SKA. The decision on the host country is due to be announced in early 2012. On 23 November, seven national governmental and research organisations announced the formation of the SKA Organisation, an independent, not-for-profit company established to formalise relationships with international partners and centralise the leadership of the SKA project. The signatories – from Australia, China, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK – plan to spend €69-million (including in-kind contributions) to fund the project in the period leading up to the construction phase, which starts in 2016. Further signatories are expected to join the SKA Organisation and commit additional resources over the next six months. Professor John Womersley, chair of the founding board that prepared the formation of the SKA Organisation, said in a statement: “I am delighted that the partners have recognised the scientific, economic and societal benefits that investing in international science projects like the SKA can bring.” The new SKA Organisation will directly employ staff, have the power to make legally binding decisions and lead the work of the international partners on the design of the telescope. Outgoing SKA project director Professor Richard Schilizzi said: “We are keen to start reaping the rewards that this new structure will bring, not only to the engineering development work, but to the project as a whole.” The office of the SKA Organisation will be located in purpose-built premises funded by the University of Manchester at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire, UK. The office will take over from the SKA Program Development Office currently based at the University. Dr Michiel van Haarlem was appointed interim director-general of the new SKA Organisation following Schilizzi’s retirement in December. The SKA project is expected drive technology development in antennas, fibre networks, signal processing, software and computing, and power. The design, construction and operation of the SKA has the potential to boost skills development, employment and economic growth in science, engineering and associated industries, not only in the SKA host countries but in all partner countries. The SKA signatory organisations are:last_img read more

Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “We had to deal with a lot of adversities in this game and we really needed to get a win, especially after coming off a loss,” added the multi-titled coach, who didn’t mind playing his remaining players extended minutes with an 18-day break coming their way.Garvo Lanete fired 14 points in the third period and finished with 27, effectively plugging the holes created by the absence of Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia as the Bolts completed a rally from as big as 15 points down to rise to 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAmer, a prime candidate for the Most Improved Player of the year award who has stepped up to become the team’s best point guard, and Tolomia, whom Black described as his second best point guard, are both in Kuala Lumpur playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games.Aside from his two guards, Black also missed his best defender in Cliff Hodge, which meant that the Bolts were “not strong defensively,” allowing Phoenix to nearly get away with a victory. LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Brown, though, missed the potential game-tying basket as time expired.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Game: Active PH Volcanoes ready to eruptcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The next Meralco game will be on Sept. 6 against sister team TNT KaTropa, and that game would mean a seat in the playoffs should the Bolts escape with a win.“Good thing is that all three of them will be back for our next game,” Black said as Allen Durham chipped in his share with 33 points 16 rebounds and seven assists. Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan also finished in twin digits with a combined 33.Phoenix paraded a new import in Brandon Brown and almost hammered out a victory.But the Fuel Masters, who broke in Jeff Chan after acquiring the left-handed gunslinger from Rain or Shine just over a week ago, couldn’t hold on to a 77-62 lead late in the third quarter and went down for the fourth straight game after a 2-0 start.Brown, playing in lieu of the injured Eugene Phelps, finished with 38 points, while Chan wound up with 27 in his biggest offensive game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA IMAGESShort on personnel but long in determination, Meralco rebounded from its first loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night by pulling off what coach Norman Black feels is as the Bolts’ most satisfying win yet.“It was just an incredible effort from my guys tonight,” Black said after the Bolts—with three aces out of the roster—carved out a come-from-behind 107-104 win over Phoenix Petroleum to creep closer to a playoff berth at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

18 days agoProdl admits Watford desperate for points boost

first_imgProdl admits Watford desperate for points boostby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Sebastian Prodl admits the club needs points soon or they risk relegation.The Hornets have two points from eight games heading into the international break.Prodl said: “We need to step forward, we need to get positive results in and we can’t waste any more time.”We want to maintain our status as a Premier League club and the sooner we face reality, the better it is to get out and the easier it will become to get out [of the relegation zone]. We face another tough opponent away next (Tottenham) — that’s the Premier League. It doesn’t matter if it is Sheffield or Tottenham, we need points.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more