The Republican Brand

My republican leadership has gone through more branding exercise than it cares to tell. Ad agencies work around the clock drafting campaigns to connect with young people, minorities, and even children. Most campaigns fall flat and there is good reason for it. It is the lack of authenticity. A brand must neatly assemble the party’s…

Coming of Age in the United States

Milton Friedman said it best, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.“ Why must this quip ring so true in our hearts and in our minds? Is it because there is a subtle call to action engendered in his word choice?…

Tourism: An Export Industry

Hundreds of millions of people follow the World Cup. This unique combination of sportsmanship and drama unfolds every four years. There have been protests in the streets and there will be competition of epic proportion on the field. At this very moment, there is a spotlight shining so bright on Brazil that most of us…

Meeting Neel Kashkari

There is nothing more American than listening to a political campaign speech with strangers in a crowded room. As a nation, we entertain this extraordinary opportunity to reevaluate our values every few years. It is a visceral experience because we survive both economically and socially on the decisions made by those who were elected to…

The Metrics of Humanitarianism

The Defense Department is our first responder to natural and manmade disasters. It is also the most lethal entity known to man. On one hand the Defense Department provides food, shelter and safety in many international crises, and on the other hand it employs soldiers who have mastered new forms of weaponry designed with fatal…

The Tax Pledge

A government entity does not necessarily create jobs. In simple terms, it redistributes private wealth it acquires through taxation into public goods. Jobs are actually created by productive individuals who utilize a set of skills that are worthy of compensation. I use the term “worthy” for many reasons – the main reason being the requirement…

Crowdfunding

The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down limits on election spending. The cap on the total amount any individual can contribute to federal candidates is no longer restricted. This decision has energized many of my colleagues. I have noticed a renewed focus on courting whales (i.e., the 1%). And when everyone rows in the same…

Identify Government Programs to Sunset

All good things must come to an end. All talentless government run programs must come to end even sooner. The main problem with newly elected administrations is their insatiable appetite to launch new government programs. When, in actuality, what is desperately needed is the administration’s acknowledgement of programmatic failures and a firm date each unproductive…

Stop Playing the Zero-Sum Game

On every campaign trail and in every smoke-filled room there is a politician talking about “jobs”. The television sound bites and the radio spots we often hear tout a political candidate’s ability to create jobs. However, the question of how jobs are actually created rarely seems to be asked or even answered correctly by a…

Choose Your Words Wisely

The mechanism that defines brute strength is no longer our fists. The machine has taken ownership over many facets of our day-to-day life. As a human, I can no longer compete when the wager is strength, repetition or consistency. However, what I do have is the ability to instantaneously interact with millions, if not billions…

Encourage Party Ownership

John Locke taught us that ownership was necessary for the purpose of production. His message rings true for individuals and organizations if they are to succeed. Individually, ownership manifests itself through actions, which are acknowledged by the acceptance of personal responsibility for each action – no matter the outcome. Organizationally, ownership manifests itself by testing…

Demonstrate Authenticity by Rejecting the Holy Salesmen

Recently, Pope Francis suspended indefinitely the German “Bishop of Bling”.  This courageous act demonstrated the how authenticity (i.e. remaining true to message of Jesus) is a much more meaningful act of leadership than a public display of wealth. We use the term only in the America quite often. It’s a way for many folks like…