Good Corporate Citizenry, No Longer a Choice But a Necessity

By Victoria Galeano & Jerry Haar

When queried at a 1909 business meeting about the choice of colors available for his automobiles, Henry Ford replied that customers could have any color they wanted as long as it is black. Fast forward to the late 20th and early 21st centuries and consumers today are now in the driver’s seat (no pun intended). Publications such as Consumer Reports, CNET, and a myriad of other independent professional and consumer reviews of goods and services empower buyers, dictating to producers the style, features, and price ranges that consumers seek.

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New Thinking on Immigration

President Trump endorsed the RAISE Act; Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment. This key new immigration legislation would aim to create a better screening process for who is allowed into the country. Priority would be given to those applicants who speak English, are financially self sufficient, and raise the national level of capability. A point based system (for example a Nobel Prize is worth 25 points) will help prioritize the extent of access and award of green cards to the United States. Countries such as Australia are already using such a assessment of value to society when issuing entry permits.

The bill is still quite a ways away from becoming law, which requires passage by Congress. But clearly it contributes to a useful national debate on immigration. For the time being,. RAISE aims to restrict new immigrants which depend on welfare, as well as protect US citizens from having their jobs threatened. For more details of the Bill please click here

Auto Kartels in Germany

Has the German emissions scandal affected US consumers?

In Germany, many consumers have been shocked by allegations of widespread emissions cheating. But in the United States, there is little awareness of events unfolding within Germany’s car industry. I explore these issues in my interview with Deutsche Welle.

Interview

 Click here for the Video Clip: http://p.dw.com/p/2hXVM?em

 

Great Things Can Happen and Not Just for America

When President Trump attended the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, the aspects publicly reported were mainly uncontrolled demonstrators, burning Porsche cars and police at the end of their rope. Few benefits were attributed to the meeting. That is incorrect.

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There is Nothing Wrong With Civility

There is a new, more dramatic form of hostility in the media and their users. I knew that but only now have experienced it with an anvil falling on me. I wrote an article for The Hill which distributes news in and around the US Capitol, entitled, “Thanks to Trump, America Shows True Leadership on the World Stage,” and the article triggered over 550 comments.

To my dismay, the article did not garner thought-provoking debate, but rather a disparage of uninformed commentary. Many writers had appeared to not even have read the article. Commentators argued primarily about the fact that Trump is not a leader, that they do not like him or his cabinet appointments, and disagree with his international performance. An overwhelming 575 out of the 582 of the comments were negative, while only three commentators made direct reference to the author and the article itself.

Commentators did not even address the arguments made in the article. Rather they used my thoughts as a platform for entirely extraneous arguments. There were continuously scrolling pages of hateful comments and threats aimed as a reply to specific earlier comments made. Users called each other names and created a fiercely hostile environment against freedom of speech.

There was no “conversation” or “discourse” or even arguments among people on the subject. It appears to me that neither readers nor writers learned new aspects due to the comments from the blog. They also clearly appeared not to be looking for such edification.

When making comments, readers should do themselves, their friends (and even their antagonists) a favor. Next time one encounters an article with a disagreeable title or first sentence, it should be read, thought about, and then commented on. Education and learning is the best form of artillery in an argument