Today's debate may be polarized, but no one seriously expects half the nation to secede because of it. And yet, in the early days of the American experiment, that's how controversial the national debt was.
Let us amend the federal Constitution to include a definition in its preamble that nails morality in a timely form that is automatically applied to state constitutions, and ask for such a definition with such force that the ensuing discussion becomes a component of our national discourse, and changes the state of our states.
If early education is done well -- and the Obama plan builds in safeguards designed to assure quality -- there's abundant evidence that it's the smartest investment we can make in children's futures.
I view skills development as one of the leading edges of economic development. I've seen it across the country -- investing in the skills of American workers is fostering the creation of middle-class jobs and ensuring that workers can succeed in them.
The 3-D printing story -- accompanied by its biggest character, Cody Wilson - has received some attention, but is only in its beginning stages. That's likely why it is not the top story of the day.
What if we reimagined the potential of the land around our railroad tracks or federal highways, already secure as public rights‐of‐way, as host to renewable power systems?
When President Obama releases his budget next week, we urge him to stand strong and announce a robust early learning budget proposal that truly puts the nation's earliest learners first. California is a ready partner for investing robustly and wisely in early learning.
It was 10 years in the making, but when the Applied Technology Center opened its doors in 2011 to high school freshmen, it had been entirely funded through a local bond because the community saw the value of the school and supported it.
Here we have an investment that would repair the beating heart of America -- its roads, airports, bridges, transit systems and energy grid -- and House Republicans would rather skip it and go golfing with their funders.
If you understand where President Obama is headed in his second term, pray send me an email. I like him, wish him God-speed, and might well support where he is going -- if I could just figure out where that is.
Just as the Boomer generation redefined what their parents handed off to them, we will too and already are -- just much more quickly and perhaps overtly than ever before given the transparency prompted by the Internet.
We know pre-school works, so let's stop talking and start building a system where all children have access to excellent early childhood education. As any well-educated four year old could tell us, not doing so would be ridiculous.
As expected, Obama's "second honeymoon" in the polls is starting to fade. The election is long over, the inauguration is fading from memory, and now the real legislative struggles of Obama's second term have begun.
There is no one European identity, no one voice that speaks for the myriad of countries that make up the EU. Before increased monetary and fiscal integration can take place, European leaders need to focus on enhancing their political union.
With a billion people over 65 in just about a decade -- and with the near perfect correlation between advancing age and increased risk -- no country can afford to defer their commitments to beat Alzheimer's.
Pursuing the goals of the U.S. space program presents an extraordinary opportunity for the administration's second-term agenda. A path to a strong manufacturing base, STEM education, advances in clean energy, and ultimately a thriving middle-class, goes through space.