Our Better Side

I'm a glass half full type of guy. And lately I have been feeling better and better about the US because I see all these good, common sense things happening like #metoo. I woke up this morning feeling so much better because of the simple step taken by Dicks Sporting Goods.

“When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset,” Mr. Stack (Dicks CEO) said in an interview Tuesday evening. “We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us.”

45.7 - Switzerland Second


45.6 - International Support for America First


The rest of the world has a new image of America. I'm not sure this is the real way to put America first...

45.5 - Warren Buffet vs. America First

I've been bothered by this "America First" slogan. Part of this is the fact I work with a very diverse set of people.
I watched the new "Becoming Warren Buffet" movie on HBO this week. And one of the things he said really crystallized my problem with the "America First" slogan. To paraphrase he said: "I won the lottery. There was a 1 in 40 chance that I was born in the US. And there was a 50-50 chance that I would be born male. So I have a hard time understanding why my life is worth more than anyone else on earth."

45.4 - To Friend or Fight or Hide?

One of the big choices facing not only politicians, but businesses and other Nations will need to choose which strategy when working with Donnie. Like the bully in the playground, the choice is to:

compliment him and give him your sandwich at lunchfight him publiclytry to avoid him
Putin, most Republican politicians and the business leaders who heed his calling out on the playground yard are "trying to work with him". Just like the bully, he is easy to out-smart by playing to his ego. Tell him you will keep workers in the US, tell him you are creating jobs in the US and he gets his ego rush and thinks it is all because of him.

On the other hand, there are businesses who are trying to avoid - Uber and Nordstrom are the two stories in the news today. But with boycotts going both ways Pro Donnie and Anti-Donnie, most smart businesses who want to take this strategy will just cover up for a while.

For politicians - both leaders of other nations as well as US politicians, there is…

45.3 - President Loses Lawsuit

How do citizens of the US and World take the news that Donnie lost a lawsuit against members of a golf club he bought?

For me, it makes me upset that someone abuses the legal system like this instead of doing the right thing in the first place. It makes me upset that the leader of our country bullies people who have a signed agreement.

He is now playing on a much larger stage. Trying to intimidate world leaders and going back on promises made by our country.  It is just embarrassing and "Sad".

45.2 - 17 Metrics to Watch

We will see how Donnie's measurements go over the next 4 years. This is a very quantifiable list of 17 metrics to track: