Yearly Archives: 2011

Managing Political Risk

On December 1st I had the opportunity to give a speech at ParenteBeard’s annual Audit Committee Forum. The speech focused on the private sector’s management of political risk at the local, state and federal levels. With the lively discussion and

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November 7, 2012

November 7, 2012 That’s the date on which the determinative discussions about the Budget Reform Act of 2011 will begin. We all know that this Act created the so-called Super Committee to propose a deficit reduction plan. We also of

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Election Day

Between the Penn State abuse scandal, the Herman Cain harassment allegations, and reports regarding the handling of American soldiers’ remains at Dover Air Force Base, this week’s top new stories have been disturbing, sad and overwhelmingly depressing. Largely overshadowed by

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Out Of Town

Every American is aware of the partisan bickering in Washington. As this election year really gets underway we can only expect that to get worse. For those of us that are on Capitol Hill and meeting with staff and members,

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Infrastructure Bank Proposal

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For The People

Yesterday “The Atlantic” magazine held an event for their “Women of Washington Series” featuring Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on stimulating the global economy through energy innovation. Senator Murkowski supports a reasonable and balanced approach to America’s energy future and spoke

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The Super Committee Has A Duty.

As the 12 members of the Joint Committee for Deficit Reduction begin another week of secret meetings, rumors abound regarding the progress or lack of progress being made towards reaching the basic goal of $1.2 trillion in deficit savings over

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Unintended Consequences

The only immutable law of the universe, political as well as physical, is the law of unintended consequences. History is replete with examples of leaders heading off in one direction only to find themselves elsewhere. It’s sort of Heisenberg’s uncertainty

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Washington Post Op-Ed Response

The response to our recent op-ed in the Washington Post,, has been fantastic. We’ve had calls from a number of members of Congress and from people looking to invest in US infrastructure. The piece is resonating for a couple

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What about right now?

This week the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on consideration of a “balanced budget amendment” to the constitution. The concept of a balanced budget amendment has become a popular topic in the political landscape, especially in the recent partisan

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