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Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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Archive for January, 2019

Me. Vs. You

By on January 28, 2019 in See It Here

I work in “Fake News,” as someone likes to call it, and have to deal with the idea of pundits-members of Congress-former this-and-that with their daily harping about “winners” and “losers.” Unless you’ve been on Pluto for a while, there’s no doubt you’ve already witnessed headlines about “Did Trump Lose-Did Pelosi Win” or “Did Trump Cave?” or “Did Trump Lose the Shutdown Fight?”

Us versus Them is a perspective that is great for Super Bowls but it doesn’t work,  and has never worked, for The Real World.

And that’s because we will always have a need for a solution to disagreements.

Until that is realized, “Me vs. You” will be the game we play.

And we will all be losers. 

There is a need for some adults in the room.  

Sophomore Sophistry

By on January 18, 2019 in See It Here, Writing

President Trump has shut down the government for weeks because Democrats won’t fund his border wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the State of the Union Address can’t be delivered because the Secret Service would have to work with no pay to protect members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries and members of the Supreme Court who would attend the event on Capitol Hill. President Trump cancels the use of a military jet……and so on and so on.

This is the guy who wrote–or was the author of the ghost-written book, called “The Art of the Deal.”

“I never get too attached to one deal or one approach…. I always come up with at least a half dozen approaches to making it (a deal) work, because anything can happen, even to the best–laid plans.

I think the President should spend some of the time while being “alone” in the White House, to stop watching television and read the book. Most people see numerous ways to end the shutdown: one is actually talking to Democratic leadership.

If he could grow up too….oh never mind.

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