Gov. Jay Robert Inslee, Washington, featured in tonight’s CNN Town Hall held in Washington.
Wolf Blitzer of CNN moderated the event.
Usual topics as we have seen in the earlier town hall meetings with Democrats this season.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced his candidacy on March 1, 2019, for the Democratic nomination for President of the U.S.A. in the 2020 Election.
Here are the key aspects that I would like to put forward for information and assimilation :
1. Gov. Jay Inslee’s rise to prominence : Figure below shows the three elements of work that made him prominent :
(a) Washington vs Trump, a lawsuit jointly filed with Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, challenging Trump administration’s order ( executive order 13769 ) to ban entry from 7 muslim majority countries in 2017.This earned a temporary restraining order. Gov. Jay Inslee garnered national attention because of this. (b) As Chair of Democratic Governors’ Association during 2018 Gubernatorial elections he oversaw Democrats gaining 7 net Governorships nationwide. This propelled him to national attention again. (c) His emphasis on Climate Change and as a critique of Trump Administration’s policies, he made people turn their heads with a larger focus on him.
2. Gov. Jay Inslee’s Job Growth Performance : Figure below depicts Gov. Jay Inslee’s Job Growth Performance during his reign in three elements :
(a) In 2011 he focused on Job Creation marking dozens of proposals to enhance job growth in Clean Energy, Biotech, and Aerospace industry. (b) In January 2014 he initiated the renewal of Boeing’s Contract with Seattle area Union employees to build its Boeing 777x aircraft in Everett. This brought 1000s of jobs to Washington. (c) In December 2017 he initiated Career Connect Washington creating a Task Force with many stakeholder groups including Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, and Kaiser Permanents. Result was an increase in Apprenticeship opportunities for 29000 youth in 11 communities.
3. Gov. Jay Inslee’s ‘Strategy’ : Figure below represents Gov. Jay Inslee’s Strategy Triad :
The ‘Strategy triad’ comprises three aspects : (a) Climate Change reform – this is as much a moral issue as it is an economic issue according to him. It is also his primary motivation to contest in 2020 Election. (b) Healthcare Reform : As with every other democrat in this election, healthcare is a key strategic issue for the Governor. (c) Education Reform : Not just making education tuition free, he is a strong proponent of financial and food support for pre-K education and school education plus first two years of post-K higher education.
4. Gov. Jay Inslee’s Leadership : Figure below represents Gov. Jay Inslee’s Leadership Triad :
The ‘Leadership Triad’ comprises three aspects : (a) Trust : For increasing the ground of Confidence between parties as a ‘responsibility’, as a group to control ‘expenditure’, as policymaker to improve ‘production’ , and as financial steward to earn ‘high returns’ . (b) Change : As a leader to display a sense of strong belief in ‘transition to a new system’ or ‘to a new condition’ in a smooth manner. and (c) Economy : He pitches for a judicious and efficient use of resources being careful but not necessarily frugal.
Some general observations from Commonsense perspective :
1. Gov. Jay Inslee portrayed himself as someone ready to learn from mistakes even as it appeared to a common man like me that he can be easily managed too.
2. Gov. Jay Inslee displayed a simple way of strengthening his arguments with examples, without any resort to use of material bonds. Whether it was Crime bill, whether it was marijuana, whether it was student loan, whether it was Boeing jobs, whether it was climate change, whether it was real estate – he always cited examples, personal or state implementation, to support his views.
3. Soft headed and soft hearted as a person, he seems to like soft options for all the problems without being a soft touch – a rare quality for a politician of today’s world.
Conclusion : Gov. Jay Inslee has no qualms distinguishing himself as a leader obsessed with or possessed by a “Single Strong Idea “, without excluding others’ points of views. Unique and outstanding in this respect, creating a special identity for himself, but whether this symbolic trait could win the hearts of the electorate will always be in doubt.
“Dieu avec nous “
Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 10.19 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” I am not part of the resistance, I am the leader of it “. – Gov. Jay Inslee while answering the question on ‘resistance’ to Trump’s offence of the values of the State.
” CNN Town Hall with Sen Kirsten Gillibrand – Bringing America back to World Stage ” – April 9, 2019.
Tonight’s CNN Town Hall featured the calm and composed Democratic Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, from New York. It was held in Buffalo State College, New York.
Erin Burnett of CNN moderated the event.
The audience questions covered the usual ones as in the previous similar town halls. Immigration, health, education, social services, gun control, criminal justice system, women’s rights, and governance. Foreign policy has been the missing topic.
She declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the President of U.S.A. in a rally in the shadow of Trump Hotel in NY on March 17, 2019.
Quite significant is the fact that her drive and motivation to engage in the primary served well to answer all the questions of the event.
Three important aspects that I took from this event are given below :
1. Leadership : Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s leadership triad is depicted in the figure below –
The three ingredients comprising her leadership style are (a) bravery, (b) strength of character, and (c) elimination of greed and corruption. She said : ” The governing system is broken now ; moral fabric needs repair ; and rebuilding bonds between Americans more than necessary now ” – these are the three things that need to be fixed urgently. When you reject hate and division, hope rises, fear loses, and most importantly “bravery” wins. Hence, she has taken the plunge. She added, President Donald Trump tears apart the moral fabric of the country, demonises the vulnerable, and punches down. He is not strong, he is weak and is a coward. We need a President who is worthy of ‘bravery’. So, I am running for President. You need to listen, learn, empathise, grow, and become stronger. Donald Trump is unwilling to do it. The administration now represents greed and corruption that need to be eliminated. Then only our strength of character will emerge stronger. This is what we need now and this is what leadership should establish.
2. People Challenge : Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s account of the People Challenge triad is depicted in the figure below :
The three major ingredients of her People Challenge comprise : (a) access to social services, (b) access to healthcare, and (c) access to education. She explained in terms of the growing number of people aspiring and participating in the system in respect of all the three, adding that funding and necessary infrastructure development will form the major challenges to implement. She pleaded for a strong government role in the process. Her briefing on these three aspects drew a special applause ( perhaps the most inspiring aspect of the whole event ).
3. Strategy : Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Strategy triad is depicted in the figure below :
The three key ingredients of her ‘Strategy’ triad comprise – (a) Medicare for all , (b) Federal Job Guarantee, and (c) Effective Gun Control. Healthcare is a right and not a privilege as any other democrat says. Defending ACA, Reducing drug costs, and making insurance companies accountable will become the chief action plan in achieving the goal. According to her ‘gun violence research fund’ will be a positive move because government can establish an integrated public health system agenda to understand the causes of gun violence and identify the most effective strategies for prevention. Investment to grow jobs will be the third pillar constituting the strategies triad.
Some general observations from Commonsense perspective :
1. She is for a leader who will speak up and fight for people rights while proceeding against the administration’s ‘cruel policies’ toward Women, Muslims, LGBTQ community, and immigrant facilities at the border.
2. Right through the Town Hall proceedings she has been unconstrained and self assertive with emotional stability, without being aggressive, driven only by her sense of conviction and yet proving to be a force in standing up to the broken system thus defining the characteristic of her strength.
3. She sounded quite certain and positive in all her answers. She remained as sober, sedate, and rational in her defense as she has been in her stability, acknowledgement, and presentation of reasons for her stance on issues.
Conclusion : The main conclusion is that America now , more than ever before, presents the greatest moral, ethical, and economic opportunity to pick what a leader would want. She took the example of John F Kennedy’s dream of putting a man on moon – he wasn’t sure he would, but he was sure about the organising principles and the mission that can accomplish the dream. In a similar way, the fundamental principles and mission objectives are fully present for today’s leader and his/her dream.
” Dieu avec nous”
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 10.29 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” Women’s rights is Human rights ; Human rights is Women’s rights “. – Hillary Clinton as told by Kirsten Gillibrand in this event.
In an aggressive and substantive speech, Adam Schiff, D- Chairman, House Intelligence Committee, pointed to 18 facts as in the 18 step Quality Assurance in Business, to support his statement(s) that he has consistently be holding firm in respect of Donald Trump having ‘colluded’ with the Russians in 2016 Election contrary to what Attorney General, William Barr’s four-page principal conclusions already provided.
Attorney General, William Barr’s principal conclusions of the Mueller Report has been the basis on which both President Donald Trump and the 9 republicans in the House Intelligence Committee called for Adam Schiff’s resignation from the position of the Chairman of the Committee.
The letter seeking resignation reads : “Your actions both past and present are incompatible with your duty as Chairman of this Committee. As such we have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your constitutional responsibility and urge your immediate resignation as Chairman of this Committee.”
Adam Schiff has been one of Donald Trump’s strongest critics in the last two years.
Mueller’s report is over 300 pages in length. The report, possibly after it is redacted is expected to be released within weeks.
What it means :
1. Resignation is not a somber affair where some members make the call bacause they want a change in something the Committee is working on, without a serious critique on the overall performance of the person individually or the Committee collectively.
2. Adam Schiff has presented the points in his speech in the hope that people will listen to his arguments ; think for themselves ; and also make a judgement whether the arguments signal clearly any wrongdoing or not.
3. Adam Schiff stated the points for continuing with some aspects of investigations like the part of Obstruction of Justice that was left to the interpretation of AG, William Barr and Rod Rosenstein by Mueller. There was no expression of grudges in this.
4. It now becomes imperative to further establish whether they are really ‘truth bombs’ or simply a case of defense.
5. Republicans’ call for Adam Schiff’s resignation may well be a strategy to push the Democrats who had tasted mid term success elixir back where they (Republicans) think they (Democrats) ought to be.
Can the Democrats do anything more at this juncture to keep the discussion on Trump’s wrongdoings alive and how long is uncertain.
Figure below represents the strategy triad that Democrats may well adopt :
(a) Anger to action : They may like to show that they are passionate about elimination of corruption and wrongdoings at the highest level of Leadership and try to influence people through social media, party discussions, town hall meetings, and other public forum.
(b) Repeat Narrative : They should aim for the right narrative conveying the intent to repeat itself by someone in the middle rungs of the party periodically in every State to earn confidence of the people.
(c) Build Trust : A simple way to do this is to describe experiences where people feel let down by corrupt and unethical leaders, thus broadening the knowledge and insight into their impact.
Adam Schiff seems determined. He may well carry on his fight to the ropes.
( For the full transcript of Adam Schiff’s speech, please refer to the article : ” Under partisan fire, Adam Schiff presents his case without apology” by Steve Benen. )
“Dieu avec nous “
Friday, March 29, 2019 – 10.59 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” People are filled with zeal to protect oneself from the other in this critical moment “.
” CNN Town Hall with Senator Cory Booker – Optimism to Beat Trump is His Watchword ” – March 27, 2019.
Tonight’s CNN Town Hall featured the ever effusive Democratic Senator Cory Booker, New Jersey, in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Don Lemon of CNN has been the moderator.
Senator Cory Anthony Booker announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020 Election on February 1, 2019, by inviting people ‘to help each other’ through a video.
The audience questions covered a diverse range of topics : Education ( Cory Booker’s stance – Education for all, fight for Public Education ) ; Healthcare ( Access to expand ) ; Gun violence control (Stringent background checks ) ; Criminal Justice System ( Strengthen further ) ; Environmental stability ( Measure of Planetary Safeguard ) ; Green New Deal ( Give Support ) ; LGBTQ rights ( Preserve rights ) .
It will be fitting to present what I took from this Town Hall proceedings :
1. Figure below represents his Vision Triad for America :
‘Unity’ is the chief component – ” not to meet hate with hate, but to meet with love ; not to meet darkness with darkness, but meet it with light “. ‘Love and Compassion’ can win more people with an imperative to inculcate a sense of togetherness (with all communities) at this critical moment in America. He cited his ‘Environmental Justice Bill’ as an accomplishment to his credit.He felt that public good and public welfare will be undermined in the absence of this movement.
2. Figure below represents his Healthcare Triad for America :
As with other Democrats, Senator Cory Booker, placed Healthcare in the top rung of the lists for enforcement. Specially, he emphasised ‘lowering eligibility’ to 55 years with a view to cover a large number of citizens even while ‘ ‘expanding access’ to healthcare. ‘Reducing drug costs’, especially the prescription drugs will constitute his third aspect of focus here. That Healthcare is in the DNA of Democrats cannot be missed.
3. Figure below represents his Priority Triad to make America the best of all the worlds:
“Moral Vandalism” is how he described Trump’s governance. ‘Beating Trump’ is the first priority. ‘Pursuing Justice’ to all, and ‘Ensuring American Core Values’ are the other two priorities. He is keen to enhance the belief that every problem is directed to take the best solution ; he is keen to get people with the right disposition to take the best of every program ; and he is keen to achieve the highest efficiency in all his actions. This is how he will defend the triad of priorities.
He portrayed himself as a person in a hurry to make things right for people.
Final conclusion :
Democrats this time seem more inclined to support a candidate who has the winnability gene in his/her nucleus, than perhaps anything else, anyone can offer through any programs. Cory Booker exuded through his oratory his power of work, vigour, and action with a willingness to give strength, force, and meaning to the requirements and needs of the citizens. He also received complete approval of the audience in the Town Hall as evidenced through the unstoppable clappings for his every answer.
Senator Cory Booker’s performance speaks of a great beginning that needs to last for the next 595 days to be the first bachelor in more than 130 years to become the President of the U.S.A.
” Dieu avec nous “
Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 10. 09 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” You can’t campaign wrong and govern right ” – Senator Cory Booker.
Mueller’s report provided the much needed relief that President Donald Trump has desperately been missing in the last two years.
If the investigation has been the main reason for limiting the progress of the constructive programs and actions of the President, then it is logical that the President reengages to actively and vigorously pursue them without losing time from now on.
Yes, there still are other investigations of great consequence against the President which have the potential to nail him in the woods. How long ? Nobody knows.
But there is no denying that many would like to see this as the opportune moment to devise fresh strategies for the 2020 race.
Figure below depicts the President’s strategy triad :
Economy, Healthcare, and Border Wall could well be his key components of Strategy.
Figure below represents the President’s Strategy and how he plans to meet them broadly at this juncture :
No new model of Healthcare is in store now ;
Economy staying strong with the deals is being disputed by some experts and analysts who view the threat of “Debt” as playing a larger role in causing a depression ;
Seeking funds from the agencies involves processes and may not fully meet the construction promised.
Can these become his election mantra will be interesting to follow. It may be worthwhile conducting a study on these aspects of Strategy for a better insight, understanding, and influences.
” Dieu avec nous “
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – 9.49 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” Abraham Lincoln’s father was a poor farmer and labourer “.
President Donald Trump has been granted a Second Term within his First Term given the 4 page principal conclusions of A.G., William Barr, spelling out no evidence of Conspiracy or Coordination between the Trump Campaign and Russia in 2016 Election.
President Donald Trump now claims “complete and total exoneration” and “illegal takedown that failed” regardless of what can happen days into the future.
As the entire world was going through synaptic hyperactivity in their brains with a host of information/disinformation, confounding propaganda, and expert conjectures/opinions; it is important that the conclusions (as at present) make everyone recognise imperatively the American System born out of the idea that an investigation of great significance as the one involving the President (the First Individual) has been allowed to be successfully completed without an iota of interference or disturbance to the team of investigators. America scores a victory that is special here.
There is already clamour for the full report and the underlying documents to be given to the Congress (and the public should also know it) raising the possibility of further determination clearly.
Here’s presenting a short, preliminary, skeletal format of the possibility of “further determination” as a Top Event taking shape or otherwise. The Figure below depicts that part of the management framework clearly :
Two things need for the Top Event to happen. An ‘incitant’ and an ‘irrational response by either party’ . At the next level the above two conditions are further expanded. ‘Strong calls for further determination’ by the party, and a ‘clear irritation to one party’. These will constitute the sub events. There is no doubting that the Democratic Party is the one that is clearly irritated here (at this moment). At the next level, we’ll set to expand the underlying causes further for the two sub events. ‘War of words’ between parties and ‘seeking the full report/underlying documents’ for the first sub event ; and ‘extreme public pressure’ and ‘seeking A.G. William Barr to testify under oath’ for the other sub event. We can also assign a probability for the Top Event to occur statistically, but that will need a good amount of data to be generated, or waiting until data is generated.
This is the first test in my risk assessment management framework to determine whether the level of risk can be held acceptable or is severe requiring immediate corrective action. There is no standard criteria for a clear assessment here. Anybody can contribute so a set of our own criteria for acceptability or otherwise can be formulated. We can further develop this figure with more information and inputs as they emerge.
” Dieu avec nous “
Monday, March 25, 2019 – 9.59 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” Democracy : Government by popular ignorance ” – Elbert Hubbard.
Friday, March 22, 2019, marks the completion of Robert Swan Mueller’s 675 days old investigation of the Russian interference in the 2016 American Presidential Election.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered the report to the Attorney General Barr this evening. Attorney General Barr is expected to communicate the ‘principal conclusions’ to the lawmakers by the weekend.
” No further recommendations of indictments ; No further Grand Jury proceedings ; and No charges of Collusion ” – are the major findings as per media reports now.
This stands as a clear vindication of what President Donald Trump has been repeating in many meetings, and rallies all through the nearly 2 years of Mueller’s investigation – a position that is held by some in the GOP.
I am thrilled and delighted to see some Democrats taking an “academic path” to this event while calling for the report in full to be given to the Congress and also for Robert Mueller to testify on Capitol Hill.
Here’s how I draw a parallel between an “academic project investigation” and a “political project investigation” like the one for which the Chief Investigator, Robert Mueller, released the report. Presented below is the Figure detailing in simple terms the various stages of the academic and political projects :
The stages are self explanatory and obvious bearing clear meaning.
Democrats claim there could be powerful evidence of wrongdoing in the report, a position they take and argue about when asked. Senator Blumenthal, Senator Jack Reed, and Senator Klobuchar to cite just a few of them.
“Congress has a responsibility for oversight. Public has the right to know the full facts.”- they add.
Presented below is the Figure detailing the similarities of actions sought by the Democrats :
Democrats want to call Robert Mueller for clarifications and possible disclosures relating to the contents of the report. A Senate Judiciary Committee member even mentioned the possibility to subpoena the Chief Investigator, Robert Mueller, for his presentation before the Congress in public. This is the key step here academically.
In academic investigations it is customary for the ‘Principal Investigator’ to be called for a presentation of the Project Activities/ Methodology/ Analysis/Conclusions and even likely benefits arising out of the process to an “Expert Committee” constituted by the sanctioning authority. This is not just on completion of the Project, but each year through the project period in full.
It is for the “Expert Committee” to give an examination and a searching look at the findings; assess the beneficial impact of the findings; and to approve/suggest implementation of the findings.
What the Senators want seems akin to the above academic ordeal, trial, or examination as one may term it.
Congress may be interested in determining whether any political action(s) important for the future of democracy are necessary or not.
It is in the above context that the Democrat’s call for inviting the Chief Investigator, Robert Mueller, for a presentation and discussion session assumes significance.
“Dieu avec nous”
Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 10.29 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” When a Congressman is awake, he counts his complaints in millions.”