Ralph Lauren, the crown prince of preppy, received more than $30 million in compensation in 2011 from the corporation he founded and of which he and his family control about 73 percent. He is on the Forbes list of billionaires. The Ralph Lauren firm physically produces nothing: It is a design, marketing and licensing operation that hires factories to make its stuff. The company has had the U.S. Olympic team deal since 2008.
Supposedly, an estimated 10 percent of Americans can trace their ancestry back to the Mayflower.
In the presidential race, it's striking to note that the Republican and Democratic candidates' campaigns contain only vague echoes of the two significant popular movements of the last few years: the tea party and Occupy Wall Street.
When Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the nation's independence, he was already widely recognized as one of the most important figures of America's revolution, largely due to his authorship of the Declaration of Independence.
Georgia and especially Hall County has some transportation issues that need to be addressed. But the Transportation Investment Act (also called T-SPLOST) is wrong for Georgia. The most significant reason it is wrong is that it violates Georgia's Home Rule provision in our constitution. This provision in our state constitution allows the citizens to overturn votes made by city councils and county commissions. However, there is no provision to overturn votes made by regional roundtables, ...
Like many of you, I grew up on the roads of Northeast Georgia. My father was a family physician back in the days when they still made house calls. Many a night after dinner, I joined my dad on patient visits across South Hall, his car kicking up dust all along a busy dirt road we know today as Spout Springs. Later, while playing football at Buford High and riding the team bus, my memories ...
President Obama's health care overhaul was passed with the promise to end the ability of insurance companies to exclude individuals with "pre-existing conditions" and to reduce the number of Americans without insurance. That the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the law this month is no reason to panic, however: Both problems can be addressed without the need for another 2,700-page law.
Calls to ease sanctions on Iran to spur global negotiations over its nuclear program will backfire, making a deal far less likely and greatly raising the risk of an Israeli military strike to cripple the program.
Will the international sanctions currently in place against Iran keep it from developing nuclear weapons? Is Iran likely to develop nuclear weapons if left to its own devices?
"You will be our president when you read this note," George Herbert Walker Bush wrote to Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him in the 1992 campaign, denying Bush the provisional vindication that re-election provides until history has its chance to judge from a distance. Nonetheless, in Oval Office tradition, Bush left a note for Clinton to read on taking office, and it echoed the message of transitions past, even between bitter political rivals: "I ...
On Dec. 27, 1895, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., then in his 15th year as an associate justice on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, encountered Edward Atkinson, a wealthy Boston entrepreneur who had become a pamphlet writer arguing for free trade and against "imperialism." Atkinson was born 14 years before Holmes, and the difference in their ages affected their roles in the Civil War. Holmes and other seniors at Harvard College had enlisted in the ...
China has a secret: It owes American investors hundreds of billions of dollars. The Chinese government doesn't like to talk about it and the U.S. government doesn't want to raise it. But decades ago, Beijing defaulted on debt owed to Americans, as well as investors and governments around the world. In one case, it was paid. In the rest it was not. More than 20,000 American investors own this debt. The U.S. government may also ...
According to the Global Report Card, more than a third of the 30 school districts with the highest math achievement in the United States are actually charter schools. This is particularly impressive considering that charters constitute about 5 percent of all schools and about 3 percent of all public school students. And it is even more amazing considering that some of the highest performing charter schools, like Roxbury Prep in Boston or KIPP Infinity in ...
The Charter School Amendment on November's ballot looks like an attempt to let the free market work its magic in education, but it's really an attempt to convert public tax dollars into private profit. Ever since the release of the documentary "Waiting for Superman," the buzz around charter schools has reached a fevered pitch.
It is just too much. Sometimes it all seems to be so overwhelming. You know what I mean. Life. We know that we will manage to get through, but we do not know how.
The most important fact of life is death. Yet, we spend our whole lives busily running away from that fact to create an ever-more complex world of endless trivial tasks and diversions. But the ultimate reality is that our time here is so limited and ever closer to the end.
WASHINGTON - The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a very special trade agreement. It is so special that our government officials who are negotiating it want to keep it completely secret from us.
WASHINGTON - Those who think we can protect U.S. jobs by turning inward have got it exactly backward.
In the aftermath of the Boston bombings, many are asking how someone who came to America at the age of 9, attended some of our best schools, captained the wrestling team, went to the prom and became a citizen could have inflicted such a devastating attack on our society.
Earlier this month, 35 public school teachers and administrators indicted for allegedly cheating to raise test scores in an Atlanta school district began turning themselves in to authorities. They may be the tip of the iceberg; a state investigation implicates 178 educators in the scandal.
America's economy is poised to roar ahead if only Washington would stop holding it back.
With Tax Day upon us, American families and employers are keenly aware of the deep cut the government is taking out of their household incomes and hard-earned profits - especially during the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression.
America's economy is in the midst of a Great Stagnation that almost rivals the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the nation is fighting a costly and prolonged worldwide war against relentless Islamic terrorism.
In January, the Georgia Economic Developers Association hosted more than 50 state legislators at a luncheon to celebrate economic development accomplishments over the past 12 months. We also launched a year of celebration complete with a proclamation from Gov. Nathan Deal, as 2013 marks GEDA's 50th Anniversary.
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