Category Archives: Leaders

Because it’s been one of those days…

Let us consider….Mitt Romney…through the eyes of Team Coco.

Mr. "Minty Fresh," Mitt Romney, himself.

(h/t Holly on the Hill)

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While the world watches, the world’s largest debtor quibbles…

“The longer Congress fails to act, the more we risk that investors here and around the world will lose confidence in our ability to meet our commitments and our obligations,” Geithner said in a letter to congressional leaders.

via Geithner warns U.S. to hit debt ceiling by May 16 | Reuters.

Meanwhile, in Congress:

A Republican budget plan due to be unveiled on Tuesday would cut $5.8 trillion from U.S. spending over the next 10 years, a congressional aide familiar with the proposal said on Monday.

The plan, which would take effect when the next fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, is expected to propose sweeping changes to the Medicare and Medicaid health programs, as well as hard caps on government spending and tax cuts.

via US Republican budget plan would cut $5.8 trln in 10 yrs.

That’s what I call a good start.

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“I have a dream”

A friend of mine has an excellent suggestion: take few minutes to watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech, the “I have a dream” address on the national mall.

Check it out on her site: “I have a dream” « Holly On The Hill.

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Who motivates you?

I drove with several friends to hear a state senator speak about Medicaid reform (an interesting topic addressed by Senator Dan Liljenquist, one that perhaps I’ll write about at a later date, but not right now). They, my friends, are articulate and intelligent individuals, and as I got back into my own car after being dropped off at our rendezvous point, I found myself thinking: “I’ve got to read and study more if I’m going to keep up with these guys.” We discussed constitutional law, problems of capital punishment, presentation and speech styles, the course of our culture and America, favorite books, history (we’re Teddy Roosevelt fans because when he got up in the morning, he made stuff happen), and more. It was interesting, it was mentally invigorating, and it was fun.

And here’s the thing: they aren’t the only smart and ambitious and accomplished people that I have met and become friends with over the years. But all of them have made me, if just through the pressure of wanting to measure, or keep, up, a better me.

The people I spend time with are a huge motivation in my life. I’ve been fortunate to interact with people who are driven, focused, and ambitious, and it brings out the best in me. I’m a pretty average, normal guy, but by associating and interacting with smarter and more ambitious people than myself, as well as forming relationships with them, I feel like they’ve pulled me along and helped me form a better me than I would have been otherwise.

Thanks.

And lest I forget, my wife deserves special mention as one of those people, unique in her abilities, talents, beauty, and gifts. Thanks for keeping me going, Britt.

Who motivates you?

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