Almost daily, there are articles trying to encapsulate a portion of whom or what a millennial is. It makes me giggle, as we approach this particular group like more unique than any other. Why?
Let’s frame out who they are first:
· Born between 1977 and 1997
· Children of the Baby Boom generation, for most part
· First generation raised mostly by Dual Income Households (both parents worked)
· First generation with massive technology expanse (Cable/Streaming, Smartphones, PC/laptops)
In the political
sphere, they like to think of “cutting taxes” (tax reform) as easy,
while “reduce spending” is politically impossible or career suicide.
They’re right, on both counts. But, they still need to do both every few
years to keep the ever-bloating span of Government in any semblance of
problem we face in 2017 is a Congress that is obsessing on tax reform,
yet hasn’t mentioned cutting spending literally all year long. They (and
we) cannot live like that. We need leaders with Courage & Will to
do what is in America’s best interest, as opposed to what is in the
politicians’ personal best interests.
The time is long overdue to take
a very hard, critical look into how we approach & deliver Education in
America. Let’s take a couple key statistics as a starter. We seemingly spend
more money on education than any other country on the planet. We have one of
the worst outcomes from education in developed nations on the planet. How can people
look at our education model (how we do it) & see any version of tolerable
success? How can we allow it to continue and think it will change itself?
During the 2016 Presidential
Election Campaign, Donald J. Trump delivered, what most call, his best speech
in Gettysburg. Although it wasn’t THE “Gettysburg Address”, it was a testament
of what Trump would do if elected. So what better to use as a Presidential
scorecard for his first year than the very “to do” list he assigned for
himself? The way I look at it, there can be three different types of grades-
UNDONE, In Process of, DONE.
Let’s jump right to it:
Trump’s List of Commitments from Gettysburg
Address Speech 10/22/2016 & Grade as follows: