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Jun. 7, 2012 Colin Powell Commonwealth Club

On June 7, 2012 in Santa Clara at The Commonwealth Club, Dan Ashley of ABC KGO talked with General Colin Powell about his new book “It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.” Powell wanted to talk about the principles that guided him from the immigrant neighborhoods of New York City to corridors of power and how a new generation can follow that path.

He talked about his career after retiring from the military as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff. He turned down offers from Wall Street firms that simply wanted his name and reputation.  He served as U.S. Secretary of State in the second Bush administration but left after the invasion of Iraq. He spoke about dealing with North Korea and Iran on the futility of developing nuclear weapons to stay in power. In his travels Powell discovered that leaders of all nations face the same problems of finding jobs for people. Perhaps when they realize they are all in same boat they will begin to row in the same direction.

Copyright 2012 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Nov. 21, 2011 Tom Brokaw Commonwealth

On Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center Theatre, Tom Brokaw of NBC talked with Dan Ashley of ABC KGO talked about his new book “The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America.” Brokaw talked about the challenges facing Americans and thinks we have to face reality and make decisions quickly, before they are made for us.

The problems cannot be solved with the current political gridlock. The Right has a single goal of not paying taxes. The Left is trying to solve problems faced by everyone else, like food, jobs, education, and housing.

Of course, with the Right ending the American middle class, living in a McMansion with a three car garage and hoarding the world’s resources will end as well. It is quite likely the next generation will have a lower standard of living and probably rent rather than buy smaller homes.

According to the US Census Bureau, nearly half of all Americans and  a quarter of all children live in poverty. Poor, hungry children will not go to college. They may never graduate from high school. If we cannot prepare our children for a better future, we need to at least prepare them for a worse one.

Copyright 2011 DJ Cline All rights reserved.