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Riding The Tiger

“I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.” Harry S. Truman

Reagan Officials Reflect on KAL 007

With the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, many are recalling KAL 007, the Korean passenger plane that the Soviets shot down on Sept. 1, 1983 after it strayed off course and flew into Soviet territory. 269 people were killed. President Reagan addressed the nation on Sept. 5, saying, "This crime against humanity must never be forgotten, here or throughout the world." You can watch his remarks at http://bit.ly/1p2dHKV.

Administration officals reflected on KAL 007 in interviews for Reagan's oral history. Click read more for excerpts.    

ARTICLE: Commissioner on Entrepreneurship and Middle-Class Jobs Ross Baird in Forbes

Ross Baird during Commission meeting

Ross Baird, executive director of Village Capital and a Milstein Commission member, co-wrote a recent article in Forbes titled "Why Creating The Next Silicon Valley ... Is The Wrong Goal". Read it here

Funding the Highway Trust Fund

With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money in August, the University of Virginia Miller Center report, Well Within Reach: America's New Transportation Agenda, is worth another look. The result of a conference co-chaired by former U.S. Transportation Secretaries Norman Mineta and Samuel Skinner, the report concludes that future funding mechanisms should not depend primarily on fossil-fuel consumption and suggests that the best approach to ensure adequate funding is to return to a pay-as-you-go system. This means taxing road use, instead of fuel consumption, via a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax. An excerpt from the report is below. You can read the entire report at http://web1.millercenter.org/conferences/report/conf_2009_transportation.pdf.

10 Recommendations to Fix U.S. Transportation System

Working with former Transportation Secretaries Norman Mineta and Samuel Skinner, the University of Virginia's Miller Center released a report in 2010 outlining ten recommendations to fix the nation's overburdened transportation system. The report received a lot of attention when it was released, including praise from President Obama. With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money in August, the report is definitely worth another look. Below are the ten recommendations included in Well Within Reach: America's New Transportation Agenda. You can read the entire report at http://web1.millercenter.org/conferences/report/conf_2009_transportation.pdf.                        

Why RFK Sat Stone-Faced as LBJ Signed Civil Rights Act of 1964

Attorney General Robert Kennedy (front row, 6th from right), stares straight ahead as President Lyndon Johnson prepares to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Photo: LBJ Library)

What a bittersweet day it was 50 years ago for Robert Kennedy.  The events of July 2, 1964 should have filled him with pride and gratification. But, as the attorney general sat stone-faced at President Lyndon Johnson’s dramatic signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he could barely bring himself to look at the chief executive. A mere six months had passed since Bobby Kennedy had accompanied his sister-in-law, Jacqueline Kennedy, into the same White House space (the East Room), where, still wearing her blood-stained suit, she had brought her assassinated husband home from Dallas.

VIDEO: Interviews with Milstein Entrepreneurship Commission members

Co-Chairs Carly Fiorina and Steve Case

Commission Co-Chairs Carly Fiorina and Steve Case

Listen to Milstein Commission on Entrepreneurship and Middle-Class Jobs members -- who represent some of the top thinkers on small business and innovation -- discuss entrepreneurial trends and ideas for strengthening the nation's entrepreneurial activity in short interview clips found here.  

Milstein Commission Report on New Manufacturing Released Today!

Today, the Miller Center releases Building a Nation of Makers: Six Ideas to Accelerate the Innovative Capacity of America's Manufacturing SMEs, the report containing the unanimous recommendations of the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing.  This report offers six innovative, yet practical, ideas to facilitate the growth of America’s manufacturing SMEs. 

Read the executive summary, the one-page synopsis, or the full report.

Connecting Presidential Collections

Screen shot of Connecting Presidential Collections homepage

This week, a contingent from the Miller Center attended the Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. This conference, held every four years, is a unique gathering of librarians, museum curators, fundraisers, public historians, and educators who are involved with presidential libraries, museums, sites, historic homes, and organizations. The Miller Center team presented a session at the conference about one of our newest programs, Connecting Presidential Collections (CPC)

George H.W. Bush Officials Reflect on Tiananmen Square

June 4, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Chinese government's violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. It was a topic that came up in several interviews for the George H.W. Bush Oral History Project. Below are excerpts from interviews with Secretary of State James Baker, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and others.

Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing to Release Report on June 13 in D.C.

The Miller Center will hold a news conference Friday, June 13 at the National Press Club to release the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing's report, offering innovative, non-partisan, actionable ideas on how to create middle-class manufacturing jobs. 

Commission on Entrepreneurship and Middle-Class Jobs Meets in DC

Commission members

As the number of American small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures dwindle, so do the middle-class jobs that they provide. The Milstein Commission on Entrepreneurship and Middle-Class Jobs members convened earlier this week in Washington, DC, to identify innovative yet practical ideas on how to create and sustain middle-class jobs through entrepreneurship. 

The Miller Center Examines EU Perspective on Free-Trade Agreement in Edinburgh

Lord Peter Mandelson, former EU trade commissioner

Lord Peter Mandelson, former EU trade commissioner, at the Miller Center’s Caplin Conference in Edinburgh

The Miller Center held the second part of the 2013 Mortimer Caplin Conference on the World Economy in Edinburgh, Scotland last week, in partnership with the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh. It was the sixth Caplin Conference but the first consisting of two sessions that approach an issue from dual perspectives. The issue examined during the 2013 conference was the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the perspectives considered were those of the U.S. and the EU. 

Steve Case, Carly Fiorina to Co-Chair Milstein Commission on Entrepreneurship and Middle Class Jobs

Commission Co-Chairs Steve Case and Carly Fiorina

Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution, and Carly Fiorina, former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will co-chair a new Miller Center commission that will focus on entrepreneurship and middle-class job creation, in partnership with the Batten Institute at U.Va.’s Darden School of Business.

‘Happy Days’ no more: Middle-class families squeezed as expenses soar, wages stall

Washington Post/Miller Center poll results

Fewer Americans find themselves in the heart of the middle class with every passing year, according to results of a recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll. This article, the most recent in a series stemming from poll results, details the financial struggles of a Virginia family, despite a combined income that places them squarely in today's "middle class."

VIDEO: Benefactor Howard Milstein Explains Impetus Behind Milstein Symposium

Opening Comments by Howard Milstein

"I am a beneficiary of the American Dream," Howard Milstein stated in comments to open the  Miller Center's Feb. 5 Forum with Governors Haley Barbour and Evan Bayh. Barbour and Bayh participated in the Forum as co-chairs of the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing. Howard Milstein, benefactor of the project and chairman, president, and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank Emigrant Savings Bank, introduced the session by explaining the genesis and goals of the Milstein Symposium: Ideas for a New American Century.