This symposium, the third in a series focusing on creating the jobs of the future, will convene experts to identify a sufficient and sustainable infrastructure funding model to keep goods and people moving safely and efficiently and to support the projects required to keep the system functioning optimally.
Now that Congress has approved a short-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund, there's much talk about the need for a long-term fix. A University of Virginia Miller Center report, co-chaired by former U.S. Transportation Secretaries Norman Mineta and Samuel Skinner, proposes one. 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 Well Within Reach: America's New Transportation Agenda is below. You can read the entire report at http://web1.millercenter.org/conferences/report/conf_2009_transportation.pdf.
Alternative histories are intriguing, but, until recently, I thought they were simply entertaining fictionalized accounts of historical events. Journalist Jeff Greenfield’s Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternative Histories of American Politics is among the best of this genre. (See Greenfield’s Miller Center forum at http://bit.ly/UFHfmC.)
Academic historians, however, occasionally use counterfactuals to determine the relationships between cause and effect. For example, if Al Gore had won the 2000 presidential election, would the United States have invaded Iraq in 2003? (See Miller Center event with Frank P. Harvey, author of Explaining the Iraq War: Counterfactual Theory, Logic and Evidence at http://bit.ly/1lMQqc8.)
As First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s birthday (July 28, 1929) approached, I began to ponder what she would be like today had she not succumbed to lymphoma in 1994. She is frozen in many memories as the glamorous wife of President John F. Kennedy, only 31 years of age when she entered the White House, or as his stoic widow creating the Camelot legend after his assassination a thousand days later. But what if Jackie Kennedy had lived to celebrate her 85th birthday?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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, 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.