"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.
Recent events in Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula have sparked wild claims in the blogosphere and mainstream media about the revival of the Cold War. Thinly drawn historical analogies are being used by pundits to suggest that Russian President Vladimir Putin is initiating an icy, long-term diplomatic standoff with the United States in his aggressive response to the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
On February 11, the Miller Center partnered with UVa's International Relations Organization to sponsor a talk by Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, who discussed the interim nuclear deal with Iran, prospects for peace with the U.S., and greater stability in the Middle East.
Listen to audio from the lecture, and the great Q&A with students that followed.
Homeownership, once a cornerstone of the American Dream, has taken a big hit in public esteem, according to a recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll.
President Barack Obama in a recent interview corrected an assertion of a deputy national security advisor who said that his boss “subscribes less to a great-man theory of history and more to a great-movement theory of history.” “I’m not sure Ben is right about that,” Obama remarked. “I believe in both.”
Evan Bayh and Haley Barbour, former Governors and the Co-Chairs for the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing, visited the Miller Center last week to discuss skilled manufacturing and its impact on middle-class jobs.
The American Forum Interview With Attorney General Eric H. Holder
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, in an interview to be broadcast on public television this Sunday (Feb. 9, 2014), made some remarkable comments about the American system of justice, including:
- There are “probably thousands” of Americans imprisoned in the U.S. serving sentences far longer than they should be,
- That the likelihood that many people currently imprisoned are actually innocent is the “ultimate horror” of our justice system,
- And the strong intimation that a wave of presidential commutations for drug offenders may be coming from the White House in the months ahead.
“We have…to make people who are incarcerated aware of that avenue,” Holder said, during a taping of American Forum, a public television program I host from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and carried by about 90 PBS stations around the country. “And so I’ve asked members of the private bar to somehow engage with the people who are in prison so that the appropriate papers get filed, are put into the system, and ultimately the White House counsel’s office, and ultimately on the president’s desk.”
“The president is willing to do these kinds of things,” Holder said.
In many cases, Hispanic residents’ faith in the American Dream exceeds that of whites and African Americans — an optimism that contrasts sharply with the current economic status of Hispanics — according to the recent Washington Post/Miller Center survey findings. Read the full article here. Detailed poll results can be found here.
Watch video of the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing Contributing Scholar Bernie Carlson discuss the importance of manufacturing to America's middle class.
Evan Bayh and Haley Barbour, former governors and co-chairs of the Miller Center Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing, will vist the Miller Center on February 5.
For Dr. James Tobin, the famous line, "The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself" meant even more to Franklin D. Roosevelt, because he understood it in a personal way as he recovered from polio. Tobin’s new book, The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency, has given us a well-written and unique way to look at FDR.
More than six in 10 workers in a recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll worry that they will lose their jobs to the economy, surpassing concerns in more than a dozen surveys dating to the 1970s. Read more about the increasing job anxieties of U.S. workers here.
A group of twelve experts in "new manufacturing" gathered to identify best practices for encouraging the growth of small- and medium-enterprises in the U.S. in the first Milstein Commission meeting, held on October 22 in Washington, D.C. View photos here.