Hope from Space to Wisconsin

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By Glen Meakem

This past weekend, I talked about President Obama’s disingenuous attacks on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, President Obama’s debunked (and ridiculous) spending claims, the lawsuits filed against the Obama administration by the Catholic church, and the current state of the Wisconsin recall election.  I also talked about the successful launch of SpaceX’s dragon capsule.

The first successful launch of a space craft by a private company is a BIG DEAL!  Not only are we no longer dependent on other countries to supply the International Space Station, but according to SpaceX, this capsule will soon be modified to fly astronauts back and forth to the space station, and this design could eventually be modified to fly people to the moon and even potentially to Mars.  And this space craft was designed and built by a private company under the leadership of a 40 year old entrepreneur named Elon Musk.  He and his young team were able to design and produce both the Falcon rocket and the dragon capsule at a fraction of what it would have cost if the U.S. government led on this project.  SpaceX’s success this past week is one of the most significant advancements in space exploration since we put humans on the moon.  The lower cost strategy that NASA has adopted starting back in 2003 and 2004 of outsourcing space transport to the private sector is clearly working – and saving tax payers a fortune.  SpaceX is also proving that the U.S. is still the leader is space travel innovation.  And that is really good news.

There is more good news out of Wisconsin this week.  Political pundits, analysts, pollsters, and advisers are increasingly predicting that Governor Scott Walker will win in June’s recall election.  If he does prevail, this will be a huge victory not only for conservatives, but for all Americans that have been held hostage for too long by public sector unions.  Remember, unions picked this fight by refusing to ask their employees to pay their fair share of their retirement and healthcare costs.  Unions picked this fight by storming the Wisconsin state capital, threatening lawmakers, and causing damage to state property all in protest against the pro tax payer reforms implemented by Walker.  And Unions picked this fight by forcing this expensive recall election, not because Governor Walker supposedly did something illegal, but because he did exactly what he promised to do on the campaign trail in 2010.  And now it looks like taxpayers will win and public sector unions will lose.  And that is more good news for America!

Michael Hernon, Vice President for Advancement at Franciscan University, joined me on air with some insights into why many Catholic organizations across America have sued the Obama administration over the Health and Human Services insurance mandate.  Michael reaffirms that this mandate requires all health insurance plans (even those used by Catholic charities) to offer contraceptive devices, including those that cause an early stage abortion.  Paying for this insurance would be in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  In an open letter and video issued this week, Cardinal Donald Wuerl explained why the Catholic Church decided to sue the administration saying, “Under the mandate, even the work of Mother Theresa wouldn’t be qualified as religious.  Contrary to America’s great tradition of religious freedom, embodied in the First amendment, Catholic institutions will now be forced to act against their conscience and provide coverage for drugs and procedures they believe are morally wrong, simply because they serve people of all faiths or no faith equally.”  Michael and I both hope and pray that this mandate will be struck down by the courts.  It is essential that we preserve our First Amendment religious freedom in America!

I also talked with Dr. Kiron Skinner (research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and co-author of the NYT best seller, Reagan in his Own Hand) about President Ronald Reagan, and how he helped bring an end to the Cold War.  We also talked about how leaders in Washington D.C. today should apply the foreign policy lessons learned during Reagan’s time in office.  Kiron also commented on how President Obama’s class warfare rhetoric is hurting our country and making us weaker as a nation, and how Mitt Romney must stress to the American people that in foreign policy, “America comes First.”  Kiron believes that if Mitt Romney can successfully make this case to the American people, then he will win the election in November.

Kiron also shared some insights on the Egyptian elections, and what they may mean for Egyptians, for the Obama administration, and the United States.  If you didn’t hear this interview this past weekend, please take some time to listen now.  Kiron is a tremendous thinker who offers valuable insights on a host of topics.

Even though our economy remains weak, I am becoming encouraged by the flow of good news I am seeing.  Do not be pessimistic about the future of America.  Although the past decade has been a difficult time for America, things are going to turn around.  Better times are on the way  I can sense it.

 

Have a great week!

Glen Meakem is a successful technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and conservative talk radio show host, who offers information and insights on how individuals, our states, and our nation can be more successful. Glen’s unique perspective has been shaped by his experiences as founder, chairman and CEO of the B2B internet success Freemarkets Inc – which he founded in 1995, took public in 1999, and sold to Ariba in 2004. In 2006, Glen co-founded Meakem Becker Venture Capital, a firm that invests in early stage start up companies. Concerned about the liberal political agenda that has gripped the United States and his home state of Pennsylvania, Glen launched the radio program, “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” in 2008. Glen served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve and is a veteran of the First Gulf War. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his MBA from Harvard Business School. For more information about the Glen Meakem on the Weekend Radio Program, or to read Glen’s blog, please visit http://glenmeakem.com.

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