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Don Brunell

While much of the news deals with America’s decline, there is hope we can stimulate our economy, create manufacturing jobs and pay down our national debt by increasing our manufacturing and energy production.

While goods were once proudly “Made in America,” many of our manufacturing plants are shuttered. When we go to stores, too often the labels say “Made in China.”

How do we turn this around? One company at a time. read more »

 

All too often our network of highways, pipelines, railroads, barges, ship terminals and airports goes unnoticed unless there is an accident.

For example, we don’t notice the trains delivering the chlorine that purifies our drinking water. We pay little attention to the trucks transporting gasoline for our cars and propane tanks for backyard barbecues. The fact is without trucks, trains, pipelines, barges, ships and airplanes, we couldn’t survive.   read more »

 

Later this year, Alan Mulally will leave Ford Motor Co.  On July 1, he turns the reins over to 53-year old Mark Fields, closing a storied career at Ford and Boeing.  

While he hasn’t divulged his plans, hopefully he will bring his talents to government.  Mulally inspires people with his confidence, humility and charisma. His turnaround of Ford has been spectacular.  read more »

 

We’re all familiar with car loans and home mortgages. They make it possible for consumers to make major purchases without paying cash up front. Responsibly done, everyone benefits — the purchasers, car dealers, autoworkers, realtors, construction crews and suppliers.

Uncle Sam does the same thing on an international scale with the Export-Import Bank.   read more »

 

Imagine 350 college grads walking across the stage to receive their degrees in a ceremony with no valedictorian and no student honors.  That is exactly what the 2014 graduating class looked like when WGU Washington held its third graduation ceremony earlier this month.

Sounds unconventional and non-traditional?  It is, and intentionally so.   read more »

 

President Obama is expected to announce a new set of regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-powered power plants — the nation’s single largest source of affordable electricity. The impact won’t hit just coal; these regulations will affect every energy user, including you.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Obama administration’s new regulations could drain $50 billion a year from the economy through 2030.   read more »

 

Imagine 350 college grads walking across the stage to receive their degrees in a ceremony with no valedictorian and no student honors.  That is exactly what the 2014 graduating class looked like when WGU Washington held its third graduation ceremony earlier this month.

Sounds unconventional and non-traditional?  It is, and intentionally so.   read more »

 

By Don Brunell

Billy Frank Jr. and Stu Bledsoe came from very different backgrounds, yet their friendship and determination laid the groundwork for what today is known as Washington’s historic Forests and Fish agreement.  Those accords paved the way to revitalized wild salmon habitats, cleaner water and better forest management. read more »

 

Last month, an inspector general for the Treasury Department revealed that from 2010 to 2012 the Internal Revenue Service handed out $1 million in bonuses to 1,150 workers who owed back taxes. 

Over the same period, the IRS paid out an additional $1.8 million in bonuses to workers with disciplinary problems, including misusing government credit cards, drug use, threats of violence and unemployment benefits fraud. read more »

 
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