The founder of CNN and Turner Broadcasting as well as the former owner of the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks, Ted Turner is one of America’s wealthiest individuals. At age 75, he is worth over $2 billion and is one of the largest landowners in the country. But Turner believes his best investment came in 1998 when he pledged $1 billion to the United Nations Foundation (UNF).
A budget is a moral document. It reflects priorities, whether household choices or government. A budget is also a policy document, because those line items aren’t an abstract concept. They are guidance for what we do.
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. argued that the isolation experienced by people of color living "on a lonely island of poverty" is unjust in a nation blessed with a "vast ocean of material prosperity." Fifty years later, the racial wealth gap is just as stark and immoral, with families of color possessing only a few pennies for every dollar of wealth owned by white families.
It’s been 12 years since November 19 was first deemed World Toilet Day. This year, though, there’s a lot more fanfare. That’s because the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution that, for the first time, makes November 19 an official day of international observance to recognize the 2.5 billion people in the world who live without a toilet.
Having lived through seemingly a full range of presidents and presidential performances over the preceding decades—from the similarly ineffective stints of an exceptionally intelligent nuclear physicist and an underachieving C-student, to the two iconic two-term performances of our time: one by a Hollywood actor and Eureka College cheerleader, the other a Rhodes Scholar—what my observations tell me is that a great communicator is most enabled to achieve a great presidency.