Jillian McLaughlin I don't know that this really qualifies as a stunt to make people feel guilty. The issue really is whether we should have a holiday that celebrates Columbus. Nobody should feel bad about his actions and we've certainly moved forward as a country but we don't necessarily need to make the celebration of Columbus a national holiday.
Jillian McLaughlin Hi Matt, Thanks for your comment. I wholeheartedly believe in private sector solutions. Healthy businesses do what the government cannot--provide expansive economic opportunities. The best way to combat poverty is to ensure that businesses are healthy. However, the private sector is not where it was and while the merits of the stimulus can be debated, I think we can all agree the debt ceiling crisis did nothing to show companies that they could invest in new employees, new capital, and new technology in the United States. We can debate all day long about what solution will be productive, but I don't think anyone can sincerely say that the debt ceiling shenanigans were ever considered to be a real solution. It was political posturing at its
Jillian McLaughlin She is much more than a pretty girl and that's not what I wanted the piece to convey. She was Google's twentieth employee. She's a Stanford grad. She has lots of experience in areas that Yahoo will benefit from. The company has a lot of work to do but hiring her was a good move and a good pr boost.
Jillian McLaughlin Your point is really interesting and the stats you cite are correct, but the problem is how success is distributed in the workplace. Women comprise over half the workforce but only 20 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are women. I wouldn't argue that hiring Marissa Mayer in and of itself proves that Yahoo is innovative, nor do I argue that they hired a pregnant CEO to prove their commitment to innovation. However, it is true that she is the first CEO hired while pregnant. As a result, Yahoo has benefited from the discussion it unleashed regarding its decision and the turnaround of the company.
Jillian McLaughlin I appreciate your feedback, but demographically, Republicans are richer. I cite a link in the article which shows this. You are right, Wall Street did donate more to the Obama campaign in 2008 than they did to McCain, but there's been a complete reversal this year. Wall Street has shunned Obama. He enjoyed a one-time fundraising advantage among the titans of Wall Street because for one of the only times in recent memory, Wall Street didn't trust that McCain could turn around the economy.
Jillian McLaughlin Hey Angie, They both are a lot of fun! You can register for the Tough Mudder here: http://toughmudder.com/ and the Color Run here: http://thecolorrun.com/?gclid=CJTKy5yM7bACFUFo4AodZDyxwA Jillian
Jillian McLaughlin Very, very few districts would ever keep a teacher on if they were accused of a sex crime. Normally teachers are put on paid leave until the investigation is finished. At that point, they are terminated if the accusation has merits. No one wants sex offenders in classrooms, least of all the teacher's union. While I am for teacher evaluations in general, I do think it's problematic to argue that teachers need to be brought under a corporate management framework (not that you did that here). In fifteen years of school, I had one bad teacher. These teacher evaluations add stress and create hostile conditions in schools.
Jillian McLaughlin This really is a common problem and I think it's symptomatic of how we deal with other mental health issues. Doctors overmedicate and don't probe for other causes of behavior. If psychiatrists asked more questions students would have difficulty scamming them and those that need help would get better treatment.