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Rob and Lauren Hudson: A Letter of Common Ground about government control and higher education

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to comment on costs and calls for universal government funding and control of another segment of our economy, higher education. Unfortunately, college tuition costs seem to go higher and higher each year. The College Board reported in 2017 that public universities increased the cost of student tuition a whopping 213...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about freedom and health care

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to comment on calls for more government control of healthcare markets. We begin with the positive. Our healthcare system has delivered remarkable medical technology and advances, leading to longer lives and some of the most effective treatments in the world. It’s no secret, however, that healthcare has become very...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about outcomes in capitalism and socialism

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write today to encourage frank discussions about outcomes in capitalism and socialism. We should recognize as common ground that these outcomes can change the arc of our society. What if we had socialized the computer and electronics industry? We would have needed a head government bureaucrat or a committee to make decisions....

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about youth and free enterprise

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to address the disconnect between societal benefits of free enterprise and how a sizeable portion of young Americans appear to negatively view our economic system. Meanwhile, these same young Americans witnessed and participated in a technological revolution delivered to us by free enterprise. Many of our system’s...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of common ground about opposing unreasonable regulations

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa How could smaller government advocates oppose more regulations, many of which have been designed to protect citizens and keep them safe? As usual, we have two sides to the discussion. Neither side is evil and both sides think their approach is best. We write today to present a general case for simpler and fewer regulations,...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about why regulations expand

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa When it comes to regulation, people generally find common ground with the idea that government should provide rules to protect the safety of citizens. For example, businesses should not sell products that harm people, nor should businesses lie to customers. Of course, America’s business regulation extends way beyond the...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about why government grows, Part 1

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Government grows because Americans want it to grow.Some Americans want higher taxes, more government spending, and more government programs. To pay for the programs, governments must spend more money by going into more debt, collecting more taxes, or both. Larger government advocates argue that with capitalism, many people...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about creeping socialism — we must draw the line

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write today to discourage Americans from crossing a line into harmful, creeping socialism. At some point, excessive government taxes, laws, spending, and business regulation cross over into control of business which removes business independence. Creeping socialism, with its potential to curb business creation and growth,...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise and patriotism

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa With social media, a small group of negative, critical people can try to fool us into believing Americans don’t like their own country. We shouldn’t fall for it. A recent Gallup poll revealed that 72% of Americans claim to be extremely proud or very proud of their country, with another 16% describing themselves as moderately...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letters of Common Ground on free enterprise, courage and competition

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to make a case for promoting free enterprise because it has helped hundreds of millions of Americans develop a favorable approach of courageously competing. We want a system that rewards these positive attributes because they can help build a strong economy with resources to help more and more Americans. We have a...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise and work ethic

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to make a case for promoting freedom and capitalism because they have helped instill a productive work ethic in hundreds of millions of Americans. We want a system that features a productive work ethic because it takes extraordinary effort to build a strong economy and resources to help all Americans. A strong work...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise, community and charity

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to make a case for free enterprise because it has promoted America’s commitment to community and charity. We want a system that emphasizes community and charity because these features of American society involve coming together, voluntarily, to help one another. We want a system that elevates beneficial, personal...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise, honesty, and integrity

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa This letter addresses common ground all of us want in America. We want an economic system that rewards and encourages people who have a moral compass. We write to make a case that America’s already has that system. It’s free enterprise. Our system works because of voluntary interactions between people each day across the...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise, education, and training

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to make a case for promoting free enterprise because this part of American life has set the stage to educate and train hundreds of millions of Americans. We want a system that unifies educators, business, and the rest of us, by rewarding educational attainment and training with workplace opportunities. That system...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise, freedom and hope

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We want an economic system that features hope because hope propels us forward and it leads to perseverance in difficult circumstances. We write to make a case for promoting freedom and capitalism because they have helped provide hope to hundreds of millions of Americans. In a free market system, productive effort usually leads...

KyForward columnists Rob and Lauren Hudson get national award for family-friendly book achievement

Frost Brown Todd attorney Robert Hudson and his daughter, University of Kentucky Singletary Scholar Lauren Hudson, have received the Mom’s Choice Gold Award for their collaborative book entitled It Can Be Done – Students Leading an Exceptional America. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about preserving freedom and limiting government

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa As explained in prior letters, we need government laws and a justice system to protect liberty and property, but how much government is too much government? Regardless of where you stand, know that America continuously debates the topic of balancing freedom and government. When you hear politicians argue on television, radio,...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Letters for families on the Common Ground About Free Enterprise

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa When a small percentage of Americans cling to fringe or unreasonable ideas and squawk loudly, this does not signal a deep, meaningful divide in our country. If that small percentage begins growing, it could simply mean America needs to do a better job of educating its citizens. This is the case with our approach to and understanding...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about America’s roots; understanding the beginning

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We will be less divided if we focus on favorable, historical traditions that can unite us. Nothing is stopping us from slowing down, thinking, listening and reaching some initial agreements. This approach can include understanding our roots, such as how and why the Founders created America in the first place. The Founders...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Letter of common ground about justice — ”With liberty and justice for all’

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa In today’s letter we continue to address the last six words of our Pledge of Allegiance, which unify us “With liberty and justice for all.” We write to encourage people to recognize the common ground we already share in the latter part of this phrase, “justice for all.” One need only consider America’s commitment...