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

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Today we write to provide more reasons why government grows, to report on how large the federal government has become, and to ask some key questions about our country’s future. In recent decades, Americans have changed their approach to government. We often turn to government, rather than or in addition to private charity,...

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 personal debt

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to comment on the ills of excessive personal debt and to encourage support for free enterprise, pointing out areas of common ground along the way. We shouldn’t kid ourselves or be unrealistic by thinking money problems don’t matter to families and in marriages. They do. People can succeed in any circumstance,...

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...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about other economic systems; for a fair discussion

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Because of America’s liberties, capitalism became the natural basis for our economy, but of course, it’s not the only basis for an economy. Other systems, such as fascism, communism, socialism, or some blend of these ideas, all involve large, controlling governments. We write to explain several deficiencies in...

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: 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...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Letters for families — find common ground in conversations about liberty

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write at a time when some people describe America as being more deeply divided than ever. Through this series of letters, we intend to demonstrate that most Americans have substantial common ground, including shared approaches and values in many parts of life. We begin with basics. Consider the final phrase of the Pledge...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive message and encouragement for our Next Greatest Generation

Columns for families based on the book It Can Be Done @studentsleadusa As we wrap up this series of positive messages for America’s youth, we close with words of encouragement for future leaders. You have a great system in which to lead. In America, we set up a system of government which preserved many freedoms spelled out in our Constitution. Some people during colonial times called America a...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth — overcome negative outside influences —

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa None of us are islands unto ourselves, isolated from our environment. In fact, we can’t help but be influenced by outside factors such as media, popular culture, and peers. Unfortunately, these outside factors present special challenges today. Let’s compare how these outside factors worked many years ago in America to...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Positive messages for America’s youth — focus on achievement not envy

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa There will always be people in this world who earn more money than us or have things we want. How will we view the people doing better than us? We get to choose 100% what we think about them. We could choose to be jealous. We could choose to criticize or tear people down. We could say to ourselves and others, “They...