National Strategic Agenda
So far, over 100 Problem Solvers have signed on to be part of a process to establish a national strategic agenda.
This process begins with the development of goals and we’ve identified five specific policy areas where we will focus our efforts:
1. Create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years
2. Balance the federal budget by 2030
3. Reform Medicare and Social Security so they are secure for another 75 years
4. Make America energy self-sufficient by 2035
5. Advocate for procedural reforms to streamline the legislative process
Over the last 18 months, No Labels has not just built and sustained, but substantially grown, a platform for leaders – Democrats and Republicans alike – to come together and start a dialogue with one another. In Congress alone, No Labels has welcomed nearly 100 members of Congress who are committed to working together and delivering real solutions to the problems facing our country.
By responding to these leaders with an ask in return, we are holding them accountable to working towards real solutions in Washington. Your help in spreading this message will ensure we continue to build both a constructive and productive group in Congress.
If you are willing to sign onto this initiative or pass this idea along to your network, please email Nancy Jacobson, No Labels CEO & Co-Founder, at firstname.lastname@example.org. "
It is past time to support those who are willing to work together on the issues important to all Americans not issues of extreme ideology, either way!
Memorial Day Thoughts
Every one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch family who mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted. It is even the custom to keep a portrait of "their" American soldier in a place of honor in their home. Annually, on "Liberation Day," memorial services are held for "the men who died to liberate Holland." The day concludes with a concert. The final piece is always "Il Silenzio," a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch and first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of Holland's liberation. It has been the concluding piece of the memorial concert ever since.
This year the soloist was a 13-year-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, backed by André Rieu and his orchestra (the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands). This beautiful concert piece is based upon the original version of taps and was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi.