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Kenny ReffCulture, Education, Entrepreneurship, Policy, Politics

 Bill’s thoughts on the podcast I’ve suspected this for some time, but after talking to Jeanne Allen on “Common Ground with Bill Walton,” I’m more convinced than ever that school districts are among the top impediments to improving American education. Sure, they are handy when it comes to getting volume discounts on paper towels for the restrooms and gas … Read More

Fixing our Education System with Jeanne Allen

Bill WaltonCulture, Education, Entrepreneurship, Podcast, Policy, Politics

 Bill’s thoughts on the podcast I’ve suspected this for some time, but after talking to Jeanne Allen on “Common Ground with Bill Walton,” I’m more convinced than ever that school districts are among the top impediments to improving American education. Sure, they are handy when it comes to getting volume discounts on paper towels for the restrooms and gas … Read More

J.P. DeGance and Leah Hughey on Philanthropy

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics

About 15 years ago, Frank Keating, then the Republican governor of Oklahoma, gave a talk at The Heritage Foundation about what he had done to revive the economy in his state. He said he asked the economics departments of the state’s two flagship universities – University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State – to identify the top factors that were holding … Read More

Taxing and Spending with Brilliant Millennial Economists Romina Boccia and Adam Michel

Bill WaltonCulture, Investing, Self Help

I’m not sure what left the bigger impression on me after my visit with Romina Boccia and Adam Michel–the awesome bigness of the federal government’s fiscal challenges or the mindsets of those we elected to deal with them. The problem is enormous. The federal government spends $4 trillion per year. It takes in $3.3 trillion in taxes and fees and thus runs a … Read More

An Extraordinary Day

Bill WaltonCulture, Investing, Self Help

Today, my 68th birthday, I had the most extraordinary experience at my local Social Security Administration office in Culpeper, Virginia. I went in to modify slightly the payment plan I had chosen recently. It was my first visit and I was surprised to see a lovely, tasteful and simple white frame building. Inside, I was greeted politely, asked to sign … Read More

The Power of Social Media with Mike Thompson and Beverly Halberg

Bill WaltonCulture, Education, Entertainment, Policy, Politics

Thanks to the Internet and, increasingly, social media, we’re more connected than ever. We have Facebook friends and Twitter followers. We use Snapchat and Instagram to show our spontaneous sides. We post, comment, like, share and retweet information like never before.  We engage. We sell. We persuade. But are we building communities? Are we bridging divides? Or are we gathering in … Read More

The Bill Walton Story

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Policy, Politics, Self Help

It is interesting being the host of a production such as Common Ground. It is even more interesting to be a guest. Recently, my friend, the economist and writer John Tamny, turned the tables and interviewed me. And as I look back over the conversation and about the lifetime of experiences we discussed, I can’t help but think how much … Read More