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

Jeanne Allen and Johnny Taylor on Education

Bill WaltonEducation, Entertainment

Imagine you are Jeanne Allen – who joined me recently on Common Ground – and you’re a longtime educational reformer, and you’ve coined this phrase, “backpacks full of cash.” And the phrase is catching on because it truly captures an exciting idea in American education – the notion that, instead of appropriating giant sums to school systems, we, in effect, … 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

The Republican Party with Al Regnery and Matt Schlapp

Bill WaltonPolicy, Politics

You don’t hear much about the Tea Party these days, but perhaps you should. After all, as Al Regnery, publisher to the conservative stars pointed out on his visit to “Common Ground with Bill Walton,” it just elected a president. The concerned community members and amateur activists who formed Tea Party groups in the early days of the Obama administration … Read More

Fixing our Education System with Jeanne Allen

Bill WaltonCulture, Education, Entrepreneurship, Policy, Politics

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 for buses. But as Allen, who … Read More

The Father of Supply Side Economics with Arthur Laffer

Bill WaltonEconomics, Investing, Policy, Politics

Most people talk with Arthur Laffer about supply-side economics and his famous “Laffer Curve,” which shows how governments can increase revenues by lowering taxes. But few know that Laffer is an outstanding investor. He recently joined me as a guest on “Common Ground” and I asked him for investment advice. And that advice might surprise some. Laffer likes France “because … Read More