American Monetary Association

JC Watts is a former Congressman from Oklahoma, President of Feed the Children, co-chair of the Coalition for AIDS Relief in Africa, founder and Chairman of JC Watts Companies and Watts Consulting Group. He's also the author of the new book Dig Deep: 7 Truths for Finding the Strength Within.

In Dig Deep, J.C. Watts offers seven powerful maxims that have kept him grounded throughout his roller-coaster career from star college quarterback to U.S. Congressman. The first black Republican ever elected to a leadership position in Congress, Watts resisted the rat-race of Washington and eventually declined re-election. His seven simple principles are a blueprint for living a fulfilling and meaningful life without falling to the temptations of reckless ambition or indulgence. Dig Deep is a powerful, simple guide that will help readers find the courage and faith to live the best life possible.

Key Takeaways:

[6:13] The need for more tax payers, and how you create that

[10:43] Why adversity can be good for us, as long as we're willing to change

[14:05] Why "we've always done it this way" isn't good enough anymore

[17:00] JC's work with Feed the Children

[19:45] How forgiving can set you free

[23:18] An unfortunate series of events leading up to JC's first elected office that taught him an important lesson in forgiveness

Websites Mentioned:
Dig Deep: 7 Truths to Finding the Strength Within

Direct download: AMA_144_JC_Watts.mp3
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Henry Olsen is an elections analyst and political essayist who studies conservative politics, both here and abroad. He looks at election returns and poll data to understand why people vote the way they do and how conservative politicians and thinkers can best advance their ideas in the climate they face. Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Prior to that, he was a vice president at the American Enterprise Institute, a vice president at the Manhattan Institute, and president of the Commonwealth Foundation. He has also been a lawyer at the firm currently known as Dechert, a clerk for the Honorable Judge Danny J. Boggs on the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a staffer for the California Assembly Republican Caucus, and an associate at the political consulting firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. Olsen graduated with a B.A. in political science from Claremont McKenna College, and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. His new book is called The Four Faces of the Republican Party.

Mr. Olsen has worked in senior executive positions at many center-right think tanks. He most recently served from 2006 to 2013 as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked as Vice President of Programs at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Key Takeaways:

[4:22] Why more funding hasn't solved our educational systems woes

[9:05] The odd discrepancy of how technology hasn't driven down the cost of college education

[14:32] Examining the Bernie Sanders tax plan

[19:29] The Republican candidates tax plans

[23:39] Why moving to a European style society might hurt the people who are down right now but want to get back on their feet

[25:18] Trump's laughable tax plan

Websites Mentioned:

The Four Faces of the Republican Party

Direct download: AMA_143_Henry_Olsen.mp3
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