Shadow Politics with Senator Michael Brown and guest George Allen
Our guest is GOVERNOR & U.S. SENATOR, REPUBLICAN GEORGE ALLEN. Maria and I will discuss with the former governor the 800-pound gorilla in the room: How do we bring bipartisanship back into American politics? How does George Allen feel about his party today, what does he see as the future for Republicans and America?
Sworn in as governor in 1994, George Allen set about to bring sweeping reform that would make Virginia a national model in economic development, public safety, education accountability, welfare reform and creative government. He challenged critics and sentiment that suggested it couldn’t be done, reining in government spending and substantially reducing the size of the state workforce. And he accomplished his reform agenda with bi-partisan support.
Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, Mr. Allen continued to advocate for Virginia’s families. He strove to make Congress live like families do – within its means – by introducing and advocating for real budget reform including a balanced budget amendment, line-item veto and a paycheck penalty for Members of Congress when they fail to pass appropriations bills on time.
Since leaving the U.S. Senate, George Allen has continued to advocate for the issues and ideas he has always fought for. He launched the American Energy Freedom Center, whose mission is to advocate positive ideas for American jobs, economic prosperity and promote increased freedom, opportunity and competition in the development and use of our vast energy resources. George also serves as the Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar for the Young America’s Foundation.
Football has always been a central part of George Allen’s life. In his recently released book, What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports, he presents solutions that can work to put people across America in a position to compete and succeed in achieving their dreams.
Shadow Politics is a grass roots talk show giving a voice to the voiceless. For more than 200 years the people of the Nation's Capital have ironically been excluded from the national political conversation. With no voting member of either house of Congress, Washingtonians have lacked the representation they need to be equal and to have their voices heard. Shadow Politics will provide a platform for them, as well as the millions of others nationwide who feel politically disenfranchised and disconnected, to be included in a national dialog.
We need to start a new conversation in America, one that is more inclusive and diverse and one that will lead our great nation forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century. At Shadow Politics, we hope to get this conversation started by bringing Americans together to talk about issues important to them. We look forward to having you be part of the discussion so call in and join the conversation. America is calling and we're listening… Shadow Politics is about America hearing what you have to say. It's your chance to talk to an elected official who has spent more than 30 years in Washington politics. We believe that if we start a dialog and others add their voices we will create a chorus. Even if those other politicians in Washington don't hear you — Senator Brown will. He's on a mission to listen to what America has to say and use it to start a productive dialog to make our democracy stronger and more inclusive. If we are all part of the solution we can solve any problem.