CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1992 |
When the Founding Fathers were weaving high principles and common sense together in crafting the Constitution, they could never have envisioned an American legal system that would one day undermine the nation's prosperity and global competitiveness. Consider the following: -- In California, a drunk driver crashed into a telephone booth and injured a man talking on the phone. The injured man sued the manufacturer of the telephone booth and won the case.
March 24, 1992 |
Barbara Hackman Franklin took over as secretary of commerce, the 29th person to hold that post but only the second woman. "I'm really thrilled to be on your team," she told President Bush. She was sworn in by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the only woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court. She succeeds Robert A. Mosbacher, who has been named chairman of Bush's reelection campaign. The President said Franklin, a businesswoman, will be "an evangelist for a strong economy fueled by growth."
February 28, 1992 |
Senate Confirms Greenspan and Franklin: The Senate voted without debate to confirm Alan Greenspan for a second four-year term as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Also, with only one Democrat dissenting, the Senate confirmed businesswoman and veteran Republican fund-raiser Barbara Franklin to become Secretary of Commerce.
December 28, 1991 |
Have you heard the one about the management consultant? He's the guy who will steal your watch, tell you what time it is, then make you pay to get it back. Or this one? A consultant is an ordinary person 50 miles away from home. There have been scoundrels and statesmen, siblings and sycophants.
December 27, 1991 |
President Bush on Thursday nominated businesswoman Barbara Hackman Franklin to become secretary of commerce and, under continuing pressure over the nation's ailing economy, said he remains baffled by the nation's pervasive sense of gloom. Although overall unemployment is significantly less severe than it was during the 1981-1982 downturn, consumer confidence has plummeted to its lowest levels in more than a decade.
December 27, 1991 |
In 1988, when Barbara Hackman Franklin served on the George Bush campaign's Republican convention team, she would arrive every morning for staff meetings carrying a plastic bag filled with bran flakes and prunes. While her colleagues gorged on the daily spread of sweet rolls and coffee, she would pour skim milk into the bag and eat her cereal with a plastic spoon.