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Graduate: USAF Academy; Georgetown University; USAF Intelligence School Employment History: Pabst Brewing (VP): Kraft Foods (VP) Political History: Served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs); 2 Terms on Glendale (Wisc.) School Board; member Oakland (CA) Military Institute charter school Board Hobbies: Politics; Financial Management; Writing Author of: - www.RightinSanFrancisco.com (weekly op-ed blog) - The Target - nuclear terrorism thriller

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    Congress: The Return of “Regular Order”

    There is good reason to believe that the coming Republican Congress will be able to demonstrate that the GOP knows how to govern effectively and can be trusted with the presidency in 2016. In fact, this may be easier than it looks. Without knowing or caring how the plumbing really works, the public has given Congress an approval rating of 10 to 15% in recent | Read More »

    Defending the Defenders

    The behavior of the intelligence community post – 9/11 is a serious subject, requiring an honest and sometimes painful discussion. Ditto the relationship between local police forces and minority communities. Unfortunately, there is more upside for provocateurs like Al Sharpton and Sean Hannity in sensationalizing alleged misbehavior than in addressing the difficult realities, while politicians such as Diane Feinstein are so focused on their objectives that they do not | Read More »

    The California Delusion

    During a recent discussion of election results an experienced senior California Democratic leader reflected on how dominant Democrats remain in California and (I believe sincerely) how national Republicans are on the brink of irrelevence. Acknowledging much of the prior, I was stunned by the latter claim and have thought a bit about the mindset of California Democrats. First, California from a Republican point of view: – This | Read More »

    Secretary Hagel’s Sacking: Two Views

    Monday, November 24, was a momentous day. Judging from CNN and Fox News the decision to not prosecute Officer Wilson in Ferguson was the only thing that happened that day. In Boston, it was the signing of free agents Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to long term Red Sox contracts. Viewed from Moscow or the Islamic State, the big news was the forced resignation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. I. | Read More »

    The Party of the Future

    Some of the Democrats greatest presidential victories have come with young, vigorous candidates reflecting a generational change in national political leadership:Jack Kennedy following Dwight Eisenhower; Bill Clinton becoming the first Baby Boomer president; Barack Obama beating in 2008. A Hillary Clinton candidacy would promise to continue the Democratic politics of demographics – African Americans, Hispanics, women – but it would offer a golden opportunity for the right Republican | Read More »

    Midwest Governors: Checking the Boxes

    The successful 2016 Republican presidential candidate will need a combination of personality, philosophy, and experience. On the first score there is a lot to be said for freshness – provided the candidate can withstand the army of “opposition researchers” fanning out after the 2014 midterm elections, with both Democrats and Republicans trying to get the dirt on the many who want to be on the | Read More »

    Election 2014: A Wave or a Rising Tide?

    It is hard to find anyone outside of the White House or the New Republic who denies that President Obama and the Democrats took a thumping on November 4. A likely Senate pick-up of nine seats; the greatest Republican House majority since Herbert Hoover; three more governorships in Blue states; fully two thirds of the state legislative chambers – a wave by any standard.  The question is whether it | Read More »

    Election 2014: A Wave or a Rising Tide?

    It is hard to find anyone outside of the White House or the New Republic who denies that President Obama and the Democrats took a thumping on November 4. A likely Senate pick-up of nine seats; the greatest Republican House majority since Herbert Hoover; three more governorships in Blue states; fully two thirds of the state legislative chambers – a wave by any standard.  The question is whether it | Read More »

    GOTV

    Maybe it is a lingering reaction to the surprise loss of Mitt Romney in 2012. Maybe it is a suppressed memory of the Democratic near-sweep of contested Senate seats in 2008. Maybe it is fear of Charlie Brown-like disappoint after six years of Barack Obama and . Despite all of the good signs, there is still plenty of reason to be nervous – and not | Read More »

    Income Inequality

    With interest rates remaining near zero and bond buying coming to an end, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen recently had the time to reflect on income inequality in America, citing the increase in the portion of accumulated wealth held by the top 5 % from 54% in 1989 to 63 % in 2013.  This follows several months of adoring articles about French economist Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in | Read More »