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: - (weekly op-ed blog) - The Target - nuclear terrorism thriller


    The Military Sequester: Making Lemonade

    Every year or so I write a piece that offends many of my friends. This is the one for 2013. We do not need to spend nearly as much on our military as the rest of the world combined, and sequestration seems to be the only way to tame the beast. Before talking about how much we need, lets put aside the question of what | Read More »

    Immigration: Policy and Politics

    We will have comprehensive immigration reform within the next few months. The Republicans need it to survive. The Democrats cannot again stiff the demographic which gave Obama a plurality of 6 million votes in his 3 million vote victory. The policy is simple. In a brief moment of bipartisan wisdom, eight Senators worked out the framework – Schumer, Menendez, Bennet, and Durbin for the Dems | Read More »

    The Willful Ignorance of Bubbles

    As in finance, political bubbles are characterized by willful ignorance followed by excess, a painful burst, and broad recognition that we should have seen it coming. (We pundits often claim that we did, but in doing so, it is hard to not sound like one of Sprio Agnew’s “nattering nabobs of negativity”. ) The real estate burst of the 00’s is a classic example – | Read More »

    Karl Rove RIP

    OK, so Karl Rove can raise millions more to start another PAC to: Option A. Develop databases, software, and field offices to match Barack Obama’s vaunted permanent campaign organization which has morphed into Organizing for Action, a PAC funded by friendly corporations and George Soros and dedicated to supporting the Left’s agenda; or Option B. Focus the new Orwellian-named  Conservative Victory Project, on the pointed | Read More »

    Benghazi to Mali: Connecting the Dots

    In his inaugural address President Obama included much that people want to believe, including: “This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve  and proved our resilience.  A decade of war is now ending.” Done with Bush’s “bad war” in Iraq; ending Obama’s inconsequential “good war” in Afghanistan. Smooth sailing ahead. Good enough to win reelection; freightening if he believes it. | Read More »

    Shining a Light on the Senate

    Praise be !!!   In military terms, it is a flanking move.  With the President hardly mentioning ongoing extraordinary unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, and bankrupt entitlement programs while throwing down the gauntlet of his liberal agenda in his second inaugural address, someone in the House (Budget Chair Paul Ryan) has realized that the Democrats’ weak spot is the Senate where for three years Harry Reid has | Read More »

    Whither the Tea Party?

    Recent polling shows that just 8% of voters now consider themselves to be Tea Party members, down from 24% shortly after the passage of Obamacare. Peggy Lee’s 1969 classic “Is That All There Is?” comes to mind. (Do watch the video for the full impact.) What happened? At it’s height, the Tea Party tried to define itself in the mission statement of the Tea Party | Read More »

    Building From The Bottom

    This week’s post is offered amid the ongoing pall of disappointment (find a stronger word – ed.)with the election and the fiscal cliff. Foremost: think globally; act locally. Some friends ask “What can be done to revitalize the Republican Party in San Francisco?”  More ask “Why bother to try?” In the spirit of a New Year, with a new Central Committee embarking on a four | Read More »

    Fiscal Nausea

    When future historians write about the Great Obama Inflation their milestones will include the $800 billion stimulus plan, Obamacare, and the Fiscal Cliff – the compilation of all of the GOPs futile efforts to limit taxes and spending. Obama would have none of it and the Republicans in Congress whiffed. The Emotion. –  The Congressional Republicans are Linus to Obama’s Lucy van Pelt. The President | Read More »

    The Fiscal Cliff: 3 Clear Goals

    A couple of friends in London (here for the holidays) have asked “why would you Republicans risk so much damage to prevent 2% of the population from moving from a 35% to a 39.6% marginal tax rate.” Republicans are obviously terrible marketers, but there are three clear considerations as they manage their two points of leverage – the fiscal cliff, and the companion debt ceiling | Read More »