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


    Seeking Obama’s Friends

    Many of my Democrat friends are bemoaning the lack of any personal relationship between the President and Congressional leaders – not only John Boehner (who he stiffed on the Grand Bargain in 2011) and Mitch McConnell (who targeted his defeat after the Obamacare trampling in 2009), but also Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other leaders of his party. The embarrassing inability to do anything on | Read More »

    California’s “ABAG Ghettos”

    Much of what you hear about California’s leading edge environmental legislation deals with the impact of the new-in-2013 “cap and trade” levies on manufacturing and utilities, the refusal to exploit the Monterrey shale and off shore oil and gas deposits, the rush toward electric cars and solar power, and the relation to fleeing employers. This posting will deal with the emerging picture of what it | Read More »

    Obama’s 1984

    Only partisans and ideologues are not conflicted about the intelligence community’s domestic spying program and the trade-off between security and liberty. Four basic questions deserve attention: 1. What is going on? – The National Security Agency has been making a record of virtually all telephone calls in the United States – number, duration, origin and destination – in a program whose roots reach back to | Read More »

    Kathleen Sibelius: The Fading Hope for Obama’s Legacy

    Pity poor Kathleen Sibelius. Just a short time ago she was to be the face of Barack Obama’s signature achievement, bringing inexpensive and comprehensive healthcare to the masses. A well-regarded former Kansas governor and one of the few remaining original cabinet members, she had the plum job – no responsibility for the “going nowhere” economy; no part of the willful reduction in world influence; no | Read More »

    Trusting the Attorney General

    Sometimes the law is simple; at other times it involves seemingly irreconcilable conflicts between first principles such as national security and freedom of the press. In those circumstances it is critical that the public trust the nation’s chief law enforcement officer as being able to place principle above politics. Sometimes the Attorney General has risen to the occasion – Nixon’s Elliot Richardson refusing to fire | Read More »

    The IRS Special Counsel

    There is much logic to calls by Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, and others for a special counsel to investigate the IRS’ assault on conservative organizations. Unfortunately this tool to restore the public’s trust will most likely not be used. A brief history: During the Watergate scandal in 1973, Attorney General Elliot Richardson appointed Archibald Cox as special prosecutor to investigate the break-in. When Nixon demanded | Read More »

    Current Scandals in Perspective

    Let’s not over-state the significance of this week’s emerging scandals in Washington. The history of Western civilization is a story of the rise of the standing of the individual against the coercive power of the state. From Socrates’ poison hemlock, to the Magna Carta, to the French Revolution, to the American Constitutional Convention “we the people” gained ascendency. More recently the power of the state | Read More »

    The Have’s and the Have Not’s

    Reality bites. The rich continue to get richer while the middle class and the poor are falling behind. That’s the Democratic narrative, and it is true. Some of this is a continuation of long term trends driven largely by globalization and technology; some is an aftermath of the 2008 Financial crisis; some is a result of Obama administration policies such as Obamacare’s disincentive for small-businesses to | Read More »

    Trusting Government

    One of my favorite writers, Erick Erickson, recently referred to “a time (when) distrust of government is commonly held sentiment.” Trusting government has three dimentions: are they trying to do the right things?; are they competent to do them?; and, are they corrupt? Most of the political energy goes into the first question – and reasonable people can reasonably disagree on the particulars – but | Read More »

    Keystone XL Paralysis

    Not since his year-long dithering before agreeing to double American troop strength in Afghanistan with a commitment to withdraw by a date certain has President Obama so clearly demonstrated his inability to make important decisions. In the interim there have been many examples of his vacillation – budget negotiations with John Boehner, the Libyan revolt, the Benghazi fiasco, and the drip, drip, drip in Syria | Read More »