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


    President Obama’s “Power of the Pen”

    Since the Republicans took over the House in 2010, there has been much talk about gridlock. In fact, the role of Harry Reid has been to prevent House bills from darkening the President’s doorstep, with budgeting, prior to the past month, left to “continuing resolutions” and Obama ruling by executive order and regulation rather than trying to find common ground. With this week’s braggadocio that he had | Read More »

    Generational Politics

    Over the holidays there were many opportunities – with kids, friends’ kids, and even grandkids – to reflect on the differences of political views between generations. Winston Churchill’s famous aphorism – “Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.” – sheds some light, but there is more going on | Read More »

    Hillary’s State Department Resume

    Hillary’s State Department Resume     New Year’s Resolution # 1 – No Hillary posts until something really happens. Just this one exception (kind of like the resolution about creme brule.) The December CNN poll showing Hillary Clinton and Chris Cristie to be statistically tied as the leading candidates for 2016 reflects the importance of name recognition, but this far in advance, not much more. What is worth | Read More »

    President Obama’s Constitution

    In the broad arc of American history the Obamacare episode will be known not so much for its incompetence and deceipt or its near destruction of the world’s best health care system as for the most broadly understood example of a decline in constitutional protections against an imperial presidency. Consider: There’s lots to dislike about Obamacare – and most Americans do dislike it; the most recent CNN poll | Read More »

    In Praise of the Republican House

    Polls are confusing when they are intended to form opinion rather than to reflect it. Take the favorability ratings of Congress – 9% according to Gallup, the lowest since polling began in 1974. Outlets like CBS , The Hill, and the Huffington Post like to use this number to make President Obama’s 40% approval ratings look good, and to attach blame to the Republican House and its | Read More »

    Obama’s Growing Income Inequality

    In a December 4 speech President Obama called increasing economic opportunity the driving force of his past five years and vowed to devote much of his remaining time in office to economic inequality, “the defining issue of our time.” It was a theme of the Mandela funeral. The Pope, Time’s “Man of the Year”,  is chiming in. The end of federal unemployment extensions ups the ante. The theme | Read More »

    Health Care: Republican Ideas

    One of the Democrat canards as support for Obamacare (and Obama) is collapsing is that the Republicans have no ideas other than to return to “the bad old days”. True, there is no one Republican spokesman and the House has focused on repeal, but that does not mean that there are no Republican ideas. The larger point is that “the bad old days” were not so bad | Read More »

    Iran: Trusting Obama

    First, we all want Iran to give up their nuclear weapons aspirations. On the surface, events have moved tentatively in that direction since our November 14 blog which provided some background. We should be optimistic. The White House’s press release on the November 24 agreement painted a picture of a verifiable six month pause by Iran, a modest “reversable” $7 billion relaxation in sanctions, acknowledgement of Iran’s right to peaceful | Read More »

    Obamacare’s Political Impact: 2014 and Beyond

    Between now and the 2014 elections some of the problems with Obamacare will be corrected, some will persist, and some will grow in the public’s awareness. The good news for Republicans is that the real problems are not solvable and that they are concretely affecting millions of Americans. More or less in order of fundamental importance: 1. The challenge to the consitution. (Most important, but | Read More »

    Iran In Context

    In his January 2002 State of the Union speech President George W Bush highlighted the “Axis of Evil”, three countries which constitute a threat of nuclear proliferation and support for terrorism. He took care of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq (at great personal political cost). Dennis Rodman is working on Kim Jong Un in North Korea. That leaves Iran to Barack Obama and John Kerry. What is really | Read More »