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


    Two Paramount Financial Truths

    The next few months – with the October 1 start of the FY14 budget and the projected $17 trillion debt limit breach by early November – will look like Crazy Season in Washington. With both sides in full political posture mode, two obvious paramount factors risk being obscured. 1. Obamacare will not be repealed. The House has tried this 40 times; a dozen conservative Senators have stated their opinion; Republicans | Read More »

    Reining In the National Security Agency

        On July 24, 94 House Republicans and 111 House Democrats voted to de-fund the National Security Agency’s collection of telephone records – “just metadata” in the administration”s vernacular. Republican and Democratic leadership and the Obama administration narrowly defeated the revolt, but the unquestioned prioritization of national security over individual liberty has ended. The joining of Republican libertarians with Democratic liberals reflected a rapid and major shift | Read More »

    Escalating the Numbing Corruption

    In discussing political corruption there is some risk of sounding like an Old Testament soothsayer, decrying society’s loss of a moral compass as in the story of Lot’s wife or Moses’ destruction of the golden idol.  As Obamacare rolls out there will be massive systemic problems, but the greatest damage is the invitation to corruption inherent in the way that the exchanges are being organized. In the | Read More »

    The Sad Senate: Present and Future

    Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have a lot in common: both are long term products of the Senate’s fight against meritocracy; neither has a lock on the voters of their home state; both are happy to let subordinates (Chuck Schumer; Marco Rubio/John McCain) be the face of decision making; both usually seem to be asleep, although Harry may not be. In this week’s stand-off all that McConnell had to | Read More »

    Immigration: Getting Inside the House’s Head

    Most of what you hear about the fate of immigration reform in the House misses the point. Passage in 2013 will not be determined by the merits of secure borders, Obamacare for illegals, or even the economic cost or benefit. It is not even about the 73 % of Latinos who voted for Obama in 2012.  The questions are more personal than that: 1. “In | Read More »

    Obama’s Long Term Damage

    It is hard to know which of four “continuing to unravel” subjects has been the most mismanaged, creating the most long term detriment to the United States: 1. The Middle East – Benghazi non-engagement (demonstrating the ability to attack Americans with impunity); meaningless ultimatums on Syria; Egyptian turmoil. We will never know what could have been done with the Arab Spring opportunity, but we do | Read More »

    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 »