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


    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 »

    Virginia: A Local Businessman’s Perspective

    Amid all of the commentary by “pundits from afar” it is occasionally interesting to hear from knowledgeable citizens “on the ground” who are not part of the media, the political establishment, or special interest groups. Bill McCormick, a good friend, moderate Republican, and frequent RightinSanFrancisco commentor who owns a small business in Virginia, has volunteered to offer his perspective on what happened in the McAuliffe/Cuccinelli election for governor. This is just | Read More »

    Immigration: Take Number 10

    Back in the Dark Ages, before all of the stuff that Obama didn’t know about – Benghazi, the NSA spying on Americans and foreign leaders, the IRS targeting his political opponents, millions losing their health insurance – before the government shutdown, the Syria fiasco, and the Obamacare website fiasco, there was a general realization that Republicans cannot win national elections with 25% of the Hispanic vote. That has not changed. | Read More »

    Those Lucky Conservatives

    For at least a generation the narrative has been that the inevitable march of history has been toward the expansion of the state as a provider of life’s necessities for the masses and the guarantor of social justice, fairness, and prosperity. For a decade or more there has been an overlay that immigration and ethnic birthrates condemned traditional American social norms and political groupings to | Read More »

    Financial Impasses: Political Fallout

    Most of my Democratic friends, like the White House staff, are gloating about how the government shutdown and the debt ceiling cliff-hanger will scorch the Republicans in the 2014 elections. Not so fast! The polling: NBC/Wall Street Journal polls indicate that the public blames House Republicans more than President Obama for the shutdown by a 53% to 31 % margin, that Republican approval ratings are down to | Read More »

    California GOP Optimism

    A break this week from the gloom and doom of Syria, budget impasses and the debt default – last week I attended the California Republican Convention in Anaheim and found it to be quite encouraging. Let’s start with a bit of realism. The land of Ronald Reagan is pretty barren these days. All eight of the state-wide constitutional offices are held by Democrats. Both US Senators | Read More »

    Obamacare: The Penalty for Presidential Dishonesty

    “It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by  deceit.”  Noel Coward “I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you  in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty  out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by  it.” Charles  Dickens I have mused | Read More »