The path to the Presidency for Republicans always goes through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In recent history, to win the Republican nomination a candidate must win either in Iowa or New Hampshire and then prevail in South Carolina. Continue reading
Fidel Castro over a period of fifty years turned the very nice country of Cuba into a pathetic Communist state. He now is quite possibly near death. Six administrations resisted the natural humanitarian urge to make it easier for Cuba’s inhabitants, and instead kept the pressure on Castro to change his ways and allow freedom for all. As he soon will be gone this could have been possible. Continue reading
Senator Feinstein recently proved once again that the most important characteristic of any public official is their personal make up. Senator Feinstein who in the past has been respected by many to be strong on national defense did her reputation significant harm in creating and making public a one sided report on the CIA’s handling of the interrogation of terrorists showing the CIA in a VERY unfavorable light. Continue reading
Last year Metro made an attempt to take one fourth of every dollar of sales tax you pay. Twenty-five cents of every sales tax dollar had long been allocated to the surrounding communities for their transportation needs. However Metro coveted it and set up a November referendum to take it away. But Houston business leaders Louis Macey, Walter Mischer, Jr., Dick Weekley and others stepped up with financing and their personal clout to defeat it. The well known Barry Klein plus myself who have been critics of Metro and supporters of limited government since its inception spoke out.
Vern Wuensche win-she
Achieving results in any endeavor requires you to perform four sequential steps: you must first PLAN, then ORGANIZE, then DIRECT and finally CONTROL the result to make sure everything happens as planned.
Any parent running a household does this. Businesses MUST do this to survive. And our federal government should do this also. But it seldom does.
Any parent considering a vacation must plan who will go, where to go, how long to stay, and what to take. He or she must then organize who is to be responsible for what and direct them to do it. And finally he or she must control the result by verifying among many other things that tickets are in hand, the right stuff is loaded up and gas is in the car.
Any business must plan what products to produce, the sources of materials and who will produce them. It must then organize obtaining the materials, having the people available to produce them and directing them to do it. And finally it must control that the products are of high quality and make certain they are produced efficiently enough to allow a profit for the business so it can sustain its owner or shareholders and be around over the long term to service them.
Our government should follow this same universal procedure but rarely does. It almost always fails on three of the four steps. To see this in spades one need look no further than the scandal in the Veterans Administration. At that agency it apparently neither planned nor organized to prevent the creation of a corrupt system which reported dishonest wait times of our veterans to the American public. For years. It did direct well in writing checks. But the government’s control in making certain of good and timely care for these veterans and preventing financial fraud did not exist. Continue reading
Last night President Obama laid out his much delayed plan to eliminate our latest terrorist threat.
Only a few sentences into his speech he reconfirmed his plan to bring home ALL of our troops from Afghanistan. Does this Harvard trained lawyer ever learn?
Our military leaders begged him to leave 15,000 to 20,000 troops in Iraq after 4,000 brave American soldiers lost their lives bringing near stability to Iraq. He made little effort to do so and removed ALL troops. Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki , a Shite, took advantage of the situation and purged Sunnis from his government and withdrew his support from others. He also established closer ties with Shite Iran who are, as we spea, developing a nuclear weapon.
These same Sunnis are now fighting and supporting ISIS, today, our very dangerous mortal enemy.
. . . After World War II we left thousands of troops in Germany to act as a trip wire in the event of an incursion of Russian troops. It has worked for 60 years. After the Korean War we left 37,000 troops in South Korea for the same reason. Which has also worked and created a prosperous country for them.
We are now reentering Iraq because of his misjudgment. We may later be forced to do so also in Afghanistan. FOR THE SAME REASON!
Does the man ever learn?
The world views America as weak. Because we have a very weak leader. A demonstration of American military power is urgently necessary. No, not boots on the ground, but a demonstration of our capability and overwhelming superiority in military technology.
The American public is tired of seeing our brave soldiers come home, without arms and legs, or with mental difficulties or in a casket. But it does want America to be respected in the world. Because without it they instinctively know we will continue to live in a world that is the tinderbox it has now become under the lack of leadership of President Obama. Continue reading
“Despite long-running problems, the Veterans Administration has fired a grand total of three senior executives for performance in the last five years–one-forth the federal average for terminations. Last year, the Office of Personnel Management disclosed that about 0.47 percent of the federal workforce was terminated for cause, considerably below the 3 percent fired in the private sector. Continue reading
There is good news for conservatives. Quoted by William Galston in the Wall Street Journal according to a survey by Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University, “In 1972 29% of Democrats called themselves liberal or very liberal, a figure that rose by 18 points to 47% by 2012. Continue reading
It is becoming quite apparent that President Obama and his administration care little for the military or its members.
We have a Marine who apparently took a wrong turn in Mexico and was arrested and has been in one of Mexico’s most brutal prisons for six weeks.
Secretary of State John Kerry was in Mexico yesterday and did not even mention him. When later asked he said that Mexico had to handle its laws as it normally did—rather than insist that right be done for a hurting one of America’s troops—or else.
Vern Wuensche (win-she)