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.
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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?