Government Officials and Flights – Abuse of Money and Power?

The dangers of making decisions too quickly, with too little information, or with too much emotion. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, was forced to resign after revelations that he took charted civilian and military aircraft on trips that were of debatable value to the US taxpayer. The… Read More Government Officials and Flights – Abuse of Money and Power?

Immigration

The “Arab Spring” of 2011 and its hopes for democracy in the lands of Mohammed have failed. Libya replaced the government of Muamar Quadafi with two governments, one controlling the east of the country and the other the west. Egypt deposed a civilian despot, Hosni Mubarak, and now has a military one, Abdel Fattah Saeed… Read More Immigration

Useful Quotations on International Relations

Pithy Prose for Politicians, Preachers, Professors, Pundits, and Public Speakers. “This accession of territory affirms (Louisiana Purchase) forever the power of the United States, and I have given England a maritime rival that sooner or later will lay low her pride.” Napoleon Bonaparte “We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.” Sir… Read More Useful Quotations on International Relations

American Exceptionalism

Last month my sons and I were discussing some of the early commentary on the 2016 Presidential Campaign. One of them asked my opinion on American Exceptionalism. I had not given it much thought, but spent some time considering the issue because I always try to have a reasoned answer for those I care about.… Read More American Exceptionalism

The Year in Crime and Spy History

17 Jan – Eleven thieves stole more than $2,700,000 from the offices of the Brink’s armored car company in Boston in the Great Brink’s Robbery (1950). 21 Jan – The US Coast Guard intercepted a ship with over 9500 lbs of cocaine on board, one of the largest drug busts in history (1999). 24 Feb… Read More The Year in Crime and Spy History

The Year in Law, Government and Politics

8 Jan – President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress in New York City (1790). 8 Jan – The only time in US history that the US national debt was $0.00 (1835). 16 Jan – Ivan the Terrible crowned himself the first Czar of Russia… Read More The Year in Law, Government and Politics

Are Congressional Investigations a Waste of Time?

People love to complain about Congress – especially about Congressional investigations. But should we? The other day I was answering email in my office with the door open. A secretary just outside was discussing current events with her boss, a colleague of mine. The news had been full of scandals involving the executive branch of… Read More Are Congressional Investigations a Waste of Time?

Useful Quotations on Politics and Government

Pithy Prose for Politicians, Preachers, Professors, Pundits, and Public Speakers. Ecclesiastes 10:2 – A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left. 2 Corinthians 13:1 – This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony… Read More Useful Quotations on Politics and Government

Government Service Civilian Personnel Discipline

Sometimes positive actions do not suffice to prevent or remedy unacceptable behavior. In these cases, disciplinary action is indicated. The following table contains useful suggestions for the manager in a government setting who needs to punish an employee. Government Service Civilian Personnel Discipline

US Elections – American Transitions of Political Power

Complain as you will about the American political system, our elections and transfers of power are the best in the world, and in history.  Americans have waited long for this day to come; some because they are sick of the seemingly endless cycle of electioneering, and others because they are hopeful that their efforts will… Read More US Elections – American Transitions of Political Power