A Note to My Grandchildren

A Note to My Grandchildren

As I look back over my 70 years of life I see many highlights, some significant stumbles and very few regrets. Looking forward into the future — your future — I have one haunting fear: the state of the nation that my generation is leaving [...]

The Book has Been Published

The Book has Been Published

Dear friends, Imagine the America you want your children and grandchildren to inherit from your generation. Imagine an America that is fully living up to the principles enshrined in her founding documents: freedom, equality, justice and democracy. Imagine an American political system in which elected [...]

Traveling for the Purpose of Traveling

Traveling for the Purpose of Traveling

“For my part I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake.” Robert Louis Stevenson I am one of those strange people who is infused with energy simply by the act of traveling. I enjoy airplanes and airports and my [...]

Easter in London

Easter in London

Easter in London was a wondrous experience. I know that this will surprise those of you who know me well, but on Holy Saturday evening I attended a candlelight Bach concert at St. Martin’s in the Fields: the Easter Oratorio and the Magnificat. While my [...]

My City By The Bay

My City By The Bay

A few years ago my wife Kennon and I were sitting with a group of fellow pilgrims at an outdoor pub in Glendalough, Ireland. One of our colleagues posed this question, “If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?” The [...]

How Much Money is a C.E.O Worth?

Six Walmart executives earned a combined $8.4 million in incentive payments in 2013, despite the company’s poor stock performance. William S. Simon, the president and C.E.O. of Walmart’s American operation received total compensation of $13 million. The average hourly worker at Walmart makes $27,000 per [...]

Is America the Land of Opportunity?

Is America the Land of Opportunity?

More Questions from Abroad A group of public policy graduate students in Cambridge, England read my book and posed some thoughtful questions. I traveled to Cambridge on April 25 to hear their insights and respond to their queries. How would you answer their questions? Do [...]

Questions from Abroad

Questions from Abroad

A group of public policy graduate students in Cambridge, England read my book and posed some thoughtful questions. On April 25 I will travel to Cambridge and have an opportunity to hear their insights and respond to their queries. Meanwhile, help me prepare by offering [...]

Political Patronage Trumps Military Advice

Members of Congress continually harp at the president about following the advice of uniformed leaders when making decisions about the military. They, however, do not practice what they preach. The Pentagon opposes continued use of the A-10 “Warthog”, a close-air support jet. The Air Force [...]

Absurdities: Gravy Train and the Poor House

The Walton family members are heirs to the Wal-Mart billions, making them the richest family in America. They hold more than 50% of the company’s stock and six of them are on the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans. Together the Waltons have more wealth than [...]

Is Russia America’s Number One Enemy?

  Al Qaeda and Pakistan “Why are US policy makers so focused on Russia? Russia is not the world’s real enemy. The real enemy is Al Qaeda.” These are the words of Tarik, the San Francisco cab driver who took me from my downtown hotel [...]

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