So you are sitting in your foxhole with your buddies hesitating to move out and mop up the enemy who your side just badly defeated, and the guy next to you, a pretty savvy guy, says, “You know, the last order from the Old Man could have been better written. It was a little too … Continue reading To Those on the Right
The need to have built-in inefficiency is not the only thing that differentiates government from the private sector. Success in business and success in government are measured quite differently. In a business, metrics are an important management tool, but the true and unescapable measure of success is profitability. In government metrics are the only way … Continue reading 5.3 Metrics in Government
During my government career, I was a part of many project teams. Even though few career government employees are overtly vocal about their political beliefs, I knew that there were liberals, conservatives, and moderates on our teams, and that they had different value systems and beliefs that could be a barrier to teamwork. I thought … Continue reading 5.2 Efficiency and Government
My friend Colonel Thom likes the phrase “passive irresponsibility”. I like that too as a way of explaining our federal government’s frequent failures. No one really means for the health care web site not to work, for VA construction projects to go far over budget, or for Veterans to have to wait and wait and … Continue reading 5.1 The 4th Branch of Government
Santa Claus and Superman live at the North Pole. We know that fiction often reflects truth. If the great gift-giver Santa and the powerful Man of Steel both live up north, maybe God does too. The evidence is pretty convincing. We all face consequences for our actions. The farther north you go, the greater the … Continue reading 2.02 Does God Live Up North?
Candidate Trump said he would drain the DC swamp and make government work for the people once again. In order to do that the old way of governing must first die so a government by the people can be reborn. The failure of the Republican health care bill should not be seen as a surprise … Continue reading Health Care Chaos
When I was young I remember being told that God was omnipotent and omnipresent. I didn’t have too much trouble digesting all-powerful. After all, I read Superman comic books and the idea of a powerful being did not seem like too much of an impossibility. But omnipresent gave me pause. He was everywhere. I had … Continue reading 2.01 Circumstance
Most of us accept the idea that we are each a unique person. It is not just extremely unlikely that you will come face to face with someone who is exactly you; it is, from all available evidence, impossible. Considering how many of us there have been and are, that is pretty amazing. If life … Continue reading 5 Government
Lots of old battle sites are in a field somewhere where you have to wonder what they were fighting about. Here the city surrounds the Alamo--nearly swallowing it, Confirming the stakes of those horrible days of death with the beat of each tourist's heart and the swipe of each credit card. America happened somehow though … Continue reading The River Walk San Antonio
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