Freyre: Odds & Ends, Mid Summer Edition

Welcome to this month’s column of odds and ends. To say that the political landscape has been hot, very hot would be too much of a cliché. But with the upcoming Presidential elections and with the recent US Supreme Court rulings, the Spanish word ‘caliente‘ (or hot) would be an understatement. With the Iowa caucuses and …

Odds & Ends

Welcome to this week’s edition of odds and ends. This week’s post will be a potpourri of political stories coming out of Washington. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) will declare himself a candidate for U.S. President. His announcement needs to address the following concern: Our current President was a U.S. Senator for two years before he …

The Gucci Class Speaks

“…But what you see here goes far beyond that: It’s more akin to the Mandarin class in the Chinese Empire than the Republic the Founders intended. Virtually every decision of any consequence in American life is the decision of an intramural discussion between members of the American Mandarin class: politicians, lobbyists, and media elites whose …

Lessons for the GOP Congress

The 2014 election cycle is now in the books, except in Louisiana. The GOP had one of their most successful years in electoral history, even more historic than the 1992 mid terms when the GOP took over the House and Senate. While the Democrats are trying to figure out what happens and the Republicans are …

GAO: State Department Fails to Produce Reports on Iranian Adventurism in Latin America

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said last week that the Secretary of State needs to give Congress reports on Iranian activities in the Americas. The GAO report, Strategy to Counter Iran in the Western Hemisphere Has Gaps That State Department Should Address, details what appears to be an ongoing struggle between the Congress and Foggy Bottom to have the State …

Watching the Watchers, Modernizing Needed

When I worked on the Hill, securing information from a federal agency on about just anything was easy enough. Every now and then a Congressional request could hit a snag, however, produce they would eventually because the alternative — more Congressional scrutiny, especially under the public eye — is politically unpalatable for most federal agencies. Sure, …

An American Is Rotting Away in Cuban Jail, Obama Does Nothing (and you Still Want to Visit Cuba?)

The lawyers for an American being unlawfully held in Cuba are suing the U.S., and a government contractor, for $60 million in damages arising from the imprisonment of Mr. Alan Gross by the Cuban regime. The case is likely worth every penny. And then some. If you’re not familiar with the matter of Mr. Gross, and how that …