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Al Checchi
Al Checchi participated in the transformation of three major American companies and took on the California political establishment as a candidate for governor. He is the author of a new book, The Change Maker, Preserving the Promise of America and a Declaration for Independence, a common sense governing agenda for America that can be viewed at

Entries by Al Checchi

Back to the Drawing Board

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 7:09 PM

If the Republicans were fools for trying to defund Obamacare, Democrats are stark raving mad for fighting to preserve and own it. Anyone who thinks the current problems are the result of a correctable computer glitch probably thinks the Benghazi attack was due to a "disgusting video."

Whether through...

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"Do What We Must?"

(89) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 5:09 PM

Addressing the continued refinement of fissionable material by its government, President Obama said that the United States "will do what we must" to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Would we or, more precisely, would he? In Germany and Japan we and Presidents Roosevelt and Truman did...

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A Tax By Any Other Name Is a Tax

(10) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 9:55 PM

Through accident or design Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy have done the American people a great service. While the two American political parties become more partisan, the Roberts and Kennedy opinions rendered on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act have drawn a bright line between...

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It's All Bush's Fault

(623) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 9:11 PM

Since assuming office three and a half years ago, President Barack Obama has recited a constant mantra: He inherited a mess and it is all George Bush's fault. That he inherited a mess is indisputable, but so memorably did presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Neither Roosevelt nor Reagan, however,...

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Love Them and Leave Them

(171) Comments | Posted June 9, 2012 | 11:16 AM

"If you can't drink their booze, take their money, sleep with their women, and then vote against them, you don't belong in politics."
Former Speaker of the California Assembly Jesse "Big Daddy" Unruh

The Democratic Party, the beneficiary of 40 years of unionized public employee support, will reassess...

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Hopeless in California

(18) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 5:51 PM

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a "temporary" (seven year) 30% increase in the tax rate on California incomes over $250,000 to close about half of what has become an annual event - a $15-20 billion budget deficit. If approved, ritual smoke and mirror accounting tricks, he says, will close the...

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Facts Are Stubborn Things

(54) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 9:24 PM

Americans are clearly unhappy with the current state of the country, but there is nothing new about American dissatisfaction with the status quo. We are an upwardly mobile society imbued with a belief that the future will always be better than the past. However, in recent years, rather than rolling...

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"That My Child May Have Peace"

(77) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 4:24 PM

During the four year period ending in 2012, we, the American people, will have consumed an astronomical $5.25 trillion more government than we paid for. Rather than tighten our belts with everyone taking less and many contributing more, we chose instead to consume at an unprecedented pace -- and leave...

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Free to Choose

(520) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 8:07 PM

The decision to require employers to provide contraceptives or sterilization, as part of government mandated health insurance and specifically single these out as exempt from co-pays or deductibles runs counter to our political and cultural traditions. There is a significant difference between recognizing a woman's "right" to choose and making...

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An Election About Nothing?

(6) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 5:23 PM

Both parties have billed the 2012 election as the most important in a generation, a real page turner. Both say that we face a clear choice. Both have done everything possible to obscure exactly what that choice is.

The president and Democrats (brave fellows) appear to be standing with the...

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Capitalism and Its Discontents: The Rise and Fall of the Twinkie

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 1:04 PM

The chickens have finally come home to roost -- the Hostess Company, the maker of the Twinkie, filed for bankruptcy. If anything speaks to the failure of capitalism and our cultural decline, it is the demise of the Twinkie.

Much of who we are as a people is wrapped...

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Unmade In America

(185) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 5:45 PM

Are we completely nuts? Why are we electing and re-electing people who are hastening us down a path of national economic self-destruction? This year the public debt of the United States passed 100 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). At current levels of imbalance between government revenues and expenditures, our...

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Occupy America

(128) Comments | Posted January 8, 2012 | 5:15 PM

Centered in the systemic abuse of the housing markets, the 2008 financial crisis was the culmination of the greatest financial swindle in human history. Yet three years later, little has been done to punish the offenders or prevent a reoccurrence. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, sponsored...

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Government's Travels

(40) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 10:41 AM

Congress and the administration tied themselves in knots over a two-month, 2% reduction in payroll taxes. This titanic struggle ranks right up there with Gulliver's Lilliputians warring over the proper end from which to eat a soft boiled egg! Can our politicians get any more ridiculous? This may have seemed...

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God Give Us Men

(4) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 3:23 PM

During these difficult times, as the holiday season approaches and we contemplate the forthcoming national elections, the words of Josiah Gilbert Holland penned over a century ago speak to our shared desires for able and worthy leadership:

God give us men! A time like this demands

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President Gingrich?

(78) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 8:28 AM

Similar to the presidential election of 1980, America's last period of nerve-wracking economic dislocation, the 2012 election will be concerned with two things: first, a referendum on the incumbent and his policies, and second, the size and composition of government spending. The bottom lines will be, do the American people...

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California Dreaming

(8) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 10:06 AM

California has long been the nation's bellwether. Americans would do well to take a lesson from its example:

The exposure during the past few years of the true financial condition of some of America's largest financial institutions begs the question of the fiscal condition of the country's largest state. If...

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The Super Committee's Predictable Failure

(40) Comments | Posted November 27, 2011 | 5:25 PM

Despite projected federal government spending exceeding $50 trillion over the next 10 years, the so-called "super committee" has failed to reach an agreement on cutting our anticipated federal deficit by a mere $1.2 trillion. As long as charting economic policy is defined as a choice between spending cuts and higher...

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Why I Cannot Support Barack Obama

(233) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 3:10 PM

Democratic pollsters Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen recently wrote a piece calling for Barack Obama to step aside and allow Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to represent the Democratic Party in the 2012 election. I wrote the following four years ago in October, 2008 just prior to the...

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For the Record

(16) Comments | Posted November 13, 2011 | 9:50 PM

Having written nine blogs for The Huffington Post, I am pleased by the diverse responses they have elicited. Clearly we all want change. Judging from some of the comments, however, before I continue with additional posts, it may be useful to provide some personal context.

I am -- or more...

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