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WE THE PRESIDENTS: How American Presidents Shaped the Last Century

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ABOUT RONALD GRUNER

Ronald Gruner founded, served as chief executive, and sold three successful technology firms during his long career: Alliant Computer in 1982, Shareholder. com in 1993 and Sky Analytics in 2009. Each of Gruner’s firms were a pioneer and leader in its industry: Alliant in parallel processing, Shareholder.com in investor relations and Sky in legal analytics.

Unlike many technology firms, each company delivered a healthy financial return to its investors. Alliant went public in 1986 while Shareholder.com and Sky Analytics were

profitably acquired by major public corporations in 2006 and 2015, respectively.

During his thirty-five years as a chief executive, Gruner faced the challenges of making difficult decisions; balancing the interests of shareholders, customers, and employees; and focusing on the long-term even as short-term pressures seemed overwhelming.

Gruner’s experience as an accomplished executive has resulted in a different breed of presidential history. Taken from his business experience, We the Presidents focuses on effects rather than causes, on results rather than politics; on economics rather than ideology; and WE THE PRESIDENTS on the connections linking presidential administrations rather than isolated presidencies.

Gruner lives with his wife, Nancy, in Naples, Florida where he is a private pilot, amateur radio operator and consistently poor golfer.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

On January 11, 2022, Libratum.press (Libratum meaning balanced or fair in Latin) will release WE THE PRESIDENTS: How American Presidents Shaped the Last Century — a presidential history written by former tech CEO Ronald Gruner. Unlike most presidential histories Gruner tackles each President from Warren G. Harding beginning in 1921 through Donald J. Trump and the January 6, 2021, insurrection, one chapter at a time. The focus is not on their partisan politics but instead on economic triumphs, policy accomplishments and each President’s lasting impact on the American landscape over the Century.

WE THE PRESIDENTS was created out of Gruner’s interest in understanding how and when American politics transitioned from merely polarized too openly hostile. Growing up in Oklahoma then living most of his adult life in Massachusetts, Gruner questioned how Americans had lost the common thread of Presidents over the last century working to build an America that represented and benefitted all. His goal was to write a history of the last century devoid of politics, political battles and behind the scenes intrigue. Instead, you will find a history of what impacted the people and their economic well-being. WE THE PRESIDENTS discusses economic growth, personal income, income equality and taxation during each presidency and the influence those policies had through the decades.

There are essentially three books embedded in the 600 page WE THE PRESIDENTS: a 200 page economics history from Adam Smith to Modern Monetary Theory, a 100 page American history from the French-Indian Wars to the January 6 Insurrection, and a compelling 300 page presidential history from Harding to Trump.

Mr. Gruner will be available for interviews starting in December. I hope you will consider this important book for review and coverage when published in January 2022.

PRAISE FROM EARLY READERS

“This well-crafted, wonderfully readable book takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the tenures of US presidents over the past 100 years, highlighting the events that shaped America and the world and offers a candid yet balanced and objective critique of their stewardship. An absorbing and compelling tour de force.”

Howard Handy, Senior Economist (retired)

International Monetary Fund

“So you think you know your presidential history? Think again. Ronald Gruner has, and he sees more than most. He has balanced vision and an eye for detail. He has written a knowledgeable and easily read work. It is an excellent investment of your time. It was for me.”

Jack Falvey

Contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s

“This highly readable book is a triumph. Author Ronald Gruner with meticulous research has woven a non-partisan tapestry embedded with historical parallels as seventeen presidents, from Harding to Trump, shaped the American century, up to the present day, when our democracy faces yet another crucial test of its resilience and strength.”

Nicholas G. Penniman IV, Publisher (retired)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Gruner for President! Ronald Gruner’s clear-sighted view of presidents, their times and contexts is extraordinary. We need the Gruner sensibility in the White House. We the Presidents is more than an absorbing read; it is a great education about how our country works. Gruner’s engaging and straightforward writing brings alive a century of presidencies from Harding to Trump, and how their actions have led to what America is today.”

Phil Cooper

Founder and Managing Partner

Pine Island Capital Partners

“Ronald Gruner is uniquely qualified to write a penetrating presidential history. Gruner applied his significant business experience to objectively analyze the impact of past presidencies on today’s America. His extraordinary research provides facts rather than opinions. A must read.”

Dr. John R Patrick
President, Attitude LLC

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CA has Automated License Plate Readers that can Misidentify cars as “stolen” when they are not!

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PUBLIUS SPECIAL GUEST: Jonathan Hofer, is a Research Associate at the Independent Institute. He is author of the new reportThe Pitfalls of Law Enforcement License Plate Readers in California and Safeguards to Protect the Public. Jonathan and his brother (his brother is an attorney) were pulled over by the CA Highway Patrol and held at gunpoint on the ground because the car they were driving in was misidentified as stolen.

Law Enforcement Agencies Using License Plate Readers Earn California Golden Fleece® Award for Inadequate Safeguards

Oakland, CA—Law enforcement agencies are essentially testing surveillance systems on Californians with their use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs). ALPRs are high-speed cameras capturing images of passing cars, enabling the collection of information from vehicles’ license plates. The costly technology has troubling error rates resulting in frequent baseless vehicle stops.

Because of their failure to adopt basic standards to protect public safety and public privacy, California jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies that have adopted ALPRs are awarded the thirteenth California Golden Fleece® Award for failing to implement and maintain proper safeguards.

The new reportThe Pitfalls of Law Enforcement License Plate Readers in California and Safeguards to Protect the Public, highlights the risks ALPRs pose to the civil rights of California motorists. Several key recommendations are included in the report to help ensure the privacy, safety, and constitutional rights of Californians. Jurisdictions across the country should also adopt these recommendations before using ALPR technology.

Proponents argue the ALPRs help police identify stolen vehicles, people wanted for a crime, and missing persons. When a law enforcement agency stops a vehicle identified as stolen by an ALPR system, a high-risk felony traffic stop is initiated, magnifying mistakes if erroneous data is collected by the ALPR.

“There is currently little scholarly evidence suggesting that ALPRs achieve the goals stated by law enforcement. More analysis must be undertaken before we can know if ALPRs produce significant benefits and what the benefits might be,” said Jonathan Hofer, Independent Institute policy research associate and author of the report.

Hofer offers recommendations that must be adopted to protect both public privacy and public safety, including; ALPR data-collection and retention limits, regular data cleaning, transparency, and strong enforcement mechanisms when violations occur.

“Until a structure is in place that protects individuals’ privacy and provides law enforcement with a template to ensure accountability and public safety, no ALPR network is satisfactory,” says Hofer, who in 2018 was held at gunpoint, face down on the ground, by police when he was a passenger in a car misidentified as stolen by an ALPR.

Jonathan Hofer earned a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has written extensively on both California and national public policy issues. His research interests include privacy law, local surveillance, and the impact of emerging technologies on civil liberties.

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Dick Morris: Indicting Trump is Like a Fine for Overdue Library Book

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Indicting Trump is Like a Fine for Overdue Library Book

By Dick Morris

An indictment of Trump for the documents found in an FBI search of his Florida home would be like having an overdue library book more than a national security issue. The strategy here by Biden’s people is to get off the presidential record and attack Trump personally, and the key element was raiding Mar-a-Lago. That is just creating an issue for Trump that’s terribly effective for him. The next step will be that they’re going to indict Trump on a records violation about the National Archives. That’s a little bit like indicting someone for having an overdue library book because the archivist is, in the last analysis, a librarian. [more…]

Check out Dick‘s bestselling book, The Return: Trump’s Big 2024 Comeback.

“‘The Return’ is a fantastic political analysis of what very well may be taking place in the not too distant future. Dick Morris is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, who is also a true political pro. Great book, get it now!” said Pres. Trump on Truth Social.

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