Captain Rick: Walmart, the world’s largest corporation turns everything it touches into gold, whereas  the U.S. government has succeeded in breaking almost every good program created … and the U.S. economy.

I suggest we hire Walmart to fix the mess that our President and Legislature have demonstrated they are totally incapable of accomplishing.

My email to President Obama:

Mr. President,

I have concluded that you and the 535 members of our legislature are ineffective and incapable of fixing our economy and the many good programs that have been broken. I have a solution, but first I want to remind you of some facts which relate to the many failures of your administration and those that preceded:

a. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 238 years to get it right and it is broke.

b. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 78 years to get it right and it is broke.

c. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 75 years to get it right and it is broke.

d. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 49 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more…and it is broke.

e. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 48 years to get it right and they are broke.

f. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 43 years to get it right and it is broke.

g. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 36 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure…and it is broke.

You have failed to fix any of the many government service failures, while overspending our tax dollars to drive America $17 trillion into debt, an amount exceeding the combined debt of all other nations on earth.


Lets pause and examine an American corporation that has a track record of turning everything it touches into gold.


Photo above shows Walmart’s current logo used since 2008

Walmart was founded by Sam Walton in 1962…when I was in high school, just before the birth of Medicare and Medicaid. Since then the Walton family transformed it into the world’s largest corporation with $469 Billion in revenue, 8500 stores in 15 countries with 2,200,000 employees.

If Walmart were a country it would have the world’s 26th largest GDP…but more importantly, it would be the world’s most profitable country…unlike the U.S. which goes $1 Trillion farther into debt each year, with all of its programs on ‘death row’.

I love my country and hate to see you and our legislature destroying it. With all sincerity, I respectfully urge you to consider hiring Walmart to manage America’s failing economy and programs. But, I think that if that were to happen, the Walton’s would fire you and most of the legislature.

Captain Rick

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  1. says:


    Well put my friend! The free market is so much more efficient at so many things, we really just need to remember that government should be limited to what the market can’t do! It just so happens that those limitations are spelled out in the very constitution you referred to. It’s time to revive that wonderful document with all of its wonderful principles!

    Your friend,

    Victor Petersen

    • atridim says:

      Thank you for your words of kindness, your thoughts on this important subject, for being my first responder and for all of your great efforts as a Councilmember striving to lead our Arizona Town of Gilbert in the right direction.
      Captain Rick

  2. Ken Bosch says:

    That is an awesome letter Rick. I wish I had your writing ability.


  3. Lina Hatch says:

    Captain Rick,
    You provided a comprehensive summary with a brilliant suggestion. Any reply yet?

    • atridim says:

      Hi Lina,

      I had to chop a few of the lesser important words out of my above email to President Obama to get it under the 2500 maximum words allowed. I checked the box requesting a reply, but have not received one yet. Its bound to make ANJ Breaking News when I receive the reply. I will copy any reply I receive in a comment below.

      I sincerely appreciate your words of kindness.
      Captain Rick

  4. atridim says:

    You can email President Obama via this link:
    I encourage you to do so when you feel strongly about something that you feel is not right.
    You will be greeted with a set of boxes to fill in with your name, zip, email address and your comment. It needs to contain 2500 words maximum.
    You should check the box requesting a reply.
    After you submit the email, you will be greeted by a screen that says:

    Thank You!
    Thank you for contacting the White House.

    President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible Administration in history. That begins with taking comments and questions from you, the American people, through our website.

    Our office receives thousands of messages from Americans each day. We do our best to reply to as many as we can, but please be aware that you may find more information and answers to your questions online.

    We encourage you to visit regularly to follow news and updates, and to learn more about President Obama’s commitment to moving our Nation forward.

    For an easy-to-navigate source of information on Federal government services, please visit:

    Thank you again for your message.

    The Office of Presidential Correspondence

  5. atridim says:

    I received the following reply from President Obama on September 6, 2013:

    Dear Rick:

    Thank you for taking the time to offer your comments. When we make important decisions as a country, it necessarily leads to passionate debate. These debates are a mark of our liberty, and I appreciate hearing diverse opinions from people across our Nation.

    Despite our differences, most of us share common hopes for America’s future—opportunity for our children, security for our seniors, and the broad-based prosperity that stems from a rising, thriving middle class. While we may disagree on how to get there, I remain committed to forging reasonable compromise where we can. Together, we can strengthen our Union, safeguard our liberties, and restore the basic bargain at the heart of the American dream—the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead.

    Thank you, again, for writing. To learn more about my Administration or to contact me in the future, please visit

    Barack Obama

  6. That was a well stated letter. I do not know enough about the ins and outs of large corporations versus government to know if you were comparing apples to apples, but either way, the point is well made. My questions here are always sincere, I respect this site and enter for knowledge not for the sake of a fight. That being said, didn’t we have a surplus after the Clinton administration? What happened? I know the wars cost a kazillion dollars, but is there more to it?

    • atridim says:

      Hi Kendall,
      Sincere thanks for your comment of kind words and thought. We all face a common fight…and that is for the survival of our country. I believe things went seriously downhill following the Clinton administration. Bush began us down a disastrous path of unnecessary, monumental war spending while creating reckless, unjustified tax breaks. Obama followed with record deficit spending of trillions to drive Americas debt to a record 16.7 trillion, while solving nothing. Unemployment still stands at near record highs. The economy is limping along at an anemic GDP rate of less than 3%, required to keep up with population growth. Congress faces another government shutdown this month, due to kicking the debt can down the road earlier this year. America remains in a fiscal quagmire…like a train headed for the edge of the real fiscal cliff…just a few miles down the track. Your perspective is always welcome on ANJ to help keep my reports in check.
      Captain Rick

  7. Lina Hatch says:

    So what did all those words from President Obama really say? Same ole, same ole – bla, bla, bla, bla. . .

    • atridim says:

      Hey Lina,
      Thanks for your comment. I have to agree with you.
      On the positive side of things, I was really surprised to get a reply at all. Its good to know that he recognizes my opposing views.
      Captain Rick

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