Dr. Sam Clovis


Samuel H. Clovis, Jr., Doctor of Public Administration Liston to Sam on LATalkRadio, Sundays: 1:00 to 3:00 PM (PST) (Impact With Sam Clovis)
Sam Clovis was raised in Kansas and attended the United States Air Force Academy, serving for 25 years on active duty as a fighter pilot. He retired as a Colonel and the Inspector General of NORAD and the United States Space Command.
Sam served as a Fellow at the Homeland Security Institute, contributing in national preparedness and immigration policy. He recently served as a tenured full professor of economics at Morningside College.
Sam has a BS from the Academy, an MBA from Golden Gate University and a doctorate from the University of Alabama. He served as national co-chair and chief policy advisor for the Trump for President Campaign, was a policy director during the transition period and served as the Senior White House Advisor to the US Department of Agriculture. He currently lives in rural Iowa.

Most Recent Articles by Dr. Sam Clovis:

It’s About Immigration

Jan 4, 2019 — Dr. Sam Clovis

It’s About Immigration
There is one big promise made by the President that must be kept. That promise is to build a wall on our southern border and to get a handle on immigration into this country. Here is why this is so important.

Today, there are 10.7 million people in this country illegally. Of that number, 50% come from Mexico and another 18% from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. That’s 68% of those here illegally from just four countries. There are some 7.8 million illegal aliens in the workforce, or around 4.8% of the total number of working adults in America today. What is most sobering about many of these numbers is that wholly 66% of illegal aliens have been in the country more than 10 years. If there were ever a greater indictment of how we have managed immigration in this country, that statistic is it.


Descending Into Chaos

Jan 3, 2019 — Dr. Sam Clovis

Descending Into Chaos
The government shutdown is finishing its second week and the new Congress gets sworn in today. I can hardly wait. As the establishment elements of both parties continue to hand-wring over the current President, I really don’t wonder what is going to happen when the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi becomes—again— the Speaker of the House. I fear I know just how far her caucus will go in attempting to unseat Donald Trump. I suspect there is no limit to what they will attempt as their end goal has revealed itself and their main strategy has unfolded.


It’s all about the debt

Nov 26, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

It’s all about the debt
I have chronicled in past writings how much heat we took for predicting 4% GDP growth if we would be able to get some form of tax reform in place. Larry Kudlow and Steve Moore took the campaign’s fiscal policy outline and refined it and got it passed through the congress. Recent stock market activity has folks a little spooked, but the stock market is not a good barometer of economic health. What we really need to focus on is managing the national debt. If we do not get our arms around fiscal responsibility, all of the tax cuts in the world are going to come to little consequence.


The vindictiveness of the far left and their media minions

Nov 25, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

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I have grown so weary of conservatives and Republicans ceding the language of politics to the progressives and Democrats. Why is it that we allow media talking heads, prominent progressives and the elitist leadership of the opposition party to call us such hideous names and to take control of the language? When are we going to have a so-called conservative on one of the cable networks show genuine outrage at the suggestion that because a person is white, that person must, by definition, be a racist? How incredibly absurd? Because one takes exception to the political philosophy of another person, then there must be some perceived grievance and violation of “privilege. ”


Resistance is Futile

Nov 23, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

Resistance is Futile
I am a Star Trek fan, like millions and millions of others on the planet. In later versions of the franchise, the great threat to the star fleet and the Federation was the Borg. The Borg, if I remember correctly, was about the collective—that total lack of individuality among beings and a complete lack of liberty for those civilizations that had been conquered. If one did not submit, then elimination of that civilization was the obligation of the Borg. Their goal was perfection. Does any of this sound familiar in any way?

On the Far Left, we encounter a mentality that is eerily similar to that found in the fictional Borg. The Far Left requires all adherents to be part of the collective and any variance is not tolerated. If one opposes the Far Left, then one must brace for a full-throated attack focused on personal destruction (I have personal flight test data on this point).


Ideologues

Nov 1, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

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Russell Kirk, arguably the best conservative intellect of the 20th century, wrote often about being on guard for ideologues. His admonition was offered because he recognized that far too many people who seek public life do so for power and not service.

An ideologue is an individual who conducts political action and activity to gain political power so as to suppress or eliminate those who might hold contrary views. If one thinks about the establishment class of both political parties, one can easily identify those who seek power at the expense of service to constituents. I have seen this up close.


Political Violence: Bullies always back down

Oct 31, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

Political Violence: Bullies always back down
I started this newsletter with a brief discourse on liberty because, hopefully, such an entry will provide context for the political violence we see every day. Antifa, confrontations in restaurants, and violent protests in cities around the country do not serve the political process well. And when people kill others, or try to kill others, that is no longer political confrontation—those are acts of terrorism.


Gross Domestic Product Explained in Layman’s Terms

Oct 19, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

Gross Domestic Product Explained in Layman’s Terms
Every time I start to write about the economy, I worry that I might drill down too deep, because most people don’t care as much about the details of the economy as they care about how much money is in their bank accounts and wallets. I get that, but I think it is important to offer some thoughts on the internals of the economy that may or may not be known to most. As I used to teach my students, it is the interconnectivity of things that really give us the best picture of what is really going on in the economy. Unfortunately, most of the talking heads on TV are quick to speak in jargon, spout numbers that are hedged by probabilities and predict economic performance without context.


State of Play

Oct 9, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

State of Play
I don’t think it will serve any real purpose to rehash the despicable behavior of the media, the Left and the Democrats as they collectively tried to block a good man from assuming a position on the Supreme Court. What I do think is important is speaking frankly about the current state of play in this country and why being Iowa Nice is not working and will not work when it comes to dealing with those who wish to alter the results of a duly concluded election.



Kavanaugh Pick Goes All The Way Back To Evening We Found Out Judge Scalia Had Passed Away

Sep 26, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

Kavanaugh Pick Goes All The Way Back To Evening We Found Out Judge Scalia Had Passed Away
(Editor’s Note): The following gem: ‘Kavanaugh Pick Goes All The Way Back To Evening We Found Out Judge Scalia Had Passed Away’ can be found in the ‘Impact With Sam Clovis’  Newsletter, and it’s only one of many!  Clovis, who served as co-chair of Donald Trump’s Campaign in the 2016 presidential election,  and went on to be nominated by President Trump as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics in the United States Department of Agriculture, before returning to his home in Iowa, is as close to being t’The 21st Century Mr. Smith Goes To Washington’ as it gets.

Sam’s first-hand experience as a targeted enemy of the Deep State is destined to be a patriot lifeline, shared in both his Impact News Letter and in the Sunday, Sept. 30th return of his popular radio show which drew thousands of listeners before he went off to Washington.  Sam’s back with a 2-hour internet radio show on LATalkRadio.com 9/30 (3 to 5 p.m., Central Time), talking truth to power and telling it as exactly as it is.

Better update your resumes, all hidden members of the Deep State, because patriots will be sending up the rousing cheer:  “Go, Sam Clovis, Go!”


BELOW THE RADAR

Sep 25, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

BELOW THE RADAR
(Editor’s Note): The following ‘Below the Radar’ gem can be found in the ‘Impact With Sam Clovis’  Newsletter, and it’s only one!  Clovis, who served as co-chair of Donald Trump’s Campaign in the 2016 presidential election,  and went on to be nominated by President Trump as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics in the United States Department of Agriculture, before returning to his home in Iowa, is as close to being the 21st Century ‘Mr. Smith Goes To Washington’ as it gets.

Sam’s first-hand experience as a targeted enemy of the Deep State is destined to be a patriot lifeline, shared in both his Impact News Letter and in the Sunday, Sept. 30th return of his popular radio show which drew thousands of listeners before he went off to Washington.  Sam’s back with a 2-hour internet radio show on LATalkRadio.com 9/30 (3 to 5 p.m., Central Time), talking truth to power and telling it as exactly as it is.

Better update your resumes, all hidden members of the Deep State, because patriots will be sending up the rousing cheer:  “Go, Sam Clovis, Go!”


Obama Admin Holdovers Perpetrating “Greatest Political Scandal In American History”

Aug 13, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

Obama Admin Holdovers Perpetrating Greatest Political Scandal In American History
In today’s toxic environment found inside “the swamp,” I am often reminded of the old saw about evil flourishing when good people do nothing.  I consider this a truism, an absolute, a defined value that is not zero.  Unfortunately, I have had the opportunity to see this phenomenon up close and personal.

As the Mueller investigation trundles along with the narrative unraveling at a shocking pace, one would think that sooner or later, the Congress would get fed up and would call a halt to this travesty.  This investigation has cost the American people millions of dollars and individual citizens millions in legal fees and severe damage to personal reputations.  What is becoming more apparent with each passing day is that a handful of very powerful people in the last administration (some of whom made it into the Trump administration) have perpetrated the greatest political scandal in American history.  Their names are known and their crimes are obvious, but to date, not a single criminal charge has been levied against any of them.  Innocent Americans have been ruined by their actions yet Congress, and in particular the United States Senate, has done nothing to pursue justice for America.  This is so disappointing.


The Myth of Campus Diversity

Aug 7, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

The Myth of Campus Diversity
For 20 years or so, I had the good fortune of being a college professor.  I started out as an adjunct instructor in 1996 teaching in an evening adult education program for a prominent Colorado private university.  From that humble beginning, I eventually found myself, at various stages of my academic career, an assistant professor, a department chair, a center director, a tenured full professor and a dean.  I plied my wares on many campuses and in various modalities, but for the most part I took my turn with the 8:OO AM class in basic economics.  Trust me, that is a challenge of the highest order.  For the most part the academic world treated me pretty well, which may seem a bit surprising given my political views.  I was blessed with working for great campus administrators and had colleagues, for the most part, who were more interested in education than in indoctrination.  Since leaving the academy, however, I have become alarmed at what may have been there all along—a complete lack of intellectual diversity on most college campuses around America.


Farmers Want a Hand-Up not a Hand-Out

Jul 31, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

Farmers Want a Hand-Up not a Hand-Out
I live in farm country.  The northwest corner of Iowa is the “reddest” part of the state, having cast massive majority votes for the current president in most of the counties in this region.  The economy is dominated by corn, soybeans, ethanol production and massive livestock operations focused on eggs, poultry, pork and beef.  To thrive in this part of the state one has to be able to speak “agriculture” with all the boys at the local cafes and diners scattered in the small towns that dot the region.  When one does join the locals for coffee, one is not likely to hear too many positive things about the proposed $12 billion “farmer bailout” proposed by the administration.  These folks do not want a hand out—they want government out of their lives.  If any investment is to be made, then the government ought to focus on the long game—investing in developing human capital to sustain agriculture into the next half century.


Oh, Those Russians!

Jul 23, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

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I was a child, young adult, aspiring young military man and aged warrior of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union.  During my time in the military, I trained for—and became proficient at—combating the Russian hordes, or their surrogates, anywhere in the world.  As a fighter pilot who really embraced the profession of arms, I must say that I have always held a strong bias against the nation-state associated with Russia.  I still do not trust a Russian as far as I can throw one—nothing personal, just an abundance of caution based on historical actions, not words.  Why do I feel this way?  It is because the wisdom of years of experience dictates that actions are far more important than rhetoric in measuring threats.  Thus, I advised candidate Trump to always keep the Russians at arm’s length.  For the most part, both Candidate Trump and President Trump did just that.  Perhaps this is why I am so confused by the reaction of the Democrats, the Never Trumpers, the media and the wobbly establishment Republicans who all seem aghast at the outcome of a single news conference hosted by Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.


Federal Procurement System: Pigs and Makeup

Jun 25, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

Pigs and Makeup
As I wrote this piece, the United States Air Force was sponsoring a conference on innovation.  The meeting was held in Las Vegas and those attending were folks who can make a difference in the acquisition of war fighting material for our front line warriors.  The reports I received on the meeting were encouraging, but I have horrible memories of countless meetings, conferences and consortia dealing with exactly the same set of issues I first encountered over 30 years ago when I was assigned for duty in the Pentagon.  I suspect, however, that the bureaucracy, legal structure and influence of special interests probably pre-dated my first encounters with the Leviathan known as the federal acquisition system.  Upon cursory investigation, one is struck by how little things have changed.  In fact, one might advance the notion that things are much worse today.


Beware Economists Touting Latest Unemployment Numbers

Jun 3, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

Beware Economists Touting Latest Unemployment Numbers
As much as I am eager to celebrate the American economy coming back into the land of the living, I am also cautious about getting into the Conga line until I can look at some of the internal numbers associated with those who are striving to achieve the American dream.  What is not often discussed by the pinheads on TV is that the level of participation in the labor force is perhaps as important as the actual number of people working.  Though the number of Americans working is at all time high, the labor participation rate reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics remains an anemic 62.7 percent.  Ten years ago, before the big economic meltdown, that rate was above 66 percent.  Why does this matter?  It matters because it means that to get back to the historic participation rate of just 10 years ago, an additional 8.7 million people need to come off the bench and get back in the game.


The Incalculable Cost of Insurance

May 28, 2018 — Dr. Sam Clovis

The Incalculable Cost of Insurance
Editor’s Note:

It is an incomparable honor that on Memorial Day 2018 Canada Free Press is posting the first of Sam Clovis’s columns in Canada Free Press.  Sam Clovis, who served 25 years on active duty as a fighter pilot, retired as a Colonel and the Inspector General of NORAD and the United States Space Command. Having served as national co-chair and chief policy advisor for the Trump for President Campaign, and as a policy director during the transition period before serving as Senior White House Advisor to the US Department of Agriculture, Sam speaks to us from rural Iowa, where he remains, in every sense of the image, a fighter pilot.

I am that guy.  Yes, I am the individual who put together the Trump Campaign national advisory committee on national security and foreign policy.  Yes, I am the one who recruited Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.  Yes, I have given countless hours of testimony to a four-pack of investigations.  And most important of all—not a single shred of evidence has presented itself that would indicate that anyone in the Trump campaign had anything to do with colluding with the Russians.  Not one scintilla of credible information, testimony or documentation points in that direction—zero, zip, nada.  What has been revealed, however, is that there was a deliberate attempt to spy on the campaign, that their likely efforts to create probable cause for further FISA warrants and the clear indication of gathering—and then leaking of—information that has underpinned classic progressive politics of personal destruction.


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