Posts Tagged ‘election’

Washington Decides to Throw Votes Away Too

April 29, 2009

The state of Washington has joined Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and Maryland in a pact that will have their Electoral College votes go to the winner of the national popular vote.

So, basically, they are telling the residents of their states, that their vote doesn’t count, and that they will vote for whoever wins the national vote, no matter what.

What if Washington residents vote 90% in favor of the person who loses the national vote?  Then they send all of their electoral college votes to a person who 10% of their population voted for?  It really doesn’t make any sense at all.  It will just lead more Washington voters to stay home and not vote, because they know their vote has no bearing whatsoever.  Their votes will be controlled by the states with the largest populations, which sway the national poll numbers.

I agree that the Electoral College system as it exists now is not perfect.  It is dominated by the two parties who have rigged the rules in the states to give all of the electoral votes to whoever wins the state.  It just supports their interests, and not those of independents and third parties.

If Washington and other states want to make changes, they should split their Electoral College votes proportionally to the popular vote of their state.  That way, every vote at least has an influence.  In California, I can vote Republican every time, but I know that all of our electoral votes are going to go to the Democratic candidate.  By breaking up the electoral votes, it will reflect the will of the people, and will keep the Electoral College intact.

A Must Read for Any American Citizen

November 5, 2008

Last night, after the election, we heard about how “anyone, if they dream big enough, can be the President.”  Obama had overcome all the odds and was now the President.

Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s not that easy.

You have to read this, and watch the Youtube videos it links to.  Pretty amazing if you ask me.  This is definitely a must read for anyone who gives a darn about the political process in this country.

http://www.reason.com/news/show/129852.html

Don’t Let This Stop the Momentum

November 5, 2008

Tonight, we witnessed history.  Barack Obama became the first African-American President.

It was an amazing electoral season that lasted from the primaries until tonight, and there are still many races and propositions here in California that are still undecided.

The population has been energized and become more politcally involved than ever before.  What we need to do now is stay motivated, and keep this energy going.

Now is the time to educate many of these people on the goals of the founding fathers and the Constitution of the United States.  While they might have supported Obama because of his personality and attitude, the message of Freedom and Liberty will influence beyond words and empty promises.

While government might get bigger over the next four years, it’s not like McCain was going to make it any smaller.  Real change will not happen until more peoples’ eyes are opened and our voices are heard.  We still need to remove career politicians and put the Constitution first.

We need more politicians like Ron Paul, and more movements like the Campaign for Liberty.  We need real change and more choices.  We need bigger ideas and more imagination.  We need less taxes and less government spending.  We need less government intervention, a sound monetary policy and an end to our foreign empire.

So, no matter who you voted for and how excited or disappointed you are, don’t get complacent.  Now is the time to act and to really make a difference in our Country’s future.

Where My Vote is Going

November 3, 2008

Well, there’s only a few days left until the November 4th election, and I think I’ve figured out who and what I’m voting for the most part.  Here’s my quick breakdown:

California Propositions (The title is how I interpret them)

Prop 1:  High Speed Railroad Bonds

Gotta say No to this one.  While a high speed rail system is an idea that should be looked at, I don’t think that we should use government bonds that will put the state millions in debt to fund it.  We need to have private developers partner with the state in order to get this project going.

Prop 2:  Standards for Confining Farm Animals

I oppose this proposition as well.  It sounds like a good idea to let farm animals like hens and veal to live in an enclosure that allows them to stand, move around, and go outside at least once a day.  However, this will cost farmers millions of dollars to change their methods, and the new rules completely contradict California Department of Food and Agriculture standards.  Due to the rising costs of California egg production, it will be shifted to farms in Mexico that do not have the same starndards we have, and there will be an increased chance of disease and illness.  Sorry to sound inhumane, but I favor my health and safety, keeping egg production in California, and keeping costs down over giving animals some fresh air.

Prop 3:  Children’s Hospital Bond Act

Yet another NO.  This Act will authorize $980 million in bonds to renovate Children’s Hospitals.  At this point in time, the last thing we need is to add almost a billion dollars in debt to the state.  I believe that these hospitals will be better renovated and renovated more efficiently if it is done by private donors.  State sponsored construction always goes over budget, doesn’t meet deadlines, and the quality and value is lacking.  There has to be a better, more well thought out way than $980 million (plus over $900 million in inerest) to renovate these hospitals.

Prop 4:  Watiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy

Clinics that perform abortions should be required to strongly encourage the minor to notify their parents, undergo counseling, and explore all options before deciding to terminate their pregnancy.  They should not be required to give parental notification.  It is the choice and decision of the girl and her doctor.  If she wants her family involved, she will tell them.  However, if she comes from an abusive household, she might not want her parents involved and could do something stupid like going to an illegal clinic and harming herself.  This all leads to a NO for me.

Prop 5:  Nonviolent Drug Offenses

This is a step in the right direction, but more changes need to happen before a law like this can take effect.  We need to stop our War on Drugs.  It leads to much more crime and gang violence and fills our jails with drug offenders.  Now, it has started emboldening Mexican drug cartels who have kidnapped thousands of people in Mexico and are now crossing our borders.  Nonviolent drug offenders should be offered rehab, rather than taking up prison space from a violent criminal.  Good idea, but the wrong plan at the wrong time.  Yet again, No on 5.

Prop 6:  Police and Law Enforcement Funding

This will require almost a billion dollars to be allocated from the state general fund for increased funding for sherriffs and police that will mostly go towards anti-gang programs.  I don’t see how you can mandate funding requirements.  How do you know what the budget is going to look like?  I can see allocating a percentage of money towards these programs, but mandating a dollar amount seems excessive.  That’s another NO for me.

Prop 7:  Renewable Energy Generation

This proposition is flawed in so many ways, I can’t even start to go into the details.  It’s basically funded by an Arizona billionaire who could make a lot of money setting up solar and wind farms in California.  A lot of the mandates in this proposition are already slated to go into effect anyway.  It’s overkill.  Renewable energy needs to be a priority, but this seems to be one man using the “green” catchphrase to make some money.  No on 7.

Prop 8:  Constitutional Amendment to Eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry

I’ve already written a couple of other posts on Prop 8.  It’s a definite NO for me.  It’s discrimination plain and simple.  It will not force anyone to accept same sex marriage.  It will not effect your church or your family if you are against it.  Also, it will not effect the education of your children.  If you have a problem with teaching gay marriage, go to the school board and district and change the rules so you can pull your kid out of same-sex marriage teachings.  No on 8, no on discrimination, no on government intervention in our lives.

Prop 9:  Criminal Justice System. Victim’s rights.

Again, a proposition that sounds great on the surface, but fails the smell test.  Victim’s of crimes should be notified when convicts are going to be set free on parole.  However, we already have a Victim’s Bill of Rights in California.  If we follow this law, there will a duplication of effort all throughout the state.  It seems that there is a strong propaganda campaign for this that uses anecdotal arguments to create a blanket law.  That is flawed logic to me.  No on 9.

Prop 10:  Alternative Fuels Vehicles and Renewable Energy Bonds

Wants to use over $3.4 billion to give incentives for alternative fuel cars and researching other renewable energy sources.  Why can’t the state just give tax breaks for the cars?  Why can’t private companies invest in renewable energy?  Give tax breaks to companies instead of costing tax payers billions!  Too much debt for me.  No on 10.

Prop 11:  Redistricting

Finally, a YES vote from me.  State assebly and senate members should not be able to draw their own district boundaries.  There is a HUGE conflict of interst there.  Putting redistricting in the hands of a nonpartisan commission is a great idea.  Even if this uses a small percentage of the budget, it will help restore a little credibility to our government in Sacramento.

Prop 12:  Veterans Bond Act

This is a state sponsored incentive that I believe is necessary.  Bonds that will help provide low interest loans to veterans is a positive step in the right direction.  More needs to be done to help our veterans and to encourage enlisting in the armed forces.  I have never served, but I feel that more needs to be done to restore the military as a choice of profession.  This is a continuation of a program that has existed since the 1920s in California.  The only qualm I have is that provisions should be made to allocate money to those who served in combat situations.  Yes on 12.

Thanks for reading this guide and I hope this might help you sort out what is going on and how a “small government” individual sees the issues.

Also, this brings up one big question:  What do they do in Sacramento anyway?

That will have to be a post in itself.

No Interest in the President

October 30, 2008

I feel kind of un-American, but I really don’t care who wins the Presidency this year.

Haven’t we been bombarded with all this election drama for almost two years now?  First it was the primaries, where McCain won pretty easily and Barack and Hillary went at it.  Now we have this election with Palin and Barack’s connections with old domestic terrorists.  In the meantime, the economy went down the drain and all they’re talking about is saving $75 a month on taxes.  Yeah, that’s going to fix things.

Maybe I’m so apathetic because I don’t feel that my views are represented.  Throughout my life, I’ve known that I did not belong with one of the major parties.  I knew they were virtually the same and were there only to preserve the status quo, and not really do what’s best for America.

In high school, I thought being a libertarian sounded great.  Small government, less taxes, and less intervention sounded great.  The party at the time though, was a mess, and their message sounded more like anarchy than a real political platform.

Then, I thought Nader was the answer and that his policies would save the country.  He had some good ideas, but I found myself voting for him because he was against the establishment and corporations, not because of his political views.

Now, I think I’ve found myself with the philosophy of Ron Paul.  His belief in the Constitution and what the Founding Fathers wanted is beautifully simple.  It makes so much sense and it makes me want to be part of the revolution he is starting.  The groundwork is there, now we just have to spread the message.

The message of the Constitution reaches beyond any sort of social status or group.  Everyone can come together behind the document that set forth the plan for this great country.  The goal now should be to get this country back on track and back to looking at the Constitution and what the Founding Fathers wanted.

I guess I don’t care about McCain or Obama because they want to continue the same policies.  They might tweak taxes or healthcare, but are they really invoking change?  Not at all.  They both voted for the bailout.  They both want to keep our military empire intact.  Neither has challenged the Federal Reserve.  Neither has questioned the validity of all the taxes we pay.  Neither has tried to address our welfare state.

We need a voice that counters the political establishment.  Until this voice is heard, it doesn’t matter who is the President.

Education – Special or Otherwise

October 26, 2008

Sarah Palin made a statement the other night that the Federal Government needs to play a larger role in the education of special needs children.  Personally, I don’t believe the Federal Government should have anything to do with the education of any children, special or not.

Currently, the Federal Government spends about $70 billion a year through the Department of Education.  This roughly accounts for 9% of the total money spent on education in this country, which is close to $1 trillion (both of these figures were taken from the Deparment of Education website, http://www.ed.gov).

However, the Federal Government has a broader reach with different Acts and Laws that require performance or allocation of money, such as the No Child Left Behind Act.  This forces the states and local school districts to follow laws that are mandated by Washington.  So, even though the Federal Government only funds 9% of the education programs in the US, it basically controls the allocation of all of it.

It’s great that Governor Palin wants to help those with special needs.  However, it should be left up to the states and local school boards, not politicians and bureaucrats in Washington.  The states should have control of the money they raise for school programs, and should be able to allocate their resources accordingly.

As Americans, we need to realize that we should not look to Uncle Sam for everything.  Instead we should look to our states and local governments.  It might sound good to have a President who wants to change education policies, but the federal government just throws a blanket over the entire system.  Local governmets can tailor policies and adjust to the needs of the area.  How are bureaucrats in Washington supposed to know this?

I really believe that as soon as we get the Federal Government out of the education of our children, the sooner they will be better performers and come out better prepared for the high tech jobs of today.  We need teachers teaching how to think, reason and question.  Instead, they are teaching how to pass a standardized test.

So when you hear a Washington politician talking about education, realize that they have good intentions.  However, if they really wanted to change the education policies, they would be talking about ending Federal education programs and returning that power to states and local school boards.

You’re Both Socialists!

October 18, 2008

Today, John McCain called Obama’s economic policies “socialist.”  Supposedly, being a called “socialist” is much worse than being called a liberal.  Personally, I don’t care because when McCain paints Obama as a socialist, he has nothing to prove how he’s NOT a socialist either.

Both Obama and McCain supported the $700 billion Wall Street Bailout, which is socialism at it’s finest.  Since when is the central government buying stakes in private banks capitalism?  The Federal Government also has stakes in Fannie and Freddie, and AIG, the world’s largest insurer.  So not only does the central government have a role in our finances, but they also have a role in our housing and insurance.  The only thing left is for them to take over the ability for us to cloth and feed ourselves.  At least then I wouldn’t have to work!

McCain needs to differentiate himself, and calling his opponent a socialist isn’t going to cut it.  All it does is add another negative approach to his campaign.  So far he has painted Obama as a socialsit terrorist… what’s next?

So, while Obama might be more liberal than McCain, they both favor big government.  We need real choices between candidates with real differences.

You might say that we don’t have a choice, but it’s because we haven’t demanded a choice.  If we demand politicians that follow the Constitution and limited government, we will have that choice.  There is definite momentum behind the Constitution and leaders like Ron Paul.  Now is the time we need to make our voices heard.  We need less government, less taxes, no nation building and more freedom and liberty.

The Blowback of John and Sarah

October 14, 2008

Blowback is the unintended consequences of actions you make.

Last week, while the economy was melting down and financial panic gripped the country, John McCain and Sarah Palin didn’t even give mention to the current crisis.  Instead, they were too busy connecting Barack Obama to a domestic terrorist who’s actions are over 40 years old.

I’m sure there is more to the relationship between Bill Ayers and Barack Obama than “just a guy in the neighborhood.”  However, I’m sure that the relationship was along professional lines and had nothing to do with terrorism.  Republicans and Democrats both sat on the same board as Obama and Ayers.  In fact, it was closely associated with a Reagan aid.

McCain and Palin were busy though, painting Obama as a man you couldn’t trust, who “palled around with terrorists.”  My question to the last statement, is why is that plural?  Is Palin trying to say that Obama is associated with other terrorists?  How do you see that?

Also, during their speeches, they would leave pauses for the crowd to shout things out.  Like McCain said, “Do you know who the real Obama is?” and someone from the crowd yelled “terrorist!”  Others yelled to kill him or shouted racial epithets.  Also, the announcers at these events would always introduce him as “Barrack Hussein Obama.”  That just adds more fuel to the fire.

This is completely unacceptable.  Even though they aren’t directly saying it, McCain and Palin are planting ideas in the minds of every American that Obama is a radical terrorist.  While most people can sort through the information and process it rationally, there are some people who can not and who might act out.

God forbid that someone tries to take out or do harm to Obama, but you never know.  McCain and Palin are only working up the public more and more with every verbal attack.  It’s a dirty and dangerous game they are playing.  It’s fine to question someone’s judgement, but leave it at that.  Don’t insinuate or even put the seed in someone’s mind that your opponent is the enemy.

The blowback could be disasterous.

The Rise of the Libertarians

October 14, 2008

This election is proof.  Pretty soon, I say within the next 3 election cycles, the “libertarian” party will be a major player in the electoral process.  The reason I put libertarian in quotes is because it’s not going to really be the Libertarian Party that will rise to prominence.  It will be a party that wants small government, out of our everyday lives that is fiscally responsible.  It might start with Ron Paul, the Constitution Party and the Libertarians and morph into a major party, but the seeds are being sown.

The two major parties have become too similar.  They might have differences in certain policies, but they are minute when you think of the entire political spectrum.  For example, they don’t question taxes in the first place, they just want to lower or raise them a little.  They do not consider if we need our military in over 150 countries, they just talk about shifting troops from one country to the other.

They have also become indistinguishable from one another.  The “small government” Republicans have taken away more liberties from us than any “big government” Democrat ever would.  From Congress granting the President the power to go to war, to the NSA to the Patriot Act and now the bailout plan and our new Office of Financial Stability, the Federal Government is growing by leaps and bounds.

In the next few years, we’ll start seeing more of a backlash.  There are enough people out there that are dissatisfied with the direction of our country.  They know that the USA was set up by the Constitution to have a small central government.  After all, our founding fathers were breaking away from the British Monarchy.  The last thing they wanted was an overly strong central government.

Look at the following of Ron Paul.  This is a man who was able to garner 5% of the vote for the Republican nominee for President.  He has a beautifully simple way of politics.  If it’s in the Constitution he’ll vote for it.  If not, he’s against it.

This message spans across race, religion, class, gender or political party affiliation.  It is a message for freedom and taking back control of the country that was given to us in the Constitution.  Also, more and more young people seem attracted to this message.  They see the ways of the political machine and want to take back control.  Maybe it’s the internet or maybe it’s their “against establishment” way of thinking, but you can sense that change is coming.

I’m really excited that we might finally have a challenge to the two major parties, that might eventually morph into one, big government, moderate party.  It won’t happen overnight and it won’t happen in four years, but there is momentum for real change and reform of the central government.