My Promises

Over the years I have identified 434 things that demand revision in order to genuinely realize the promises of America, California, and Federal District 33. The key to many of these fundamental issues depends upon getting the money out of politics, and those issues connect to all the others. These 434 initiatives are contained within the areas below:

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CLEAN ELECTIONS


 

1. Campaign Contributions: The state and federal legislatures’ powers to impose limits on the amount of campaign contributions shall not be diminished by any interpretation of the First Amendment. 

2. Clean Elections: I am prepared to assist anyone implementing legislation to overturn the Citizen's United and McCutcheon decisions which effectively granted special interest groups unlimited power to monetarily control elections. 

3. Clean Congress: I support prohibiting members of Congress from soliciting and receiving contributions from any lobbyist, industry or entity they regulate. All fundraising during Congressional working hours shall be prohibited. 

4. Public Financing of Campaigns: I support the the American Anti-corruption Act to make sure all elections are financed without any interference from anonymous corporate spending, bribes or intimidation from private contributors. 

5. Disclosure of hidden money behind misleading political advertising: The California DISCLOSE Act, Senate Bill 52 would be a good start in getting the money out of politics because it requires the 3 top funders of political ads to disclose who is really paying for political ads on the ads themselves. SB52 should be passed because whatever happens in California will likely happen in the nation within 5 yeas. And whatever happens in District 33, the most influential district in the nation, will likely happen in California. District 33 is where change begins. 

6. Elections Reform: The business of America's federal elections, dominated by Supreme Court Justices who are appointed by a monetarily corrupted system is in need of bold reform. The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on April 2, 2014 in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission striking down overall limits on campaign contributions that the largest individual donors donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees may serve to restore some monetary clout to the Citizens United overshadowed Republican and Democratic national committees. But it will only foster further government corruption and waste as unlimited campaign contributions are anonymously funneled by compromised public officials. I will support anyone working to halt this trend. 

54.  I support the Clean Money and Elections Act: inasmuch as it has become necessary to implement a public financing system for congressional elections, a Clean Money and Elections Act, that would create a comprehensive, voluntary system whereby candidates could successfully fund their own campaigns without anonymous corporate spending, bribes, or intimidation from private contributors and operatives of the red and blue political machine [See, here for example in this campaign], and without undermining the privileges of corporations to their own rights as provided by the Constitution. 

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GREATER TRANSPARENCY IN ELECTORAL PROCESSES AND IN CREATION OF ELECTORATES 

In this district's previous election of 2012 , the office of the Secretary of State didn't certify me as an official candidate until May 4, 2011, too late to be on the ballot, and too late to be eligible for the scheduled debates, which is not to insinuate that politicians don’t do something intelligent once in a while. Fortunately, a bipartisan group organized one last forum for a televised debate on the eve of the election but when attempting to purchase a block of local network airtime were ultimately told there was no viewer interest in local politics. Read my bipartisan column about what really happened behind the scenes in the last election for this region, dominated by the red and blue political machine, the purple gang, here

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COMMUNICATIONS


 

The Fourth Amendment protects the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

But based on reports of the number of domestic phone calls being recorded by the National Security Agency, the Obama administration must have probable cause to suspect millions of us of threatening national security.

According to documents obtained by former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA recorded data on 124.8 billion phone calls, about 3 billion of which originated within the United States.

The program, first reported by The Guardian, is appropriately code-named “Boundless Informant,” and it involves the monitoring and recording of phone calls and Internet communication. The Guardian reports that Boundless Informant “allows users to select a country on a map and view the meta data volume and select details about the collections against that country.”

Among the most disturbing disclosures found within the reams of Edward Snowden’s revelations was the surrender by major telecommunications companies of the otherwise private phone records of millions of Americans — none of whom was, as required by the Constitution, suspected of committing any sort of crime.

According to a court order labeled “TOP SECRET,” federal judge Roger Vinson ordered Verizon to turn over the phone records of millions of its U.S. customers to the NSA.

The order, issued in April by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and leaked on the Internet by The Guardian, compels Verizon to provide these records on an “ongoing daily basis” and to hand over to the domestic spy agency “an electronic copy” of “all call detail records created by Verizon for communications (i) between the United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.”

This information includes the phone numbers involved, the electronic identity of the device, the calling card numbers (if any) used in making the calls, and the time and duration of the call.

In other words, millions of innocent Americans have had their call records shared with a federal spy agency in open and hostile defiance of the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee of the right of the people to be free from such unreasonable searches and seizures.

But even if the reasonableness threshold is crossed, there must be a warrant and suspicion of commission of or intent to commit a crime. Neither the NSA nor Verizon has asserted that even one of the millions whose phone records were seized fits that description.

Glen Greenwald, formerly of The Guardian, details the type of data being seized by the NSA:

The information is classed as “metadata,” or transactional information, rather than communications, and so does not require individual warrants to access. The document also specifies that such “metadata” is not limited to the aforementioned items. A 2005 court ruling judged that cell site location data — the nearest cell tower a phone was connected to — was also transactional data, and so could potentially fall under the scope of the order.

While the order itself does not include either the contents of messages or the personal information of the subscriber of any particular cell number, its collection would allow the NSA to build easily a comprehensive picture of who any individual contacted, how and when, and possibly from where, retrospectively.

Perhaps the most disturbing take-away from the leak of this secret court document ordering Verizon to hand over customer call logs and other data to a federal surveillance agency is the fact that the government considers the protections of the Fourth Amendment to be nothing more than a “parchment barrier” that is easily torn through. The Obama administration regards the Constitution — as did the Bush administration before it — as advisory at best.

Of course, being a subcontractor in the construction of the surveillance state pays handsomely. As reported by The New American, on August 16 Verizon announced that it was awarded a 10-year, $10-billion contract “to provide cloud and hosting services” to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Apparently, crimes against the Constitution pay, and they pay very well.

Over the past few weeks, Facebook, Google, and other technology companies which were implicated in the revelations of the covert NSA surveillance program known as PRISM have petitioned the feds to allow them to disclose their level of participation in surveillance requests received from government entities.

Under PRISM, the NSA and the FBI are “tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time,” as reported by the Washington Post.

One document in the Snowden revelations indicated that PRISM was “the number one source of raw intelligence used for NSA analytic reports.” Snowden claimed that the program was so invasive that the NSA and the FBI “quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type.”

Most of these requests by the government are made under the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Not surprisingly, when the government asks the special surveillance court to approve their snooping, judges give them the go-ahead.

 In fact, in April, the Department of Justice revealed to Congress the number of applications for eavesdropping received and rejected by the FISA court: In 2012, of the 1,789 requests made by the government to monitor the electronic communications of citizens, not a single one was rejected.

On July 31, Glen Greenwald revealed another NSA surveillance tactic similar in scope to Boundless Informant. Under a program known as “XKeyscore,” the NSA monitors and records every e-mail written by every American, again without a warrant and without probable cause, in direct defiance of the Fourth Amendment.

Greenwald, after examining a PowerPoint presentation included in the information he received from Snowden, explained the scope of XKeyscore: “One presentation claims the [XKeyscore] program covers ‘nearly everything a typical user does on the internet,’ including the content of emails, websites visited and searches, as well as their metadata.” “Analysts can also use XKeyscore and other NSA systems to obtain ongoing ‘real-time’ interception of an individual’s internet activity,” he added.

How does it work? Greenwald explained that, too: “An NSA tool called DNI Presenter, used to read the content of stored emails, also enables an analyst using XKeyscore to read the content of Facebook chats or private messages. Analysts can also search by name, telephone number, IP address, keywords, the language in which the internet activity was conducted or the type of browser used.”

It is important to note that like Boundless Informant, XKeyscore doesn’t record phone conversations. There is evidence, however, that the NSA records every one of those, as well, and stores the content in one of its many data warehouses, such as the one in Utah that goes online within weeks.

Of course, there is no doubt that mobile phone conversations are being recorded.

The federal government is remotely activating the microphones and cameras in Android smartphones and Windows laptops, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal on August 3.

Citing a “former US official,” the Journal says court documents reveal that the FBI is using a variety of “hacking” tools to ramp up the scope of the surveillance of millions of Americans, keeping many unwittingly under the watchful eye of Washington.

One of the Journal’s anonymous sources described a part of the FBI called the “Remote Operations Unit.” Agents in this specialized unit prefer, if possible, to install the remote control software by uploading to the target’s computer using a USB flash drive. When the g-men-cum-hackers can’t get access to the target’s computer, they install the surveillance software over the Internet “using a document or link that loads software when the person clicks or views it.”

It is not only possible for the federal government to listen to your conversations using the microphone in your Android smartphone and watch you while you sit in your own home on your own computer, but they do so regularly and can do so very easily.

Purportedly, the FBI has been using these methods of surveillance “for over a decade,” but their use has come to light only recently by way of “court documents and interviews” with people familiar with the programs.

Details of the surveillance conducted under the Boundless Informant program provided by the website Cryptome are illuminating and incriminating. There is no excuse for this type of unconstitutional sanctioned surveillance. One unwarranted wiretap, one unwarranted seizure of a phone record, one search of records of an individual’s digital communications is too many. If we are a Republic of laws, then the supreme constitutional law of the land must be adhered to. The standard is not whether or not the spies or their bosses think the violations are keeping us safe. The standard is the Constitution — for every issue, on every occasion, with no exceptions. Anything less than that is a step toward tyranny.

Taken together, the roster of snooping programs in use by the federal government places every American under the threat of constant surveillance. The courts, Congress, and the president have formed an unholy alliance bent on obliterating the Constitution and establishing a country where every citizen is a suspect and is perpetually under the never-blinking eye of the government.

Privacy is a basic human right.

The establishment will likely continue construction of the surveillance until entire nations including ours are being watched around the clock and every monitored activity is recorded and made retrievable by agents who with "proper" permissions will be able to construct a dossier on most any person within a short time.

However, such conduct is inherently unconstitutional. Our privacy is a basic human right, and I promise to work toward enforcing existing law as well as new laws to protect it.  

 

 

 

 

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CONSTITUTION


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A failure of President Obama’s administration is that it continued the agenda of the previous Republican administration, by allowing Section 1031 to be written into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. This failure to restore our civil liberties under the right of Habeas Corpus violates the Constitution. The basic human right of confronting one's accuser, the charges against them, and of a judicial determination according to the basic doctrine of Habeas Corpus must be strengthened.

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The proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution: I firmly support amending the United States Constitution to overturn the hideous Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court decisions.   

 

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EDUCATION


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32.  Education: Education is fundamental to democracy. Universal preschool paid for by tax revenue on those presently benefiting from tax ambiguities can assist in providing a level playing field for children with unequal opportunity for success. A college education ought to be affordable for everyone who applies the will to gain that education regardless of their economic situation. 


33.  Stop Predatory Student Loans: We have to make sure that the education of students comes instead of taking financial advantage of them. Interest rates on student loans should be no higher than interest rates given to the United States by the Federal Reserve. I propose to lower student interest rates and refinance existing student loan debt to the lower rates presently enjoyed by members of Congress and financial institutions. 

34.   Increase the salaries of California's educators: The education of America’s students is fundamental to the future. We must raise the quality of public service in education by raising salaries based upon higher standards of qualification. 

Higher salaries for educators can be raised upon completion of appropriate training and graduate school degree courses, without raising taxes, by again, eliminating tax ambiguities for the wealthy tax free aristocracies and initiating monetarily corresponding incentives to local schools, their educators, judges, police and other essential public servants. 

However, effective congressional oversight is necessary to make sure funds are appropriately administered where they are needed, instead of according to political favors, graft and incompetence, as is sadly the prevailing custom. 

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EMPLOYMENT


Despite commendable efforts and successes of the Sacramento California legislature in its attempt to turn around an economy devastated by a financial trading enterprise precipitated housing and economic collapse, a collapse that none of us in our lifetimes have witnessed, California still leads the nation with the highest poverty rate, the worst environment for businesses, the worst traffic, the highest taxes, the highest incarceration rate, one of the highest unemployment rates, and the worst economy out of all 50 states for consumer demand, production and job creation. 

Meanwhile, an unabated pattern of frivolous lawsuits from unethical law firms against any business with more than 200 employees further drains dollars out of the economy through the hands of a relatively few law firms. Further, although we are not allowed to hear about it often to any meaningful degree on the mainstream media, the California foreclosure crisis is absolutely thriving. Many homeowners qualified for loan modifications are still ultimately foreclosed upon, while others who are making their modification payments are foreclosed upon behind their backs, because in the eyes of the perversely incentivized servicers, master servicers and wholly owned trustees of the financial trading enterprise, the loan modifications are merely an artifice from which to facilitate foreclosure. 

The impact upon the California economy and homeowners from losing their equity and in many cases their life savings due to the loans into which they were steered prior to the crash of 2008, has been profound. Cash-strapped Californians worried about refinancing escalating mortgages have become more reluctant to consume, and thereby create the demand for products, and hence jobs to produce those products. Moreover, that impact is exaggerated many times by the negative cumulative effect upon the communities, businesses, schools and public facilities thus deprived of the spendable cash those homeowners would have otherwise paid into the economy. 

Add to that the ingredient of financially desperate local governments, corporate corruption fueled by the financial squeeze, and a system that gives the unemployed, not to mention those who are discriminated by race, or for trying to return to society after having been in trouble with the law, extreme difficulty in getting into the game of democracy, and you have a toxic mix wherein the average citizen appears to have little hope of achieving what most of us want, and what most of us want is a government capable of assuring us that if we do everything right, and play by the rules, we will be able to earn an honest living, purchase a home, and provide for our families. 

Lower taxes, and tax incentives for companies, will promote private sector job creation 

Unless we confront each and every of the above-mentioned unfair practices, outdated statutes, bankster manipulated and corruption abetted oppressions, any economic improvements gained by lowering taxes or tax incentives, will not be enough by themselves to sufficiently eradicate government debt, lessen consumer debt, create sufficient buying power, and hence demand in the consumer markets to create the jobs to fill the demand for production created by that buying power. 

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ENERGY


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EXPLOITATION OF COAL, OIL AND NUCLEAR ENERGY TO BE PHASED OUT WITHOUT LOSS OF CORPORATE REVENUE OR JOBS

No matter what the level of human responsibility for adverse climate change or deadly radiological sources, when compared to other factors such as natural under-sea volcanoes or naturally occurring radiation, it still remains, aside from overriding economic concerns to phase out dirty energy without penalizing the world wide economic network, that we need to act responsibly and aggressively to phase out man-made poisons in our environment, particularly the toxic by-products of coal, oil and nuclear fission, in conjunction with a reasonable implementation of clean energy alternatives. 

The world's leading science journals report that atmospheric greenhouse gases have reached levels not seen for millions of years. Glaciers are melting ten times faster than previously thought, the Rio Grande no longer consistently makes it to the ocean, and species are vanishing as a result of climate change. In California, we are in the midst of a fifteen year drought that has become progressively worse in recent years. If this drought continues at its present pace for another ten years, Lake Mead will be dry, leaving 4,000,000 citizens of the greater San Diego megalopolis without water. Marine life is losing the struggle to survive as the oceans are awash with heavy metals like Mercury, and nuclear by-products such as Cesium and Strontium. It appears we are experiencing an ever increasing succession of extreme weather events, long-term droughts, and rising sea levels. Clearly, further catastrophic events and consequences will continue to occur if no action is taken. 

Several CEOs of coal, oil and nuclear corporations maintain that they have changed their minds from a year or two ago. Many say they now believe that global warming or the stockpiling of radioactive waste may be a threat. They say they are phasing their corporations to become green, or more safe. But actions speak louder than advertisements. Those same corporations are aggressively building new plants. They have additional plants on the drawing board, and very little green alternatives by comparison. Meanwhile, the oil, coal and nuclear lobbies are allowed to continue showering money and favor upon regulators, legislators, and the public media. 

Further, several of the politicians and experts who raise doubts about adverse climate change, or promote the safety and benefits of nuclear power, appear to be doing so in bad faith. Some of them are merely misinformed, but their minds are all captured one way or another by the lumber companies who see nothing but profit when they look at our forests, or by the dirty energy companies who like to cut corners and don't want to change their ways. In fact, many of our loftiest politicians have repeatedly disregarded the appearance of propriety by appointing representatives from the oil, lumber, pharmaceutical, nuclear and financial trading corporations in charge of the federal regulatory agencies that were designed to protect the people and the environment from the greed of those very entities in the first place. The good news again is that big business has always guided the direction of, and been protected by, the the countries wherein it operates. It stands to reason that government exists to protect corporations.But a time is upon us where legislation is sorely needed so that the representatives of the United States Senate and Congress can make sure the government's protection of the corporate powers is shared and returned to the people. 

THE FILTHIEST, MOST POISONOUS, MOST EXPENSIVE FUELS ON THE PLANET 

Sadly, disgracefully, for the sake of money, many of the bureaucrats and elected officials entrusted to protect us, have historically conspired with corporate lobbyists to keep America burning the filthiest, most poisonous, most expensive fuels on the planet. For the sake of money, they still conspire to cut down our forests, pollute our water and the air we breath. 

They repeatedly cover up the pollution and the injuries caused by the production of toxic chemicals like Thimerosal, or the radioactive by-products of nuclear fission. Even if the burning of fossil fuels and the production of radioactive waste had nothing to do with damaging the environment, which it grievously does, the creation of phthalates and synthetic estrogenic chemicals from the production of the vast array of fossil fuel based plastics, and the heavy metals produced by nuclear technoligies has been scientifically proven to be causing serious problems in the human reproductive cycle. 

It need not be cost prohibitive to produce oil based products responsibly and safely. 

Reasonably drafted legislation can pave the way. Conversely, the corporate funding of deceptive propaganda, and the ratification by elected officials and media executives of the repeated cover-up of ongoing damage to the planet and the people, is actionable under federal and state law. 

ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE NEXT DIRTY ENERGY DISASTER

February 21, 2010 

I actually don't need to have an opinion whether the concept of global warming as caused by humans is a hoax or not. I am not moved one way or the other by scholarly papers claiming the production of nuclear energy is purportedy safe. All one has to do is look around at the deadly by-products of fossil fuels and nuclear fission, to comprehend that going along with the status quo is worse than staring into the barrel of a loaded shotgun. 

For instance, I remember fishing for all kinds of marine life in the Chesapeake Bay when I was a child. The Chesapeake is the largest estuary in America, but sadly, fish can't survive there anymore. One would presume that by now the poisoning of our rivers and oceans, the environmental damages from underwater oil drilling, and the tragedy of Chernobyl in 1986 would have encouraged authorities to begin phasing out the filthy energy sources of illness and disease, in favor of the clean alternatives from the heavens. Instead, lobbyists and government bureaucrats have attempted to convince us that the damage created by using coal, oil and nuclear energy is not palpable, or that levels of pollution and radiation are acceptable in this great wide world. 

Apparently these folks are oblivious or don't want to admit that the Earth is actually a small connected place, that the spec of dust on your desk might actually have traveled on the wind from the Sahara desert, or that any level of radiation is always potentially harmful. Cancer from radiation, whether from contact with particulate radioactive matter or radioactive rays such as we undergo at hospitals or checkpoints, always begins with just one microscopic unit of radiation breaking the DNA chain, in one tiny cell, and thereby interfering with the ability of that cell to regulate itself. 

And as far as the concept of "Global Warming" is concerned, all one has to do is study the planet Venus to realize that the increased production of greenhouse gasses, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) cannot be good. According to Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, co-authors of "Livestock and Climate Change", the environmental impact of the life cycle and supply chain of animals raised for food has been vastly underestimated, and in fact accounts for at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Report, Livestock's Long Shadow, issued in 2006, estimated that 18 percent of annual worldwide greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry. However, Goodland and Anhang assert that livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions. Whichever account is correct, these kind of findings indicate that there has been an increased production of livestock and poultry to feed more humans on the planet, and that a good percentage of greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by vegetarian diets. 

Notwithstanding questions as to whether increased greenhouse gasses present an immediate danger, which they do, or that nuclear energy is allegedly safe, which it is not, common sense still tells us that it would benefit the planet's atmosphere, its oceans, and its citizens greatly, if we can start to phase out the dirty, filthy fossil fuel and nuclear energy by-products from hell, and replace them with the clean energy sources from the heavens, like the wind, geothermal power, and the electrons that come down to us free, from the sun. 

 California's solar thermal plants a nationwide first  

Construction has begun in Southern California on two solar thermal plants for Pacific Gas and Electric, and Southern California Edison, that will be providing 2.3 gigawatts of solar thermal power. By itself, the Southern California Edison deal is the world's largest solar energy deal. The plants being built are bigger, but will be more cost effective to build than most other new plants. These kind of solar thermal plants are cheaper to build than coal plants, cheaper than gas plants, and they are building them a lot faster. 

As Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental advocate for the past 25 years, has said, "Once the plants are up and running, the energy is free forever. We won't have to go to Saudi Arabia and drill holes in the ground, then pump the oil up, and then refine it, and then ship it across the Atlantic with a military escort, and get in periodic wars in Mesopotamia and other places, and then have to distribute the oil across the country." Nor will we have engage in the expensive folly of burying or otherwise attempting to shield ourselves from the toxic by-products of nuclear electricity plants that produce the deadliest, most radioactive poisons ever known to man, or continually look for new places to store the radioactive waste while gambling that terrorists, earthquakes or other natural disasters will never cause them to leech or bleed into the environment. 

We don't have to continue down that path. Electrons are hitting our country for free, every day. If we build plants to pick up the electrons, and the infrastructure to deliver them, we can put them into our power lines... And if we are to build this infrastructure across the country, we can eventually provide 100% of the energy needs in this country, in conjunction with other clean power sources, for about 750 billion dollars. And 750 billion is less than the amount we spend to purchase foreign oil each and every year. 

What we need to make this work is a straightforward market place. We need an open marketplace that does what a market is supposed to do, which is to reward good behavior, which is efficiency, and punish bad behavior, which is inefficiency and waste. That is what Americans demand. 

Today we have a market that is rigged to favor the dirtiest, filthiest, most poisonous, most expensive fuels from hell. We need to design a marketplace that rewards the clean, cheap, fuels from heaven. And we can do this rather quickly. For instance, in 1979 America started a national grid, a national backbone for the internet. In 1980, there were fewer than 500 personal computers in this country and IBM was saying it was a dead end technology. But now, every American has a PC, because we had a marketplace. Look at the effect that has had on the cost of information. It has plummeted to almost nothing. That same thing will happen with the cost of electrons if we follow through and build a national grid for electricity in this country.

Here is another example, in 1996, President Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act which opened up the telecommunications grid and spawned a national, and worldwide telecommunications revolution. That is why we have an Ipod. Today there are companies that can provide unlimited long distance and local calling for $18 a year. That is what is going to happen to the cost of energy, if we build a national marketplace that operates in a straightforward manner.

We need to make sure that the market rules are aligned with our national interests, and with the global interest of saving our planet. We need to make sure that our utility companies can make money by getting their consumers to conserve energy, and that their profits are not dependent upon them selling as much energy as possible, and then we need to open up the grid so that everyone can get on it. If we follow through with these fundamentals of our clean energy plan, we will make every American into an energy entrepreneur, every home into a power plant, and we can power this country from American initiative and entrepreneurship of energy, rather than radioactive plutonium and foreign oil. 

Fukushima Diiachi 

Also of note in the “I told you so” department is my February 21, 2010 article which attempted to sound the alarm "ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE NEXT DIRTY ENERGY DISASTER" and foretold the invisible holocaust of the Fukushima Diiachi tragedy, and the denied impact is has had via the jet stream and the ocean upon California. 

We all know that the threat could not have been so bad or else Congress would have done something to protect us, like seed the radioactive clouds created by the Fukushima explosions, so that the contaminated jet stream could have at least dispersed and diluted itself into the Pacific Ocean. If it was really so bad, they would have at least entombed the plant in concrete as the Russians did with Chernobyl. And if the airborne radioactive materials that set off alarms along the California's west coast a few weeks after the Fukushima explosions were harmful, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission would have surely never raised the standard for acceptable radiation limits thereafter. If there was any danger, certainly our elected California legislators would have taken some kind of action. Just click here to see if that is right or not. 

Or maybe in their incompetence to protect us, compromised elected officials thought they could at least serve us by keeping the danger a secret so as not to raise alarm, such as was done during Word War II when the Japanese military used the jet stream to launch over 9,000 balloon bombs over America and the government ordered a total news blackout on the subject. But the Fukushima cover-up is not part of any war, and there is no enemy to deceive that we are not all being affected by the radiation, in the hope of our enemy cancelling their program. Meanwhile along the coast of California we are all being bathed in it as Tepco has been pumping 3 to 400 tons of radioactive water into the ocean for over three years. 

Sadly, it appears instead that for pure financial and political concerns the U.S. government allowed itself to be lobbied and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission buried concerns and promoted their stilted safety record even as Fukushima melted. Let's be frank. The true facts have been covered up by politicians in the pockets of corporations developing nuclear energy just as they covered up and refused to clean up the 1959 nuclear meltdown which emitted 240 times more radiation from then secret site nestled within the hills of Simi Valley than New Jersey's Three Mile Island disaster in 1979. 

The government kept that contamination emitted from the hills surrounding Chatsworth, and the Santa Susana Pass a secret for over 20 years, as Santa Ana winds gusted the radioactive dust into the San Fernando Valley and over the hills and beaches of Los Angeles. In 2008, activists finally forced the EPA to declare the area a superfund cleanup site

As of today there has hardly been a scant amount of cleanup in face of the suffering of so many cancer patients, and the arguments of attorneys who just can't seem to see how winds blow radioactive particulate, or that the world is really an incredibly small place

 

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ENVIRONMENT and ECOLOGY


REVERSE HARMFUL ECOLOGICAL CHANGE 

Call these concepts what you will, Adverse Climate Change, Environmental Destruction, or simply Man's Inhumanity to Man. Trivialize it by calling the movement against Global Warming a Hollywood scam, promoted by Al Gore and other so-called Illuminati, to usher in a New World Order. Point out there are truly thousands of crooks, oligarchs and corrupt bureaucrats out there geared up to syphon off taxpayer funds designated for green technologies. But whatever labels and facts proving corruption or corporate monoply that you may choose to attach to the issue... an Opinion, or a simple Hoax designed to line the pockets of the elite, it is not. There is a much broader definition, and it is a definition that goes beyond the warming of the California climate, to the roots of the poisoning and destruction of the entire planet. 

No amount of bogus media hype, or corporacratic propaganda, should capture our minds and make us lose sight of the fact that man's burning of fossil fuels, the production of radioactive by-products from nuclear fission, and the chemical proliferation of coal particulate and oil based plastic derivatives all around us, in our air, and in our foods, poisons the planet in numerous ways. And for those of us who keep warning about a forthcoming world of double-speak propaganda and mass enslavement, I'm sorry to report that the so-called New World Order has been around for a long long time. It is the worldwide corporate, military industrial and financial network that has been striving to preserve the status quo long before we were ever born. And that network isn't necessarily bad in and of itself. It just gets that way when corporate influence expands to the point that it becomes the shadow government of itself. 

As a matter of fact, rulers have sought to preserve the status quo ever since there were people. And those so-called cautionary novels, 1984 by George Orwell, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley... They aren't something to watch out for in the future at all. The blatant outrages of complete and utter surveillance, drugging, brainwashing and steering of the people as described in those books has already happened, while today more heinous but less obvious crimes against nature and human beings are being perpetrated and enforced for monetary profit in even more ingenious, insidious and subtle ways. 

RFID Chippie

Meanwhile, the alteration and monopolization for profit of man's food supply, the cover ups of evils produced by dirty energy, the destruction for profit of the ecology and subsequent loss of habitat, the military industrial complex's need to wage never ending wars to sustain itself, and other self-perpetuating influences destroying and poisoning the eco-systems supporting life on planet Earth, have become a scientific reality. These evils affect our well-being and our potential for survival as a species. 

SUPERFICIAL MEDIA ARGUMENTS 

One of the superficial mainstream media arguments today is about the degree to which human activity is responsible for the enormous impacts of adverse environmental change, when compared to natural radiation, or natural sources of greenhouse gasses such as the carbon dioxide emissions from undersea volcanoes or livestock. Studies show our planet experienced many such changes over its known history. A related viewpoint holds that the concept of Adverse Climate Change is manufactured to focus and motivate divided nations together in a common cause, in order to benefit New World Order politicians and line the pockets of energy corporations. Do world leaders have the capacity to do such a thing? Yes. Is there an ever growing line of energy companies and alternative energy companies controlled by unethical people who will cheat consumers? Yes, we all know their names. You see them in their television commercials delivered within a format of acoustical guitar music, green trees, and smiling, healthy looking models. But their products and services will continue to become increasingly toxic for us until the corporatocracy is governed by reasonable laws that not only hold it accountable, but protect it. 

Meanwhile, debates about climate change shouldn't be allowed to obfuscate the central issue, for only one gas combustion engine running inside a garage not only heats up the garage, but can be lethal. Picture then millions of gas combustion engines burning carbon at the same time in a megalopolis such as Los Angeles, San Diego or Mexico City. Look at the impact that must have on the temperature, the abilities, and the dumbing down of the people who are trying to function every day within that carbon monoxide environment, let alone the impact upon the earth's atmosphere. Add the problems created by gasoline combustion engines, to those created by burning coal, and the production of poisonous by-products from nuclear reactors, and you have a prescription for the filthiest, most dreadful future scenario of a hellish life on Earth. 

GOOD NEWS 

The good news is that with the expansion of the global population, the demand, particularly in China, to fuel combustion engines, pave roads with asphalt, fabricate oil based plastics, and create other synthetic oil based products, is not going to be abated. in fact, it is going through the roof. There is no need to endanger the profitability of oil companies and their employees no matter how many us wish to coexist in our own homes and surroundings with alternative energies and products. With reasonable rules to govern undue lobbying and other more subtle influences over Congress, phasing out dirty energy is something that can be accomplished while growing clean energy and sustaining profitability for all concerned. 

Genetically modified organism [GMO] foods 

The risks of GMO foods do not appear to have been adequately identified and managed. Moreover the objectivity of federal regulators passing through the revolving doors between the FDA and the GMO manufacturers is questionable. 

The people of District 33, and all Americans are not a science experiment. All of us have a right to know what we are consuming, and the potential long-term impact on our health from food derived from GMOs. As your congressman I would examine the effects of stopping the manufacture and sale of genetically modified food in California until further studies can be performed. At a minimum I would advocate the straightforward labeling of all GMO foods immediately. 

LIST OF CORPORATIONS AND THEY MONEY THEY SPENT TO DEFEAT CALIFORNIA'S GMO LABELING LAWS 

Campbell’s - $250,000.00 Healthy Request Wolfgang Puck Soups Pace Foods Pepperidge Farms V-8 

Cargill, Inc - $202,229.36 Truvia Natural Sweetener Shady Brooks Farms Diamond Crystal Salt Liza Nature Fresh Peter’s Chocolate Wilbur Chocolate Honeysuckle White Rumba Meats Good Nature 

Coca Cola - $1,164,400.00 Vitamin Water Smart Water Dasani Nestea Minute Maid Honest Tea Odwalla Vitaminenergy 

Con-Agra - $1,076,700.00 Orville Redenbacher’s Organic Hunt’s Organic Lightlife Alexia Healthy Choice Hebrew National 

Dean Foods - $253,950.00 Horizon Silk White Wave 

General Mills - $908,200.00 Nature Valley Fiber One Cheerios Cascadian Farm Muir Glen Lärabar Gold Medal Organic Food Should Taste Good 

Heinz- $500,000.00 ABC Bagel Bites Complan Daddies Delimex Farex Greenseas HP Sauce Heinz Lea & Perrins Ore-Ida Smart Ones Tater Tots TGI Friday’s Wattie’s Weight Watchers Wylers 

Hain-Celestial Earth’s Best Spectrum Organics Garden of Eatin’ Casbah Rice Dream Soy Dream WestSoy TofuTown MaraNatha Mountain Sun Walnut Acres Fruiti di Bosco Health Valley Bearitos Bread Shop Celestial Seasonings 

Kellogg’s - $632,500.00 Kashi Muslix Nutrigrain Bear Naked Morningstar Farms Gardenburger Kraft - $551,148.25 Snapple ReaLemon Triscuit SnackWell’s South Beach Boca Back to Nature Nabisco 

Nestle - $1,169,400.00 Pure Life Pelligrino Perrier Poland Spring Gerber California Pizza Kitchen Tribe Mediterranean Sweet Leaf Tea 

PepsiCo - $2,249,661.61 Miss Vickie’s Sun Chips Aquafina SoBe Harvest Crunch Dole Ocean Spray Tropicana Miranda Tazo Quaker Naked Juice Mother’s 

Unilever - $467,000 Salada Knorr Ben & Jerry’s 

Presently, there are also GOOD LABELS to look for: 

7th Generation
Amy’s Kitchens
Apple and Eve
Applegate
Azumaya
Blue Diamond
Bob’s Red Mill
Bossa Nova
Cal Organics
Cedarlane
Cell-nique
Choice Organic Teas
Clif Bar/ Nectar Fruit
Coombs Family Farmers
Cosorzio All Natural
Country Choice
Crystal Geyser Alpine Water
Doctor Kracker
Dr. McDougall’s
Dr. Praeger
Eat Raw
Echo Farms
EcoMeal
Eddie’s Pasta
Eden Foods (The only company NOT using harmful plastic in the lining of their cans as bonding agent!)
Edward and Sons
Endangered Species Chocolate
Ener-G
EnvironKiz
Fantastic Foods
Giving Nature
Golden Temple
Go Naturally
Greenway Farms
Harvest Bay
Hawthorne Valley
Ian’s Natural Foods
Koyo Organics
Lakewood
Lesser Evil
Let’s Do…Organics
LifeStream
Living Harvest
Lundberg Family
Madhava
Murray’s Chicken
Nasoya
Native Forest
Natural by Nature
Nature Factor
Nature’s Path
Newman’s Own Organic
Organic Prarie
Organic Valley
Pacific Naturals
Pamela’s
Peace Cereal
Petalumi
Rapunzel
Real Foods
Republic of Teas
Road’s End Organics
San J
Sensible Foods
Seven Star Farms
Sunergia
Tasty Bite Indian
Terra Nostra
Texmati
Theo chocolates
Think Organic
Turtle Island Tofurky
Vermont Mystic Pie
Vitasoy
Vita Spelt
Vivani Chocolate
Wizard’s Saucery
Woodstock Farms
XOXOXO chocolate
Yogi Tea
Zija
Zoe’s Granola

EXPLOITATION OF COAL, OIL AND NUCLEAR ENERGY TO BE PHASED OUT WITHOUT LOSS OF CORPORATE REVENUE OR JOBS

No matter what the level of human responsibility for adverse climate change or deadly radiological sources, when compared to other factors such as natural under-sea volcanoes or naturally occuring radiation, it still remains, aside from overriding economic concerns to phase out dirty energy without penalizing the world wide economic network, that we need to act responsibly and aggressively to phase out man-made poisons in our environment, particularly the toxic by-products of coal, oil and nuclear fission, in conjunction with a reasonable implementation of clean energy alternatives. 

The world's leading science journals report that atmospheric greenhouse gases have reached levels not seen for millions of years. Glaciers are melting ten times faster than previously thought, the Rio Grande no longer consistently makes it to the ocean, and species are vanishing as a result of climate change. In California, we are in the midst of a fifteen year drought that has become progressively worse in recent years. If this drought continues at its present pace for another ten years, Lake Mead will be dry, leaving 4,000,000 citizens of the greater San Diego megalopolis without water. Marine life is losing the struggle to survive as the oceans are awash with heavy metals like Mercury, and nuclear by-products such as Cesium and Strontium. It appears we are experiencing an ever increasing succession of extreme weather events, long-term droughts, and rising sea levels. Clearly, further catastrophic events and consequences will continue to occur if no action is taken. 

Several CEOs of coal, oil and nuclear corporations maintian that they have changed their minds from a year or two ago. Many say they now believe that global warming or the stockpiling of radioactive waste may be a threat. They say they are phasing their corporations to become green, or more safe. But actions speak louder than advertisments. Those same corporations are agressively building new plants. They have additional plants on the drawing board, and very little green alternatives by comparison. Meanwhile, the oil, coal and nuclear lobbies are allowed to continue showering money and favor upon regulators, legislators, and the public media. 

Further, several of the politicians and experts who raise doubts about adverse climate change, or promote the safety and benefits of nuclear power, appear to be doing so in bad faith. Some of them are merely misinformed, but their minds are all captured one way or another by the lumber companies who see nothing but profit when they look at our forests, or by the dirty energy companies who like to cut corners and don't want to change their ways. In fact, many of our loftiest politicians have repeatedly disregarded the appearance of propriety by appointing representatives from the oil, lumber, pharmaceutical, nuclear and financial trading corporations in charge of the federal regulatory agencies that were designed to protect the people and the environment from the greed of those very entities in the first place. The good news again is that big business has always guided the direction of, and been protected by, the the countries wherein it operates. It stands to reason that government exists to protect corporations.But a time is upon us where legislation is sorely needed so that the representatives of the United States Senate and Congress can make sure the government's protection of the corporate powers is shared and returned to the people. 

THE FILTHIEST, MOST POISONOUS, MOST EXPENSIVE FUELS ON THE PLANET 

Sadly, disgracefully, for the sake of money, many of the bureaucrats and elected officials entrusted to protect us, have historically conspired with corporate lobbyists to keep America burning the filthiest, most poisonous, most expensive fuels on the planet. For the sake of money, they still conspire to cut down our forests, pollute our water and the air we breath. 

They repeatedly cover up the pollution and the injuries caused by the production of toxic chemicals like Thimerosal, or the radioactive by-products of nuclear fission. Even if the burning of fossil fuels and the production of radioactive waste had nothing to do with damaging the environment, which it grievously does, the creation of phthalates and synthetic estrogenic chemicals from the production of the vast array of fossil fuel based plastics, and the heavy metals produced by nuclear technoligies has been scientifically proven to be causing serious problems in the human reproductive cycle. 

It need not be cost prohibitive to produce oil based products responsibly and safely. 

Reasonably drafted legislation can pave the way. Conversely, the corporate funding of deceptive propaganda, and the ratification by elected officials and media executives of the repeated cover-up of ongoing damage to the planet and the people, is actionable under federal and state law. 

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FINANCE and ECONOMY


19.  Secondary Market Investment Tax: When the financial trading enterprise gambles or rigs the market with derivatives and programmed trades in the dark secondary market they must declare the results of those trades to the IRS, and pay a 2% tax on gains. The United States Treasury would quickly raise trillions. 

 21. Accountable government oversight of derivatives and other shadow market trades: Private investment must be protected by enacting legislation providing accountable and effective government oversight over the financial trading enterprise's derivatives trading and all other trades in the dark market. 

22. Re-enact Glass Steagall or similar legislation: "Banks" do a lot of good things and serve many useful purposes. However, in the interest of Democracy and Liberty, certain areas demand serious review and reform. Among other things, we must prohibit banks, holding companies, and financial trading companies from securitizing and selling bonds made up from mortgages they design, originate, rate and service. In other words, because of the lethal conflict of interest inherent in allowing the financial enterprise to avoid accountability by selling to bond investors the mortgages it has created, originated and rated, while gambling with depositors' money, there must be a separation of mortgage origination and commercial banking, from investment and securities banking. 

It was these conflicts of interest which caused the Great Depression, and it was the Glass-Steagal Acts of the 1933 that finally closed the barn door after the horse got away. But it was the gradual elimination of the Glass-Steagall acts, culminating with the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act repealing the last of Glass-Steagall's affiliation provisions in 1999, that enabled the international financial trading fraud and purchasing of derivatives premiums betting that the secondary mortgage market would crash, which in fact caused the so-called Great Recession here, and tanked the pension funds and economies of Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cypress and Ireland to name a few. It was the largest swindle and transfer of wealth in the history of mankind, and the IMF followed it up by offering loans that could not be refused. 

The passage of Glass-Steagall, which mandates the separation of commercial banking and loan origination functions from securitization, investment, and speculative banking functions, is fundamental to our national and global economic recovery. 

There are presently four bills calling for restoration of the Glass-Steagall Acts. H.R. 129, H.R. 3711 and S. 985, and S. 1282 which was introduced on December 11, 2013 by Rep. Elizabeth Warren. The odds of any of these bills passing however are not great at the moment, and that is simply because most of our red and blue representatives dare not do anything to upset the financial trading cartel. But the passage of genuine Glass-Steagall legislation is fundamental and imperative to restructuring the international financial trading enterprise into manageable parts that will not be able to place short-sighted gains ahead of our national economic stability. America sorely needs this, and as I said before, if you will elect me I am prepared to fight like hell for it. 

23. Utilize Eminent Domain to acquire California's toxic mortgage instruments at fair value to facilitate refinancing:

I would advocate using eminent domain as a tool to enable homeowners to refinance where mortgage servicers are perversely incentivized to foreclose. 

In order to stop the ongoing vicious cycle of financial deception, and destruction of capital and countries, and the enslavement people, the momentum of the invisibly snowballing economic collapse has to be stopped, and this can be done by exercising the doctrine of eminent domain. As you probably know, the concept of eminent domain relates to the action of the state to seize a citizen's private property, expropriate property, or seize a citizen's rights in property with due monetary compensation, but without the owner's consent. But eminent domain is a tool that can legally be applied to the negotiable instruments collateralizing that private property as well. 

In short, having in large part failed to stop the attack upon private property rights with legislation, the government ought to seize all the fraudulently rated securitized notes that are currently in litigation or subject to dispute, and pay the holders of those securities the fair market price they would have otherwise not been able to receive. Then, the government, or a properly vetted private entity sanctioned by the government, will offer the homeowners whose properties are tied to those obligations, a low and flexible interest rate, a fair mortgage, regardless of the damage that the banks caused to the borrower’s credit scores by trapping them in unsustainable loans. Consideration and flexibility will be afforded to all homeowners who wish to retain homeownership and are able to demonstrate the ability to get back into the game of democracy and pitch. 

35.  Establish a Commission outside of the banking sector to monitor and if necessary regulate the Federal Reserve and the international financial trading enterprise:

Currently, America is experiencing somewhat of a bogus "recovery" based upon international financial trading and stock market activity, as well as the Federal Reserve's apparently endless creation of paper dollars at the expense of our $17.2 trillion federal debt. 

The Federal Reserve is now purchasing about $65 billion in mortgage and treasury every month. But eventually interest rates will rise again, and hyperinflation will no longer be hidden. The stock market will fall, and that will lead to an unequaled era of austerity and oppression. We must not allow California and America to go down that path. The international trading enterprise which is now paying for the operational losses of what used to be America's neighborhood banks is sorely in need of review and reform, and if elected I promise to fight like hell for it. 

 43. The recapture of trillions: Like millions of people around the world, I opposed the squandering of trillions to keep favored central banks afloat. But I wasn't against it necessarily because I thought that large international banks should be allowed to simply fail. The so-called Great Depression proved that emergency capital injections can become necessary to support the financial system. I was instead against the way the alliance between banking and government chose to do it, because for one brief moment, the highest people in our government (assuming those highest people in our government have any control over the New England families behind the Federal Reserve) had the leverage to require the central banks to become accountable, and restore trust in the main engine of the American economy, the Secondary Market, by standing behind the bogus mortgage backed securities the American central banks fraudulently pre-sold into that market and to the investment funds, pension funds, and nations around the world. But instead, based upon decisions influenced by panic, poor information, greed and sheer political corruption, the bank controlled politicians blew it, propping up favored institutions based upon perverse motives, and allowing insiders to position themselves to trade upon that information. If elected I promise to examine and take action on the options to rewind this squandering of present and future taxpayer dollars. 

45. The international financial trading enterprise must be genuinely supervised and regulated when necessary, and the secondary market must be properly revived: Private investment and private property must be protected.There must be a measure of accountable government oversight over the presently dark derivatives trades of the international financial trading enterprise. Such oversight will assist them to abandon the perverse incentives inherent in rigging the secondary market for short-sighted gains. But you will not hear any of this mentioned on the mainstream media. Nor will you hear it to any substantive degree from the aloof, captured or inexperienced candidates for District 33. 

52. The denationalization of banks: When we, through our own elected officials, allow corporations to grow into monopolies so big, that they control our government, then we, the people, have effectively nationalized our corporations. It is no longer real capitalism at work. It is the dog-eat-dog kind of capitalism. For when corporations become too big to fail, lest they bring down the government, then government's only option is to nationalize them with taxpayer money, and that is one of the most undesirable aspects of fascism --- and facists are always ruled by higher powers, like international financiers and industrialists, the controllers of central banks, the financial trading enterprise, and as of the last century, intelligence community based policy making arms of the military industrial complex. But there are other ways for multinational powers to thrive, rather than exploit and destroy the citizenry, and thus eventually themselves.

The Bowles-Simpson Plan 

The Bowles-Simpson Plan presently before Congress somewhat misses the target to restore economic sustainability because it fails to consider taxing the financial trading enterprise, as was even recommended by the International Monetary Fund. It is more proof that the financial trading enterprise takes no prisoners, has the sharpest of lobbyists at our Congress, and does not allow any measures whatsoever toward genuine recovery if it inconveniences them in the slightest. 

Nonetheless, we must stay relentless in our resolve. We must boldly pursue targeted debt reduction policies, including mortgage write-downs as the United States did throughout the 1930's, to deliver economic benefits, including the substantial mitigation of the negative effect of household de-leveraging on economic activity. A large part of the so-called Great Recession is due to households trying to reduce their debt levels, which in turn leads to less spending in the economy, less demand for products, and less jobs to produce those products. And being emphatic is not being redundant. 

The hot button issues before Congress in 2014 do not confront a fundamental problem 

Reducing the deficit, raising the debt ceiling, securing national borders, and economic recovery, are the main issues for Congress going into 2014. But no matter how much these issues are argued in the "do nothing" Congress, there cannot be genuine recovery if the elephant in the room is ignored, and that elephant happens to be the simple fact that the financial trading enterprise and a few other enormous interests totally own most of Congress. Congresspersons are convinced they cannot be elected and remain in office without their monetary and behind the scenes support.

Indeed. A lack of meaningful regulation coupled with awarding the financial trading enterprise trillion of dollars during the collapse, gave it the ability to acquire smaller properly run financial institutions, countless other kinds of companies, and hire the sharpest experts from fields such as banking, law, public relations and counter-intelligence. For instance, this financial trading enterprise, that we still refer to as "the banks" presently owns over 40% of the mainstream media. No wonder Congress dare not breath a word of genuine financial trading oversight or financial corporation regulation reform, among the "approved" hot button issues. 

Interests controlling Congress no longer bear allegiance to our country 

We all know that the direction of a nation is generally governed by its industry and its strongest corporations anyway. To more efficiently coordinate the administrators of that alliance was the initial purpose in the creation of the Rand Corporation. But this is a little different. The financial trading enterprise and a few of the other interests controlling most of Congress today are international and no longer bear allegiance to our country. 

Fear affects the trigger fingers of corporate guns 

The fear among the so-called corporate guns, is that if any candidate like me should be considered to be entrusted with a platform to facilitate reform, I must be suspected of intending to put the nation's banking, oil, pharmaceutical, financial and military industrial corporations out of business. I might be suspected of waiting to open the taxpayer gates of welfare to the forgotten people who many believe ought to just stop protesting and find themselves a job. Conversely, because I may appear a little hard to handle, I might even be expected to implement further national socialist welfare for corporations that may be in dire straits but would never admit it. 

But while one committed to pursuing genuinely bold reform may be suspected of all these things, it is really only money and semantics that stand in the way of legislators agreeing how to employ solutions to economic problems that none of us have ever before confronted.

TEA PARTY LEADERS LOOK AT BANK/GOVERNMENT COLLUSION 

November 13, 2010 

I shared a Facebook link yesterday, of November's Rolling Stone article by Matt Taibbi about how the courts are administratively helping banks to railroad homeowners; and I got a hit from Lisa Miller. 

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller 

Lisa: Matt Taibbi is a progressive; a kept man. He started off strong with the piece on bubbles and has been twisting it since. 

Vince: Lol. I see a lot of lame stuff on the net about Taibbi, mostly from conservatives. Maybe he's a knothead. But I also noticed him making statements on TV that the Tea Party was being misled. And I tend to agree with him, at least to the extent that I was asked to speak at one of the first Tea Party rallies in L.A. and was then told that "picking on the banks" was not going to be part of the agenda. 

Nancy: Great article. 

Vince: Neither Dems nor Repubs can politically afford to acknowledge what really happened to the global economy. Lisa, oh Lisa. You raise up your head, and you ask, "Is this where it is?" And somebody points to you and says "It's his" And you say, "What's mine?" And somebody else says, "Where what is?" And you say, "Oh my God, am I here all alone?" 

Because something is happening here 

But you don't know what it is 

Do ya, Mr. Jones... 

Lisa: Vince, its banks and government collusion. They've been living off bubbles and the American people for some time now. Notice the victimhood mentality of those who can not pay. Florida, Nevada, California, Illinois had the highest amount of fraud. Then there are those suffering job losses as Govt spending drives unemployment. None the less they signed a contract. 

Vince: Well sure, they signed contracts. Many of those payment shock contracts were just like a contract to buy a car on time, a car that the manufacturer designed in advance to breakdown. Thereafter, the manufacturer got that contract and millions just like it stamped AAA, and while secretly betting big-time against those contracts in a shadowy secondary market casino, the manufacturer sold those same contracts (which were not really about cars, but people's homes) to unsuspecting pension funds and municipalities in the USA, and to banks in France, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Russia, China, and the Netherlands. And when all those international investors became badly burned, and lost trust in the people running the (Eisenhower created) Secondary Mortgage Market, the market chiefly responsible for the American boom years since 1955, it broke the back of that previously free and liquid marketplace. Thereafter, the US central banks had nowhere to offload their fraudulent junk, and their liquidity evaporated. Then, as secondary market investors around the world demanded their money back under repurchase clauses, the USA bank controlled government felt it had no alternative but to create TARP, so the American taxpayers could get the bankers off the hook. 

Injecting capital into world banks was essentially the right thing to do. But instead of making sure the billions of taxpayer dollars went to reimburse the pension funds and banks around the world that our banksters defrauded, which would have preserved the ability of the secondary mortgage market to function, and would have re-established trust that the American government stands behind the things it exports, even if the exports happen to have been fraudulent mortgage backed securities, the bankster government just couldn't control themselves, and instead rewarded themselves again by playing favored nations with the secret cash injections and then trading on that information too. So, instead of reviving trust in the Secondary Market and thereby solving the global liquidity crisis, which they had the opportunity to do, these traders, tantalized by the thought of making another huge score, killed the main engine of the American economy. 

Naturally, the financial trading enterprise supporting the Federal Reserve, composed of Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan and the most powerful Wall Street brokerage firm Goldman Sachs, among others, made sure the TARP money first went to pay insurance giants like AIG where they had used credit default swap derivatives premiums to insure their bogus Triple A rated mortgage securities many times above face value. For instance, for each one of those mortgages that went or goes into default, which they were betting big-time would, Bank of America collects 30 times the face value of each such mortgage note, and then gets to take back that same mortgage again, and resell it at a steep discount to a distressed debt securitization whose only interest is foreclosure. 

You betcha. 

There were homeowners who signed contracts all right; impossible contracts; mortgage contracts with unsustainable terms created for the sole purpose of populating deceptively high yielding pools of securities that had already been sold to unwitting investors in the secondary mortgage market. Once the Promissory Notes securing those unsustainable terms were signed by homeowners steered into those terms, their loans were electronically transferred to the real lenders, the securitization pools, that had already signed Pooling and Servicing Agreements designating the pretender lender as the Servicer. Thereafter, the real party in interest funded the loan to the pretender lender, i.e. Bank of America or Countrywide, that was claiming to be originating the loans, and the pretender lender "originated" and funded the borrower's loan. 

The majority of homeowners who signed mortgage contracts between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2007 were actually signing with an undisclosed beneficiary fronted by a pretender lender that had already transferred its interest in the loan before it was ever funded. But contracts predicated upon fraud are null and void. So with reference to your closing statement "None the less they signed a contract," I can't argue that most of "them" probably did sign. But who were "they"? The nameless, forgotten people you categorize were all kinds of different people, who for different reasons were able to be steered into different kinds of deliberately unsustainable contracts. Lumping them all together, probably as imprudent speculators or deadbeats, sounds very "bankish" Lisa, although I think some of your other conservative positions are pretty cool. 

Lisa: Vincent, if they couldn't afford the house, then they should not have bought it. Irrespective of declining house values, if they could afford to pay it, they should pay. If not, there is bankruptcy court. Or in this case, foreclosure. 

As illegal activity perpetrated by our government and their agents becomes "legalized theft" that needs to be dealt with by limiting government and voting out the criminals that made it happen. 

Vince: Trouble is, that the "legalized theft" you speak of is allowed by both major political machines that live in fear of the central banks. 

And while your logic is sound about people who bought things they couldn't afford, it is also a little myopic. Not every one of "them" overextended themselves to buy a car or add on an extra bathroom. In many cases, banks and servicers pushed people into default with false promises of modifying their loans, or told them they had to skip payments in order to qualify, but then foreclosed. Other cases involve contractors, builders, who were contractually obligated to retire construction loans and who really had no choice but to accept the payment shock loans into which they were steered. Still others were cajoled into accepting unsustainable terms by being told they would be refinanced out of them. 

In my own experience, Bank of America representatives seeking to earn the highest commission, switched my loan documents and stuck me with a no documentation Subprime mortgage, even though I applied for a full doc loan, and had a credit score above 750. After hundreds of phone calls and letters I finally got a modification, but they reneged and sent the payments back. So, I was forced to file my lawsuit against them. 

There are lots of people like that, people who were swindled by America's largest central banks; maybe even more of them than the loan officers who were contributorily negligent and/or fraudulently steered people into loans they couldn't afford, for the sole purpose of earning the highest commissions in return for the too-good-to-be-true terms they had already sold to suckers in the Secondary Market. 

Do you really think it is likely that 35 percent of the homeowners in America just decided to live beyond their means, and took advantage of the largest central banks behind the Federal Reserve? Don't you think millions of people might have been deliberately steered into unsustainable payment shock terms within empty shell securitizations, that were sold to unwitting secondary market investors way before the money to fund those loans was ever aggregated and funded to the banks who originated them after the fact? Don't you know that the current wave of foreclosures will be replaced by another, and then another, as more of those kinds of loans reset over the next four years, and that the central banks will make this Depression last a decade if not restrained? 

But then something else is happenin' here, and you don't know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones? 

Lisa: It is your responsibility to read and understand what you sign unless you are mentally incompetent. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Miller 

Vince: Yes, and it is government's responsibility, to make sure their masters at the banks don't provide incentives and cash rewards for their loan officers to steer citizens into contracts that are designed to fail. 

Lisa: I think everyone is responsible, from the inattentive citizen to the consumer, investor, taxpayer and the poor, Virtually anyone who didn't stand up and say "Stop!" We need remedy. 

The only way to salvage this injustice is to withdraw taxpayer money from the market and contract the base so the productive and prudent can reclaim their purchasing power. This will deprive the plunderers of their ill-gotten gains at which point we can privatize and reset our markets to real market demand. 

We need to reach market equilibrium to return to market demand velocity. Hence a drop in home values is a correction not deflation. We need to stop manipulating the market. We need to return to commerce, charity and the individual and their rights and responsibilities and reset government as honest brokers in regulation, tax and oversight.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS


More people than ever look with suspicion upon the events of our time

 The Romanian revolution in 1989 was a violent overthrow of government, whereas the decapitation of Poland's political, military, banking and diplomatic leadership was an accident waiting to happen.

I have to comment on this because, well forgive me, but I’m just not much interested in what is available in the media today, when compared to a few of the more poignant international news stories of 2010, such as the loss of the leaders of the Polish government. You see, it wasn’t only the Polish President Lech Kaczynski [1] and his wife who were lost. Most all the top government officials were on the plane that went down in Russia; 12 members of the cabinet, the 9 highest generals and commanders of the armed forces, Poland's senior clergymen, the diplomatic corps, and the central banker.

Also, there is an election at hand and the crash killed two of three major party presidential candidates. The only surviving candidate, Bronislaw Komorowski, became the Acting President. He happens to be Moscow's favorite... which still does not imply that this situation is anything but Fate, or whether he would be a good or bad leader for the Slavic people of Poland.

I do know that Poland is a strategic country to its once Communist neighbors between the Black and Baltic seas, such as Latvia, Belarus, the Ukraine, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Moldova and Romania. It is also particularly strategic to those former Soviet Socialist Republic and Cold War [1] satellite states in regard to their relationship with the USA and President Obama's cancellation of Eastern Europe's antimissile shield. Russia maintained that President Bush's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system had been directed at the Russian arsenal, while the U.S. stated that the system was a preemtive countermeasure against ICBMs that could eventually be developed by Iran. Late last year, in a gesture that was described as both symbolic, and political, Vice President Biden met with Polish President Lech Kaczynski to affirm the intention of installing a smaller missile plan with SM-3 interceptorsand some American troops on the ground. Now President Lech Kaczynski [2]and his cabinet are gone.

Presently, Poland is still stunned and in mourning, and it is not the time to posture about politics. Nor does the tragedy have any immediate relation to me across the ocean here in America, or my own political campaign in California. But I just could not help but think about how hard the USA once worked to win the friendship of the democratically minded Polish people. And how today, with the collapse of international economic structure, nations have been thrown back upon their own resources making them more isolationistic, and how as such, even in this technologically connected world, the USA appears less attentive to many of our neighbors in Eastern Europe.

Meanwhile our own politicians posture themselves over important sub-issues like Health Care, Abortion, Same Sex Marriage, and the Goldman Sachs Inquisition, when our government should have been able to stay out of issues like that in the first place, if it had been doing what it is supposed to do: regulate. We've all been conditioned to some degree to believe that a speculative bubble and ensuing world economic downturn has occurred, when in reality we have been witness to the greatest covert economic war and central banking collapse in world history, engineered to make a relatively few rich people richer, and keep others in power. And while our leaders debate the emotionally charged sub-issues of the day, they appear to be afraid to confront the real forces behind the world economic crisis; international interests, and the central bank’s looting and destruction of the world financial market.

We saw our Chairman of the Federal Reserve lauded on the cover of Time Magazine, and the President of the United States awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. We saw the President sign a Nuclear Treaty with Russia. But at the very same time we heard the distant report that the government of Poland was decapitated. No wonder confused people and agitators around the world wondered what was going on. But by comparison, how important is a treaty that reduces nuclear arms by one third when Russia and the US have both technically broken themselves in the economic war and cannot afford the additional third anyhow?

Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev made the same one third nuclear arms reduction treaty; a great public relations move to thaw the ice of the Cold War [2]. But it was much better diplomacy then, because it was without a lack of public confidence brought on by catastrophic economic collapse, and the resultant suspicions that someone might be taking down the government of a sovereign country, like Poland, while someone else who might have prevented it, was out to lunch.

This understandable economic-seated mistrust of the governments in the USA and Russia has caused more people than ever to look with suspicion upon the events of our time, while officials who have acted in good faith, or otherwise, frequently become deeply offended by such suspicions. Just as the German public mind is disturbed by the association of the German people with theNational Socialist Party and their extermination of millions of Jews throughout Central and Eastern Europe, so too is the Russian public mind troubled by Stalin's purging of millions of Russians, and his initial collusion with Hitler in theKatyn Forest massacre of about 22,000 Polish military personnel at the beginning of World War II. Likewise, Americans are deeply offended by allegations that Allied troops continued to arrest German men and boys long after Germany’s surrender, and hold them in camps where they starved to death. A similar thing happened to American Indians, and Confederate prisoners during the United States Civil War. And I don't have enough space here to tell you what was done to the Irish nation under Cromwell.

What makes all these kinds of atrocities more difficult to shoulder is that not only will they will be remembered in the collective consciousness for a thousand years or more, but their memory will be perpetuated for political purposes to drive a wedge between peoples who all struggle for the same thing. And whether past grievances are brought in good faith, they do not arrive without the mistrust that current world governments are still not operating properly, because they are operating under the influence of special interests and a central banking system that is itself under attack.

Many more people are asking questions today, about which perpetrators are behind the things happening in the world. We speculate who “They” might be, whether "They" might be Russians or Americans, or Arabs or Jews, or Big Brother or the Central Banksters, or even Islam and Christianity for that matter. But all of this adversity pales in comparison to the fact that We the people, depending upon our perspectives, are really "They", and that our most significant focus ought not to be upon the outrages of the past, but upon the fact that they are continuing to happen right now, not back during the infamous days surrounding September 11, 2001, or December 7, 1941, or December 23, 1913, or before the time of Christ, but right now, and we need to more finely focus upon what we can do right now to get back on track.

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GOVERNMENT ASSISTED PROGRAMS


48.   Regenerate America's discontinued Space Exploration Program: America's spaceflight program must be refunded and reinstated. While no doubt there has been a silent coup in may regards, with our legislators selling us down the river to international interests, the cutting back of government contracts and technology for America's space programs directly impacts our national security and interest. Today, if we wish to explore space we have to do it aboard a Russian ship powered by Russian made engines. America appears to have no present need for this kind of stultifying arrangement. I will work toward refunding the discontinued Space Program and its objectives according to its original charter. 

49.   Fund and build the California monorails: such as the "Blue line 80 monorail millennium project" down the north-south 405 freeway from Ventura to Long Beach and east-west in directions across L.A. County to connect our airports, tourist attractions and entertainment centers, in conjunction with incentives to encourage businesses and citizens to "park and ride". 

There have been many proposals for monorails over many years, but as with proposed improvements of the freeway system compromised by graft, contractor corruption, third world planning and scheduling, and the apathy of career politicians who see no direct gain for themselves, there has been little change to positively affect Los Angeles County's distinction for having the worst traffic in the nation. 

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GOVERNMENT REFORM


8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 29, 31

8.    Revolving door policy: Legislators shall have a cooling off period, equal to one half of the time spent in office, between the time when they leave office, and when they can become eligible to lobby or take positions or compensation from regulatory agencies, banks, big business or any other entity within reach of their former influence. 

9.    Insider Trading: Congress shall not be exempted from any federal law prohibiting insider trading. 

12.  Congressional retirement plans: Congress shall purchase their own retirement plans just as all citizens. 

13.  Salaries: Congress shall not be allowed to vote on congressional pay raises. Congressional salaries shall rise by the lower of the Consumer Price Index [CPI] or 3%. 

14.  No separate health system: Congress shall not have a separate health care system than that available to the people. 

15.  Equal under the Law: Congress must equally abide by all laws it imposes on the people. 

16.  Balance the budget: The members of the California legislature shall be held accountable by operation of law to balance the budget, or enact legislation [such as Proposition 30] to balance the budget on a timely basis each year. 

17.  Gerrymandering: Congressional Districts shall be mapped using neutral criteria according to physical or historical boundaries, and not to preserve one political party’s dominance over another.

 28.  Ninety day apprenticeship for incoming elected officials: I advocate that the newly elected shall not be required to wait until November to take part in the running of government business, and that they shall be required to effectively work within the office of the previous administration for 30 to 90 days in order to learn how that business is operated. That is the way the way the proper and efficient transfer of leadership is handled in the business world, and it should be no different by comparison to the running of government business. 

29.  Increase salaries of the Senate and Congress: Salaries should be increased so that they are commensurate with the salaries of CEO's and COO's handling similar jobs in the private sector. It is much easier to attract executive officials if their salaries are in line with the business world. It makes the seat more attractive to better qualified executives. Also, it would prevent temptation. 

However, such an increase in salaries should be voted on by the public as an incentive for past good work only once we clean up the mess that past and current legislators have made. In other words, our current Congress, as far as I am concerned the worst Congress in the history of the United States, should probably not even be paid one more dime. In fact, a number of them ought to be prosecuted.

However, to attract more competent legislators and reduce the temptation to engage in graft, the salaries of legislators should eventually by raised until they are commensurate with the salaries of executives handling jobs of similar scope. A new tax system that eliminates ambiguities for the wealthy tax free aristocracies and requires billionaire tax dodgers to pay their fair share could be the source of such pay increases as voted on by the people for legislatures that prove themselves by enacting straightforward legislation.    

30.  Increase salaries of police officers, sheriffs and certain similar public servants: Salaries of police and sheriffs officers should be increased once they have received appropriate college level degrees with approved courses in psychology and how to deal with people, or have completed other approved training. Higher salaries make it easier to attract better qualified personnel. Also, it prevents temptation. A new tax system that eliminates ambiguities for the wealthy tax free aristocracies and requires billionaire tax dodgers to pay their fair share could be the source of such pay increases. 

31.  Increase salaries of California judges and justices: Salaries of California judges and justices presiding over the case load heavy and cash strapped courts should be increased to attract a wider range of executive caliber magistrates. Also, it would prevent temptation. A new tax system that eliminates ambiguities for the wealthy tax free aristocracies and requires billionaire tax dodgers to pay their fair share could be the source of such pay increases. 

36.  Term Extensions and Limits: A two year term for Congress is not an adequate amount of time to get the job done, because a person elected to Congress has to start right away raising money to become elected again. I would propose extending the terms for the Congress, Senate and the Presidency to five years. However I am inclined to advocate limits requiring 10 years in office only, under one of the following options: (a) Two five year Senate terms, (b) Two five year House terms, (c) One five year Senate term and one five year House term. I would also consider alternative proposals seeking to achieve a similar reform. 

40.  Increased coordination of legislature with non-lobbyist experts: Promote the coordination of independently chosen non-lobbyist experts with Congress regarding the issues at hand. 

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HEALTH AND SAFETY


25.   California Earthquake Warning System: Los Angeles has fault lines running under businesses, hotels, and homes in District 33. Mexico and Japan both have functioning earthquake early warning systems. The California legislature has approved such a warning system on the condition, among others, that it be a private/public partnership. The bids to construct such a system are high and the government has yet to determine how to contribute its share of the cost and/or work. If elected I promise to find a way to make the system a reality. 

60.  The obvious light in the present administration, has been that the United States has finally joined the other industrialized countries that provide its citizens with subsidized  healthcare.  But if elected I intend to work to replace the Affordable Care Act with Single Payer.  

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JUSTICE


18.  Corporations like their executives will have to pay taxes just like other "people" or "citizens": Since the lobbyists of corporations convinced a few justices on the Supreme Court that they have the same rights as people or citizens when it comes to donating proportionately huge amounts of cash to their political puppets, they will henceforth have to pay their taxes too, just like the other "people" and "citizens"... 

26.  No bill or law materially different than its title: Congress shall pass no bill nor enact any law that is materially different in substance from its title. 

27.  No political advertising to materially deceive the public: There shall be no political commercials or advertisements which could materially mislead the public as to the effect of a vote for or against the proposition. 

40.  Enact new laws pertaining to Undue Influence, Corruption and Incompetence:  Aid the legislature and the federal and higher courts in the public interest by enacting laws that enable proper scrutiny of undue influence, corruption and incompetence among government, federal and state police services, attorneys and related entities.

41.  Promote laws that enable trial courts to be attentive to mortgage nominee, servicer or master servicer fraud, and the validity of instruments used to transfer or foreclose private property: It is vital to the future of the California economy that citizens who can afford homes be allowed to make affordable payments and retain homeownership. In the absence of the monopoly bank servicers modifying predatory payment shock loans, or curtailing their criminally influenced foreclosure and collection mills, and the legislature’s apparent lack of confidence in their ability to compel them do so, it is up to the legislature to guide the individual local courts, the trial courts, the courts of the people, to put a stop to the economic drain, and the destruction of families, on a case by case basis. I promise to encourage the legislature and the federal and higher courts to act further in the public interest by rendering laws that enable trial courts to be attentive to mortgage nominee, servicer or master servicer fraud, and the validity of instruments used to transfer or foreclose upon mortgages and private property. 

42.   Mandatory sentencing requirements: Reform mandatory sentencing requirements for certain non-violent crimes and drug addiction offenses.  

46.  Codify a comprehensive, voluntary system of public election financing: so that candidates can successfully fund their own campaigns without anonymous corporate spending, bribes and intimidation from private contributors and political parties.

51:  Reform of prison systems - End incarceration for profit: The United States incarcerates more people than all leading nations combined. For-profit prisons create a demand for more prisoners to warehouse and inherently care not about rehabilitation or recidivism. 

The Federal prison system's largest source of funds are multinational communications and military defense corporations. Corporations such as Onstar, Comcast and ATT pay zero taxes while employing inmates for telecommunications jobs at 6 cents per hour. Unicor Corporation, another government company also pays zero taxes while employing thousands in its "cut and sew" factories making furniture for the government. It is also one of the military industrial complexes largest five vendors making Humvees and the Humvee engines. All the supervisors of these facilities are white collar crime convicts who are paid nothing. 

Let there be an Act based upon reverse tax incentives to encourage these above-mentioned prison corporations to place the teaching of job skills and rehabilitation ahead of profiteering on the backs of those who have fallen under the wheel.  

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MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS


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Augment the G.I. Bill: to require enhanced oversight of the Veteran's Administration bureaucracy to expedite medical services, increase opportunities for rehabilitation, and temporarily increase the government's down payment for veterans purchasing homes to fifty percent of the purchase price. 

AUGMENTING THE G.I. BILL FOR VETERANS OF ARMED SERVICES 

Congress continues to receive reports of extreme deficiencies in the treatment of our soldiers returning from duty. Continual, aggressive oversight must be implemented to expand further interactive tools to expedite medical treatment and disability evaluations, and to research and correct issues regarding the condition of facilities, staffing at hospitals, and future physical and mental healthcare. 

It reminds me about TO HELL AND BACK, the story of World War II hero Audie Murphy. Bill Norton, who wrote and directed TOUR OF DUTY wants to remake the movie, but from a different perspective. Murphy came back to the states a war hero, and turned that into a successful movie career. But Bill told me that Murphy came home suffering from shell shock and survivor's guilt, and that Murphy had to relive his heroic exploits, with the explosions and all of it, for the movies. I didn't know that part of the story, and how it ultimately drove him nuts. 

Today I mentioned it to someone, and they informed me that a similar thing had happened to Sergeant Alvin York, the World War I hero, and recipient of the United States Medal of Honor, Italian Croce di Guerra, French Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre. Later, my 12 year old boy John asked me if I knew who the biggest hero of World War II was. I told him that the most famous ones I knew about were Audie Murphy and Commando Kelly. Kelly was the first enlisted man to be decorated with the Medal of Honor for action on the European continent. My son looked up Kelly on the internet, and we discovered that Kelly had suffered a similar fate as Murphy and York. 

Kelly came home to America and made enough money from Hollywood to open a gas station, but his wife was diagnosed with cancer, his insurance would not cover the costs, and the medical bills resulted in Kelly losing his home in foreclosure. He had a tough life, eventually dying of liver failure due to alcoholism. 

America needs to improve the benefits and the physical and mental health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It needs an honest single payer healthcare option to safeguard veterans from going bankrupt due to medical bills and catastrophic illness. 

We need to step up and make sure that those who enlist in our armed forces, and thereby show their gratitude an allegiance to our country for the opportunities that democracy can afford, are not forgotten but instead rewarded. 

We need to make sure not one more of our veterans is lost because they couldn't receive treatment in time. 

We need to get homeless veterans off the streets by using the underutilized Veteran's Administration facility on Wilshire Boulevard to support them in their struggles, and to house them in a manner that will be more attractive than living off the street. 

Now, people are wondering what to do with the America's glut of empty housing, the millions of empty homes in America, seized from families, including the families of veterans, that are still being quietly gobbled up by the financial trading enterprise. Out of the millions of homes in foreclosure due to bank sleight of hand, the international financial trading enterprise known to us as Bank of America, Inc. for instance, and contrary to their well disseminated rhetoric, has made only a token amount of permanent loan modifications in California. I am stunned and outraged that there has been nothing tangible done to make those families whole, other than government funding for increased bureaucracy and counseling. 

Therefore, as a temporary measure, to reduce the glut in bank owned housing, the G.I. Bill should be augmented to increase the government's down payment for veterans purchasing homes, to fifty percent of the purchase price, and if elected I am prepared to author such a bill. 

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NATIONAL SECURITY


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A failure of President Obama’s administration: is that it continued the agenda of the previous Republican administration, by allowing Section 1031 to be written into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. This failure to restore our civil liberties under the doctrine of Habeas Corpus is violative of the Constitution.

Complete and utter surveillance: Rulers have sought to preserve the status quo ever since there were people. And those so-called cautionary novels, 1984 by George Orwell, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley... They aren't something to watch out for in the future at all. The blatant outrages of complete and utter surveillance, drugging, brainwashing and steering of the people as described in those books has already happened, while today more heinous but less obvious crimes against nature and human beings are being perpetrated and enforced for monetary profit in even more insidious and subtle ways.

 

 

 

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PUBLIC WORKS


Items 49, 261, 337

Transit/infrastructure investments, local and national, Cal Trans and Los Angeles County Department of Public Works: 

There has been little change to positively affect Los Angeles County's distinction for having the worst traffic in the nation. 

Over many years, there have been an abundance of proposals for rapid transit, trains and monorails. But just as proposed improvements of the freeway system from the 1960's until present were compromised by graft, contractor corruption, third world planning and scheduling, the apathy of career politicians who see no direct gain for themselves and hence do nothing appears to have been the dominant theme.

Locally and nationally, there must be effective oversight within Cal Trans and the Departments of Public Works so that the executives are accountable in allocating taxpayer money as if they were spending their own.

Providing that the legislation is worded to direct funds responsibly, I will work toward the funding and construction of the California monorails down the north-south 405 freeway from Ventura to Long Beach and east-west in directions across L.A. County to connect our airports, tourist attractions and entertainment centers, in conjunction with incentives to encourage businesses and citizens to "park and ride.”

Providing that the legislation is worded to direct funds responsibly, I will also work toward making the bullet train a reality because of the short term benefits from creating jobs, and the infusion of capital into the economy, and the long-term benefits that will derive from more closely connecting the businesses and people of California.  

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SOCIAL SECURITY


20.   Protection of Social Security System: I will do everything in my power to protect and expand the protections afforded by social security to senior citizens.

The naysayers like to say Social Security is an entitlement that the government can't afford. But in reality, the government can't afford to violate the public trust - the social security laws created by the the Roosevelt administration to reimburse citizens with the money it has taken from their paychecks for their retirement. 

Social Security has worked for the past 80 years and will continue to work in the future. All Congress has to do is eliminate the cap on income subject to the social security tax and there will be more than enough money for future generations. 

21.   Congress to participate in social security: Congress shall have no separate government sponsored retirement and healthcare programs and shall participate equally in the people's healthcare, Medicare and Social Security programs.

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TAXES


50.  Lower Taxes: Lowering taxes at least ten percent across the board, notwithstanding preserving taxes necessary for essential public services, can help ensure real economic recovery that will endure.

124.  Close tax ambiguities for those earning over $1,000,000: Enact legislation as needed to ensure the middle class is not taxed higher than those earning over $1,000,000 in a year. This provision alone could keep the California economy in the black while ensuring social security, pensions, affordable student loans and sorely needed raises in pay for police, teachers, judges and other indispensable public servants.

137.  The Transaction Tax Act: I am inclined to support a heretofore unheard of, equal transaction tax that could replace cumbersome, unjust and ambiguous IRS tax law. 

While the so-called Flat Tax has been labeled regressive because an equal amount of tax percentage levied upon wage earners and executives impacts the net income of wage earners more than executives, further problems associated with a flat tax arise when the government sees fit to increase taxes to adjust for imbalances. However, one equal transaction tax upon most all conveyance of money would simplify the law and affect everyone, both people and entities equally. Such a tax would be fair so long as it comes with a reasonable cap substantially lower than what taxpayers are currently required to pay, and that the tax shall be automatically lowered in relation to the reduction of the deficit and paying off of the national debt.

This "point of transfer" automatic tax, as I propose, is presently possible as most all currency and dollar transfers are becoming increasingly electronic, and will be entirely electronic in the very near future. 

The justification for taxing a modest amount upon all transfers by all persons and entities that transfer money, is simply that citizen's and corporate entities must pay for the privilege of living in the United States and utilizing its array of federal and state services and infrastructure. 

Other persons and entities who choose to live or do business "off the grid" and who do not transfer as much money, or who contribute back to the "grid" such as in units of collected solar power, shall not be discriminated against and shall be eligible for credits. 

If there are any questions or if you believe you have further ideas on solving our predatory IRS tax conundrum I would be happy to hear your suggestions.

214.  Inheritance Tax on amounts over $100 million: Depending on the language of a final bill, and briefing, I am inclined to advocate an inheritance tax on amounts over $100 million, as opposed to the complete abolition of that tax.

The reasoning is that the United States has no good use for creating near permanent dynasties to further influence the electoral process. However,k the inheritance tax issue is complex and prior to taking a more precise position I will take time for research, which is something that the schedules of my opponents and most other legislators do not allow. 

 

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TRANSPORTATION


Items 47, 49, 261, 337

Transit/infrastructure investments, local and national, Cal Trans and Los Angeles County Department of Public Works: 

There has been little change to positively affect Los Angeles County's distinction for having the worst traffic in the nation. 

Over many years, there have been an abundance of proposals for rapid transit, trains and monorails. But just as proposed improvements of the freeway system from the 1960's until present were compromised by graft, contractor corruption, third world planning and scheduling, the apathy of career politicians who see no direct gain for themselves and hence do nothing appears to have been the dominant theme.

Locally and nationally, there must be effective oversight within Cal Trans and the Departments of Public Works so that the executives are accountable in allocating taxpayer money as if they were spending their own.

Providing that the legislation is worded to direct funds responsibly, I will work toward the funding and construction of the California monorails down the north-south 405 freeway from Ventura to Long Beach and east-west in directions across L.A. County to connect our airports, tourist attractions and entertainment centers, in conjunction with incentives to encourage businesses and citizens to "park and ride.”

Providing that the legislation is worded to direct funds responsibly, I will also work toward making the bullet train a reality because of the short term benefits from creating jobs, and the infusion of capital into the economy, and the long-term benefits that will derive from more closely connecting the businesses and people of California.

 47. Implement effective traffic solutions: Public works contractors in Los Angeles have done some wonderful things, such as repairing the city's freeways after the 1994 earthquake ahead of time and under budget. But there is a thin line between corruption and incompetence, and on more than one occasion, Cal Trans and Public Works have let bids to private contractors who began work on contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, when they knew, or should have known, that the engineering department plans were totally wrong, the project was ill-timed, or unnecessary, and that taxpayer money was being squandered. 

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URBAN RENEWAL AND POVERTY


Poverty: California leads the nation in poverty.

Sixty percent of California's public school children qualify for free school lunches because of poverty. The upbeat news releases from Washington D.C. and Sacramento cannot hide this. Big brothers four top candidates in this race, assisted behind the scenes by the same Clinton/Obama operatives and their same old glossy game plan, cannot make this issue go away by ignoring it.

The present short-sighted, bail out and trickle down policy of austerity can have no other effect than to polarize the rich and the poor, stifle early education, create disrespect, and encourage the negative behavior of those who might otherwise be encouraged to engage positively in democracy. 

In 2013, key policymakers proposed deep cuts to both SNAP and Medicaid as a way to reduce the deficit, including turning them into block grants to states. These cuts would result in millions losing access to vital services and falling deeper into poverty.

High minded organizations like RESULTS work to expand appropriate and sustainable financial opportunities to the poorest households and communities so they can lift themselves out of poverty. However, unless we choose a path of bold reform for our financially captured legislatures and achieve congressional oversight of international institutions that care not what happens to people, populist grassroots movements cannot gain sufficient traction. 

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WATER


Confronting California's water problems

According to a May 2014 report, the US Bureau of Reclamation released its first outlook of the year and finds insufficient stock is available in California to release irrigation water for farmers. This is the first time in the 54 year history of the State Water Project. “If it’s not there, it’s just not there,” notes a Water Authority director adding that it’s going to be tough to find enough water, but farmers are hit hardest as “they’re all on pins and needles trying to figure out how they’re going to get through this.” Fields will go unplanted (supply lower mean food prices higher), or farmers will pay top dollar for water that’s on the market (and those costs can only be passed on via higher food prices).

It appear that while there are at least a dozen viable plans in effect to relocate and conserve water, the real long term solution to California's increasing 18 year drought is simply dealing effectively with Climate Change.   

As a result of climate change, glaciers are melting ten times faster than previously thought, the Rio Grande no longer consistently makes it to the ocean, and species are vanishing. The world's leading science journals report that atmospheric greenhouse gases have reached levels not seen for millions of years. 

California's drought has become progressively worse in recent years. If this drought continues at its present pace for eight more years, Lake Mead will be dry, leaving 4,000,000 citizens of the greater San Diego megalopolis without water. Marine life is losing the struggle to survive as the oceans are awash with heavy metals like Mercury, and nuclear by-products such as Cesium and Strontium. It appears we are experiencing an ever increasing succession of extreme weather events, long-term droughts, and rising sea levels. Further catastrophic events and consequences will likely continue to occur if no action is taken. 

Climate Change: the problems and solutions

Climate Change isn’t opinion. It’s scientific reality. It affects our well-being and even our potential for survival as a species. The question is whether human activity is chiefly responsible for the enormous impacts of climate change. Studies show that our planet has experienced many such changes of climate, both colder and warmer than today, over its known history.

Another perspective is that Climate Change is a manufactured crisis, created to focus people and motivate divided nations, together in a common cause, in order to benefit new world order politicians and line the pockets of energy corporations.

Do world leaders have the capacity to do such a thing? Yes. Are there many energy companies and alternative energy companies controlled by unethical people who are eager to cheat consumers? Yes, I know a few names.

But my perspective on this issue, is that only one gas combustion engine running inside a garage not only heats up the garage, but can be lethal. Picture then millions of gas combustion engines running at the same time in a megalopolis such as Los Angeles, San Diego or Mexico City. Look at the impact that must have on the temperature, the abilities, and the dumbing down of the people who are trying to function every day within that carbon monoxide environment, let alone the impact upon the earth's atmosphere.

So no matter what the level of human responsibility for Climate Change when compared to other factors such as natural under-sea volcanoes, or greenhouse gases produced by herds of animals, it still remains, aside from overriding economic concerns, that we need to act responsibly and aggressively to phase out toxic man made contaminants in our environment, particularly the filthy by-products of coal and oil.

Most all of the world’s leading science journals report that atmospheric greenhouse gases have reached levels not seen for millions of years, glaciers are melting ten times faster than previously thought, and species are vanishing as a result of climate change. They also report of extreme weather events, long-term droughts, rising sea levels and further catastrophic consequences if no action is taken.

The Rio Grande no longer consistently makes it to the ocean. In California, we are in the midst of a ten year drought that has become progressively worse in recent years. If this drought continues at its present pace for another ten years, Lake Mead will be dry, leaving 4,000,000 citizens of the greater San Diego megalopolis without water.

Several CEOs of large coal and oil corporations maintain that they have changed their minds from a year or two ago. They say they now believe that global warming is a threat. They say they are phasing their corporations to become green. But actions speak louder than advertisements. Those same corporations are aggressively building new plants. They have additional poisonous plants on the drawing board, and very little green alternatives by comparison.

Meanwhile, many politicians and experts who raise doubts about Global Warming are not doing so in good faith. Some of them are just misinformed, but most of them are bought and paid for 100% by the powerful lobbies of the energy companies or the lumber companies who see nothing but profit when they look at our forests. In fact, many of our highest politicians have repeatedly proven themselves to be bought and paid for, when you consider that the last administration in Washington D.C. put representatives from the oil, lumber and pharmaceutical corporations in charge of the federal regulatory agencies that were designed to protect the people and the environment from the greed of those very corporations in the first place.

Sadly, disgracefully, for the sake of money, many of our politicians and bureaucrats, our elected officials who we entrusted to protect the people, and the environment, have been conspiring with corporations for many years to keep America burning the filthiest, most poisonous, most expensive fuels. For the sake of money, they have, and are still conspiring to cut down our forests, pollute the atmosphere, and cover up the pollution and injuries caused, by the production of poisonous drugs like Thimerosal.

These politicians, bureaucrats and hired gun scientists need to be saved from themselves. They are committed to a policy of preserving continuing but dwindling profits for certain multinational corporations that refuse to change, at the expense of the economy, and the health and well being of the people of America and the planet Earth.

SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Construction has begun in Southern California on two solar thermal plants for Pacific Gas and Electric, and Southern California Edison, that will be providing 2.3 gigawats of solar thermal power. By itself, the Southern California Edison deal is the world’s largest solar energy deal.

The plants being built are bigger, but will be more cost effective to build than most other new plants. These kind of solar thermal plants are cheaper to build than coal plants, cheaper than gas plants, and they’re building them a lot faster.

As Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental advocate for the past 25 years, has said, “Once the plants are up and running, the energy is free forever. We won’t have to go to Saudi Arabia and drill holes in the ground, then pump the oil up, and then refine it, and then ship it across the Atlantic with a military escort, and get in periodic wars in Mesopotamia and other places, and then have to distribute the oil across the country.

The electrons are hitting our country for free... coming down from the Sun for free, every day. If we build these plants to pick up the electrons, and the infrastructure to deliver them, we can put them into our lines... And if we are to build this out across the country, we can provide 100% of the energy needs in this country, in conjunction with other clean power sources, for about 750 billion dollars.”

Kennedy makes the point that 750 billion is less than the amount of dollars we export to purchase foreign oil each and every year. "Taxpayers involuntarily gave 700 billion dollars to Wall Street, and everybody believes it will take generations to pay back. But actually, it will only take just one year, without our financial expenditure for foreign oil."

What we need to make this work is a straightforward market place. That’s what Americans demand. We need an open marketplace that does what a market is supposed to do, which is to reward good behavior, which is efficiency, and punish bad behavior, which is inefficiency and waste.

Today we have a market that is rigged to favor the dirtiest, filthiest, most poisonous, most expensive fuels from hell. We need to design a marketplace that rewards the clean, cheap, fuels from heaven. We can do this very quickly. For instance, in 1979 America started a national grid, a national backbone for the internet. In 1980, there were fewer than 500 personal computers in this country and IBM was saying it was a dead end technology. Well now, every American has a PC, because we had a marketplace. Look at the effect that has had on the cost of information. It has plummeted to almost nothing. That same thing will happen with the cost of electrons if we follow through and build a national grid for electricity in this country.

Here’s another example, in 1996, President Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act which opened up the telecommunications grid and spawned a national, and worldwide telecommunications revolution. That’s why we have an Ipod. Today there are companies that can provide unlimited long distance and local calling for $18 a year. That’s what is going to happen to the cost of energy, if we build a national marketplace that operates in a straightforward manner.

We need to make sure that the market rules are aligned with our national interests, and with the global interest of saving our planet. We need to make sure that our utility companies can make money by getting their consumers to conserve energy, and that their profits are not dependent upon them selling as much energy as possible. And then we need to open up the grid so that everyone can get on it. If you have a solar panel on your roof, and you’re not home for one part of the day, and your house is generating more energy than it's using, you ought to be able to sell that energy back to the grid and get market rates for it. But there is no state where you can do that today. Thirty six states will buy it back from you, but all of them limit how much, and none of them will give you the market rate.

If we follow through with these fundamentals, we will make every American into an energy entrepreneur, every home into a power plant, and we can power this country from American initiative and entrepreneurship of energy, rather than Saudi oil.

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