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Conversation with a Democrat

Last week I had a phone conversation with a Democrat. This individual is a friend and handled a difficult transaction for me a few years ago. I had initiated this call as a solicitation for where I work as well as to catch up. Of course I also announced my decision to run for Congress.

While the individual congratulated me on my decision to run for office I was immediately told that my values as a Libertarian weren't consistent to their own and therefore I would not be supported by them.

Reducing the Size of Government

There has been a lot of talk recently about fiscal responsibility, but most of the talk has been meaningless rhetoric. While it has taken many years to get where we are, it will also take many years to undo the intrusions, waste, and burdens of our federal government.

You are content according to Anna Eshoo

According to Ms. Eshoo's blog which references a "recent" Gallup Poll (no date or link given) our District is the most content in the Country.

Personally I think being termed content is an insult. I haven't met anyone in the district that is content. Being content is a term I usually refer to my sleeping dogs. Not being content does not mean you are unhappy.

Clash of DADT and "conversion therapy"

I was going to have a page on the issue of DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell US Military policy), but since the government has in as much said that they will be eliminating this policy over the next year or so I'm just going to let it die, although I feel the policy has been a slap in the face to all military personnel, straight, gay, or other, for basically telling them that they lack the ability to maintain a professional ethic while serving their country in the most selfless manner.

Attorney's Fees

I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about attorney's fees. How crazy is that as I don't have any legal things going on which involve other parties.

I have always advocated that in a legal proceeding that the non-prevailing party should be responsible for the other party's legal expenses, but there is an obvious problem with this as there is no contract between the losing party and the prevailing party's attorney.

Overpaying for Green Power

I was reading this article http://reason.com/archives/2010/01/26/overpaying-for-green today and was struck by the absurdity. I also found it to be a hidden tax to benefit the few who are able to take advantage of it.

State of the Union

While not by any means covering everything here are a few things I noted in the State of the Union address by President Obama last evening.

Humor received from a friend

Something I think a lot of us feel about Congress at the moment:

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?"

White House confident Senate will OK Bernanke

Upon reading the following excerpt from an article on SF Gate http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/01/24/national/w06... I believe we are in for more of the same. More deficit spending and money printing. More manipulation of the economic climate to reward "agreeable" groups of people and disregard for the people who pay or will be paying for generations their bills.

Proposition 8

As I follow the Proposition 8 court proceedings I find that the argument put forth by the defense that LGBT citizens should not be a special class or given more rights than other people is very misleading.

It is obvious to me that people who are married are the actual special class. They are allowed rights and privileges that other citizens are not. Including, but not limited to, tax advantages, joint parenting, adoption, and visitation privileges, next of kin status, immigration & residency for partners, right of survivorship, veterans discounts, and decision making powers.

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