paul - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 14:33
A common bit of conversation I run into in social gatherings, whether at the fitness club, the local watering hole, or even over a meal, revolves around something that isn't happening the way someone wants. The most often heard rhetorical questions sound something along the lines of "Why doesn't **insert government body here** fix that?".
paul - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 19:44
I caught the headline of a Kiplinger Article recently. The headline read “Tax Breaks for the Middle Class”. While some of the tips are great for those in the middle, some of it seem to be directed at the lower income levels, as the limits were quite low. At least for someone in Santa Cruz or anywhere near the San Francisco Bay Area.
paul - Sat, 01/18/2014 - 14:39
In reading various articles, blogs, and comments I've observed quite a few individuals support the NSA's activity in gathering the electronic records of US citizens and other residents. The argument they use is that the private sector, organizations like communication and Internet based companies, have been doing this for years. Slurping our data at every corner as we make phone calls or browse the web.
paul - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:35
Part of being a libertarian that I have always found time consuming is having to actually exercise my critical thinking abilities. A public issue comes to light and my opinion has to be developed. Typically that involves going on-line and reading a bunch of source material from the "left" and the "right" plus several articles that I hope are balanced. If it involves upcoming legislation I might read several summaries. Some libertarians read the complete text, but I rarely go that far and am thankful for those that have the time.
paul - Mon, 10/07/2013 - 11:41
Like many, have been keeping an eye on how our representatives are doing in coming to a solution on the government shutdown and the upcoming default.
I've used the lower-case representatives as I'm not only referring to Congress, but also to the Senate and the Administration. They are all our elected representatives.
office - Wed, 09/25/2013 - 13:16
Press Release republication from the Libertarian Party of California (09-25-2013)
Libertarian Candidate Runs For Millbrae City Council
My name is Doug Radtke and I’m running for Millbrae City Council. I'll be speaking at tonight's candidate forum in Millbrae, Wednesday, September 25, 7 p.m. along with the other candidates for city council, and I hope that you'll be there to meet me and hear me defend my run for Millbrae City Council.
Millbrae City Hall Council Chambers
621 Magnolia Avenue
Millbrae CA 94030
paul - Mon, 08/05/2013 - 19:54
With the recent repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and California's Prop 8 (elimination of same-sex couples right to marry) there has been a lot of celebration among the LGBT community, libertarians, and other groups and persons who consider individuals' inalienable rights of self-determination, expression, and equal protection derived from nature and the United States Constitution cannot be abridged.
paul - Sun, 05/12/2013 - 14:18
What is money? Historically money was created to represent a permanence of value. Whereas the value of labor or a commodity could be fleeting, money and therefore value could be retained for the future. It also provided a common currency for trade.
paul - Wed, 02/20/2013 - 20:38
Did you ever start having a conversation with a person that drifted into the political realm and realize you're not dealing with a logical person. The hardest part I have with this is that is usually with a friendly acquaintance, so I try to bow out gracefully before my blood begins to boil to the point where I become the irrational one.
paul - Sun, 12/23/2012 - 19:09
The 'Fiscal Cliff' seems to be the same as the 'Too Big to Fail' crisis that was created for the banking and some manufacturing industries. It seems to me that the only reason we have this problem is our Federal Government and its subsidiaries (states and local government) has gotten to the size where it impacts not only our own, but global economies, by every little twitch they make. To the astute observer one can easily see that they've become the elephant in the room.