paul - Sun, 12/04/2011 - 10:19
Last week's wind storms reminded me the price paid for living in the beautiful redwoods in San Lorenzo Valley (Ben Lomond, California) at the top of a ridge. Wednesday as the winds turned relentless the power went off at my house. Since we are dependent on electricity for not only lighting, but everything including the water well, we were pretty much out of luck.
I'd like to commend PG&E for their vast response to a very difficult area with some very difficult terrain and other obstacles, not too mention continuing wind for another day or so.
paul - Fri, 11/25/2011 - 10:00
When I was elementary school I was taught about democracy and how through majority vote "the people" could decide the direction of society for the better good of all. I was taught how much better this was than a monarchy at making decisions as monarchies were made up of greedy people who were only in it for their own gain.
This made perfect sense to my young mind. I would have a vote, I would get to say how my life would be, I would be free of the oppression that caused some of my ancestors to flee the monarchies of Europe.
paul - Sun, 11/06/2011 - 09:25
The federal government is The Big Corporation and it keeps getting bigger.
Our federal government and most government bodies in the United States are set up as corporations where each physical member, adult citizen, is in theory a stock holder with an equal right to vote; each owning one share.
As with all corporations there are certain groups, parties, that get together to pool their votes to achieve influence over the outcome to serve their interests. Those with more resources put additional pressure through lobbying gain further influence over outcomes.
paul - Sat, 10/29/2011 - 09:10
Recently I was looking into several government programs that offer assistance. I figured after many years of paying taxes that maybe I should take advantage of all my hard-earned money that is confiscated by the government.
paul - Sun, 10/23/2011 - 10:00
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paul - Sun, 10/09/2011 - 08:45
After much consideration I've decided not to run in 2012 for California's US Congressional 18th District, much of which used to be the 14th District in 2010 representing parts of San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.
I have decided to pursue some new and exciting personal opportunities which together with my current obligations will not allow proper allocation of time and resources to run for office, but will hopefully create the environment to allow pursuit of office in the future.
paul - Sun, 10/02/2011 - 09:16
It began with a conversation with a self-described socialist that wasn't completed due to the nature and place it occurred. I also don't know if the individual was a Socialist Party member, so I'm going to talk in small "l" libertarian and small "s" socialist terms, which means in a broad general sense.
Libertarians believe the individual is in ultimate control of their life while socialist believe the collective is responsible and in control of the individual.
paul - Wed, 07/27/2011 - 20:47
For the most part I haven't commented on the ongoing mess that our Congress and Administration are hashing around other than take the basic Libertarian Party perspective (http://www.lp.org/news/press-releases/libertarians-say-no-to-raising-deb...).
In reality while I've kept up with all the shenanigans I've been completely absorbed with trying to survive on the approximately 50% of my earnings the government is letting me keep.
paul - Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:57
I received the below from a national trade organization. It speaks for itself and will cause harm to both struggling homeowners who won't be able to afford to protect their largest investment, their home, and small business contractors and their employees or soon to be ex-employees.
paul - Sat, 03/05/2011 - 09:27
I've commented on this before, but with so many current issues revolving around what public employees make vs. what private sector employees earn, the federal budget, and what your elected representatives are doing to change or not change it I think it bears revisiting.