Paul's Mission
  • To defend individual rights and freedoms.
  • To promote the value of personal responsibility for actions.
  • To reduce the burdens of government on people.
  • To reinforce the individual's right to define their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

Not running in 2012 for California's 18th Congressional District

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.

Libertarians and Socialists aren't Too Far Apart

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.

Debt Ceilings, Spending, and Revenue

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.

EPA again overreaches with punitive regulations.

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.

Federal Prevailing Wage (Davis-Bacon) and Union Influence

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.

What is a Community?

During my day I am often in my vehicle driving between appointments and as I'm not a big music listener I tune into news or talk radio. One thing that drives me crazy is the media's use of the word community. The media reporter or host will often say things like "the gay community believes that free condoms are necessary" or "the black community supports candidate John Doe" or "the Hispanic community wants to open the borders".

You Don't Have to Agree With Me

As I listen to most politicians they ask for your vote based on what they believe is right for you and promise if they get elected they will make sure what is right for you is right for everyone. They want you to sign up for their ideology, their view on how you, your neighbors, your country, and the world should behave; a monolithic bowl of jello (or koolaid) all marching lockstep toward the future.

Running in 2012

Barring redistricting changes, occupational commitments, and other life events I have been inspired to seek office against Anna Eshoo in 2012. Why? Read this article on SF Gate - http://bit.ly/hmXRLe. Not only is it full of mis-information, but continues her viewpoint that the government knows what's best for you. A view I strongly disagree.

Thank You for Your Support

Thank you to all those who supported my campaign and the principals I believe are at the heart of most Americans whether they believe it or not.

We were able to put together 3.0% of the vote or 6,735 (as of semi-official results of November 24, 2010) voters. This might not seem much, but when you realize that there are approximately 2,000 registered Libertarians in the district I think we did quite well with over twice that number and a campaign budget that totaled somewhere around $200.00.

US Military Spending & Foreign Policy

The United States defense budget amounts to almost $1,000,000,000,000 dollars (yes, one trillion) if you include $163 billion directly allocated for the "War on Terrorism" and well over $200 billion in related programs. Even the base budget is over half a trillion dollars. This makes up near a third of the total US budget and almost half of actual revenue collected through taxes and other sources.

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