paul - Sun, 10/24/2010 - 10:15
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.
paul - Sun, 10/10/2010 - 10:36
In the last few years there have been repeated mentions by major party politicians about "reaching across the aisle". This refers to one or more major party members, currently Republican or Democratic, attempting to reach a compromise or agreement with the opposing party.
paul - Sat, 10/02/2010 - 15:23
Last week I participated in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto with fellow candidates Anna Eshoo and Dave Chapman. During the question phase of this forum a question was asked about what one might do regarding Iran's potential for nuclear weapon development.
I felt I gave an inadequate response to this questions as I hadn't focused on foreign policy with so much going on here on the domestic front regarding economic problems, taxation, spending, government expansion and intrusion and other matters.
paul - Sat, 09/25/2010 - 18:42
Following are the prepared text I used to give my opening and closing statements at the forum attended by Anna Eshoo, Dave Chapman, and myself today.
Thank you to The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and other sponsors for providing this forum today.
While preparing for this event dozens of thoughts passed through my mind, but I realized that we could be here for days, so I refer anyone who is interested in more detail on my thoughts and positions on issues to refer to my website at www.paullazaga.org.
paul - Sun, 09/12/2010 - 11:12
There have been many arguments of late and in the past that the United States was founded as a Christian country and therefore our laws should be reflective of the common tenets within that definition. These arguments have been used in support of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
paul - Sat, 09/04/2010 - 11:08
Just outside the district in which I'm running for Congress, but a city I travel everyday for my day job there is a project, the La Bahia hotel in Santa Cruz, that has been on the drawing board for years. A recent article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel (a MediaNews Group company) highlights a class of people who do to their membership in a Union organization feel entitled to special treatment (higher wages and benefits, etc.) by government.
paul - Sun, 08/08/2010 - 12:50
This list could go on for days, but I'd like to address a few ways government is damaging to those it purports to serve.
- Government is a monopoly in the services it provides.
- Government pays more and gets less.
- Governments decide who and what will be successful.
paul - Sun, 07/25/2010 - 10:35
At one time or more in everyone's life they have heard the phrase "Ignorance of the law is no excuse".
For most of us this seems to be reasonable enough. If you commit a crime you shouldn't be able to say you didn't know it was a crime and therefore should be let off with no punishment.
paul - Sun, 06/13/2010 - 08:58
The BP Oil Spill in the Gulf is still in progress and all the reasons are not in so I'm not ready to lay blame to any of the parties involved. In fact at this moment pointing fingers is completely counter productive to remedy. Even if I was to try to lay blame I'm not privy to all the facts, but only to what the various media, industry, and government have deemed appropriate to share with the public. So it would be irresponsible on my part to draw conclusions.
paul - Sat, 06/05/2010 - 08:38
In April of 2008 the EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices applicable to renovation, repair, and painting contractors. This rule began its full effect on April 22, 2010.
In conversations with multiple contractors which this rule is applicable and with the increased knowledge obtained through training I have come to understand the draconian implications this rule will have on everybody who owns, rents, or uses pre-1978 property.