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.

Big Government Bleeds Citizens

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.

Ignorance of the Law

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.

BP Oil Spill Observations

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.

EPA Lead RRP Requirements Draconian

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.

Illegal Immigration - Reality Check

First, I think it is disrespectful of the US Constitution and the Legislature for this Administration and past Administrations to establish policies which ignore adherence and enforcement of established laws whether I personally agree with them or not. Under current law the Federal government is responsible for protecting the United States borders and it is the responsibility of the Administration to perform that duty with all available resources or admit its failure.

Second, I believe the laws regarding immigration are all wrong! Also, other laws, such as illegal drug and minimum wage laws, enhance problems associated with border crossings, crime, and other illicit activities.

Special Interest Groups - Lobbyist

Everyday we hear that lobbyists are pushing their agenda in Washington. Lobbyists are defined as people who try (and many times succeed) to influence legislation and policy.

We are all part of Special Interest Groups whether organized or not. Each of us have characteristics, prejudices, ideologies, and just plain likes and dislikes which place us in groups. Some of us are Catholic business owners in Missouri, some are gay soldiers serving in Iraq, and the diversity is as infinite as the number of individuals.

Declaration of Candidacy

Paul filed his Declaration of Candidacy today and took the Oath of Office at the Santa Cruz County Registrar of Voters.

With the help of fellow Libertarians Paul received the required number of Signature-in-Lieu and Nomination petition signatures to qualify without paying filing fees.

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.

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.

Paul receives Santa Clara LP endorsement

Saturday, January 23, 2010, Paul Lazaga received the endorsement of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County http://www.scclp.org/ at their Annual Convention.

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