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.

League of Women Voters of Palo Alto Candidates Forum - Statements

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.

Opening Statement

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.

Religous Freedom and Marriage

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).

The Union Class

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.

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.

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