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Keeping the government out of Religious activities

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It seems to me that many of the progressives speak out of both sides of their mouth.

With one side they say there needs to be a strong, clear line of separation of Church and State,  but then they champion the government taking on Religious activity, and weakening the houses of worship in the process.

Perhaps their motives are pure, and reflect their view that the Religions in America are failing in their obligations to show charity, but their actions undermine the very institutions that should be providing charity.

When Pastors, Bishops, Rabbis, or other religious leaders ask their flock to get aid from the government, instead of , or in addition to, the religious family, something is wrong.   Wrong with religion, and wrong with government.

The government plays a valid role in creating insurance pools to share risk, but not in offering charity.  Call the subsidies what you will, but if they are handouts of cash, to, or on behalf of, individuals or companies, based on need, and not insurance contract, it is charity.   Payments in excess of the contract obligations, are charity.

FDR provided employment opportunities in the WPA and other programs to give dignity and pay for work, not handouts of charity.  Today the progressives give charity, not dignity, and they borrow from the grandchildren to give that charity.

I for one think that families and the houses of worship are better suited to give intelligent, and appropriate charity.

Government programs should offer compensation for work, or payouts that are supported by insurance purchases.  The government should not steal the dignity of the citizens by telling them they can’t survive without government handouts.

In the extreme, when the government becomes a charity institution,  it has established itself as a religion. When the Federal government establishes itself as a religion, it violates the first amendment prohibition.

Free citizens should be told to put their faith in God,  family, or humanity, but not in the government.

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May 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm

TRUE campaign finance reform

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 The strongest campaign finance reform that I can think of, will never pass either house of the Congress because it would be so disruptive to the buying and selling of power.

 Here is my idea:  Eliminate the ability of any campaign to transfer funds out of the campaign or spend it on any item, or purpose not directly related to the candidate, or initiative the funds were raise to support.  Candidates and Political Action Committees, would have to spend, not transfer funds, and be accountable for what they spent the funds to buy. 

 Nancy Pelosi should never need to raise money, as she is in a safe district and has lots of money on hand. However she, and most of the leadership in both parties, work tirelessly to raise money in their campaign war chests, so that they can transfer it to other candidates and buy their political support.

 In my County, my state treasurer transferred nearly a million dollars to buy his wife a seat on the county board of supervisors. The campaign money was given to him, for his campaign, not hers.

If the use or transfer of funds from one campaign to another became an income tax event for the candidate, they would think harder about the transfer.   Campaign funds are exempt from taxation, when used for legitimate reasons.   Jessie Jackson Jr was just charged with fraud for using campaign funds for personal uses.  If the use of campaign funds to buy influence, through transfer, or use for others, were also treated the same, elected candidates would have far less need to raise money and could focus on solving problems, instead of seeking to buy power.

 That’s what I’m thinking tonight.

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February 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm

FAT Governmental analogy – Being overweight is a BIG problem

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I work for a health care company. Our economic indicators show the long term impact of an increasingly overweight population.

Members of our party have taken on the issues of poor food quality delivered in our school cafeterias, and the junk food industry. This is an issue to be addressed as it is impacting current and future generations. Members of our party have taken on the issues of physical inactivity as well as food selection. Let’s Move!

There seem to be two ways our party members want to address this issue. Take away the opportunities for citizens to make bad choices, or encouraging citizens to make good choices through education.

It is reported that Michelle Obama told Topanga Sena, a young Scholastic News reporter, that ‘Let’s Move!’ is “not about having government tell people what to do, because government doesn’t have all the answers.” It would be good if party leaders focused on this reality.

We do NOT have all the answers, NOR do we have the power to force people to eat broccoli. We need to become a party that educates citizens on the short and long term impacts of being overweight. Eating that YUMMY fast food, drinking that sweet soda, sitting long hours at the computer to engage in social media, or play games that exercise our brains and fingers, but not our heart, lungs, and mussels.

75,000 fans in the stands, and millions on the couch, watching a limited few exercise is not a healthy recipe for our country. We need to personally engage in order for this to change. Government prohibition will not work. Government force, coercion, and manipulation will not work. We individually need to choose better. We each need to exercise for ourselves. EACH ONE OF US needs to be the one who initiates change in our own lives. EACH one needs to take responsibility for himself. As JFK would have said, “ask not what the government can do for you” but ask what you need to do for yourself.

Fast food, televised sports, and social media may provide short term pleasure, but it has short term consequences that grow worse over time. We need to WARN the population of the problem, and create opportunities for different choices that will lead to better personal and societal outcomes.

HOWEVER personal weight is not the ONLY issue we need to educate the population about. Poor short term choices, by our party leaders, ARE also leading to short and long term consequences.

WARNING….. WARNING….. WARNING….. WARNING

WE should be the Party that speaks to the choices of a bloated, overweight government. We should be the party that challenges citizens to exercise their voice in the political area. We should be the party who teaches personal accountability. We should be the party, who looks to “teach how to fish” rather than giving daily fish handouts.

Bloated government leads to a sluggish economy. Bloated government leads to greater dependency on government. As the number of people working for government grows, the number of people looking to the government to spend more on payroll and benefits (self interest), increases, and the Political Action Committees apply pressure to “feed me”.

When the issue of fast food was first being attacked in the SF Bay Area, the news media carried comments from single parents saying “I come home tired, I don’t want to have to cook, the kids want fast food, it’s what I can afford, what else can I do?” The days of cooking healthy food from scratch are going for an entire generation. The next generation will only be worse. My daughters got the pleasure of home cooked meals. They learned to cook. They like to cook. Their stories suggest that their peers did not learn the joy of cooking, but the joy of eating out.

When LBJ’s great society effort started they seemed a logical step, but they started us down the road of bloated government. They started us down the road of the Federal government, taking on the role of Religious institutions. Undermining the role of Religion in our society, lead to a less moral society. Some churches seem to have stopped asking their congregations to support the poor, and instead look to the government to do this vital work. A bloated government makes this issue grow.

As we know, bloated government can be in more than just the social issues our party champions. Bloat occurs when the government does what is should not do. Grossly overpaid contracts happen everywhere I guess. Last night’s news (05/25/2012) was filled with the news of corruption, even at the Vatican, with overpriced contracts, with kickbacks (?) being exposed. The news reported that rather than looking to clean up this problem, the first effort was to arrest the whistle blower.

We need to see bloat and remove it. We need to avoid becoming like Europe, with government employee protests, leading to closing down the nation, and preventing the government from doing the right thing.

WE SHOULD BE the party who elects statesmen, not politicians, and lead the way back toward a thin, trim and fit government, before we come to an untimely end, from the excess fat, clogging our economic arteries. We have members of the party who both see, and are willing to speak the truth. We need to elect them. If you see PAC money supporting a candidate, vote for someone else.

I am the only Democrat in the CA 13th congressional district race who has not taken PAC money. I will represent you, not the PAC’s. I will advocate putting the US government on a diet to return to health. I will not start it to death, but I will not try to get it healthy by feeding it more.  The time to get healthy is now.   The time to address the issue is now.   The time for change is now.

Please consider voting for a healthy choice.  

Our right to be free – is not our right to do what is “right in our own eyes”

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I like to think that in America we began an experiment for the world, to show what happens when we allow citizens to be free from government control of their thoughts, religious choices, priorities, careers, family, education, life style.   However, the American experiment is not one of anarchy, where everyone can do what is right in their own eyes. 

Society establishes boundaries, and consequences.  Governments, are employed by men, and established by God, to enforce the consequences of violating civil boundaries.   The American experiment was to see how limited that government could be, and how expansive freedom could be, without drifting into anarchy.

Far from drifting into anarchy, I think the current body politic, has drifted away from the American experiment, and has become ever more intrusive into the lives and choices of citizens who would be free.  

What is the FEDERAL issue that caused Congress to decide what equipment my car must have?  What is the FEDERAL matter that is involved in what type of baby crib my daughter can buy?  What is the FEDERAL matter involved in ….. you get the idea.  The nanny state has taken away freedom, rather than addressing consequences of choices.

The people and interests that buy politicians and their votes, are interested in national standards, because it serves their purposes.  It allows them to grow, without needing to worry about State variations.   Such FEDERAL standards allows companies to become national, and “too big to fail”. 

Small companies, delivering product to one State, under State regulations, are not “too big to fail”.  Congress and the Executive Branch enabled enterprises to get “too big to fail” and then had to bail them out when they failed.  The Courts did not protect us from the abuse of the interstate commerce clause.  The Courts did not use the Bill of Rights to protect us from Federalist abuse of power that the Bill of Rights was passed to protect us from.  The US Constitution, without the Bill of Rights, allows citizens to be turned into slaves of the FEDERAL state.   Far from anarchy, we are more likely to lose our freedom, than be overly free.

I just finished a study of the Old Testament book of Judges.   In it “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  The book is a cautionary warning of the harm that comes from anarchy.  I do not want anarchy, but I do want the freedoms the authors of the Bill of Rights meant to preserve for The People.

That’s my thought today.

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April 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Check out the new page ===> Principles for Taxation, and tax policy

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Just wanted to draw your attention to the new page.  My Principles for Taxation, and tax policy call for: Democracy, and responsiblity, not class warfare.

Let me know what you think.

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March 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Added PAGE ====> Abuse of Federal power

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Just a quick post to draw your attention to the new page.  Let me know what you think of the four page Powerpoint (pdf) showing what the relationship of Citizens Rights were to the Government agencies under the  Confederation of States, the new United States, before the protections of the Bill of Rights,  the United States after the corrections and protections offered by the Bill of Rights, and lastly what happens when the Federal Courts fail to apply the 9th and 10th amendments in the effort to protect Citizens from abuse of Federal powers.

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February 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Unless someone else joins the race ….

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I am committed to the principle that there needs to be TWO candidates from the same party in every primary.  As Barbara Lee has run unopposed in the primary, I am prepared to provide the citizens of the 13th district a democrat other than the incumbant to choose in the Primary. 

I pulled nomination papers on valentine’s day, and gathered signatures today.   I will get them validated, and then file to ensure democrats have a choice in the primary.   There was a change this past week, and I think it is great that you must declare your voting preference on the ballot.   It helps voters know something about the candidate. 

I am a long time democrat, who does not follow the progressive socialistic lead of the Party bosses.  I stand for true democracy and choice.   IT IS GOOD TO HAVE A CHOICE.  Democracy demands choice.

THE PEOPLE deserve to have choice.   60 of my neighbors signed on to the idea of democracy means choice, so once the county validates they are registered, I can move forward.