Young Californians are desperate. Under the leadership of the Democrat Party, our youth have watched their hopes and dreams washed away. Our jobs went overseas and homes are so expensive, we'll never be able to afford to own one without giving up over half of our pay. The gas tax has placed an unfair burden on those of us who have long commutes because of high rents and property values. So-called "Republicans" have been bought and paid for by the real-estate industry to pillage the wealth of our working class. It seems as though the two political parties have become vassals of corporate greed.
Greed has left our future with no hope. Those with power and influence have been cashing in for far too long. Their cashing in has been on the backs of those of us who work for a living. So-called "public servants" have been selling our country out for corporate influence and personal wealth. How have so many "public servants" become multi-millionaires?
We have been betrayed at every step by feckless government officials offering their Corporate-Sponsored solutions to our grievances. They think we're stupid enough to believe their lies and manipulation. We are not dumb. We are wise. We are strong. We will not allow ourselves to be turned against each other for the benefit of the elite. We Americans are a united People opposed to tyranny, exploitation, and oppression.
The issues enumerated here are but a small sample of significant institutional failures perpetrated by our corporate-controlled institutions of state government, which I wish to rectify.
Housing in California is unaffordable. Homes come onto the market, and within a week are snatched up, often at inflated prices. The state of California collects no data on property buyers. Who is making these purchases? Are they California families in need of a home? Or opportunistic investors seeking rental profits? We can’t know until California starts collecting this data. What we do know is that only 15 - 20% of Alameda and Santa Clara County residents can afford to buy a home. We also know that, according to an article published by the SF Gate, more people are renting today than in the past ten years and "Foreign investment is inflating the median home price beyond the median income in many cities."
The real-estate and banking industries have lobbied California's legislature for years to hide the truth - predatory lenders and investors are keeping Californians out of home ownership and onto the street while the ultra-wealthy demand an ever-larger percent of our wages.
It has gotten to the point that entrepreneurs are choosing to start businesses elsewhere, rather than paying inflated wages that go straight to landlords! How long can this last?
If elected, I will seek to implement new regulations that require all property purchases to disclose the real name, residential address, and occupation of the person paying for the property. If you’re a predatory investor seeking rental profits, California residents deserve to know who you are and why you’re here driving up our cost of living! Investors would be subject to an economic impact assessment that takes primary consideration of the effect of their investment on the affordability index. Californians living and working in the state would, of course, be exempt from this assessment. If you’re a hard-working Californian seeking the American Dream, we will do everything we can to support you!
The state of California administers school funding with an iron fist. An unaccountable and largely unelected, bureaucracy decides how much funding schools get. Funding is based primarily on enrollment. The state imposes strict curriculum requirements that must be uniform across all schools and prevents local schools from catering to the specific needs of their community. It subjects teachers to an administrative reporting system that grades them on metrics decided in Sacramento.
There's just one problem - not all schools have the same needs.
Why is it that the small city of Holtville, CA, with a population of only 6,000, ought to fork over tax dollars to a bureaucracy located over 600 miles away with no clue as to the needs of Holtville children and the city's economy? Does anyone really think the educational needs of Holtville are identical to the needs of students in Los Angeles with it's population of about 4 million people? Why don't we let them each spend their own tax dollars and set their own education standards without the wasteful expense of a centralized bureaucracy?
The Los Angeles times wrote that "Educational history is full of examples of expensive, well-intended programs that never helped impoverished students." Maybe that's because the people making the programs don't understand that education is not a "one-size fits all" endeavor.
A centralized department of education is a substantial financial burden. The department itself requires funding, and every dollar spent on administration is a dollar not spent on educating children. Between the soaring costs of public employee pensions and healthcare, rent, maintenance, and utility costs of administrative facilities, most education dollars never even see the inside of a classroom. Then wonder to yourself if you'd rather pay them or give that money to a teacher. Is this money better-spent in an office in Sacramento than a classroom here?
The Department of Education is pushing every child in our schools to go to college. While this is a well-intentioned effort, college is not for everyone. Meanwhile, we have a shortage of skilled trade workers - plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians, to name a few. These jobs pay very well. The state steers our kids away from them and towards college, where they are taking on unprecedented levels of debt in pursuit of degrees that are worth less and less every year. Students who spend just 2 years in a trade school save thousands of dollars on education and have the opportunity to earn more than their college-educated peers.
If elected, I will push for legislation that will hand control of schools and their funding back to the cities in which they're located and cut the bureaucracy at the state level to save Californians precious tax dollars. Additionally, I'd ask schools to to work with trade industry representatives to find out how best to match students with jobs that are in demand.
California has a long history of environmentalism - a history I am proud to be part of. Since about the 1970's, we have worked tirelessly to control greenhouse gas emissions, to reduce our use of hazardous chemicals, and even promote recycling. The effects of this are quite visible - our coasts are recovering, our skies are clear of smog, and our rivers are still clear. California has done a fantastic job protecting our environment.
But what happened to all the products we stopped manufacturing because they caused too much pollution? Did local environmental regulations stop the pollution associated with their production?
No. The toxic emissions continue. All that our environmental regulations have done is export that pollution to other countries. Take a look for yourself at the effects of outsourcing our pollution to China.
The time for hypocrisy is over. It's time to hold ourselves accountable. If we truly care about the environment, prohibiting toxic emissions here at home isn't good enough. That's why if I'm elected, I will push for a voter-approved ballot measure to ban the import of any product whose manufacture does not meet our standards. Failing that, I would immediately ask voters to remove all restrictions on producing those goods and bring those jobs back to California. If we are committed to purchasing these goods, we may as well let Californians benefit from their production.
I don't know who declared California a war zone, but the militarization of police needs to end. Police departments have been purchasing armored personnel carriers, surveillance drones, and augmented reality surveillance overlays in law-enforcement aircraft.
Having seen the horrors of war and especially the inaccuracy of so-called "intelligence" reports, I'm here to tell you from first-hand experience that so-called "intelligence" is anything but.
Watch this video where a police aviator refers to police officers as "ground troops."
Troops? On American soil? This is not why I joined the United States Army. This is what I fought against - tyranny. I will not stand idly by as our civilian law-enforcement officers are systematically transformed into a domestic police state.
If elected, I would reach out to law-enforcement officers, civil rights groups, and other stakeholders, to come up with a plan that gives officers the tools they need to be effective while protecting the communities they serve and improving transparency and accountability.
California has deployed surveillance cameras on nearly every stretch of highway and at every intersection. Footage from these cameras is publicly available, which means anyone with Internet access can track our every movement.
Who asked for this? Who decided that the government should be watching everything we do and everywhere we go? Most of all, how is that freedom? Prisoners are under continuous surveillance because they are dangerous criminals. My Brothers in Arms didn't die in combat so that Americans would have to live under surveillance in an open-air prison. We fought, bled, and died, so that Americans could live free!
It doesn’t have to be this way. If elected, I would demand that all these cameras be removed. If not, I would demand that Californians be given the right to not display their license plates and to cover our faces in public.
Data we generate through our activities, behavior, writing, and creativity, is every much a part of us as a finger or a toe. Therefore, it shouldn’t be legal for another to use or sell a part of us without compensation or permission. “Permission” doesn’t include burying it in the fine print of Terms and Conditions. If elected, I’d push for a State Constitutional amendment to extend the definition of a person to include any data that is generated by an individual.
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of reading reports of police being sent to bust up homeless camps and relocating them, so city dwellers don't have to look at them. Homelessness is a symptom of a dying society. Hiding them from us isn't helping us fix the problem. The homeless should be visible. They have a right to exist. They shouldn't be persecuted just because they can't make it in our modern society. When the homeless are visible, it tugs at our heartstrings, just like it should. We are human beings. We should care for each other.
If elected, I would repeal all legislation used to persecute homelessness. The more visible homeless are, the more motivated local communities will be to find real solutions to their plight. Putting our defenseless and deprived homeless in prison isn't a real solution.
Much of our countrymen seem to believe that slavery in America ended with the Civil War. That's actually not true. Slavery still exists today. What changed was the shackles were replaced with something called debt.
The root cause of income inequality is the debt-based monetary system and fractional reserve lending. Humans all across the globe are fighting the symptoms of this insidious institution, not realizing that they're completely wasting their time. Until we outlaw this system, humans will continue to be economically divided more and more over time.
If elected, I will fight to make gold and silver legal tender in California again, just like the founders intended by enshrining it in our constitution. This is legal and has precedent. It's been done in Utah and Arizona already. California would be wise to join them.
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As an engineer, the lawmaking process is painful to observe. It’s completely open-looped. Lawmakers generate political capital based on values and implement legislation without deterministic outcomes. It’s high times that Californians close the loop. If elected, I would push for implementing legislative reform that would require results. All legislation would require specific, measurable goals, along with a deadline, and funding to study and monitor the progress in meeting those goals. If the goals are not met by the deadline, the law is automatically repealed. Lawmakers will be free to rewrite the legislation with better guidelines for meeting the desired outcomes.
The Founders were opposed to the encroachment of the oppressive state of the English Monarchy into the private lives of the settlers. That's why they enshrined the rights of Americans in the First Amendment to be free. What men and women do in their bedrooms and private lives is not the business of the government. There is no Constitutional basis for opposition to the rights of free People to engage in behavior that does not infringe on the rights of others.
The people who call the President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States a fascist...
...are the same people who think we shouldn't be allowed to own assault rifles and high-capacity magazines to defend ourselves from a fascist government. I'm still trying to reconcile these two statements. This page will be updated as soon as that reconciliation is complete.
The California state government is bankrupt. The Democrat-controlled legislature keeps promising that the government will give people free stuff forever. Unfortunately, that's not how reality works. The city of Stockton thought it could get away with this, but it recently filed for bankruptcy. Under Stockton's bankruptcy requirements, all medical benefits to retirees have been eliminated. Many creditors who loaned money to Stockton got burned. They'll never get their money back. You think anyone will loan money to Stockton again? Would you?
To pay for its promises, the State of California has had to sell out our children's futures by borrowing money today in exchange for the labor of our children tomorrow.
That's right - California's unborn children are subsidizing the expenses of the government today. Actually, that's not completely true. Today's California taxpayers are already on the hook to pay the debts of prior years. Unborn California children will have it even worse than today's taxpayers. Most of this expense is going to government employees, of course. State pensions are the biggest unfunded liability in the state budget, and the government has no plan in place to make it solvent.
Of course, the government can keep borrowing money to kick the can down the road, but the longer they do, the worse the crash will be when it comes.
If elected, I would fight to responsibly remove the unpaid debt burden on unborn children. Making it in this world is hard enough. As adults and leaders of our state, we are the ones responsible for making sure that our children enter the world with better opportunities than what we were given.
Yes, it's going to hurt. Yes, it's going to be unpleasant. No, it's not a very good campaign model. But I'd rather suffer through short-term pain than dragging it out and dealing with a statewide financial disaster later. We can make it through this together with responsible economic government reform.
Our children are the future. The worst thing we can do for them is to hand them a bankrupt government that demands they pay the state for debts they did not create themselves. We have to give our kids hope for the future. They must be free to write their own destiny. And above all, they shouldn't be held accountable for the financial negligence and greed of the generations that came before them!
People who support higher wages for low-income earners and oppose corporations exploiting their lowest wage earners should also oppose open border immigration policies. The people most negatively affected by open borders are our most economically disadvantaged.
Some people like to frame opposition to open borders as being caused by "xenophobia." That's a nasty name to call someone. Who wants to be labeled a "xenophobe"?
I think some of those people might misunderstand the opposition to open borders, so let's do what any rational person would do to investigate a person's motives and follow the money...
Unlimited immigration increases the labor supply significantly. Anyone who's taken Economics 101 knows that as supply increases, demand and price decrease. When it comes to jobs and working, the number of people available to work is called the labor supply. The number of jobs available is the labor demand. The more labor supply available for a given job, the lower the pay. That's why fast food workers are paid minimum wage and doctors are paid highly - there are way more people who can be a fast food worker than a doctor. That's why so many corporations support unlimited immigration - it allows them to pay their employees less when there are more people willing and able to do the work.
That's why so many corporations donate so much money to politicians who support relaxed immigration policies. The goal isn't to "replace American workers." The goal is to drive everyone's wages down, so the corporations can make more profit.
So, you see, corporations have taken advantage of good-hearted Californians by convincing them to be sympathetic to people from other countries to come here and lower everyone's wages, so corporations can make more profit. It would be devastating to corporate profit margins if sympathetic people figured this out, so you'll never hear them discuss how much money they make by importing cheap labor.
To make sure nobody at work complains, they create programs, like "inclusion and diversity" to trick people into feeling guilty for opposing this corporate money grab that's taken away from their own employees' pay.
THEY THINK YOU'RE STUPID!
So, the next time someone calls you a "xenophobe" or "bigot" for opposing open borders, kindly inform them that they're helping major corporations make huge profits and undermining themselves and every other Californian. Bigotry and xenophobia have nothing to do with it. We are simply resisting corporate greed. And I don't know anyone who would argue that's a bad thing.
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