Political G-Force

November 6, 2012

Get Out the Vote — The Right Vote

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — politicalgforce @ 8:45 pm

November 6, 2012 — not just a normal Tuesday if you live in America. Today is a day ‘we the people’ of the United States of America exercise one of our three civic duties – the power of voting. The founding fathers left us with a republic that allows the people to be in control and not the government. Let us not forget that important part. 

Many of us are unsure of whether voting this election will really make a difference. Many of us also have questions about the two hand-picked candidates. Will Romney’s stance on healthcare have any affect? Will Obama’s relationship with Israel continue on the same path? Will both Obama and Romney continue the expensive wars? The problem with this is that once you scratch the surface and start to dig, you find out there’s really not much of a difference between either candidate. There’s no better proof than campaign donations.

Obama and Romney both got about $1M from the defense industry in campaign donations. There are two conclusions that can be drawn from that: 1.) the defense industry does not care which candidate becomes president because it will really not have a major effect one way or another 2.) $1M from an industry that makes hundreds of billions of dollars is not even a drop in the bucket. The defense industry is saying “we don’t even care who becomes president so we’re going to just give a little bit to keep you happy.” Typically people think democrats are for less defense and republicans are for more defense; in some cases, this may be true, but I don’t believe this is one of them. In the agribusiness, both candidates received approximately $16M. Many other industries contributed approximately the same amount of money to each campaign. 

So what gives? Will the two party system in this country ever change? The short answer: not anytime soon. The reason is the unwillingness to change and the false belief that one is ‘throwing away a vote’ if they go for a third party candidate. Well if that’s the case, then the guy writing this threw away his vote. I voted for Gary Johnson. My original pick for president was Dr. Ron Paul. Gary Johnson is the closest thing I could get to him without having to write Ron Paul in. I don’t believe someone is throwing away a vote if they vote for someone they actually agree with. I don’t believe in voting for someone just because it’s the ‘lesser of two evil’s’. I hate that line and I couldn’t disagree more. 

This idea we have to choose between two people is ludicrous. Let me give you an analogy. Let’s say you go to buy a car and you’re looking at a Toyota Camry. Then you drive you over to the Honda dealer next door and ask, “what do you have that’s comparable to a Camry?” and they reply with “an Accord.” So you check both out and see which features you like and don’t like. Then the sales guy says to you “so which will it be, the Camry or the Accord?” Confused, you say “but aren’t there other choices?” “Why would you look anywhere else when we’ve picked two of the best cars in the mid-size class for you?” replies the salesman. “But..” then he says, “we do have a Kia Forte, but no one seems to buy those as much because Toyota and Honda advertise more and are more well-known.” Even though the Kia has the 100,000 mile warranty has a good reliability rating, the salesman will continue to work you on the Camry or the Accord because they’re more expensive and ‘everyone else has them.’ As you can see, this is the equivalent of what it’s like to vote in this country. Imagine if you went to a car dealership and you really only were given two choices. Would you really be satisfied? Most likely not, but people seem to be satisfied with choosing between tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum. People do like choices though and lots of them and the more choices you have increases your chances of finding a candidate that truly aligns with your views. We get more choices of cell phone companies than we do presidents of this country. I don’t see the issue with allowing other candidates to participate in the debates and be on the ballots. I don’t think anyone would have an issue with this — except for the political system itself. 

Every time a republican gets voted out in place of a democrat, the pendulum swings from one side to the other, but not much. People get sick of democrats, then they vote for republicans, then they get sick of republicans and vote for democrats. It’s an endless cycle of swapping the two. The republicans and democrats are high fiving each other behind closed doors while we’re all trying to figure out why nothing is happening in congress and in the white house. You almost want to go knock and say “hello is anyone home, we have a $16T debt that needs to be taken care of!” It’s a great game that they [politicians] play and many of us either don’t have the time to pay attention, don’t care, or are easily deceived by the government’s clever game of cover-ups and deception. 

The important thing people need to take note of is to do your homework. Just because you’re not in school or college doesn’t mean you don’t have homework to do anymore. Your homework now is to pay attention everyday, get your news from multiple sources– independent and mainstream, read and read often about everything — economics, history, politics, business, finance, government, etc.., talk to people about politics listen and get their opinions and give them questions that forces them to really think and understand their own opinions, and have an open mind.

One of the most important being talking to people, because people are the ones with the voting power when November comes around. I really like to get people thinking deeper because often all you can get out of people is superficial talking points that mean nothing. Without even being mean or unfair, you can get them to see actually how little they know about politics, economics, and government. Here’s an example, this happened to me almost a year ago when I went home for Thanksgiving to see friends from high school. We got into a discussion about politics since the economy the economy is doing so terrible. My one friend said, “I kind of wish Obama could just be a dictator so something could be done or I wish we could go back to having a king.” You might be thinking uh oh, I probably lost it…oh yeah, you would be right then. I looked at him determinedly and said, “You have to be kidding me right? You do realize why we fought the U.S. revolution.” He then pretended like he was kidding and said, “Yea I know, but I just feel like nothing ever gets done.” And then he went on to tell me that if we taxed the rich more, that would solve our problems. Another major topic that pisses me off. So armed with hundreds of statistics I’ve read over the years I said, “do you realize that the top 1% pays 50% of income taxes and the top 10% pays 75% of our income taxes while 40M+ Americans pay no taxes.” He looked at me shocked and said nothing. I said, “how much more do you want them to pay, do you want the top 1% to pay 60%, 70%, 80%..?” He couldn’t give me an answer. That is the problem right there people — our country is uninformed. When someone tries to convince you about something ridiculous like ‘we need a dictator’, it is your job to re-educate them (because you’ve done your homework) on where they are wrong — do it with professionalism and respect though. Getting into shouting matches does not solve politics. I was the only libertarian in that room with 5 liberals, but I was able to hold my own and take them down on every point. People can only give you talking points they hear on CNN and other lame news channels and they think that will keep them informed. So take my advice, do your homework and talk to people. 

I’m amazed at how much my views have changed about politics in the last few years. It’s been 4 years since I graduated college and I have since read a countless number of books, articles, and watched documentaries hundreds or thousands of hours of news. In college, I could have not cared less about politics…mostly because my head was buried in engineering books and didn’t have time to do anything else. The thing that got me interested in politics was an economics class I took my senior year of college. Many people might not know that economics actually requires a lot of math, it’s not just supply and demand. Being that I had a good math background from engineering, I became interested in it because of the math and then I was drawn into the workings of business and the economy. I’m always interested in how things work, that’s part of being an engineer. I look at the U.S. economy in the same way, there is a process for everything. When that process gets interrupted, problems occur. It’s like a car’s engine, clog one injector in an engine and all Hell breaks loose. I was amazed to learn how price ceiling’s and price floor’s disrupted normal business operations and deviated from the equilibrium set by the markets as well as how the government buys milk that is in excess supply because of the price floor that is set. After I was introduced to this world of economics, there was no looking back. 

So my advice to you on this election day, is to vote, absolutely get out the vote, but don’t be afraid to vote for someone who may not be seen as popular (aka the Kia Forte). If we truly want to make a difference in the election system in this country, then a third party has to be introduced. There’s nothing worse than someone voting uninformed, this is like driving blindfolded. And in typical fashion, I’ll leave you with a thought provoking quote.

“I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics.” – Ayn Rand

 

January 25, 2012

Presidential Debates and the State of the Union

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — politicalgforce @ 10:48 pm

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If you have been watching the debates this year, you might have wondered – why are they asking these questions? It seems the media is more concerned with candidates relationships then their stance on economics. What is the reason for this? Why does the media feel the need to dig into people’s past rather than look at their plans for the future?

The mainstream media, I believe, is at an all new low. I believe the trust in mainstream media has drastically decreased. People are turning to alternative media more and more because the spoon feeding they’re getting from the mainstream media does not suffice anymore. According to a Gallup poll last year, only about 45% of people have a “fair amount” or “great deal” of trust in the mainstream media. I’m surprised it’s even that high. The mainstream media has been caught in too many lies in the last few years, stretching the truth, or just ignoring issues that are too important to be skipped over.

When it comes to the debates, the mainstream media continues to ask these soft, nonsense questions. We need to stick to the real issues and focus on: deficit reduction, unemployment, infrastructure, education, foreign policy, drug war, federal reserve, and taxes among many others. We don’t need to ask about some candidates newsletters from 20 years ago, another candidate’s extra-marital affairs, or another’s alleged unfair business practices. It still amazes how the mainstream media misses the point and turns the debate into almost an American Idol of debates. The 2012 election has become a reality show like all others. With candidates slowly dropping out because of personal issues. Let’s drop the personal issue stuff and focus on the real issues.

We continue to focus on that candle burning in our house when the entire house is on fire. Put the large fire out and then worry about the candle. We continue to do things backwards. In case you didn’t see Obama’s state of the union address last night, here’s a little recap. He gave a wishlist of investing more into education, increasing taxes on individuals that earn more than $1M, taxing companies that move jobs overseas, giving tax cuts to companies who bring jobs back to here, and he talked about Osama Bin laden, that this is the first time troops are leaving Iraq, how the bailouts saved the auto industry, how many jobs were added, and on and on.

I agree with some of these things, however, the troops were scheduled to leave Iraq in December 2011 when Bush was in office. Increasing taxes on people that earn more than $1M only keeps people from getting rich, it doesn’t affect the people who are already rich like Obama. They can say they want to pay more taxes all they want because it only affects new income. We don’t know if the bailouts saved the auto industry simply because Ford wasn’t bailed out and they’re doing the best out of all three. Ford’s stock was near 0 three years ago, but it’s now around $13/share. Ford has significantly improved their business and last year was the first year they had a profit in years. GM and Chrysler are doing better, who did take the bailout, but is it because they took the bailout? I don’t think we’ll ever know. As far as jobs numbers, we can’t ever take the government’s word for it. Our government purposely lays people off and hires them the next day just to keep the jobs numbers up. They did it with all of the census workers in 2010 and I know this because I had a relative who worked for them and got laid off and rehired several times. I refuse to accept any employment numbers given to me by the government. Another example of this is with the unemployment number. The government does not include long-term discouraged unemployed people (>99 weeks without work) in their unemployment numbers. For some reason, they feel those people just didn’t look hard enough for a job so therefore they’re not counted.

My hope now is that for the next debate which is tomorrow night, that we can have a debate about real issues. Let’s stop trying to corner candidates on things they said years ago. Let’s outline a plan, how exactly do you plan on paying for x program and cut y agency. Candidates often throw out these ideas but they don’t give the ‘how’. I want to know the ‘how’. So let’s hope for the next debate, the media can focus on real issues and stop worrying about petty issues. I think Americans are tired of the nonsense. Let’s be professional, ask the tough questions, and strive to actually acquire the best candidate for the next president. I leave you with one last quote for those that are too good to participate in politics. Let this marinate in your head.

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” ~Plato

April 28, 2011

Obama’s Birth Certificate

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — politicalgforce @ 3:02 am

Ahhh yes…the birth certificate. In case you’ve been living under a rock lately or a tsunami hit nuclear facility, you might have heard about this birth certificate issue related to our current president. Let’s take a stab at this from both sides, shall we?

First off, what do we know about this? Well, we know that back in 2008, it was believed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign started the issue of ‘where is the birth certificate?’ From there, it got picked up by Obama critics and the like. Now, according to his administration and campaign, he did release the birth certificate. While being questioned on it, Robert Gibbs explained it’s already been released and it’s a resolved issue. I think it’s safe to say we all know that was false because what was released was a piece of paper that looks like one of his daughters made up in Microsoft paint in their free time along the campaign trail. The certificate of live birth that was released while he was campaigning cannot even be used to get a driver’s license or passport. It is however interesting then, that almost 3 years later, the  birth certificate or what we think is the birth certificate has been released–it still remains to be verified by experts.

Now I believe Obama largely ignored the whole birth certificate and “birther” issue because he has more important things to worry about like healthcare. While that might be the case, how hard is it for any of you or myself to release a copy of a birth certificate. I know exactly where mine is. I could have it released in one day. It only took Donald Trump about 2 days. Why did he wait so long? We hear that question all the time. Only Obama himself could answer that. I can’t even come up with a good reason why he would wait so long when it is required by the constitution when running for President of the United States of America. One possibility is that maybe by releasing it, he would be ‘giving in’ to the birthers and would like look they’re in control. Many thought, maybe there’s something on it that he was afraid would get out in the public–but all that’s on it is things we already know. Now as busy as Obama is playing golf, taking trips to India, Brazil, and Hawaii–one would think he could find 5 minutes of his time to release a copy of his birth certificate. Maybe I’m missing something here or some government policy that doesn’t allow it (which wouldn’t surprise me), but why did he have to go to the Hawaii Records to have it released. They also had to treat this as a special circumstance because supposedly not even Obama himself could have a copy of his birth certificate released. If this is true and this is how Hawaii’s birth certificate policies are run, then I don’t know how anyone from Hawaii who doesn’t have their birth certificate is able to work or run for public office (um…since you need you’re birth certificate and all…e.g. I-9 eligibility form and verification of U.S. citizenship). Next time you try applying for a job, just try to start working without a social security card, driver’s license (which requires a birth certificate), or birth certificate. My guess is you won’t get one day of work in.

Whether or not he was born in Hawaii isn’t the main part of the issue. It’s kind of like the BP oil spill, it’s not the fact that happened, it’s how it was handled. The way this birther issue was handled by his administration reflects that of the BP oil spill. If you’re being accused of something so easy to prove wrong, then prove it. Now we may be able to finally put this issue to rest unless we find out tomorrow–oops, you know that birth certificate, well…um…yea that’s the wrong one. Whatever the case, it has just given Donald Trump a boost by American voters and will undoubtedly get an even bigger increase in the polls. I think many people are still waiting for the college records to be released by Mr. Obama. Why did you spend a couple million dollars Mr. President to seal up your college records? C’mon, a couple bad grades won’t look that bad. Is there something in those records you don’t want your fellow American citizens to see? Well, let’s see if Mr. Trump can pull through on this one.

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