R-71 litigation

August 29, 2009

With a lawsuite against R-71 at this time is just a delay tactic and expense tactic by the opposition.  The controversy is not over the signatures or the number of signatures but rather that the signature of the signature gatherers were not included on a vast majority of the R-71 petitions.

http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/initiativesReferenda/Documents/2009/R-71/Litigation-State/Complaint.pdf

http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/initiativesReferenda/Pages/R71_Litigation_State.aspx

All of the ones which I submitted did have a signature on the back of the form however.  I did not get paid for gathering signatures on R-71 like everyone else.  No one got paid for gathering signatures for R-71.  I did notice Larry Stickney and his son got paid for their effort in coordinating this effort however.  

The Washington Secretary of State demanded to have included on inititatives and referndums a section for the signature and printed name of  “paid” signature gatherers. 

Since there were no “paid” signature gatherers the lawsuite/litigation is a waste of time and effort but only if not for the delay and expense factor.  The opposition to R-71 are spending money in an effort to get attention for their cause.  This is extremely common with political maneuvering and only in that context commendable. 

In other contexts this could be extremely dangerous.  Publicity by the opponents could counter-swing and backfire.  Attention to this matter could stimulate the R-71 base and accentuate the need to the “NO” vote supported by R-71 supporters.  I would have left the issue silent instead of stirring the “hornets nest”.  But as a supporting I am proud of getting the FREE  PR on behalf of my opponents. 

It does look like the number of signatures needed to pass R-71 (120,577) will be concluded on Monday afternoon.  With 7693 left to count and 5994 left for needing to be passed that would leave a margin of 1699 which could be still rejected and thus a rejection possibility rate of  22.0851%.  The average reject rate to dte is 11.86% for the other signatures which are already counted.  Also, with a possibility of 54 being added because of previously being rejected due to the Signature Image being Pending due to various county images being difficulty to read by the State auditors.

The intermediate news should come on Monday for passage.

What part of the Russian submarine Kursk is not known here.  “Damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead.”  In this case who holds the gold and are the nuclear weapons armed.  But unlike the Kursk the prayers of the various Churches will have a different type of emergency to them.  How will God perceive their prayers.  All civilized citizens of the world had their prayers united for the crew of the Kursk though.  But this time I know that both sides will be praying for their outcome.   

http://englishrussia.com/?p=845

http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Russian_submarine_Kursk_explosion

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The ECONOMY SPRINTS

May 2, 2009

Everyone sees or says there is a recession.  Quite frankly I do not see even a hint of a recession.  I only see a complete accounting debacle which when corrected the economy will be back on the fast track.  Yes, the fast track. 

When the government switched everything to a mark-to-market type of accounting system this instantaneously depressed the financial accounting books.  This is strickly an accounting maneouver and invariable accounting maneouvers correct themselves.  If they do not correct themselves then the CEO, CFO, or the COO will change assets around so the older lighter valued assets change to a more realistic value. 

If the correction in the valuations due to mark-to-market were instantaneoous then the downward push while the market is correcting will be miniscule.  Yes, that means small.  Consider this in a large capitalize stock and a small capitalized stock.  If you are a chartist like I am not you will understand that the resistance point at a specific level is harder to penetrate in a large capitalized stock then a smaller capitalize stock.  I believe part of the reason is due to product or market penetration and the aspects which many products from a single companywill show.  One thing which gets a market moving is the greater demand which one product gets.  The most recent example would be when the swine flu became apparent to everyone just this last week then a very specific and specialized company who had a product which possible could address the swine flu increased in value by 80% overnight.  This really should be of no surprise to anyone.  But if the same company were in a much larger company which might be on the big board and the product would be one of maybe 6000 product the stock may have increased 1% or 5%. 

The product is houses which depressed the United States economy.  Real Estate agents are getting busier.  Slowly the markets are moving.  The real estate market can act quickly and with a positive fever.  (Sorry but I could not resist.)  Buyers have been pent up and the idea of multiple bids on one house could push the markets higher in a very short period of time.  Quite a few houses which previously were on the market were taken off the market.  When the market starts to heat up then those former houses which are off the market may or may not be put back on the market.  If I am a seller then I want the highest price.  If I am mildly optimistic and not particularly motivated and the market gains by $10,000 in one month for the average home sale then my inclinations is to withhold the house until this would absolutely be necessary. 

If the problem is mark-to-market in real estate then really how does this affect business owners without real estate.  Now is the time to look at development and growth.  What you do not need to be caught in is trying to develop a new market when others also have the funds to develop.  Make your presence known and get that early share.  Real estate has its greatest sales in the month of April and this continues for the summer.  The weather brings out a positive extraction of money.  Go for it. 

As sales increase and from my above example they will grow dramatically then if you have not put in the appropriate groundwork then where can you harvest.  If some other company has already done the sewing and you are just planting you will miss out. 

Get to that convention.  Sign up for more contacts.  Press the issue.  I could fire up a sales crew.  Least costs but the greatest impact.  Remember that as your marketing becomes more indirect the costs per individual decrease.  But as your per individual contacts increase your sales are more current.  Weigh the possibilty of that current sale with how long it take to bring that lead to a sale.  TV or radio advertising may be your first step again.  Marketing mailers need to be sent out to help in regaining old accounts and pushing to get new ones. 

I remember my fathers approach to marketing.  He had a printing company and made a catalog of wedding invitation folders to stationery stores, print shops, department stores, flower shops, wedding gown retailers, etc.  Every time he presented a new catalog there was a 20% increase in sales.  He travelled around the region and talked with all of the shop owners.  Once he had an exclusive in a small town with one shop owner.  Another shop owner also wanted the wedding invitation book.  He reluctantly place a catalog their also.   Astonishingly the other store sales were the same and the new store eventually had about the same sales as the other store.  In essence sales doubled.  Cultivate, cultivate, cultivate.  This is what the theme needs to be for your sales people. 

After our competitor bought my dad’s company out they said they could not penetrate the market he had and then tried and tried hard.  So they just bought him out.  This was easier.   

Push the envelope.  Dig deeper.  Listen longer.  But of course, pray longer as well.

Work it and get the plants in the sod so when the weather turns and the water starts to fall you will see an over abundance of plants to harvest.

DO IT!!!


Barack Obama’s address to Congress 02/24/09

February 26, 2009
Barack Obama’s address to Congress

While President Barack Obama was addressing Congress he was talking to three sets of different chambers of Congress. Not the House and the Senate but rather the Republicans and the Democrats and the American people.

If the wording of what he said does eventually come true, and I believe parts of it will come true, then the other parts will have profound implications for generations to come. However, if other parts do not come through and the continuation of political differences continue, then our economy will eventually stagnate back to its normal course and take its place in a continuing history of events.

President Nixon proposed an Earned Income Tax Credit in one of his State of the Union addresses. The proposed items had been adopted by Congress and signed into law. However, does anyone realize this was presented by President Nixon in an effort to diminish the disparity between the haves and the have not. Or really should I say to diminish the distance between the racial divide which plagued the nation at that time and going back to the Civil War and to the Declaration of Independence. Social issues still seem to be an overriding attribute of equalization which past presidents have tried to address. Some take a radical approach and some have taken a progressive approach.

Energy is one of the items on Obama’s list of needs. This list was first placed on our national agenda in the 1970’s with the oil embargo and President Nixon’s administration. Congress could not find an equilibrium and still has not been able to find an equilibrium which would bring our country out of economic disadvantage from the rest of the oil producing countries. President Obama puts this in another fashion: ”

“In other words, we have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity; where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election. A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy instead of an opportunity to invest in our future. Regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit at the expense of a healthy market. People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway. And all the while, critical debates and difficult decisions were put off for some other time on some other day.”

The finding of new sources of energy should be of a paramount goal for other goals may lead to other less savory short-term goals which only can bring on lesser achievements and lower profits in the long-run. Short-term profits always will remain short-term profits unless the long-term profits are first met.

The Pilgrims suffered for the long-term profit of establishing a settlement where they could worship God as they wanted to. The short-term profit of going south for warmth was not achieved and numerous settler passed away. But yet today their long-term goals are still being strived for as our country continues to worship God in an independent and respectful fashion. The reasoning behind “In God We Trust” becomes stronger as each generation passes the torch. A strong energy independent economy will help in the worshipping of God. Sources of oil in the Gulf and in the upper northern states need to be explored and come to fruitfulness for our continuing independence and for the joy of worshipping God.

God is still in control. From the time China unites with the United States over a common enemy to the United States once again becoming the salt of the earth our energy independence and non-reliance upon other countries would help in transforming the world once again to a vision which would be a full respecter of God and His wishes.

I read in the paper today that North Korea will be testing a rocket which could reach the United States. I believe this will be a uniting factor between the United States and China. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. The small sayings can become true statements in the joining of forces.

“Now is the time to act boldly and wisely…”

When acting boldly and wisely the writers and signers of the Declaration knew that boldness and only boldness would unite the country. A single man helped in that endeavor, Thomas Payne, by writing a pamphlet called “Common Sense”. Is our country past common sense. I dare to say ‘No’. Do we need to act boldly now, ‘Yes’. But reacting wisely is also of importance. Thomas Jefferson was bold in his writing of the original draft of the Declaration of Independence. Others thought it not wise to include the freeing of slaves. The wisdom was thought we would not have a United States but a North and a South. The slave issue finally was arrested in the fighting of the Civil War. In times of unrest our Country has surrounded the independent spirit and the respect of everyone to worship God in their own way. A few people demanding that we respect the earth while not allowing others to respect the earth by drilling to uncovers its riches is a hindrance to our independence and of our founding father’s desire to worship God in their own fashion.

“As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by President’s Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets. Not because I believe in bigger government–I don’t.”

This is a revelation to both sides of the aisle. A democrat not wanting bigger government is like saying one is a Republican. Maybe the Republicans should listen and if this comes true they should adopt President Obama as a Republican. Not just yet though.

“Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs.

More than 90% of these jobs will be in the private sector — jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit.”

Mr. President, these may be from the private sector as in construction jobs but the money and the reasoning would be for the benefit of the government bureaucracy. Roads and bridges and mass transit are objectives of government. Turbines and solar panels would be the exception only to this. But some of this may become sources of ownership by big government. Please excuse my skepticism but this still sounds like big government. If the government would get out of the way then private citizens could build their own solar panels on their property and take the funds out of their IRA or ROTH/IRA and without a penalty or taxing the retirement fund then true individuals could build their own wealth by eliminating the need for government intervention. Government has a few roles but the creation of jobs can never be the result of government except when they get out of the way so the citizens can create.

“Because of this plan, there are teachers who can now keep their jobs and educate our kids.”

Building roads and bridges, constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit does not create jobs for teachers and educate our kids. Sorry but the logic does not flow.

“Because of this plan, 95% of the working households in America will receive a tax cut…” It would seem to me if our real estate taxes were cut to the level in which the value of the house is then a bigger tax cut would be coming to 100% of the working households in America. The smaller the government the bigger the tax cut.

Education has always been of concern to Thomas Jefferson. He even had one slave cook for him in a French Cooking style for five years and then let the slave go. I never have heard if the former slave opened up a restaurant in Washington, D.C. or not. Sometimes holding onto an asset is for the betterment of one. Letting it go could be for the benefit of many. Ditto with Oil. Ditto with letting the citizens develop their own source of energy independence. The collection of the many can be for the benefit of the whole and stronger than the whole also.

Government by mandate is not the solution to our economy woes but in reality the letting go of government will be the releasing of our independence. Government pressure and trying to be helpful is what got us into this mess in the first place. But placing this issue as a national project is what might save us. Stop right there. If government got us into this mess then government should get out of the way so the independent thinking can voice victory and victory should not be that of the government.

“I have appointed a proven and aggressive Inspector General to ferret out any and all cases of waste and fraud.” This is merely an endeavor to express your concern of resolving big government while really not proving your case. Only if waste and fraud are truly eliminated will anyone be able to respect this statement. Past Presidents have stood fast to this principle but only one has achieved this as a goal. Instead of cleaning up the government I say that not the yearly debt to be reduced in half by four years but rather the debt of the United States needs to be nullified in four years period of time. Being independent and the size of government being small can accomplish this feat. With $700 billion in oil imports costing us each year the multiplier of current money flow being 12X if independence of energy can be achieved then the complete budget deficit can be erased.

“…we clean up the credit crisis…”

If I see legislation which restricts the usage of credit card debt which must be paid within three months then I will believe this is a solution to the credit crisis. Forgiveness of all credit card debt longer than six months would greatly increase the capacity of independence and reduce high interest rates. The credit card industry has severely weakened our financial system and needs a reminder of constraint. Reducing the need for and access to credit card indebtedness is the only way to”…swiftly and aggressively to break this destructive cycle, restore confidence, and restart lending.”

If you are really trying to “reform our out-dated regulatory system” then you will indeed need to adopt a tough credit card policy which would bring a “…tough, new common-sense rules of the road so that our financial market rewards drive and innovation, and punishes shortcuts and abuse.”

“The only way this century will be another American century is if we confront at least the price of our dependence on oil and the high cost of health care: the schools that aren’t preparing our children and the mountain of debt they stand to inherit. That is our responsibility.” …. “I see it as a vision for America – as a blueprint for our future.”

“I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity.”

But I would rather say that the problem is with government and the solution is really instructing the spirit of independence to squash the lack of enthusiasm and embrace the need for independence.

Again, government has laid the foundation for independence through the forming of IRA and ROTH/IRAs. Now is the time for government to allow the independent spirit of being able to use these funds for solar cells and wind power generation in ones own home. No tax penalty and no income tax upon withdrawal. Take the roadblocks to financial success out of the independent thinkers. The collection of IRAs and ROTH/IRAs is greater than the communistic collective governments of China’s government.

A recent wave power project for the Neah Bay Tribe in the Northwest corner of the State of Washington by a Canadian firm in Vancouver, B.C. was recently discontinued and another project picked up for construction in Ireland instead was started. Was this because big government was the solution or because the company did not know if they would be paid. Washington State is in financially dyre straight and the company also discontinued a like project in California in favor of Ireland. Noting that a 10 miles by 10 mile area in the ocean can produce a great amount of electric energy for the state. Also, on the Washington coast south of Neah Bay is where no human lives for 23 miles. Neah Bay project was projected to create electricity for 150 homes. A rather small project but a start for the state.

All sources of energy need to be explored. Did the Spanish explorers stop at the east coast.

Putting a “market-based cap on carbon pollution” will only drive our existing infrastructure into a tailspin. This is like saying to depression era unemployed citizens that they need to pay a higher tax so the workers can get jobs.

There are three things which economists say create economies.

1) Land

2) Labor

3) Capital

But I say there is a different method to economies. There are three things which can create a new economy.

1) Farming

2) Extracting Minerals

and the last one is

3) Innovation.

In no way is government in this mix. If government wants to be the one contributing capital then the solution is still there. But the locomotive was an innovation. The other five items were needed. Our country expanded. When the innovation of the auto assembly line was constructed by Henry Ford the others were used and increased. With President Eisenhower’s use of innovation and the highway system the other forces came in usage and created wealth. A more efficient farming system was one of the major benefactors.

But if the extracting of oil is not continued but rather punished then the objective of developing “our recovery plan, we will double this nation’s supply of renewable energy in the next three years” then in fact this could stall this three year plan as well. To decrease an existing innovation with a tax is essentially saying to the economy to slow-down.

Eisenhower did not eliminate all new or existing roads.

The train system did not replace the road.

The assembly line did not mandate all older systems to terminate.

If something is better than a prior technology then the prior technology will soon have a modified usage. Taxing it was not done in the past nor was it necessary or useful. The free market took over. Taxing a drill, baby, drill philosophy will not create the oppressors objectives of immediately depressing the older technology but will suppress the economy so the funds for the new segment will take longer and thus require the continuation of the older system.

If you are trying to not believe in “Big Government” but you “make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy” then you are in-fact creating “Big-Government”. Big Government is the problem and not the solution.

Asking “Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America.” If Congress tries to create a market-based cap then this is not a market-based cap. It is a government-based cap. The devil is in the interpretation. Market vs. Government. If government invests “fifteen billion dollars a year to develop technologies like wind power and solar power, advanced biofuels, clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks built right here in America” then the government does not need to create a market-based cap. The innovation will create this and the market would be the solution. The auto industry will then by itself be required to be self “retooled, re-imagined auto industry that can compete and win. Millions of jobs depend on it.”

“…We must also address the crushing cost of health care.”

 

I am not seeing any new solutions for or from government here. Neither do I expect a real solution from government here. I think that only a natural solution is possible. The adherence to God’s principles can truly increase the need and longevity of life. The suppression via drugs which mask symptoms is at best artificial. Creative yes, but artificial.

“Promise of education in America.”

“Right now, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma.” The definition of Labor from above needs to include education. If an adequate labor force is not available then the efficient usage of capital will not be needed. A competitive cradle to college objective has already been the prior government objective and a new system of education needs to be explored. Trying and throwing funds at the old style or old system will not improve the system. But if the system has been tried then by all means “expand our commitment to charter schools”.

I think about the innovation of the pencil when it comes to schools. The lead attachment was used and then a separate eraser was picked up and used if needed. Well, our education system does to have an eraser attached to it so the immediate extra steps of picking up the eraser do need to be exercised.

The education system needs to adopt the non-public system as an attachment to the public school system. With innovation some students parents could actually pay for the cost of the salary of a teacher. But in the non-public school system they can charge a higher price and get highly skilled professional teachers. To see a teacher without a doctoral degree in some private schools is rare. Only the exceptional masters degree teachers could apply. The eraser part of this would be the invitation of one or two students from the main school populace to be invited for one semester into the class of 8 or 10 students for a recognition of other accomplishments and achievements which the parents have voted in. This would instill a higher achievement level in the other students to achieve so they possibly could be selected as fellow high achiever students. Those parents willing to expend extra funds for the professor teacher would be rewarded with a higher capacity of learning available in a public school setting and the school system would get a better general student. The higher cost of private education would be mitigated modestly.

“And we must also begin a conversation on how to do the same for Social Security, while creating tax-free universal savings accounts for all Americans.” I thought this was tried in the Bush administration era. An immediate introduction of this and not even out of the batters box or the racing gate.

The military is still the backbone of all types and styles of economies. The foundation blocks of Land, Labor and Capital and the building blocks of Farming, Extracting Minerals and Innovation could not exist without any pre-existing strength from a well-qualified military force. The defending of the strength of these foundation blocks begins with the steady hand of the military.

A child who can utter the words of “we are not quitters” with conviction and steadfastness is showing off her strength as a David, as a Ruth as a Daniel or as a Mary. Her conviction should motivate the rest of us.

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HB 1528 – Employer communication on political or religious matters

February 9, 2009

HB 1528. Employer communication on political or religious matters. This legislation is not about about religious topics in the workplace but rather the suppression of political conversations in the workplace. This is union driven and an obvious attempt to suppress free speech. The U.S. Constitution prohibits the “abridgement” of religion so thus this legislation would be null and void as to pertaining to the religious section and is only affective for the political section. The punitive damage is solely on the employer. The employee could quite and then ask for back pay for the year they were unemployed due to their own quitting practice.