Susan Miller

Susan Miller

Sunday, 07 July 2019 23:20

Marin CLEAN Energy??

MCE’s greenhouse gas emission rate for 2017 is understated by 63%. MCE manipulates its Opt Out system.

Monday, 10 June 2019 14:14

Contnued CA Exodus

More companies exit business-bashing California for business-friendly states.

Sunday, 26 May 2019 14:44

Are Homeschoolers Overqualified?

We're churning out a generation of poorly educated people with no skill, no ambition, no guidance and no understanding of work.

As a builder, President Trump appreciates – and probably loves – the skilled workers who shape stone and steel into glamorous luxury condos and hotels. He respects people who work with their hands or break a sweat for a living. In this age of rapid technological change, his appreciation for non-intellectuals is another reason the president and his policies matter.
 
The culture war is a power struggle; and power struggles are always about more than average citizens can observe or imagine. That technological advancements are poised to change the world even more than they have provides context for our national divide.
Already advances in technology have spurred the US Armed Forces to no longer induct anyone with an IQ of less than 83. That means, one in 10 people are not qualified to work for the army.  High end careers have suffered. For example, thanks to online services, no longer do we need lawyers to make out wills.  Few careers are safe - even the advent of blockchain currency threatens careers in the financial sector.  In the next 10 years, artificial intelligence, face reading technologies, advances in robotics, custom cancer vaccines, and microscopic medical cameras and more will change not only our personal lives but our workplace.
 
Therefore, the question “Who will work and at what?” is the subtext of the power struggle in Washington. As much as ideology, it’s the prime mover of the culture war.  Because most people find meaning in their lives through responsibility,  and work and raising families are the way most people experience that, this question affects not only the flow of money but human dignity itself. So, it matters how government answers it. 
 
The Left’s answer is to create an elite ruling class and masses of dependents. To achieve this, they make Americans distrust responsibility - hence the victimization inherent in identity politics. They promote death panels and abortion to control population size. They teach 5 year olds to wonder if they’ve been assigned the right sex in order to strip them of identity - because an adult with a strong identity may break free of dependence. 
 
The Right’s answer is to trust the market. But if America does that without accounting for current regulations and the ever widening global nature of the market, she endangers the happiness and security of her people. Moreover, both strategies favor the elite; leaving hardworking average Americans in the dust.
President Trump’s solution to “Who will work and at what?” is to make America self-sufficient by harnessing her natural resources and cutting regulations to woo manufacturing back to the regions that have historically excelled at it. His administration’s focus on vocational training keeps Americans hirable no matter how technology changes our lives or alters available jobs. Protecting the borders controls who works in America and ensures we get the best workers for whatever the country needs - either from within or cherry picked from abroad.
 
Self-driving cars, for example, are set to enter the market by 2021. With them will come self-driving semi-trucks and cargo ships. It’s speculated that self-driving cars will ultimately lead to greater productivity in the workplace, fewer road deaths (as compared to 1.3 million annually), fewer cars owned, fewer cars on the road, fewer parking lots  and a cleaner environment (bbvaopenmind.com). It is also estimated that, thanks to self-driving vehicles alone, over 4 million people could lose their jobs (businessinsider.com). The new technology will create new jobs - in fact, tech magazines, which universally favor innovation, claim self-driving vehicles will add more jobs than they eliminate. But will these new jobs suit those workers who were displaced? It seems at least as if vocational training would be needed for workers to stay current and competitive.
 
Of self-driving cars, the president reportedly joked, “Can you imagine, you’re sitting in the back seat and all of a sudden this car is zig-zagging around the corner and you can’t stop the f***ing thing?” But in respect to this disruptive innovation, the administration takes them seriously: “the country’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working on rewriting safety rules to allow autonomous driving on public roads” (theverge.com).  Following conservative principles, but to the shock of technology magazine reporters, the Trump administration “has shown itself reluctant to regulate self-driving cars.” In other words, he’s making it easy for them to succeed.  Even his trade war with China and tariffs on vehicle imports are attempts to support American car manufacturing while they gear up for this potentially positive but earth shattering change. 
 
By creating an autonomous America, the president protects American workers - particularly those who work with their hands. He knows that human beings need meaningful work and that not everyone is cut out to work in government, finance or tech. He knows that, while innovations in technology always mean disruption in employment, his job is to keep America working and competitive no matter what comes. He knows that too much globalism too fast coupled with decades of disruptive tech innovation could destroy what makes America great: the American people.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Over the past year, President Trump has experienced more tribulations than triumphs due to the fact that every liberal in Washington and the media, as well as some members of his own party, have sworn to thwart his attempts to make America great. 
 
March, however, saw some triumphs on major issues: the exculpatory release of AG Barr’s summary of the Meuller report, the defeat (for now) of the Green New Deal, and the Congress’s failure to over-ride the president’s veto of legislation blocking his national emergency declaration at the border. 
 
Though at this writing the nation awaits the release of the redacted version of the Meuller report, the summary reveals stunning facts about the investigation and what the president faced: 
 
“In the report, the Special Counsel noted that… he employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, and other professional staff. The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses” (nytimes).  
 
In other words, the investigation was indeed a witch hunt, the soul purpose of which was to bring down the president and anyone working for him. That Meuller caught so few people in his snare - and only for matters having nothing to do with Russia or collusion -  shows that President Trump is not only a man who executes his political and financial strategies within the context of the law, he’s also a terrific judge of character. He may engage in hyperbole and aggrandizement (which, in  The Art of the Deal, he claims he does on purpose), he may even have cheated on his wife; but he operates within the law, and nearly all the people around him do, too.  
 
As with each of March’s triumphs, the Left refuses to acknowledge defeat: Barr’s summary quotes Meuller’s report as saying  it “does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” After those FBI agents couldn’t find evidence, Meuller refused to draw a conclusion, strategically placing the task on Barr so that the Left can blame Barr at election time for excusing his boss. 
 

The Green New Deal failed to pass a hurdle in the Senate when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed the vote in an effort to get Democrats on the record as well as highlight divisions among Democrats over the highly controversial bill which recommended, among other absurd notions, the elimination of cow farts.  Democrats argued McConnell held the vote in order to eliminate debate or public testimony, thereby preventing Republicans from going on the record as being against “climate change.” Denouncing the motion as a “sham,” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer instructed senators to vote "present" as a show of unity.  However, in doing so, Democrats appear to have distanced themselves from their comical legislation. While the bill’s failure is a victory for the president, the fact that Democrats allowed it to appear at all is most likely part of a long game strategy to please their base, similar to how Republicans during the Obama administration continuously overturned Obama-care to no effect. Interestingly, the media has relabeled the defeat as a victory, claiming it sets up “climate change” as a major issue for 2020. And cow farts along with it. 

Perhaps the most surprising victory of March was Congress failing to overturn the president’s veto of his declaring the border a national emergency.  Though this battle is far from over and will probably play out in the courts, the failure to override shows that, while Republicans sadly helped pass the bill in the first place, not enough of them were willing to go against the president to stop him. 

These three victories show not only that President Trump understands how the political game is played but also that, compared to Democrats who support each other in bending, breaking and ignoring laws, he fights within the law. Moreover, they illustrate the unrelenting nature of his battles and the enormity of them. It’s not hard to liken him to Batman, the millionaire superhero, with an endless stream of arch-nemeses. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Continental Congress articulated a new view about the proper role of government. It was not to serve the king but to secure individual rights and freedoms.

Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:23

June 11 Speaker Luncheon

Novato Republican Women

presents\

“The United States of America vs. Gavin Newsom, et al.-Russoniello
A Criminal Prosecution for RICO Violations”

Joe Russoniello
Former U.S. Attorney for Northern California

Tuesday, June 11, 2019  |  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Dr., Novato

RESERVATIONS HERE

Mr. Russoniello is a renowned Bay Area attorney specializing in litigation, business crimes and regulatory defense. He served twice as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California which encompasses 15 counties from the Oregon-California border to Monterey, including San Francisco. His first term lasted from 1982 to 1990 when he had been appointed by President Ronald Reagan while his second appointment came from President George W. Bush and continued from 2008 to 2010.

Mr. Russoniello spent the 17 years between his two U.S. Attorney appointments in private practice as a Senior Counsel at a San Francisco law firm and also served as Dean of the San Francisco Law School for 5 ½ years until the summer of 2007 before returning as U.S. Attorney for the second time.

You might recall some of the high profile cases he was part of including the prosecution of Larry Layton of the ‘Peoples Temple’ for his involvement in the murder of Congressman Leo Ryan in Jonestown, Guyana, overseeing the prosecution of Barry Bonds on perjury charges, and also of Ed Jew, former Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on charges of extortion and bribery.

Since Joe’s retirement in the summer of 2010 he spends his time partially in the Bay Area and partially in Arizona. We hear so much about California suing President Trump. Please join us for a discussion of why the federal government could criminally prosecute certain California office holders for violation of “RICO”, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:40

CA Dems More Taxes

California under Democrats, it’s tax, tax, tax — all the time. That’s not a political statement. It’s a fact.

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