Thursday, July 2, 2009

Independent American Party candidate gets record campaign violation fine…

Independent American Party candidate gets record campaign violation fine… in Nevada.

Multiple media sources in Nevada are reporting the Independent American Party candidate for Washoe County clerk, Zachary Triggs was hit with a huge fine.

The report says a Carson City District Judge fined Triggs $54,303 for failing to file required reports. The judge got that total from: $15,000 in civil penalties for failing to file the reports, $33,369 in attorneys’ fees and $5,934 in interest.

Secretary of State Ross Miller says he believes the previous penalty record was $37,000.

To make it even worse, Triggs lost the race only getting 20-percent of the vote.


Prohibition Party fields candidate for Governor...

Prohibition Party fields candidate for Governor... of Tennessee.

According to the June Griffin of Dayton, Tennessee will run for Governor. She made the announcement at the Prohibition Party Convention, of which she is a member of the executive committee.

The article said she has previously run for office, and received 5,000 votes across Tennessee against Senator Lamar Alexander.


Two-party politics: GOP vs. Constitution Party in…

Two-party politics: GOP vs. Constitution Party in… Virginia. is reporting on the race between Republican House Delegate Bob Tata and Constitution Party candidate French Mackes. According to the report, Mackes was a Republican until last year, said he offers a more fiscally and socially conservative option and that is why he joined the Constitution Party. Makes has also been endorsed by the of the fiscally conservative Independent Green Party of Virginia. This race is for the 85th house district.

But this is not the only instance of Republican versus Constitution Parties in the 2009 Virginia house races. The 18th district race features incumbent Republican Clay Athey Junior battling Constitution Party candidate Todd M. Jack.

Just a note, the 19th District race will feature Democrat and Constitution Party members running against Independent incumbent Lacey E. Putney.


British find Declaration of Independence…

British find Declaration of Independence… more than 200 years late.

The Associated Press is reporting the British discovered a rare original copy of the American Declaration of Independence "several months ago".

According to the article, British National Archives spokeswoman Frances McDarby said it was "possible that an American coastal vessel was intercepted by the British navy and that is how the document was able to come into our possession."


Professor to run for Senate…

Professor to run for Senate… in Florida.

Marshall L. DeRosa has filed to run for U.S. Senate in Florida on the Constitution Party ticket.

The Constitution Party of Florida’s website describes DeRosa as, “..a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Houston, and has taught at Louisiana State University and Davis and Elkins College. He is an adjunct faculty member for the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a Salvatori Fellow of the Heritage Foundation, and a member of the Philadelphia Society.”

DeRosa says Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential run inspired him to run for office.


Former U.S. Presidential candidate speaks from jail…

Former U.S. Presidential candidate speaks from jail… an Israeli jail.

In a news release from the National Green Party former U.S. Representative and 2008 Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney talked about her jailing in Israeli.

Cynthia McKinney delivered the following statement by phone: "We were in international waters on a boat delivering humanitarian aid to people in Gaza when the Israeli Navy ships surrounded us and illegally threatened us… Immigration officials in Israel said they did not want to keep us, but we remain imprisoned.”

The news release says McKinney and other people jailed have refused to sign: “a self-incriminating 'deportation form' stating that the Spirit of Humanity was violating the Israeli blockade and trespassing Israeli territorial waters by attempting to deliver supplies to Gaza.”

The boat McKinney was on was delivering medical supplies, cement, and children's toys to Pro- Palestinian groups in Gaza.


Ralph Nader says Perot was right...

Ralph Nader says Perot was right… in an e-mail to supporters.

Nader wrote Perot was, “right on General Motors, right on NAFTA trade, and right on the federal deficits.”

Nader pointed to Perot’s days on the General Motors Board of Directors and how Perot believed GM executives were inefficiently running the company. Nader argues that Perot’s calls against NAFTA can be seen in Michigan today as car plants were moved to Mexico. Perot's beliefs on having a large national debt were also highlighted.

The former Presidental candidate writing about another former Presidential candidate wrapped-up by saying a person like Perot could not survive today. “In Bush’s and Obama’s Washington, there is no room for Perot to gain visibility and recognition,” wrote Nader.

----NADER'S E-MAIL----

I’ve wondered often why people who go to “town meetings” held by campaigning politicians rarely ask fundamental questions.

Here is one that should have been asked of presidential candidate Barack Obama: “If you get to the White House, will you appoint to top positions Americans who have a track record of making the right decisions in their respective fields?”

“Of course, I will,” Obama would have undoubtedly replied.

Of course, he did not when it came to the collapse of the corrupt Wall Street casinos and the bailout of these gamblers by the American people. Obama chose the very Wall Streeters and Wall Street servants who were involved in, condoned, or profited from the speculative binges that led to the biggest government bailout scheme in world history. The President’s explanation is that he wants experienced people who know how Wall Street works. Yeah, right! In reality, he wanted political cover.

Something very important is missing when even people who are part of the ruling establishment are ignored, marginalized, or ridiculed even though their detailed, public warnings prove to be all too accurate.

Consider billionaire, Ross Perot. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Ross, as everyone calls him, was right on General Motors, right on NAFTA trade, and right on the federal deficits.

In 1984, he joined the Board of Directors of GM after selling his successful company, EDS, to the auto giant. He could scarcely believe how stodgy, bureaucratic, and insensitive GM executives were in running the company. He tried to shake up the boys at the top to meet the fast-growing competition from Asia and Europe.

The GM brass couldn’t stand Ross “at large” probing up and down the company, so in 1986 they bought out his shares in return for him leaving the Board.

Two years later, reflecting on his experience at GM with a reporter from Fortune, Perot called the “General Motors system a blanket of fog that keeps people from doing what they know needs to be done.”

Warming up, Perot continued: “One day I made a speech to some senior executives. I said, ‘Okay, guys, I’m going to give you the whole code on what’s wrong. You don’t like your customers. You don’t like your dealers. You don’t like the people who make your cars. You don’t like your stockholders. And, to a large extent, you don’t like one another. For this company to win, we’re going to have to love our customers. We’re going to have to stop fretting about dealers who make too much money and hope they make $1 billion a year though us. The guys on the factory floor are the salt of the earth—not mad-dog, rabid, burn-the-plant-down radicals. And all this sniping at one another—the financial guys vs. the cars guys—is terribly destructive.’”

GM didn’t listen to Ross. Now, after a long, relentless slide, GM is bankrupt, abandoning their workers, two thousand of their dealers, and their customers’ grievances. Moreover, GM is into the U.S. taxpayer for over $70 billion.

Perot devoted much of his 1993 published book Save Your Job, Save Our Country to NAFTA and trade. Looking back, he was right most of the time. NAFTA cost more U.S. jobs than it created, generated a huge U.S. trade deficit with Mexico, and mainly benefited the “36 businessmen who own Mexico’s 39 largest conglomerates or over half of Mexico’s Gross National Product.”

The border-located maquiladora factories have high worker turnover and squeeze the laborers in often unsafe conditions for little pay.

Here is how Perot described the scene behind the boasting of Washington, DC, and corporations about the large increase in trade after NAFTA:

“Most of the goods produced in the maquiladoras are shipped into the U.S. market. Consequently, most of the so-called trade between the U.S. and Mexico is not trade as trade is commonly understood. Rather, it is primarily U.S. companies shipping their own machinery, components, and raw materials across the border into their Mexican factories and then shipping their finished or semi-finished goods back over the border into the U.S.”

A good deal of the U.S. auto industry went south after NAFTA, leaving workers and communities stranded in Michigan and other states. Bankrupt Chrysler is planning to move a modern, award-winning engine plant in Wisconsin to Mexico after receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts.

On Perot’s nationally-televised deficit warnings (with charts), what more need be said? Even he did not envision what would pile up after his clarion calls. The burden on the next generation and the tax dollars diverted from our country’s needs to pay the interest on these trillions of dollars of debt were pointed out again and again nearly twenty years ago by the Texas entrepreneur. He even has a website ( updating the red ink.

In Bush’s and Obama’s Washington, there is no room for Perot to gain visibility and recognition.

It is one thing for the Washington politicians to ignore prescient progressive commentators, like William Grieder, who have been prophetically right on. It is quite another escape from reality to turn their backs on leaders within the business establishment itself.

There are many like Perot who must be watching the day’s news and saying “we told you so, but you didn’t listen then and you are not listening now.”

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