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 Posted by on UTC 2012.11.04Sun at 04:28 DestinyArchitect's, voting :NOL1LW  Add comments
Return key decorated as US "Vote" signMCYFBW:US voting, ideally with reasons, of DestinyArchitect plus a few other persons & key organizations http://1.JotHere.com/3757#MCYFBW

MAZBVC:THIS POST

  1. MD1CRO:–worked great for me! So especially when deciding all the choices on your US ballot, please read & use this post & especially spreadsheet

    as it can help you make notably better decisions plus & record & share them, too! So also pass it along to voting family & friends!

  2. MAYCNN:Should be updated a bit around every US election (as US election day plus Presidential Primary & statewide) so re-load/refresh & check-back then! ID of last item is version ID.
  3. M87XAJ:All key details are in BOLD with most-essential & -timely first.
  4. MAZBWQ:SUBSECTIONS: WHAT, WHY, WHEN & WHERE, WHO, ALTERNATIVESADDITIONAL POST HISTORY.

MAXFOC:WHAT

  1. MCYFVR:See Google Spreadsheet MCXCYW, 1st clicking blue upper-right button “Comments” & reading that.

    1. MD1GLB:See what I & others are voting & why!

    2. MD1DMR:GET EDIT ACCESS!

      1. MCYI7V:then use this spreadsheet to take-organized-notes-for what you fill in on your ballot and why, indeed get very organized in your voting, plus to record & share your votes and/or reasons with other readers to guide their decisions, too!  plus, if you wish, to improve the document! I & others would love to see your votes & thinking.
      2. MD1EUV:Simply post a comment requesting it else, on the author Destiny’s bio, click-to-send a message requesting it.
        1. MD1FD2:Unless you specify otherwise, the email address given access to the document will be the the email address of the account you post from or you send from.

MCM25E:WHY (plus a bit on how to use it)

  1. MCZEKI:As I expect other sensible people would, too, I find this very useful in 4 key ways:
    1. MCYFYF:1st, it includes, and enables me & others to share, very relevant links giving key info for each of the choices one has to make 
      1. MCZGUC:such as links to to the matching Ballotpedia entries, the best source of info I’ve found on state propositions & county/city measures across the US, neutral & showing both sides, including especially being a wiki like Wikipedia so you & everyone can contribute.
    2. MCZENN: 2nd, and best obvious reason: for coming up with one’s vote if it is to indeed be the best choice, as
      1. MCZEOY:Ballot issues (the best answer (yes or no) to a proposition or measure) are often very tricky
        1. MCZEQC:for instance, regularly there is a proposal which seems reasonable but then on careful examination it has dangerous consequences which would make me decide to instead say NO, and seeing how other smart people endorse/vote can alert me, “Hold on, not so fast!”
          1. MCZETQ:A good example, on 2012 US.CA’s Proposition/prop 35 “[Increase ]Human Trafficking. Penalties.” (row MCXEX6 of the table).
            1. MD1RGQ:Say I’m rushed filling out a ballot. And my quick reaction is, “Yes, I’ve recently seen on CNN documentaries and in movies about the terrible human trafficking still going on, including much sex trafficking including getting girls (under 18) into prostitution here in the US -that’s disgusting, so YES. And in fact I see both the California Democratic Party (column MCY71Z) and the California Republican Party (column MCY6ZJ) saying YES, too, whenever today do these 2 parties both agree?!  (–well one case is when they are BOTH acting reckless, which is also certainly not unheard of these days, as…)
            2. MD1RHC:But wait a minute, here voting NO I see (in column column MCZD2Z) the ACLU, an organization famous for correctly protecting others civil rights exactly where most people would miss why & mistakenly say “Of course, these `simply bad people’ should be stopped” (at a cost to everyone per “First they came…”),  plus (in column MCXDAN) Destiny, an MIT grad long publishing on social & romance issues, and voting with in high confidence(in column MCXFHD). So wait a minute, maybe the proposal actually has serious problems (it does) indeed so bad that it it does more harm than good. And sure enough it does,
              "I am not sex offender" No on 2012 CA Prop 35

              MD29H4:Indeed, per this graphic, I even am reading sex workers, including former sex workers, would be mislabled for life as sex offenders

              and indeed Destiny gives (in column MCXDB4) the his reason which makes sense: indeed I (hypothetical voter) now also remember/realize that it’s way too easy & happens today for the US to wrongfully legally label people a “sex offender”, a label which sticks for life, and then also bans one from Facebook per their (IMHO “Natzi“-like “ethnic-“cleansing) TOS plus possibly from other important Internet services, and this proposal just makes both matters worse plus also starts easily wrongfully labeling people human traffickers & sex traffickers as well. Indeed the analysis says “duplicating or selling these obscene materials could be considered human trafficking even if the offender had no contact with the minor depicted.” -but that would be a violation of Freedom of Speech points out Lucy (indeed this is correct, but for child porn in the US, there is an exception however having-an-exception is wrong IMHO plus the exception is for selling not duplication). Moreover, by that, it appears my teenage boy could email a copy of a porn pic of his teen friend, including even if he didn’t realize the girl was were under-aged, or even seemingly of him with his 17 year old girlfriend while they were “going at it”, or (as Lucy points out, not saying which to protect identity) a grandmother could send pictures of her grandkids playing in the bathtub, and now be considered a distributor of child porn (plus, in the 2nd case, guilty of statutory rape), so labeled a sex trafficker so now legally listed as a sex offender for life, including of course also getting his Facebook account cut & removed for life –all way too extreme punishments including a bunch of stuff which shouldn’t be wrong.  And now Electronic Frontier Foundation is opposing as understandably see the registration requirements now treating those labeled sex offenders as no longer as real people. Moreover, column MCXD8Z gives me the entry in Ballotpedia and indeed, from the  I discover the lead donor is the bill is “the former head of privacy at Facebook”, a company which a deserved bad reputation in the privacy world (for notably NOT protecting people’s data from their own abuse of it). And Google Search(NO California Proposition 35) shows these & increasing more people saying or switching to NO as happened to me once I read & considered the details.

            3. MD1RHU:So, instead vote “NO” on Prop 35 as it actually goes way overboard.
        2. MD1LJM:Other times there is a ballot proposal which seems obviously good, but then we are deluged with ads saying it’s got problems, but then those problem complaints are indeed a trick for companies making big money by taking advantage of us with things as they are.
          1. MD1I2W:A great example is 2012US.CA’s Proposition/prop 37 “[Label ]Genetically Engineered Foods” (row MCXF74 of the table).
            1. MD1RIB:On first glance indeed this sounds great: be told what you’re eating.
            2. MD1RIT:But then you’ll probably hear lots of negative adds against this (as on TV), so may be tempted to simply vote NO as Joan did (which Joan not specified to protect identity).
            3. "Prop 37: YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW: GMOs: Corporate Charlatans vs Organic Heros"

              MD2ACS:Even early in the race, to those looking at the donors, it became clear the opposition were the big GMO producers & sellers who then, not surprisingly, very much DIDN’T want to be labeling (so telling you) all the non-natural stuff they’ve been feeding you.

              MD1RJ2:But just stop & think: why so much negative ads?  And (to give you a huge clue) against simply being required to honest tell you what’s in the foods you eat?  Because this would be so bad for you? I think not! Rather because it would be so bad for the people selling you the foods, cause they really don’t want you to know! (And because they then can no longer call their foods “natural” when in fact they almost never are, rather they’re largely genetically modified);  because then you’ll buy elsewhere or insist they test & improve -so well seems it’s not going to cost you, it’s going to cost them to start showing you the respect they should have been showing you all along!  And you can find strong verification of this by going to row MCXF74 of the table, where, among lots of useful info on the prop, column MCXD8Z gives you the entry in Ballotpedia, revealing who’s against it especially who’s funding those negative ads: the big food & chemical companies selling you the genetically modified foods without telling you!  –so big most will be names you well know & until-now probably trusted (Dupont (huge chemical company), Pepsi (snack food maker AND fast food chain owner), Kraft Foods, Coca Cola, Nestle, General Mills, Kellogg, Cambells, Heinz, Hersey, Smucker, Ocean Spray, Mars, Hormel, Bumble Bee, Sara Lee), and lead by one you may not know (but rest assured they are well known the food industry): Monsanto, who has meanly monopolized & raised-the-cost-of US soybean production (which is also key for many vegetarian foods) with their patented genetically modified soybean, as I first learned from 2008 nationwide documentary Food, Inc. (7.8 in IMDB); indeed there you will see these guys and more are spending “$45,600,000” to insure this doesn’t pass, so then you won’t get told their foods are genetically modified, which is among the highest of any California proposition I’ve seen and over 4x more than what the supporters of the bill can afford. And there you will also see who opposing them: who is supporting this prop: no surprise, it’s the “Food with Integrity” companies (to quote Chipotle‘s great slogan) you generally can trust to actually deliver you healthy food plus NOT label stuff as “natural” when it’s not: names you’ve probably heard of as Whole Foods MarketMother’s Market & Kitchen, and Food, Inc. (warning Americans of this in 2008 as I mentioned above) plus my favorite restaurant of all time, Chipotle Mexican Grill –yeah!  (Oh, and Chipotle‘s serves huge portions so everyone can afford it, so there’s no excuse that “Food with Integrity” can’t be affordable).

            4. MD1RJE:So vote YES on Prop 37 because indeed for the the obvious reason: because people deserve to know what they’re eating!
        3. MD1LSH:And there are more types of ballot proposition/measure tricks. So overall, stop & think & check the info in the table before you vote!
      2. MCZINJChoosing the best candidate (person for the job) can also be tricky
        1. MCZIPG:especially given both:
          1. MCZIQ2:often one doesn’t know the candidate
          2. MCZJ0A:and voting-party-line doesn’t work well as candidate may not have party label, or has a party label but:
            1. MCZIQV:no one party can be trusted to always do good things
              1. MCZIWZ:especially today with what seems to be increasingly believed as US government’s worst problem” both democrats & republicans being heavily lobbied especially in Congress (where I hear, for every congressmember, there are 20 outsider people (lobbyests) hired full-time to push him/her into making the law the way their corporations or organizations want it)
            1. MCZJ3D:Especially with the world typically oversimplified to 2 parties, no one party will capture everyone’s views.
        2. MCZJ58:so this can give key links & share others choices & reasons just as it does with proposition & measure choices.
    3. MCZJ3D:3th, for remembering what all I voted & especially why, and not paper-based but in the cloud where I can find it & share it.
    4. MCYG9M:4th, enables people to get to know each other better including in a few deep ways: how they actually vote, plus optionally their reasons!
      1. MCYGG7:a bit like one of my favorite games Scruples, which, a bit like the Newlywed Game show, surprises even married couples with each other’s decisions & why.
  2. MCYG1L: an individual formally & completely sharing who/what they’re voting for & why, including entirely or mostly what they filled in on their ballot
    1. MCYG6Z:I’ve never heard of it, unless the person is a politician,
      1. MCYGCV:possibly since it totally violates “Don’t talk about politics, especially to people you possibly just met” (as here it’s published to anybody the web!, so perhaps quite taboo)
      2. MCYGDL:but
    2. MCYG7K:It strikes me as a good idea
      1. MCYFWY:Well, already sharing my reasonings & opinions on some many other social & technical issues, indeed helping create these websites JotHere.com to help everyone do similarly, it just feels natural to also share my governmental votes & reasonings.
      2. MCYG86:especially if one simply uses a standard or super-secret  pseudonym to share it (say just giving first name or a fictional name)
      3. MCZJ9K:plus for the universal reasons mentioned above
        1. MCYGQO:Best of all, enables one to make better decisions by seeing what others are really picking & why.
    3. MCYO7H:and indeed alternatives are now appearing as well.

MCM2AJ:WHEN & WHERE

  1. .MCYGW8:In order:
    1. MCYHIL:The 2012.11.06tue US Elections
      1. MCYHJ6: all choices off the 2012.11.06tue General Election in US.CA.LA.Santa Monica (sample ballot)
      2. MCYHK3:all voting recommendations (matching) from the rather impressive Laguna Woods Democratic Club voting recommendations (given to me by a friend) pg1 & pg2 of 2.
      3. MCYHT3:DestinyArchitect‘s votes & reasons
      4. MCYHU2:more
    2. MCYHUF:more

MCIOTR:WHO

  1. MCYFQB:For overall, see title..
  2. MCYFR6:For an exact list, see the spreadsheet.

MCYO1K:ALTERNATIVES

  1. MCYO9W:MCYO9W: Google Search(share your ballot) finds a number, some listed below
  2. MCYO8S:roughly from most to least similar, & ideally compared:http://www.dailydot.com/politics/election-november-6-ballot/
    1. MCYQ43:November6th.Org

      1. MCYQ4P:1st found on review http://www.dailydot.com/politics/election-november-6-ballot/ found 6th via MCYO9W.
      2. MCYQ9Z:BIG PRO: appears seriously scalable.
      3. MCYQBJ:Notable PRO: Allows for comment along with each vote.
      4. MCYQCE:More TBA
    2. MCYOER: CaliforniaChoices.Org

      1. MCYOG0:1st found 10th via MCYO9W.
      2. MCYOXY:present example: 2012.11 California Propositions and especially their endorcements.
      3. MCYOJJ:Notable PRO: includes great tabular data on how leading orgs stand
      4. MCYOPB:Notable Pro: appears more scale-able except say for California in name & election selector
      5. MCYOTW:Pro: includes database of poll videos
      6. MCYOVF:Pro: apparently computes vote/poll totals from user submissions
      7. MCYONK:Pro: Quite good looking.
      8. MCYP6Y:Pro: somewhat better control of your vote privacy
      9. MCYOOJ:Possible Con: may not be updatable.
      10. MCYP8S:Probable Con: Can’t readily compare your votes with your associates in a single table
      11. MCYP7R:Notable Con: no votes cannot be user entered.
      12. MCYORR:BIG CON: only handles California Elections.
      13. MCYOFA:BIG CON: only handles (state-wide) propositions
      14. MCYOKQ:BIG CON: does not capture confidence & reason for each vote
    3. MCYPJE: http://elections.chicagotribune.com/ballot

      1. MCYPOU:Found 1st found 2nd via MCYO9W.
      2. MCYPJY:BIG PRO: handles all ballot choices
      3. MCYPKT:BIG CON: only handles current Illinois ballots
      4. MCYPM4:CON: no related links & stats
      5. MCYPMV:More TBA
  3. MCYQDR:More TBA.

M31R7R:ADDITIONAL POST HISTORY, in order:

  1. MCYHXZ:~12hrs ago, created the spreadsheet but that might be hard to find (even though indexed) and introduce
  2. MCYF6Z:so now created this post
    1. MA0XOK:How:
      1. MA0Y30:create by doing Copy to a new draft of http://1.JotHere.com/3690#MCINQO latest release MCMVOG
      2. MAFH1U:edit to fit, including giving fresh IDs to whole & history items.
  3. MCYID8:completed 1st version
  4. MCYQGA:ALTERNATIVES:added; 1st published.
  5. MCZJU5:WHY: fully rewrote this section including adding more that it seemed people would want to know when I introducing this.
  6. MD1GOV:dadded selling intro selling points MD1CRO & MD1GLBMD1DMR: added so doesn’t have to be explained in intro msgs;changed title fr(governmental voting, ideally with reasons, of DestinyArchitect plus a few other persons & organizations); added examples MD1LJM & MD1LSH; pst2012.11.05mon1751.
  7. MD1OC1:Per Lucy’s suggestions, fixed title & other typos; MCZEOY examples: broke into subpoints for easier reading;  MD1RHC: some improvements.
  8. MD24D2:MD1RHC: some improvements; added 3 graphics; pst2012.11.06tue0240.

  16 Responses to “US voting, ideally with reasons, of DestinyArchitect plus a few other persons & key organizations”

      • Our related SMSing

        Me to ..”Bill”.. (XXX) XXX-XXX2 – mobile
        11/2/12 2:40 AM 2 days ago

        Me: Bill,u &ur family voting in the General Election? We might want to discuss selections. I’m doing by-mail so hoping to mail mine tomorrow ~5pm. 12:32 AM
        ..”Bill”..: I’ll be voting in person next week. Too lazy to study just yet, but need to do it soon. 12:35 AM
        :
        Me: Well it wd be useful&timely if u started now, we cd compare notes, yes? +what’s the plans of Robert&ur other local relatives? 12:38 AM
        Me: Await ur reply. Also this site seems to have outstanding voter info, as this example we’re voting on http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_34,_the_End_the_Death_Penalty_Initiative_(2012) . 12:55 AM
        ..”Bill”..: Busy, will study later. 12:56 AM
        Me: So save that URL & site, truly; what u studying on? 12:57 AM
        :
        ——————
        Me to ..”Bill”.. (XXX) XXX-XXX2 – mobile
        11/4/12 5:13 PM 72 minutes ago

        Me: Did you get my email today at “12:06 AM Today” (about voting)? It’s very timely and I’d appreciate ur feedback comment posts before I distribute it more. 5:11 PM
        :
        ..”Bill”..: I’m procrastinating, I’ll try to get through everything some time tonight. 5:13 PM

      • Bill, thanks for really getting into this spreadsheet, including using it to choose your votes, including there posting your votes (column MCY6RT) & reasonings (MCY6S9), which then led me to quickly see where you (like me) your initial reasons weren’t complete so I was able to point that out to you (via notes on the reasons you gave), where you read that and 2 of 3 times you changed your vote for the better. And had you not “procrastinating” (your above SMS), my guess is it would be 3 of 3! Plus I was delighted you added a few rows on additional candidates unique to your area’s ballot. All this, especially how it quickly & interactively taught you better votes, is is quite an endorsement of this system! Having done your voting selections just a few hours before polls closed put a rush on both of us which indeed resulted in me being late to the 7:00pm the OC Poly mtg. Resulting action items:
        *Please post your own comment review of your experiences here.
        *Please decide one’s votes sooner next time (this seems a very common problem. including I didn’t allow enough time myself).
        *I want to develop this system notably further; more TBA!

    • Sharon, regarding our talk in-person pdt2012.11.02fri1900~ on the above voting (what each of us are planing to vote for & why):
      *I quite appreciate our good talk!
      *My mother was glad we talked too, and said afterwards she was pleased by everyone being able to have a good talk on politics!
      **She was anxious to leave at the time because she was tired and had work to do at home, but she didn’t yet realize (as I thought she would have) that you & I hadn’t ever had much time at all to really talk about anything substantial (unlike she has with you), but I told her as we drove off and then she understood and was glad the time was spent.
      *In the table above I’ve included
      **some pretty great info already (including for you to use in your Tuesday voting)
      ***all the info I shared with you & more but now in writing.
      ***the great Ballotopia links I promised you.
      **3 Columns for you to real-time plan & record your voting & reasonings hopefully ASAP
      **a link to this article above, which also gives a great additional intro to that table, especially the WHY section.
      *On Prop 32, as I mentioned when we talked, you seemed to have some inside info on that, yourself having had paycheck deductions for unions for years, so you were thinking of voting Yes on it. Well to add to that experience, per the table, row MCXER2 tells the details of this proposition. There you will find the great Ballotpia link (for this) that I mentioned http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_32,_the_%22Paycheck_Protection%22_Initiative_(2012) plus you will find my latest vote & reasoning, and can add your own.
      **As you said you could, please read that in light of your real experience with that then I would be pleased if you would post your findings & reasonings there (I’ve given you edit access) else a reply to this comment else email me.
      *Enjoy & let me know (ideally via updates else email) how it goes!

  1. About an hour ago, I read this over and was able to use the spreadsheet to help me mark my ballot, especially Propositions 35 and 37, I wound up siding with the organic food movement, YES on 37 and, reluctantly, with the ACLU, NO on 35. I think a better plan could be crafted to attack the evil of sex trafficking with more care for civil liberties. Destiny has compiled an impressive array of information here, but, sadly, I’m put off by the writing style and graphic design — the black background, the cluttered typography, the outlining, the convoluted sentences. Thanks much for helping me get a job done quickly, Destiny, but I just wish you had writing and graphics working for you rather than against you in putting your good information and ideas across.

  2. Proposition 30 – temporary taxes to fund education.

    I voted Yes because as a dad of young kids in the public school system (currently a charter
    school which has mega-API scores (tied with #2 in all of Los Angeles County and #1 in all of
    Orange County, believe-it-or-not – the only drawback and a major one is that there isn’t
    enough money from the district to fund the school adequately.) Hence, greater taxation. Sadly, the
    military, immigrant, and entitlement issues will never simplify/lessen so the system is
    doomed to failure, in my opinion. There are too many highly-paid bureaucrats and their pensions
    in the civil service system of California. Only police and firemen should have generous pensions.
    No one who does not put themselves in harm’s way should get the largesse of the huge pensions.

    In actuality, all primary, secondary, and college educational taxes should be collected from parents
    of current children enrolled, not from all people, obviously. That is unfair.

    Proposition 31 – state budget initiative constitutional amendment.

    I voted Yes for the obvious reason. Spending restraint.

    Proposition 32 – political contributions by payroll deduction.

    I voted no since politics are already too corrupt, high-brow and well-to-do. They need less money, not more.

    Proposition 33 – auto insurance companies prices based on driver’s history of insurance coverage.

    I voted no since it would be used as an excuse to exclude a class of people who need to be insured, for the rest of us!

    Proposition 34 – Death Penalty

    Yes, get them out of society since the death penalty will be endlessly appealed and only really happens in a few states.
    Exclude them permanently through permanent lockup, though at cost to the general public. 

    Proposition 35 – human trafficking penalties.

    Yes for the obvious reason.

    Proposition 36 – three strikes law, repeat felony offenders

    I voted no so that three strikes and you’re out, without exception. Voting yes would make a 3rd conviction on a non-serious felony
    if not serious or violent, impossible. It is proven that three strikes reduces crime by taking repeats out of the system. For the same
    reason I believe in executions and the death penalty. Take them out. It is the onus of the state and all our shared guilt to do so.
    Lawyers and judges have prevented safetying the populace in return for personal criminal rights. Not good.

    Proposition 37, labeling genetically altered foods.

    I voted yes. We need to know what bad stuff is in food. It’s bad enough that non-GMO frankenstein mini-dwarf-hybrid wheat invented in the 1970’s is
    in everything, activates opiates in the brain worse than even sugar, and results in what we see now happening in America. I eliminated all
    wheat and wheat-substitute starches from my diet about a month ago and feel great. No crackers, cereals, breads, etc. Basically I look at
    the ingredients on the box. If it says “wheat” or “starch”, I toss it and move on. In fact, I completely avoid the cereal/grain/crackers/cookies 
    aisles at the store. Any other aisles. But not those. While it produces a 10x yield on equivalent acreage crops due to being half the height
    and not blowing over / being unsalvagable in storms unlike the tall wheat we all think of in middle-America, the cost to the world is immense
    in pre-diabetes and diabetes. I just finished the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis, MD and am blown away by what cross-breeding
    wheat which gets more complex on each cross-breed rather than simplifying. At least GMO can do that. But it can take many years or
    generations to see what these things do to people. Mini-dwarf-hybrid-wheat is a complete monster. Avoid it (all wheat now is MDHW).

    Proposition 38 – tax to fund education and early childhood programs

    I voted yes. Again, an active Dad. I wouldn’t vote for it if my kids were grown and didn’t or wouldn’t have kids or if I was unable to pay, obviously,
    which may be the case some day. Until then I vote for what helps the kids, however unfair the laws are that apply across all instead of selectively
    to those with the need. I for one believe that Friedman’s school vouchers is actually a great idea. Charter schools are only the bare-bones beginnings
    of it. April and Tiffany are in a top charter school and doing well. The corrupt district fights the charter every step of the way though.

    President – I voted for Obama because:

      the non-primary parties are unrealistic and simple protest votes only. i can’t contribute through a suffocated protest vote

      romney would take us into Iran and generally be more belligerent to the world. 

      romney belongs to a cult religion (Mormonism) so I could never bet on him.

      romney is worth $250M, hides much of it offshore, pays only 14% tax (gives 10% to a cult beyond that) and thinks nothing is wrong with it
       whereas Obama is worth about $10M and his vice-president is actually rather financially poor for a politician, which impresses.

    I did look at Gary Johnson of the Libertarians, but he supports legalized marijuana, which is unacceptable, plus may have many other
    extreme views. Roseanne Barr of Peace and Freedom (or Green, I can’t remember) is not a real choice though she does speak the
    truth frequently. As a Jewish woman, which she is, I couldn’t really believe that she wouldn’t support the existing Zionism (Israel has
    the Hydrogen bomb which they stole from us, like China, and others). Let them defend themselves. That’s why Churchill and T.E. Lawrence
    put Israel there, so that they would have something to fight for and not draw in the West. Let them make their mark and civilize their 
    neighbors and resolve their Semetic conflicts amongst related tribes or all die in the trying. Forces us to non-oil in the long-run. Do it.

    My primary concern about Obama and anyone is that applying equal higher taxes to everybody is wrong and the wealthy, as defined by yearly 
    income of any kind, should pay the most. Progressive, severe taxation, like FDR did, is right.

    But I don’t think the system will change as the totality of the issue is in the laws, the lawyers, the lobbyists, the politicians who are political puppets
    of the extremely international wealthy. I recently finished Andrew Carrington Hitchcock’s The Synagogue of Satan (amazingly available at Kindle) 
    which is an indictment of Zionism  and its sympathizers and what it has done to the world and many cultures throughout history.  The book is a 
    very long list (160,000 words) of the infractions through the ages. I actually got it free at Kindle at amazon.com but then it was made non-free.
    A very stark book by a man who has clearly risked his life to the Mossad Israeli secret police.

    Also, I don’t feel we can change with any elected candidate since no wise leader can exist for a long time in our system.
    8 years is the cap as Prez and several of those years is ineffective. FDR brought us out of the abyss but now we can have no other
    due to the wise limitation on terms, which has this serious flip side.

    On an additional note, please give 

     http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz

    a few minutes of your time. I believe it is an effective tool for isolating political beliefs and showing them visually on the spectrum.

    My actual position statement is:

    Position Statement

      –  enact the Volcker Rule but give it added teeth, not just able to stop the banks from investing their own
          money in the stock market but allow it to invest customers money in the stock market; instead, ban ALL
          stock market investment by bankers and require they stick with bonds only. investment houses must have
          completely separate management not tied in any way to the families of the managers of banks

        – stop the printing presses and gradually reduce the money supply in circulation over some period to give
          it back the value it once had

        – at an appropriate time, reinstitute the gold standard Nixon took us off in the 1970’s, so as to enforce spending restraint

        – patrol the southern border with Mexico with a “shoot-to-kill” order and erect a wall above and below ground to stop the invasion
          declare a formal war with Mexico if necessary to stop the freeloading. stop giving free food and hybrid wheat to Mexico. Let them
          handle their major issues. Get our balls back.

        – initiate an energy policy and use a 10,000 square mile swath of an existing American Military reservation in Nevada
          to be flattened, built out with solar photovoltaic and solar concentrators for feed-in to a massively upgraded energy grid. Use our
          computer-guided missiles, co-designed at significant cost to protect Israel, to protect the USA with the military
          patrolling the solar base perimeter and interior as well

        – stop all financial aid to Israel

         – protect oil interests as necessary but no bases and no occupation.  the oil belongs to the Arabs not us. we can buy it but not take it by force. 

        – close down ALL foreign overseas American military bases (all countries) and ambassador residences (Muslim-nations only)

        – significantly reduce foreign aid

        – effect policies which do not permit nepotism (anyone closer than a 2nd cousin could not hold the same elective  or appointed office within 20
          years – this would eliminate the Kennedy’s, Bush’s, Clinton’s, Brown’s, and many more indentured  multi-generational political families from pure 
          nepotism

        – eliminate the electoral college and go to a pure popular vote so as to eliminate entrenched cronyism by large states

        – lift the two-term max to “unlimited terms” for the President by vote of the people per-term permitting a wise enough
          President to stay in power perpetually. the vote would have to be a popular super-majority (3/4 or higher)

        – imprison those convicted of purposely preventing groups of people from voting. make it a felony

        – do away with lifetime appointments for judges. stop the graft and corruption and backhand-greasing

        – ban electronic voting tablets and put their companies out-of-business. do not permit any form of electronic voting
          whether by tablet, web, internet, etc. insist on full physical paper only with no electronic tie-ins in the voting booth.
          preserve the physical record.

        – stop all wars and bring the military home immediately. do not rebuild the countries involved in the war

        – reduce the U.S. military to half-size and spin them off into the private sector with immense retraining and huge tax breaks (for life)
          keep/increase nuclear-tipped submarines, replace the aging nuclear stockpile with newer bombs.

        – mandate drastically improved education at all levels including many more charter schools, Milton Friedman style school-vouchers,
          an iPhone/Droid for every individual 18 years or older in America, gratis, with free monthly

        – mandate that all-electric and electric/gas cars fully replace gas cars by a specific date

        – reinstitute serious tariffs against countries (like China) that expect us to do the giving in the “trade relationship”

        – delete the “anchor-baby” law. if you have a baby in this country and are an illegal, you’ll all be shipped back

        – ship illegals out of the country to point of origin. include their full family if they want to go with the illegal.

        – create giant water desalination plants in the American Southwest along the Pacific coast, akin to what Saudi Arabia 
          has had for years to deal with the effects of no rainfall and global warming
         
         – create a progressive tax system starting at anything over $500,000 income per year per individual

         – prosecute people who hide money offshore, in Swiss banks or the Bahamas or anywhere

         – reward American executives with enormous tax breaks for onshoring and insourcing. punish American executives who
           offshore and outsource with jail time in rockpile-like prisons
        
         – effect tort reform by ensuring that any tort action brought which is thrown out as “frivolous” by the judge has 10x (or more) attorney fees
           filed against the frivolous filer. 

         – remove ALL tax breaks for churches

         – lift regressive taxes on small businesses (<= 50 people) with total income less than (<$5M/year), ensure a progressive scale
           for individuals and businesses

         – prevent intergenerational wealth transfer by ensuring enormous taxes on amounts more than $100M being "passed" from generation to
           generation (it's for their good, to prevent the kids and grandkids from become drug-addicted promiscuous holier-than-thous who never
           lift a finger and think philanthropy is work.)

    Stuart

    P.S. Last, I saw a succinct review of what is going to start on January 1, 2013 and it isn't good:

    100 Days Until Taxmageddon
    Sunday will mark the start of the 100-day countdown to “Taxmageddon” – the date the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect.  They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2013:
    First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief
    In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for small business owners, families, and investors (later re-upped by President Obama and Democrat Congress in 2010).  The following tax hikes will occur on January 1, 2013:
    Personal income tax rates will rise on January 1, 2013.  The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which the majority of small business profits are taxed).  The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent.  All the rates in between will also rise.  Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates.  The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:
    -The 10% bracket rises to a new and expanded 15%
    -The 25% bracket rises to 28%
    -The 28% bracket rises to 31%
    -The 33% bracket rises to 36%
    -The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%
    Higher taxes on marriage and family coming on January 1, 2013.  The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of taxable income.  The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child.  The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level. 
    Middle Class Death Tax returns on January 1, 2013.  The death tax is currently 35% with an exemption of $5 million ($10 million for married couples).  For those dying on or after January 1 2013, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million.  A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.
    Higher tax rates on savers and investors on January 1, 2013.  The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 23.8 percent in 2013.  The top dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 43.4 percent in 2013.  This is because of scheduled rate hikes plus Obamacare’s investment surtax.
    Second Wave: Obamacare Tax Hikes
    There are twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare.  Some have already gone into effect (the tanning tax, the medicine cabinet tax, the HSA withdrawal tax, W-2 health insurance reporting, and the “economic substance doctrine”).  Several more will go into effect on January 1, 2013.  They include:
    The Obamacare Medical Device Tax begins to be assessed on January 1, 2013.  Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. This law imposes a new 2.3% excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. Exempts items retailing for <$100.
    The Obamacare Medicare Payroll Tax Hike takes effect on January 1, 2013.  The Medicare payroll tax is currently 2.9 percent on all wages and self-employment profits.  Starting in 2013, wages and profits exceeding $200,000 ($250,000 in the case of married couples) will face a 3.8 percent rate.
    The Obamacare “Special Needs Kids Tax” comes online on January 1, 2013.  Imposes a cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited).  Indexed to inflation after 2013. There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.  There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.  Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education.  This Obamacare cap harms these families.
    The Obamacare “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deductions goes into force on January 1, 2013.  Currently, those facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction for medical expenses to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI).  The new provision imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. Waived for 65+ taxpayers in 2013-2016 only.
    Third Wave: The Alternative Minimum Tax and Employer Tax Hikes
    When Americans prepare to file their tax returns in January of 2013, they’ll be in for a nasty surprise—the AMT won’t be held harmless, and many tax relief provisions will have expired.  These tax increases will be in force for BOTH 2012 and 2013.  The major items include:
    The AMT will ensnare over 31 million families, up from 4 million last year.  According to the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, Congress’ failure to index the AMT will lead to an explosion of AMT taxpaying families—rising from 4 million last year to 31 million.  These families will have to calculate their tax burdens twice, and pay taxes at the higher level.  The AMT was created in 1969 to ensnare a handful of taxpayers.
    Full business expensing will disappear.  In 2011, businesses can expense half of their purchases of equipment.  Starting on 2013 tax returns, all of it will have to be “depreciated” (slowly deducted over many years).
    Taxes will be raised on all types of businesses.  There are literally scores of tax hikes on business that will take place.  The biggest is the loss of the “research and experimentation tax credit,” but there are many, many others.  Combining high marginal tax rates with the loss of this tax relief will cost jobs.
    Tax Benefits for Education and Teaching Reduced.  The deduction for tuition and fees will not be available.  Tax credits for education will be limited.  Teachers will no longer be able to deduct classroom expenses.  Coverdell Education Savings Accounts will be cut.  Employer-provided educational assistance is curtailed.  The student loan interest deduction will be disallowed for hundreds of thousands of families.
    Charitable Contributions from IRAs no longer allowed.  Under current law, a retired person with an IRA can contribute up to $100,000 per year directly to a charity from their IRA.  This contribution also counts toward an annual “required minimum distribution.”  This ability will no longer be there.

  3. Yesterday election/voting results were announced!
    *Wow, exciting election! I must say I really got into it, and it seems many others did, too.
    *Thanks to everyone who read this & made use of this in deciding their vote!
    *I’ve updated the table with most all official voting results including for every issue the % of vote for YES (expressed as a ratio 0 to 1, to be consistent with voting 0 to 1): see new column MD4W6L and find out what items & people you voted for made it!

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