28 May 2009

a night with the potus

when i showed up at the beverly hilton, my car had to be searched and sniffed out by dogs. and it took five secret service guys, my two friends, and the instruction manual to the car to figure out how to pop the bonnet.

and then i met the president.

the end.


25 May 2009


my state is looking pretty stupid and sounding pretty weak these days. we are gridlocked financially, on the brink of economic collapse, and the entire political system is in desperate need of a reorganization.

first, there's prop 13. in 1978, the voters of california passed a ballot initiative to cap property taxes. in those first years, californians saved about $530 million per year. imagine what that has cost california these past several years, as home values have skyrocketed while the state coffers saw little to no benefit.

since passing prop 13, californians have voted to spend billions more on pet projects, by that same ballot initiative power. a power clearly too great for the greater public. as opposed as i am to this outlier democracy, at its simplest, the problem with the ballot initiative system is really only two-fold.

first, it generally means that the side with the most money buys the most advertisements, which means that the rich guys in special interests suits are buying laws. and that's because, secondly, the system gives legislative power to dummies, whose emotional connection to the issue is the driving force behind which way we pull the lever.

folks, we elect representatives to read bills, study history, hear both sides. we the voters either see some skewed pieces of propaganda, or we go off and read a 3-paragraph synopsis that makes less sense than memento, and then collectively, we vote to make laws.

let me make this clear, we are not educated enough in all of the intricacies of law, politics, and history to make laws. it is above our voting grade. and dear california, we will be in bankruptcy, and we will take the country with us, if we do not get our act together and fix this broken political system.