I have no problem if Starchild wants to give the speeches.
I am not a good public speaker.
I spent part of today making an outline of what I would say if I were speaking.
The ideas presented are my own.
You may use them or not as you see fit.
DEFENCE AND MILITARY
We should not remain in Afghanistan
as we cannot dictate their political institutions and culture.
We cannot transport our democracy to Afghanistan.
Individuals have a right to live their own lives as they see fit as long as they
respect the rights of others to do the same.
We do support the rights of gays to marry.
It's not a question of Federal issue or state issue; state's do have
We believe that any benefit offered to heterosex couples ought to be extended to
same sex also.
As to whether one state has to recognize same sex marriages of other states,
it's is not clear.
Article 4., Sec 1, Sentence 1 seems to say so, but ......sentence 2 seems to
imply that Congress may grant exceptions.
Is DOMA constitutional? I think it probably is.
Article 4 does not apply sincce Federal govt is NOT a state.
Public education is too costly largely because it has no competition.
It is not very effective because of it's coercive nature.
Vouchers are not entirely acceptible, but it would be an improvement because it
would place consumers (students and their parents) in control in place of
Year around schools?
In a Libertarian world there would probably be schools that offer a 9 nine mo
year and others that offer a 12 mo year.
Students could decide for themselves which they wished to attend.
There is no reason why educrats have to make that decision for everyone.
What is responsibility of Cal to Fund state colleges and universities?
First of all state does not fund anything; it is merely middleman between
taxpayers and taxreceivers.
Second lets suppose the state decides to "fund" colleges and univ 10 billion
One of four possiblities will exist.
A They will fund some education for some students
B They will fund some education for every student.
C they will fund all education for some students
D They will fund all education for every student.
Options A and C are unstable as students who are not subsidized will clamor for
It is not fair to tax students who do not or can not go to college to subsidize
the education of those who do.
Optioin D is unattainable as there is no finite amount that will fund all
education for every student.
Option B is fairest, but it is unstable as students will clamor for more
If you decide that the state should "fund" education, you have problem in that
you can never raise enough money to pay for all education for everyone
there is no point between zero and infinity that is stable or in
No matter how much money the state spends, there will always be unmet needs and
wants and demands for still more funding.
Wall Street is definately NOT responsib le for the mortgage crisis and
The federal government is!
The feds began the mortgage problem back in hte 1990s.
The Senate and House banking committees were holding hearings threatening
bankers with regulatory and/or statutory punishment if they did not make more
loans to low income persons.
They did pass a law (CRA) requiring them to do so.
To do this bankers had to lower their lending standards.
The Federal Reserve facilitated this by holding interest rates artificially low
throughout the 2000s.
This stimulated a bubble of mortgage loans many of which were subprime.
Congresspersons pressured Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy these loans from
banks and sell htem to investors.
Some investors bundled them into derivative securities and resold them to other
Credit driven bubbles always burst sooner or later.
Financial publications in 2000s were constantly speculating on when that would
The crisis occurred in 2007 when many variable rate loans reset to a higher rate
and mortgage payers were not able to make payments.
None of this would have happened if Congress had not pressured bank to lower
Nome of this could have happened if Federal Reserve had not held interest rates
low and/or Congress had not pressured Fannie and Freddie to buy subprime loans.
Was it right to bail out the companies? No, but .....there would have been no
need to do so if the government had not caused it in hte first place.
What to do to improve the economy and reduce unemployment?
Government does not have any magic wand to solve these problems.
Excessive debt will have to be liquidated.
Excessive housing prices will have to come down.
Govt spending does not create wealth or employment.
Every dollar that govt spends has to be taken away from some household or
Increased govt spending will be matched by decreased household or business
Hope this some ideas.