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Trojan Horse: Monterey Bay Community Power

There are political forces that are trying to nationalize PG&E through the Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) program. The Monterey County Supervisors will meet this Tuesday FEB. 14 at 1:15 PM in Salinas (168 West Alisal Street) to let people have their say. The other side has already set up a phone bank to get their loonies to speak. We need people to oppose this proposed state-owned monopoly. I will be there to speak and hand out flyers. We need more speakers—each speaker gets 3 minutes. The MBCP program is an opaque ploy to slowly emasculate a private sector power company, making citizens beholden to bureaucrats, officialdom, politicization, and higher prices without a vote from the public. In fact, all customers of PG&E will be automatically handed over to MBCP lock, stock and barrel, without authorization or client choice. Yes, you can eventually opt-out of MBCP, but it will be difficult. The MBCP will eventually strangle PG&E through state subsidizes and legislation, becoming a full-fledged government monopoly with no outside oversight, no supervision by the California Public Utility Commission (PUC). They can easily jack up rates. They will have to since they plan to use only high-priced alternative energy. Plus, they will likely not allow new competition. What a scam! Guess who have been some of the biggest proponents of nationalization in the past? Benito Mussolini. His fascist government nationalized three-fourths of Italy's economy. And look what happened. (“Three-fourths of Italian economy, industrial and agricultural, is in the hands of the state.” – Mussolini boasted in a speech to the Chamber of Deputies on May 26, 1934) There will also be a similar meeting in the city of Seaside on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 PM at their City Hall (440 Harcourt Ave.) They want all cities and the county to vote for energy nationalization.

Another scheme to destroy the working middle class -- letter to editor

Published in the Monterey Herald, Dec. 10, 2016

Another scheme to destroy the working middle class There is an active plan through Monterey Bay Community Power to have the government take control of the energy industry. The leaders of this scheme say it will cost nothing to have a local government agency provide an “energy choice.” They say there will be no taxes, no bonds, no cost to operate a costly system.

Oh?

Of course, we know there will be hidden taxes, no-voter-approved bonds and funds generated by taxes levied through national, state and local coffers, probably including Monterey County and the various cities. And what will this tax money be used for? Most likely it will pay for extremely high salaries, generous pensions and health care plans for the management and workers.

Since much of the money will come from taxes and fees, Monterey Bay Community Power can indeed claim lower electricity prices to consumers. Anybody can reduce prices when costs are secretly being paid by someone else: a slew of government agencies.

This is just another scheme to destroy the middle and working class, and socialize America.

— Lawrence Samuels, Carmel

It’s Party Time or Go Crazy! –Tuesday, Nov. 8

Since 2016 has been such a CRAZY election year, we’ve got to have an Election Eve Party or go Berserk! Sponsored by those dudes at the local Libertarian Party, Seaside Taxpayers Association and various workers on the No on Measure E, X, and Y campaigns. It is near the mouth of Carmel Valley, starts around 6 PM and Prof. David Henderson (NPGS) will provide lots of pizza. Others will bring cases of beer and other munches. Let me know if you are interested. Come and watch election results on a big TV screen while downing beer, wine and pizza.

Contact me (Lawrence Samuels) at: Lawsam1951@hotmail.com
We need to know how many crates of pizza to buy.

Statewide and Countywide Ballot Measure Recommendations

Below are the statewide and local recommendations for ballot measures from the Libertarian Party of California and the LP of Monterey County.

– Lawrence Samuels, Vice Chair

ELECTION 2016 -- Recommendations on Statewide Ballot Measures

At the August 6 meeting of its Executive Committee, the Libertarian Party of California considered the statewide propositions on the November 8 ballot, and took the following positions:

51 NO School bonds

52 NO State fees on hospitals

53 YES Voting on revenue bonds

54 YES Legislative transparency

55 NO Income tax hike extension

56 NO Cigarette tax increase

57 YES Parole for non-violent felons

58 NO Changes in bilingual education methods

59 No position taken Advisory vote on Citizens United repeal

60 NO Condoms required for adult film actors

61 NO State prescription drug purchases

62 YES End the Death Penalty in California

63 NO Extensive new gun control measures

64 NO Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) (While the Libertarian Party has been a strong supporter of ending marijuana prohibition for over 40 years, this proposition would do more harm than good, damaging medical availability, and creating additional criminal offenses and regulations.)

65 NO Directs grocery bag money to wildlife fund

66 NO Makes death penalty easier

67 NO Grocery stores can't provide plastic bags (referendum)

These recommendations are also posted on the LP California web site, at Ca.LP.org/measures

Monterey County Ballot Measures—LP of Monterey County

--Taxaholics Run Rampant in Monterey County

Measures A, J, L, O, W, Y: NO – Government greed knows no bounds. These measures levy heavy taxes on marijuana farmers in many cities and Monterey County, at rates up to $25 per square foot of farmed land, etc. Cannabis is already subjected to sales taxes. With high taxes and regulations, many growers will instead invade public parklands and illegally grow marijuana, threating the environment and hikers.

Measure E: NO – Tax for Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. The MPRPD mismanaged the money from the last tax increase. Their former manager’s salary was more than the Governor of California, although he supervised only 16 workers. He is now making over $177,000 a year in retirement benefits. This measure has no sunset clause and the tax amount can increase without a public vote. See: http://www.montereypeninsulataxpayers.org/ballot-arguments/taxpayer-argu...

Measures G, H (city of Monterey): NO – Utility tax on cell phones, and the other measure will likely increase business license fees, which will be then passed on to consumers. Measure P (city of Pacific Grove): NO – Proposal to levy a 5-percent tax on non-profit organizations like the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Non-profits are always having a hard time getting donations to help the community. Why punish them?

Measure T (city of Salinas): NO – $167 million dollar bond for Hartnell College. Only one-third of the money goes to the college. Two-thirds will go to the bond company and bond-holders. When adding up the interest on the 30-year bond, the cost will be two or three times the original amount--$334 to $501 million dollars. Wasteful and unfair to taxpayers.

Measure X (TAMC transportation sales tax increase—countywide): NO – This tax will cost each taxpayer $1,400 for the term of the tax. TAMC was recently fined by the state of California over $800,000 for mismanagement. Federal funding through the recent “Fix America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” will bring massive amounts of money for public transportation projects. We do not need both! See: http://votenoonx.com/

Measure Z (countywide): NO -- The oil industry in southern Monterey does not use chemical fracking. This is an effort to force fuel companies out of business. The problem here is that the extreme environmentalists also oppose solar power (Sierra Club sued the proposed solar plant in Lockwood, CA—and got $10 million) and wind turbines (kills birds). They oppose all forms of energy! Chevron already treats wastewater before putting it back into salt water aquifers deep underground. If wastewater was a problem, why do farmers and ranchers in the area oppose Measure Z?

Vote NO on Measure X

Measure X has enormous shortcomings. Sales taxes are highly regressive and will disproportionately impact low and middle-income residents. Plus, if this new road tax passes, many communities will be paying over a 10 percent sales tax.

One of the most important reasons to reject this new tax is that the recently enacted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act guarantees a massive investment into American roadways with existing federal monies. The infusion of money into our local road infrastructure during the next 5 years will dwarf what measure X could collect, rendering it unnecessary.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) should focus its efforts on collecting those dollars from the federal government instead of greatly expanding its mission into becoming a taxing and bonding agency.

Another annoying fact is that TAMC, like most government bodies, use huge amounts of taxpayers’ money to support its proposed tax increases. Moreover, TAMC was recently fined over $800,000 by the State of California for mismanaging its procurement contracts. Why give more money to an agency that has a habit of wasting taxpayers’ money?

Taxes on gasoline at the filling station pumps are more than enough to pay for road infrastructure and repairs. But politicians instead spend gasoline-generated taxes on non-road projects. This is why they need want more of our money.

More Info. on Measure X: http://voteNOonX.com/

Richmond Times-Dispatch Endorsed Gary Johnson

From a Sept. 3, 2016 editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsing Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson for president:

In this autumn of our electoral discontent, hope springs, as it so often does in the American republic, from unexpected precincts. Much of the country is distressed by the presidential candidates offered by the two conventional political parties. And for good reason. Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton meets the fundamental moral and professional standards we have every right to expect of an American president. Fortunately, there is a reasonable— and formidable—alternative.

Gary Johnson is a former, two term governor of New Mexico and a man who built from scratch a construction company that eventually employed more than 1,000 people before he sold it in 1999. He possesses substantial executive experience in both the private and the public sectors.

More important, he’s a man of good integrity, apparently normal ego and sound ideas. Sadly, in the 2016 presidential contest, those essential qualities make him an anomaly— though they are the foundations for solid leadership and trustworthy character. . . .

As the nominee of the Libertarian Party, Johnson is expected to be on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. He is, in every respect, a legitimate and reasonable contender for the presidency—but only if the voters give him a fair hearing. And that can happen only if he is allowed to participate in the presidential debates that begin on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. If the Commission on Presidential Debates wants to perform a real service to its country, it will invite Gary Johnson onto the big stage.

Libertarian Party to Democrats: It’s cruel to be kind

July 26, 2016 ALEXANDRIA — Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark released the following statement today:

Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and other speakers at the Democratic National Convention are espousing the virtue of love and the need to take care of our fellow man, suggesting that this can be accomplished through government programs such as welfare and socialized medicine.

But love is not born of force. Force is cold, impersonal, and offensive. And it doesn’t work.

In fact, government programs often hurt the very people they’re intended to help.

Real love is being committed not just to an ideal, but to what works. It requires opening one’s eyes to see the results that actions produce.

Government welfare creates an unhealthy dependence which traps generations in poverty. One need only drive by a housing project to get an idea of the horrible results it produces.

Minimum wage hurts the very poor. The most desperate for jobs lose their jobs. Others are deprived of jobs that otherwise would have been created and that would have released them from the cycle of poverty which haunts their souls.

Minimum wage forces small-business owners to work long, low-wage hours, and some make no money at all, or lose money, while putting their life savings at risk.

Minimum wage hurts customers. The people who shop at Walmart earn, on average, about the same wage as the people who work there. A forced pay hike for low-income Walmart workers is a forced pay cut for low-income Walmart customers.

Well intended actions that ignore results are not love, but dogma. Ignoring their devastating effects is cruel and inhumane.

The Libertarian solution is born both of a deep desire to see that all of mankind has opportunity, prosperity, and good health, and of a commitment to understanding and responding to what works and what doesn’t work.

To empower people to rise from poverty, we must remove government regulations and high taxes that hamper small businesses—and their ability to create jobs. We must remove regulations that drive up prices and lower everyone’s standard of living.

We must stop handing out privileged and unaffordable pensions and perks to government workers on the backs of private-sector workers who will see a fraction of those benefits We must stop dishing out lucrative bailouts, handouts, and contracts to crony capitalists on the backs of hard-working, private-sector taxpayers.

We must end the War on Drugs to bring down high crimes rates that plague poor neighborhoods.

We must repeal minimum-wage laws that prevent lowest-skilled workers from grabbing a rung on the economic ladder toward self-sufficiency and dignity.

A true commitment to those in need requires us to be vigorous about ending programs which do them harm. That is why Libertarians advocate policies that promote freedom, opportunity, prosperity, well-being, and peace.

Libertarianism is love. The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 and is today the third largest political party in the United States. Over 15,000,000 votes were cast for Libertarian candidates in the 2012 election, and the party has experienced a surge in new memberships during the 2016 primary season.

Libertarian Party says laws should apply equally to all

ALEXANDRIA — The FBI has decided not to push for criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server for her State Department emails. "This is a serious miscarriage of justice," says Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee. "One key criteria for laws to be just is that they must be applied equally to all."

Countless other people who have served in roles handling classified information have been prosecuted, fined, and jailed for far lesser breaches of protocol and security.

Hillary Clinton's complete mismanagement of highly sensitive information while Secretary of State, and dismissive attitude towards the situation since, shows that she is not qualified for the very serious role of President of the United States.

"What is particularly sad is that while most of us understood the egregiousness of this situation, we also knew from the beginning that Hillary Clinton was not going to be prosecuted or punished for it. Our system is allowing big corporations, big banks, big politicians to get away with things that normal Americans would never be allowed to. We bail out the banks. We bail out the corporations. We bail out the politicians. This is not justice. This is crony capitalism and crony politics," says Sarwark.

"In essence, Hillary Clinton thinks that she should not be held to the same standards that other Americans are and our Justice system is allowing that to happen. This is elitist, tyrannical, and completely un-American. No one should be above the law."

The Libertarian Party is the only political party in America devoted to protecting all rights, of all human beings, all the time. As part of this mission, the Libertarian Party seeks a minimal set of laws, that are truly just, which defend the rights of individuals, and which are equally applied to all.

July 5, 2016 From the Libertarian National Committee 1444 Duke St., Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Great Article in Newsweek magazine on Libertarianism

Great article in Newsweek magazine called "There is a Third Way and It's Called Libertarianism" by Jeffery Tucker. Such magazines in the past would not have allowed such favorable articles within it pages. But times are changing.

http://www.newsweek.com/there-third-way-its-called-libertarianism-465580

Monterey Forum/Debate May 15 for All U.S. Senatorial Candidates

The Parliament Party and the Libertarian Party (Venice Beach Club) are spearheading a forum/debate for all the candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat for California. The event takes place at the Monterey Youth Center (777 Pearl Street) in the city of Monterey on Sunday, May 15 starting at 2:00 PM. Two Libertarian Party candidates are scheduled to speak – Gail Lightfoot (LP chair of San Louis Obispo) and Mark Herd (former Westwood Councilman 2010-2014 and founder of the Venice Beach Libertarian Club LPC).

Afterwards the libertarians will go out to a pizza parlor or pub.

See Video of May 15 Forum/Debate: at https://youtu.be/GF4Gp-ZtFgo

RSVP to… Mark Herd (310) 877-8664 (A suggested $10 donation at door)