As in the parable of the frog in slowly boiling water, voters often remain in a voting path detrimental to themselves, until it is too late to change their dire circumstances. The Just Vote No Blog hopes to encourage voters to consider the often hidden consequences of proposals at the ballot box and vote wisely.
Every nation has the government it deserves – Joseph de Maistre
Homelessness – Is Housing the Problem? : When we routinely see drug injection needles discarded in our streets, we need to think whether the current narrative of gentrification and housing shortage as the primary cause for homelessness makes sense. Read More.
Looking for Free Education? – Watch Hardfire TV: Thomas Jefferson said, “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppression of body & mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” It is up to each of us, though, to seek real enlightenment. Read More
Observing the Great Blackout of 2003: Our national infrastructure crumbles while we name call on Tweets. The Just Vote No Blog suggests that on August 14 we observe the 16th anniversary of the Northeastern Blackout of 2003 by urging our legislators to mind our increasingly over-burdened power grid. Read More.
America First vs. the U.S. Dollar as Major Reserve Currency: With the fall of every major currency there are winners and there are losers. Today, some powerful potential winners are working to be the successful contenders in replacing the US dollar as the principal global reserve currency, or working to implement their agenda by dethroning it. Read More
Time for Congress to Solve the Border Crisis: Taxpayers are paying Congress to bicker, since legislators are not solving the nation’s challenges. A serious and tragic challenge is the crisis at the U.S. Southern Border. Read More
Justin Amash Declared his Independence: Justin Amash maybe did not leave a political party, but joined the growing number of disaffected unaffiliated voters who had enough of the present dysfunctional two-party system. Read More.
4th of July – Hotdogs But No History?: In his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson condemned the importation of slaves as an “abominable crime.” Delegates to the Continental Congress removed that language to ensure support for Independence from the Southern colonies. Read More.
Free Speech Rights do not Exist in the Private Sector: There is no such thing as “free speech rights” in the private arena, and the U.S. Supreme Court just told us that again. The Court’s decision in Manhattan Community Access v. Dee-Dee Halleck narrowly applies to the case at hand, but will influence how social media behaves. Read More.
Now a Credit Card Crisis? – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plan to introduce legislation that would cap credit card interest rates at 15%. Cap interest rates, and consumers benefit? Track record says different. Read More.
Antonio Gramsci – The New Hegemony: Gramsci formulated possibly the most influential philosophy of our times – rule brought about not by force or violence but by consent of the subjugated class. The plan is achieved by exercising its three components: hegemony, praxis, and civil society. Read More
Who Are California Legislators Working For?: Legislators supposedly represent the majority of their constituents without neglecting the minority. California Senator Scott Wiener says “everyone hates SB 50,” yet he is on a mission pass Senate Bill 50. Who is Senator Wiener working for? Read More.
Tax Cuts – Rising Tide That Lifts Some Boats: The 2017 tax cuts gave a boost to the U.S. economy. Workers are finding jobs. Lower-income folks take home a little more pay. U.S. companies have more money that could trickle down to workers. All this is a band-aid that leaves underlying problems untouched. Read More.
In-Car Deliveries: What Could Go Wrong?: Cities like San Francisco are home to the very rich and the very poor. The rich live in enclaves with ample security. The poor live in the streets or crime-ridden neighborhoods, and make their living in whatever way they can. Predictably, car break-ins soar. Read More
The Rough Beast at your Ballot Box:
“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold …
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.” Politics today? Read More
No Sign Congress Wants to Go Back to Work: Certainly, we the people want Congress to root out corruption, and the fall from grace of many who Mueller dispatched into the arms of the judicial system might have been worthwhile. But, was this mere collateral damage within a higher agenda? Time to find out what that agenda might be? Read More
Time for Congress to Go Back to Work?: The Mueller report is done. Is there a chance that our Congress people might go back to work? Or maybe it’s only us ordinary workers that need to produce at our jobs? Read More.
Venezuela, the Neocons Are Back! : Neocons are the liberal internationalists who imposed U.S. ideals where they saw such ideals lacking. They are the remnants of the Cold War, and the architects of the Iraq invasion. They are back and have set their sights on Venezuela. Read More.
Bay Area IPOs Coming to Raise Your Rent: The San Francisco Bay Area is a poster child for unaffordability. The Silicon Valley business cluster is expected to increase that challenge further with a coming rash of IPOs. Read More.
Why Wage Earners Live on Debt: Near zero interest rates and an abundance of fiat money have rendered U.S. wage earners redundant. Companies no longer depend on their workers for wealth creation. Read More
Progressive Cities, We Have a Problem: San Francisco is one of California’s jewel cities. Prized not only for its magnificent views, but also for its progressive populace. There is not a tax the City does not love, or a compassionate deed that is left undone. Read More
Green Deals and Watermelons: Climate deniers call climate alarmists watermelons, green on the outside and red on the inside. With talk of democratic socialism, social justice, income inequality, 70% tax, they are getting redder every day. Read More