Something to think about: 330,000 voters received a Voter Guide with my statement, my phone number, and this site address in the mail. Only 803 visited this site, 1,260 voted independent (please e-mail, Subscribe, or text me if you voted for me). With a 24% turnout in this district, perhaps only the diehard partisan voters participated. As a percentage of votes, independent voting was less than half the previous election. See Primary Results (Results by neighborhood/precinct here)
You can click here to see my unheeded message to Republican voters. Their candidate took second place in this primary and will not get more than 40% in the November (general) election. 1,200 Republican households received a postcard with this information and given the results, most chose to support the Republican strategy of supporting the Democratic incumbent indirectly.
Perhaps voters are exhausted and felt helpless in the face of so much violence and screaming these past years. When I see a problem, I try to fix it. I’ve had success in 40 years of leading projects precisely for this reason. It’s very human to feel overwhelmed in the face of troubles, especially when assaulted daily by the media. I’m certain that voting an independent, a nonpartisan, into Congress is what we need and I hope some other district does better. It would bring hope, and hope can bring change. All the effort to make voting easier appears to be theater: voters won’t show up if they feel their vote doesn’t matter. And given the chance to make a huge difference, they chose not to participate.
What price patriotism? More than half my income for the year. My costs for this effort were $102,000:
- County Registrar fees: $4,480
- Campaign costs (flyers, postcards, slates): $4,859
- Lost revenue from taking seven months off: $92,708
The slates were completely ineffective: 20,000 voters reached, no significant increase in votes or Web site visits. Media mentions brought no increase in interest at all. Postcards didn’t help. Going door to door, most said they would vote for me but then didn’t vote after all. What could we do differently to save our country?
How to Move Forward
I love our country and each of you enough to try again in a smarter way. This was my third run: if you want me to run in 2024, please Subscribe and we can spend the next two years building a solid voter base. If we can get at least 20,000 committed voters, I’ll put up my own money to run again. 20,000 votes is a safe number to take 2nd place in 2024. An independent who survives a top-two primary would inspire more voters in November. Remember that in 2020, 2/3 of voters who turned in a ballot left U.S. Representative blank. If we can reach them, we will have twice the votes of the incumbent. Do you want to make that happen? Subscribe. Can we find 20,000 voters out of the 330,000 registered to vote?
Original Site Summary
I’m running because I haven’t seen a candidate for Congress that I wanted to vote for. I’ve raised a family here by working a real job, and owe nothing to a party or big donors. I’m not asking for money, just for your vote and help in spreading the word. I’m the only independent candidate in Orange County, so District 46 voters are the only ones to have an opportunity to reject partisan politics and career politicians. Please take a look at these videos. Ask questions in the comment section and I’ll answer. You can text or e-mail, too.
I’ve made a good career leading projects for many kinds of companies, large and small, leading teams and providing guidance on strategies and technical design. The work includes cost management, risk management, vendor management, and a lot more, and there’s definitely some negotiating involved. My formal education is in business, including an MBA, but I love to learn and have studied manufacturing, history, science, and literature on my own, lectures and reading, for most of my life.
Spending and Fraud
We don’t really know where the tax money goes, but we don’t seem to get much benefit. Fraud is sometimes reported and always forgotten. The unemployment fraud in 2021 wasted $20 billion of our taxes and the fraud in Washington, D.C. is beyond any estimate. Those in Congress have no incentive to clean it up, and are rarely caught when they participate. Projects are funded, pay off for donors, and abandoned. High-speed rail is one of the biggest failures in history, justified on financial lies, wasting at least $33 billion and is now estimated to lose $100 billion, and there will be no rail, no benefit. Look for a tax increase to cover these losses. The incumbent was a member of the HSRA, which developed the failing business plan.
One advantage of the pandemic is that parents saw the poor quality education their children received. California ranks low in education but the highest tax rate, wasting money again. Educational standards are dropping further as those in power say programs for highly motivated students are not fair and should be eliminated. No wonder more parents are homeschooling or sacrificing so their children can attend private schools.
Business and Inflation
Look around at all the stores and restaurants that closed. In the pandemic shutdown, small businesses were hurt most, while a secretive, partisan “economic task force” advised the governor on pandemic actions. As small businesses are driven out, big business has less competition and prices go up. The destruction of food and oil production in the name of pandemic actions and climate has created shortage-driven inflation that hits working people and the poor hardest. Members of Congress can afford these increases, but working people in Orange County still have to drive and feed their families.
The first audit of the Department of Defense was in 2018. Up until then, there was no audit, no accounting of how the $716 billion in taxes were spent. That’s about how much is spent every year, and as we learned from Enron, audits are not always honest. The 2-year war in Afghanistan cost at least $2 trillion and every “accomplishment” of that war has been reversed by the Taliban. Pointless interventions have cost too many lives and created more problems than they solved. The partisanship of the military allowed generals to lie to a sitting President about deployments and independent conversations with China. The military is supposed to be under civilian control, through the President, regardless of political party.
The pandemic response was partisan, with experts and celebrities lined up to exploit human tragedy for wealth and power. These public figures, some in official positions, lied to the public in order to obtain a desired response. The worst public figures continued for more than a year before being removed from responsibility, and it will likely be many years before the truth is fully known, if ever. The biggest casualty of the pandemic may be the death of trust in government. It was already in decline, but the willingness of government officials and candidates to lie for the sake of power is shameful and should not be rewarded by additional terms, speaking engagements, and book sales.
Government Agencies, Police, and Justice
The FBI has been a problem for decades, and now claims 1.3 million are potential terrorists. Decades ago, they actively pursued political aims in programs like COINTELPRO, and while this program officially ended, it appears they are still up to their old tricks. Congress should demand an accounting and limit their power to shape American politics. The people should be in charge, not government agencies operating outside the law. Police departments use Civil Asset Forfeiture to acquire funds from individuals who have not even been accused of a crime, and many innocent people have been imprisoned due to prosecutor misconduct. Dangerous people are released into society and the poor pay the highest price for this, while cities burn, shoplifters steal, and more businesses fail. Those in prison often lose more than their freedom, being assaulted and subject to harm beyond the intent of law. It’s a failure for everyone unfortunate enough to have contact with the system, as a victim or perpetrator. Political parties use these wrongs as talking points but have no interest in real change, which would take away a valuable tool to enrage their followers.
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