Saturday, May 7, 2016

Can "Governor No" Become the Next President of the United States?

Mod: I have been a proponent of voting for third party candidates for a few years now. I don't know about you, but as far as the GOP and the Dems go, I've pretty much had it with both of them. One is as awful as the other, and each is getting worse all the time. Nationally and locally. And trust me, there is nothing happening in this year's bizarre Presidential election race that has convinced me I'm wrong about this. If anything, I am even more likely to vote for a third party candidate this year than I was in 2012.

And it looks like I am not alone. A recent poll is now showing that former two-term New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, the likely Libertarian Party candidate for president this year, is now receiving double-digit support from registered voters (link).

Johnson, locally known as "Governor No" for his many vetoes of legislative spending increases while governor of the "Land of Enchantment," which resulted with him leaving that state with a balanced budget for the first time in decades, is now getting some of the highest polling numbers of any third party candidate since H. Ross Perot.

Here is a brief interview with Gary Johnson that ran in a newspaper called The Daily Record. You can link to the entire article by clicking here.


I realize that for the longest time we have avoided discussing national politics on this site. But maybe the time has come to open that door a little bit. Obviously it is a topic a lot of people are interested in.

However, if you expect me to allow The Tattler to get bogged down in the usual cable news "us versus them" braying inanity that passes for presidential election coverage in some peoples' minds, then I'm afraid you will be disappointed.

Some folks will tell you that voting for a third party candidate is just throwing your vote away. And it is important to cast your ballot for someone conventional wisdom tells you can actually win. But what possible good is there in voting for the conventional when what you truly believe in always loses?

PUSD Board of Education Capitulates
An article published in today's Pasadena Star News confirms what I predicted would be the inevitable result. The PUSD Board of Ed, many of whose members receive substantial monetary contributions from the teachers union at election time, caved in.

Was there ever any doubt?


You can read the rest of the bad news here.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

32 comments:

  1. Of course the PUSD teachers should receive a big pay raise and additionally paid health benefits (all paid for with our tax dollars) because they have done such a stellar job educating our children. What? PUSD has some of the lowest API scores around? Oh, well, they need a raise because they're nice people, and besides, with the minimum wage increasing to $15.00 per hour, we can't have the poor teachers suffer " wage compression".

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    1. They bought and paid for it. That makes it theirs.

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  2. Having just read the title on today's Tattler my first thought was the moderator had lost his mind! Then with reading the article found out he was not talking about governor Moonbeam, thank God.

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  3. My vote needs to be earned. Nobody has done that yet.

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  4. Moody's is being unkind to the PUSD.

    "Summary Rating Rationale

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an Aa2 rating to the Pasadena Unified School District's 2016 General Obligation Bonds. The bonds consist of Series 2016 with an expected par value of $100 million, Refunding Series A with an expected par value of $10.37 million and Refunding Series B with an expected par value of $78.6 million. We have also affirmed the Aa2 rating on the district's $314 million of outstanding general obligation debt. A negative outlook has been assigned.

    The rating reflects the district's very large, diverse, and growing tax base with solid resident wealth indicators. We anticipate these strengths to remain as the district continues to grow in 2017 amid a strong local and regional economy. The rating also reflects the district's weakened financial profile and the protracted period the district has sustained deficits. The district's debt profile is typical and also factored into the rating assignment.

    The GO rating also reflects the nature of the GO pledge which is secured by the district's well sized assessed valuation and voter-approved unlimited property tax pledge. The county rather than the district will levy, collect, and disburse the district's property taxes, including the portion constitutionally restricted to pay debt service on general obligations.

    Rating Outlook

    The negative outlook reflects the district's ongoing operating deficits that we anticipate will continue in fiscal 2016. While the current financial profile is sufficient for the rating, continued operating weakness will pressure the rating."

    https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-assigns-Aa2-to-Pasadena-USD-CAs-GO-Bonds--PR_903289722

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  5. http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/06/politics/donald-trump-endorsements-paul-ryan-meeting/
    Romney discusses third-party candidate
    As Republicans declared their allegiances, The New York Times reported that Trump had tasked his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to work with his campaign and help set up a transition team should he win the White House. But word also surfaced that Romney had met with leading conservative editor William Kristol to discuss how best to get an independent candidate into the presidential race.
    Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, told CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel that he's working to get a strong independent candidate and wanted Romney's thoughts on who it might be, how it could be done and whether Romney would help -- to which Romney agreed.
    Kristol then suggested that Romney should consider whether he "might be the candidate" -- although Kristol qualified the remark by saying he's not "actively working to get him to run."
    A message left with a spokeswoman for Romney was not immediately returned.

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  6. Romney? Really? That's the best Kristol can come up with?

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    1. It is a low threshold year.

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    2. Richard Nixon wasn't available.

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    3. Do you miss me yet?

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    4. Is Dubya's refusal to support Trump's candidacy good or bad for The Donald?

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    6. 9:22..... NO!!!!

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  7. Trump Is on Track to Be the Next McGovern
    http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-05-04/trump-is-on-track-to-be-the-next-mcgovern

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  8. Huffington Post: Meet The Third Party - If you’re a Republican who can’t stand to vote for Donald Trump, Gary Johnson might be your guy.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gary-johnson-2016_us_56e1df47e4b0860f99d85380

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    1. Thank You! for helping to elect Hillary also.

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    2. As a Conservative, HuffPo is always the first place I go for advice.

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    3. Trump vs Hilary is a race to the bottom. One is no better than the other.

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  9. As a true libertarian, I think we should never have let the government infringe on our property rights to begin with. Listen to that one neighbor who complains about having to change his deck to follow code - his entire house is made out of wood, yet some local government official tells him that his deck cannot be made out of wood because of fire concerns.

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    1. Thank You for helping to elect Hillary.

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    2. The Donald has been helping the Clintons for decades.

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  11. Pete Siberell has been named Grand Marshal for this year's 4th of July Parade. Another good reason to go to the beach.
    http://www.sierramadrenews.net/?p=21927

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  12. PUSD teachers get a 6% increase? That's nothing.

    Sierra Madre taxpayers get a 66% UUT increase on 7/1/2016.

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  13. Off topic:

    "How international students are changing the 'rich Asian' narrative" Christian Science Monitor

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0506/How-international-students-are-changing-the-rich-Asian-narrative

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    1. http://qz.com/265576/why-university-will-never-be-a-meritocracy/

      "...If Pinker were to have his way and shift to a strictly academic admissions system, the following would happen:

      A huge increase in Asian enrollments;
      a modest decrease in white enrollments, but with strong Jewish enrollments;
      a substantial reduction of African American and Latino enrollments;
      an increase in people who don’t give back;
      a very angry group of industry leaders, senators, governors, and other powerful people who are really angry that their kid didn’t get in.

      Harvard as we see it today would cease to exist. You’d instead see it turned into something like Berkeley or Cal Tech, which are white minority institutions. How would he deal with the inevitable blow back?"

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  14. Libertarians want the good things people provide via government. They're just too selfish to pay for those things.

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  15. Gotta love the rock and hard place many Republicans find themselves betwixt.

    While retired politicians like W. and H.W. are free to not endorse Trump, those in office who wish to remain in office have to choose between endorsing a narcissistic fool who is seen as a threat to and is despised by many of their corporate owners, um ... I mean donors, and ceding the White House and possibly many seats in Congress to the Dems, thereby angering their corporate owners, um ... I mean don..., oh heck, corporate owners.

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  16. It's really strange how the wealth class consistently supports Republicans for the Presidency.

    Surely, it's not due to a desire for greater GDP growth, better stock market returns, lower unemployment, higher increases in real wages, and fewer months of recession.

    Those measures are better when the President is a Democrat. http://www.factcheck.org/2015/10/clinton-economy-better-under-democrats/

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  17. Go Dedicato!!!!!!!! You have every right to exist in Sierra Madre

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