Notice: In February of 2019, according to the Webalizer stats program for this site, traffic to this site was all but cut in half, with Google.com and all its subsidiaries disappearing from the referrer list except for a few stray entries per month. After two years, Google returned as Google.com/search. That lasted a short while until the first of February, 2021, when both Google.com/search and Bing disappeared entirely, with Google.com then taking up some of the slack. I have no way of knowing with absolute certainty what is behind all the schizophrenic nonsense, of course: a faulty stats program or corporatocracy censorship (test searches appear to support the latter), but if there is any accuracy issue with Webalizer, I am considering it between Webalizer and the various search engines. In the meantime, if you agree with any ideas presented on this webpage, or consider it to be worthwhile information, I recommend posting or sharing a link to the page where you can. Otherwise, it may not reach very many people - DC. added 2/23/20, rev 1/21/21, 2/16/21
President of the United States
I certainly hope no-one takes me seriously about this—the part about Dave for President—it just seemed like an efficient vehicle for conveying my thoughts. Anyway, here is what I would do (or try to do) as president, i.e., my platform. A couple items might sound like science fiction, specifically a sunlight-to-hydrogen economy and genetically modified babies, but I do believe the groundwork for such concepts has been laid. If it seems unlikely that such things could be acheived in even an eight-year term, I would point out we landed on the moon just eight years and two months after JFKs 1961 moon speech.
1 Ensure that government agencies such as the EPA, FCC, and CPB are working for us and not “them.”
2 Restore the Glass-Steagall act and continue pushing for the restoration of other consumer/economic safeguards that have been methodically removed over the last 50 years or so. Clearly there are those who would like to completely dismantle the safe haven for savers/investers which the Glass-Steagall act helped to create. Some of their deregulatory fiddling was reversed by Dodd-Frank (which is under attack), but I would push for more.
3 Outlaw all coupons and any sort of mail-in rebates, club cards or related "reward" programs: The latter are all obviously designed to harvest your information and track your purchases. It should be anyone’s prerogative to shop where they want without having to pay for their privacy. And coupons, nowadays, can too easily be used to overprice the poor; making it necessary to own the latest expensive computing device to get “that discount” is but one example. A clause ensuring that the online price must always match the store price would also help solve that problem. Of course, penalizing (taxing) people for not joining the "collective" has become rampant. Rules to protect the individual are long overdue. rev 6/22/19, 7/14/19
4 Outlaw any sort of discounts associated with store credit cards, or any other type of card (as a precaution): Under my tenure, anyway, you can rest assured that a cashless society—which must be the worst idea ever devised by man (at his present stage of development, anyhow)—will never happen.
5 Outlaw the use of credit score to discriminate against any job applicant, and make sure its only legal use is as a tool for banks in the money lending process. A few states have already passed their own laws to this effect, but a national one is needed.
6 Beyond restoring Glass-Steagall, update the rules for banking practices. We all know the shady practices that some banks and credit unions do that penalize the poor: account maintenance fees designed to steal a person’s last dollar so they can impart an overdraft fee on top of that when the account holder writes that bad check, or charging outrageous fees to mail a monthly statement that probably does not cost the bank more than 1st class postage, with the only other option for receiving a statement being to purchase the latest computing device that supports a browser that supports the latest encryption algorithms—all of which requires an internet connection, of course; which exposes their new device to malware and viruses. And then you have some credit card companies and loan agencies still getting away with "murder." An update of Federal rules regarding such practices is long overdue. Such laws at the Federal level would level the playing field for all banks and businesses.
7 Institute a personal tax structure more like the highly prosperous mid-twentieth century, when the wealthiest paid a much higher percentage than they do now, and use that revenue to lower cost burdens that have been shifted to the middle class, such as rebuilding our infrastructure, higher education, etc. rev 11/08/20
8 Instead of attempting to appease US corporations with any more lower tax rates, tell them if they do not bring their profits back to the US, declare them, and pay their fair share of taxes on them, they will no longer be allowed to do business in the United States. (The United States is a huge market. If they want to take their business and product elsewhere, I’m sure there will be someone else more than willing to move up and take their place.)
9 Implement a single-payer health system, and relegate the existing health insurance industry to a much less prominent role. The trick will then be to keep any social-nanny-type restrictions designed to protect the individual from him or herself from creeping in. Modern medicine has gotten very complex and sophisticated and continues to do so, while the population is growing older. The US needs a health care system that is as simple, streamlined, and cost efficient as it can possibly be; not the disjointed, complicated mess it currently is. As large a country as the United States is, it could be the best and the most efficient in the world, by far, as opposed to the least efficient. rev 5/26/19, 6/22/19, 8/07/2020, 11/08/20
10 In the near term, strengthen the US-Mexican border to stave off any rapid influx of people that may strain health care and other tax-based resources, affect wages and the job market for certain US citizens, include some very bad guys, and cause a very unfair situation for those who do respect international borders. Then set a date for any crackdown on any new violaters, as opposed to implementing some Naziesque retroactive campain against long-term illegals. (A more extensive border wall should have been constructed many years ago.)
11 Make sure the US has a well funded and unhindered genetic research program (unhindered by any goofy restrictions on stem cell research, or embryonic stem cell research, etc.) with the goal of engineering people who are—on average—more intelligent, healthier, have longer lifespans, are less superstitious, and are less violent. This may require genetic samples of many thousands or even millions of people, and the collection of personal data, all of which should be completely voluntary.
12 Make any such discoveries and the gene splicing technology (potentially the greatest tool mankind could ever utilize - if used wisely) necessary to implement it available to the entire planet, and indeed to every person on the planet, so that any couple on earth—regardless of social status—can select the latest and best DNA sequences for their child. (The DNA sequences—a very small percentage of the human genome—would be added to their own to create a unique embryo.)
13 I completely forgot to include this in my original post; I’ll have to have a talk with my “campaign manager” about that, but anyhow: I will stand up to the oil and coal industry and make energy independence for the US a top priority with emphasis on solar energy to hydrogen research. Once there is no need whatsoever for the US to run trade deficits (which have "taxed" the American people, US farmers included, since 1975 to the tune of some 6.25 TRILLION dollars as of July 2018) and perpetuate dollar hegemony, tariffs will be implemented to correct trade imbalances, counteract unfair trade practices and offshoring etc. A key part of this is to ensure that the bulk of solar technology is manufactured here, and not China, to help offset job loss. added 8/03/18
14 This one would probably have no significant economic impact, other than salvaging a few meter reading jobs, perhaps, but I would try to enact a federal law requiring that any electronic device or appliance capable-of-sending-or-receiving-information function without the need of external communication; and any device or appliance equipped with an internal antenna also be equipped with a switch in order to disconnect said antenna. For example, the so called smart meters that are being installed by power companies are intrusive and are a fourth amendment violation, no question about it, because they are forced upon people, with their privacy held for ransom. True, if your residence is hooked to a smartmeter, your power company can now monitor your activities in real time and shut your power off on a whim while sitting back, eating bon bons, and playing God; but once it is mandated that all new appliances be equipped to communicate with the meters, your house will potentially be opened up to anyone on the planet, and you will have no control over it. But that is just the tip of the iceberg, of course, as more devices equipped with microwave antennas are being sold every day. rev 5/26/19, 9/01/19, 7/19/20
15 Push for a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood once and for all and ensure absolute transparency regarding all “dark money” currently being funneled into the US election process. There are those who argue that it is up to the individual to separate fact from fiction, and any such laws would be condescending, which is a good point, but truth tellers can also be drowned out by big money interests. Some degree of balance must be restored. And then, of course, there is the disparity in lobbying resources between big money and the average citizen, which never seems to get fully resolved. added 7/14/19
16 Restore and enforce the constitutionally guaranteed rights against search and seizure that have been steadily eroding ever since Ronald Reagan’s communistic drug czar, Carlton Turner, began his assault on them. Under my watch, if any US citizen who has lived in this country for 50 years or more, or who was born in the US to parents who have lived in the US 50 years or more, is ever searched without probable cause, including that citizen’s personal property, vehicle or land etc., at any location inside the US, a US territory, or at any point of entry, the employment of the person who executed or ordered the search will be immediately terminated if a US government employee. 4th amendment violations by the private sector, as well as all levels of law enforcement, will result in fines or possible prosecution. added 7/14/19
17 New law: With rare exception, all new non-consumable products sold in the US must be in good working condition after ten years of use, unless damaged by “catastrophe” or obvious misuse. Articles of clothing: five years. Purchasers of products that have failed within their respective time frame will then be able to take the product to a branch of the Consumer Protection Agency for a quick inspection to determine the cause of failure. If cumulative data indicates a product prone to failure due to poor quality or a manufacturer’s defect, the manufacturer (specifically the individuals running the company at the time the defective products were made) will then face fines imposed by the CPA and possibly be responsible for refuding all or part of the purchase price to the purchasers. added 1/17/20, rev 11/16/20, 1/21/21
Note from the future: Congratulations, I was elected and managed to accomplish my entire list. You, the lower eighty percent of the US population, who voted me in office have now reclaimed much of the wealth that you were tricked (again and again) into handing over to the top 20% (with emphasis on the top 1% or fraction thereof). Your elected officials are now much more likely to listen to you and affect policies that will benefit you, as opposed to only benefitting the corporate elite. While humanity is still divided among races and creeds, there is not near the racism that once persisted. No one can now point to a specific race and claim it to be any more devious, or more prone to violence, than any other. Population control can now be calmly and intellectually discussed; a social credit scheme, based on GDP, has been implemented to offset rapid job loss due to automation and other factors; a strong border is becoming less and less important because all countries of the world are elevating their own societies; the colossal annual pile of tossed-out defective products has diminished; and the US no longer has a trade deficit, allowing a return to the gold standard—a tool to combat inflation, and (ironically enough) a deterrent against trade deficits. Environmental pollution is decreasing rapidly, as fossil fuels have largely been replaced by a sunlight-to-hydrogen economy. And lastly, the threat of nuclear war is something taught only in the history books. rev 8/27/19, 1-21-21
Note from the present: Sorry, but the scenario described above is never going to happen in a million years because there are enough bought-off elected officials at both the state and Federal level to ensure that none those items listed in my platform will ever happen. Due to the collision of population and climate swing, human society will descend further into chaos and authoritarian rule.
End note, some advice: Watch out for false prophets—those who would read articles like this and pretend to be a champion of the people, when all they really plan to do is trick you out of the little actual wealth you have left. (Gee, who could Dave be referring to?) No one has a crystal ball to see in the future, of course, and I did not vote for either Presidential candidate last election (2016), but if Mr. Sanders had been on the ballot, my vote would have gone to him.
5/25/18: Whenever you post something on the Internet, you never know if anyone is going to read it or not. I was therefore a bit taken aback by the sudden surge of interest in the recent advances in genetic engineering such as CRISPR so shortly after posting this page. In the original introduction, I used the words designer babies, which I quickly changed to genetically modified . . . I regret using the word designer, as it implies couples ordering up specific genetic traits for their child such as blue eyes or blond hair. I do not support the concept at all; in fact, quite the opposite: I think any genetic changes beyond what is critically necessary to improve health, and mental health, should be avoided to ensure genetic diversity. Secondly, I think it very important that the latest treatment package be available to every human being regardless of social status. In other words, the richest person in the world and the poorest Siberian eskimoe alike would have access to the same genetic upgrades for their child at any given time. I think any other scenario could, and no doubt would, be socially devastating.
2/15/21 State of the Union
Two thousand and twenty, the year of the plague and the president who would not just disappear, and two groups--commonly referred to as the far left and far right--battling each other with the weapon of mutual stupidity. Rough year, rough entry:
So it’s official: Corporate America has very nearly turned the shining example of democracy known as the United States into a scrubby third-world dictatorship. Does corporate America deserve 100% of the blame? definitely not, but certainly the lion's share. And up out of the black-tar pit known as corporate America arose a new monster; a power grab and a greater threat to US democracy than any rogue president abusing his first amendment rights, or white-supremacist mob storming the capital building; a monster commonly referred to as censorship. So I propose an emergency amendment to the US constitution verifying unequivocally that all civil liberties, including the 1st amendment, are rights of the individual, against any possible private sector, as well as governmental, restrictions or intrusions. Should an individual be able to say anything they want in the context of their workplace? or shout profanities or call for violent acts from a bullhorn in Central Park with impunity? No, of course not. But this idea that corporate America is exempt from constitutional mandates and must be allowed to control the narrative in proper public circles, or control private publishers (websites) via monetization monopolies, or webhosting etc. etc., stops here.
Beyond obnoxious corporations and large banks, what we have in the United States is not a free-speech problem; it is an idiocy problem: people who lack the common sense needed to detect liars and nonsense--on many levels. To such people, I would state: When you hear or see some windbag, be it some “shock jock” or presidential candidate or anonymous Internet personality, sit on their fat ass day after day and spew wild conspiracy theories or spout “facts” immediately after a particular event--when they could not possibly know what they are talking about--it is a very good clue that the individual is a complete fruitcake. They are not out to help you; they are not out to help the country; they are out to draw attention to themselves above all else, and they will say anything to accomplish that goal. Listen if you must, laugh it off, but I, for one would appreciate if you would not try to elect them, or their followers, to public office.
For more on that, see: The most important subject (2nd part regarding censorship).
Despite the danger, all the winy crybabies who couldn’t wear a mask, and all the morons who had to attend unnecessary public gatherings, our health care workers kept it together—hats off. Donald Trump? Well, when it came to the coronavirus, his slave-driver business-tycoon sky-is-always-blue tactics and lack of public-office experience really turned into a huge negative for the better people of the United States. As to why 70-million Americans would vote for such an unprincipled windbag who sort-of condemns murderers and dictators (when he’s not palling around with them) and asks to have a US ambassador “taken out,” (just to name a couple of the many ethical boundaries that Trump crossed during his presidency), it’s a bit of a mystery to me, but I hope some of them at least think that Trump was attempting to protect their jobs while he was, in fact, busy promoting the ongoing transfer of their wealth to the people who already have most of it.
One thing the Trump presidency did accomplish was to shed light on precisely what is wrong with Congress and how Congress has allowed the US to slide downhill in so many ways. When Trump was elected, Congressional republicans seemed to despise Trump, or at least the fact he was president. Several years later, and they all seem to congeal into the proverbial harem of Trump b*****s. Which might have been a big plus, in some respects, but with principles so ethereal they can change 180-degress practically overnight, it’s no wonder the United States has been increasingly governed by corporate lobbyists for the last 40-plus years.
But in the end, the republican leadership did come through and show some civility, only to be interrupted by an angry mob encouraged by Trump, who stated before the election that the “courts will decide who wins.” Well, the courts decided, but like an ostrich with its head in the sand and butt where its head should be, Trump chose to ignore his own memo—mark of a true petty dictator.
The media claims the rioters who stormed the capital building are all gullible Trump fanatics who believe all the dribble that comes from his mouth, but I’m afraid the truth is even dire: I would not be at all surprised to learn that many of them (the crowed that stormed the capital building) do not really care who actually won the election (i.e., what fake news the President spouts). Personally, I am fatigued with a government that has, for many years, both ignored certain problems and gradually instituted policies that have been detrimental to the United States and have hit the working class especially hard. But these people (the rioters) are not part of the of the American melting-pot ideal, and have embraced the extremist view that only their vote (the white vote) should count, and that represents a wide chasm between us.
To the far left, I have to say, censorship or destroying works of art etc. (however offensive), are not solutions to anything. To Congress, I have to say, bowing to corporate interests and continuing to assist them in transferring wealth from the people, is, and never has been a solution. And to the far right, I have to say, racism, supporting racist policies, fighting lies with more lies, and physically assaulting people (sorry, nothing the far left has done really compares) are only detrimental and also are not solutions to anything.
On the economy and building positive wealth: So it is one step forward and two, or is it three, steps back? Four? I don’t know what to say about it, really, except that the US better grow a brain and make some good decisions fast. Right now, it has dug itself a hole—six feet deep—and no, the coronavirus was not the shovel. The shovel was racism, greed, the ever-increasing efficiency of exchanging goods and information (fiber optics, giant container ships etc.), unrestrained capitalism, and—hate to lecture like Jimmy Carter on a Sunday morning, but—the people increasingly living beyond their means (personal and public debt), all added on top of ever increasing automation, thus serving to shift a production based economy to a bloated financial sector and retail based economy.
With the addition of the coronavirus, I believe I am safe in stating that we now have the closest situation to a post-depression post-WWII US that the US has been in since. Since most of the people have no wealth, it is probably more critical than ever to tax the rich. But I am in no way suggesting that the government simply collect the money and hand it out; I'm suggesting putting that money to work, reducing the national debt, creating job opportunities (production based jobs here in the US, of course, as opposed to China), and reducing the cost of things such as school tuition and medical care, all of which effectively raise the value of the cash in your pocket as opposed to inflation-causing dollar-devaluing jumps in wages* or "funny money" being injected into the economy. rev 2/16/21, 2/22/21, 2/24/21
Lastly, I have a prediction for 2024: It might be somewhat obvious, but my prediction is that about the first surge of illegals over the US/Mexican border, or the first factory full of jobs that marches to China, or if Biden and Congress fail to act to preserve freedom of speech, Joe Biden will have already lost the 2024 election. And any tech industry board members will not have to worry then about censorship anymore, as they likely will be out of a job, perhaps even out of a country. A bit to early to pass judgment, but it looks as though Joe Biden is right on track to destroy the Democratic party.
To end on a positive note: Coronavirus vaccine. Nothing more to add.
Rough year, rough entry.
* Ideally, from what I gather, if there were no corporate monopolies or collusions over prices, and the Federal Reserve did its job in preventing money not-based-on-population-or-productivity-growth from entering the economy, wage hikes would not cause inflation: (The money would come out of the pockets of the rich). However, if the money supply is increased by some means when population growth and productivity do not increase, such as through corporate or public welfare, or rampant uncontrolled loans, then inflation will surely result, nullifying any gains made by wage hikes; which has, of course, been the case for many years. added 3/02/21
References: Manufacturing Jobs as a Percentage of Total U.S. Workforce since 1939: Chart | TopForeignStocks.com (https://topforeignstocks.com/2016/12/22/manufacturing-jobs-as-a-percentage-of-total-u-s-workforce-since-1939-chart/)
Too damn broke to afford a house: Americans are largely missing out on home equity gains and there is little they can do about it. (http://www.mybudget360.com/too-damn-broke-to-afford-a-home-real-estate/)
Wealth and Income Inequality Data (https://blog.raulza.me/wealth-and-income-inequality-data/)