Richard Mazzucchi - Positive Point: Two out of three ain't bad

Richard Mazzucchi is a retired research engineer specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Full Story
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rhondar

United States

#1 Nov 8, 2010
Poor Richard, it seems that there are truly none so blind as those that will not see.

You claim that our representatives of a more conservative nature are guilty of "partisan intransigence"? When it is the left that constantly berate and are far more prone to pertinacity than our conservative friends in office.
Our President makes comments off the cuff that offend one's sense of decency and fair play, but those on the left will not condemn him for these statements. Such as "bringing a gun to a knife fight". He calls republicans the "party of of no" and then quite recently he implied that those who dare to disagree with him are "enemies". Hypocrisy and doublespeak is what people that have their eyes and ears open hear when this man speaks, I am deeply troubled that our president can voice such totalitarian comments and the so called liberals that hold free speech in such high regards, are utterly silent and apparently in agreement with the president.

The Dubai ports deal was nixed because the American people rejected the idea, president Bush honored his commitment to the us and backed down. He wanted to provide a path to citizenship for those here illegally, again he backed down.

But not so with our current president. He and his band of cronies continue to push through legislation that is very unpopular with the majority of Americans.
The fact is that Obama forced a nationalized health care tax onto the working class and exempted his loyal constituents is so unfair and underhanded that it almost defies any type of rational justification. Those that are "exempted " from the oppressive and burdensome expense of the takeover/overhaul are the very folks that voted him into office. We have the low income/ tanf/ssi entitlement crowd, academia, union workers that will benefit from this unconstitutional power grab and the wealthy individuals that don't really have to worry about heath care expenses on one side of the political landscape that support the president on this issue. On the other side we have people that have the audacity to earn a living and contribute to a program that will not benefit them. This will serve to promote a two tier division of irrationally and unfair increases in health care (tax) costs to people that have no longer have any choice nor any voice.

I will conclude with a quote from Jerry Brown, our recycled governor :

"we don't need more jobs, we need more welfare".
Save America

Redding, CA

#2 Nov 8, 2010
Mazz began with the fact that as a liberal, he could not be happier with the recent election. OK.

Lack of jobs, the very poor economy, the health care bill that nobody wanted and that ridiculous stimulus were the main factors for people turning away from the Democrats this election.

The Republicans picked up at least 60 seats in the House, their biggest gain since 1938. They now control the House 239 to 187 (something like that).

They picked up 6 seats in the Senate, including Obama's former Illinois seat.(big slap in the face).

The GOP now has more than half of the Governorships.

The GOP picked up something ridiculous like 680 statewide races.

Locally, Wally won by a landslide. Everybody knew that was going to happen. The yes vote on 19 could only garner 11 of the 58 California counties.
Speaking of counties, Brown won 22 out of the 58 and Boxer won 21 out of the 58. Which does not make a hill of beans difference, since the election goes by popular vote and the massive cities where the electorate relies more on government services traditionally votes democratic.

All in all, I am sure Mazz is not really pleased with this election.

The truth is, the GOP will attempt many bills and Obama will respond with a veto.(Does that make Obama now the President of "NO"?) Nothing to very little is going to get accomplished. Now that I think about it, that suits me fairly well. I dislike Big Government and wish they would stay as much out of our lives as possible. Do we need government? Yes we do, but on a limited scale.

Here's to you , Mazz. If you are trully happy with this election, then more power to you.
Have a nice week, and don't forget to buy American-made stuff.
Round-up Man

Chico, CA

#3 Nov 8, 2010
Well lets see. Moonbeam brown sent the working taxpayers down the river last time in office and now he can complete the job. Your choice of boxer has done nothing for the working man since she was first in office. She be another lameduck. And dope is for dopes so that was a big win when 19 went down. So the way I see it 1 win out of 3 is not bad especially in this mixed up state of California confusion.
sandslinger

Chico, CA

#4 Nov 8, 2010
Same s**t, different picture.

Since: Sep 10

Chico, CA

#5 Nov 8, 2010
Mr. Mazzucchi doesn't realize that the more things go his way the less he will have.

We can go completely green tomorrow and China, India, and Vietnam will profit while we pay....no...while we put it on this nation's maxed out credit card.

If Richard has some facts that show some of that, "green economy", benefiting the working class I'd like to see them.
Rubraindead

Redding, CA

#6 Nov 9, 2010
With the rest of the Country waking up from the last nightmare election, California is still first. First to go bankrupt. First to re-elect a recycled Govenor. All of Mazzuchi's pals will be the only ones left in this State. Broke unions, third generation welfare recipiants and extreme enviromentalist. The rest of the nation will not be to anxious to bail Califoria out. I don't see this election as a win for liberals, I see it as the end of an era. The old saying I never got a job from a poor person is still true. Demonize business and they will leave for greener pastures and take their jobs and taxes with them.
Pat Johnston

Placerville, CA

#7 Nov 9, 2010
Okay conservative wackos. Twenty months to turn it around. Better get started time is ticking! I will humbly apoligize to all, if the Republicans can do what Obama and the Democrats couldn't do. I'll expectAmerica at its best by November 2012. If things get worse, they owe me an apology! Any takers?
Round-up Man

Chico, CA

#8 Nov 9, 2010
Who in the world would take a fools bet when the thieves in washington have ripped this country off big time the past 2 years and increased their pocket books while stabbing the seniors in the back. Case in point. No cola for seniors on social security for 2 years so far while giving themselves a 6000 dollar a year pay raise. Nice try PAT.5799
Save America

Redding, CA

#9 Nov 9, 2010
Pat Johnston wrote:
Okay conservative wackos. Twenty months to turn it around. Better get started time is ticking! I will humbly apoligize to all, if the Republicans can do what Obama and the Democrats couldn't do. I'll expectAmerica at its best by November 2012. If things get worse, they owe me an apology! Any takers?
Many would gladly take that bet if the Republicans also had 60 seats in the Senate. For the last two years (hopefully) of Obummer's administration, nothing to very little will get done. Everything the Republican's send to the WH will get vetoed and they do not have enough votes to overide. Lameduck. On the other hand, the democrats owned the Wh, the Senate and the House and look how much they screwed our country up. Now even a majority of the democrats say our country is heading in the wrong direction. There is no need to apologize from good, hard working Americans. They didn't screw up this economy. It was caused by many factors and from both sides of the political spectrum. Now it's time to find better solutions than what we have seen in the last 22 months. We can help do our part - buy American-made products. Hoarding and stashing away our money is not buying products to keep Americans working.

Since: Sep 10

Chico, CA

#10 Nov 10, 2010
You guys....this was barely two days ago. The puppet masters of all your Democrat and Republicans.

Play close attention to what is being said and the reaction of the current puppet master in the middle.

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Sam

Oxford, OH

#11 Nov 10, 2010
Yes, people are contributing to global warming, but can "going green" really make that much of a difference? Does buying a $110,000 Lexus Hybrid mean that you are really making an impact? Minor changes in the things that people buy and the things that people do in their everyday lives really isn't going to do much to change what is going to happen in our future. Yea, it may make a small statistical effect over the next 100 years if more people start going green, but it really isn't going to stop global warming from doing what it it is going to do.
Save America

Redding, CA

#12 Nov 10, 2010
If "pro" is the opposite of "con", then what is the opposite of "progress"?

C O N G R E S S
Uncle Dickie

Nelson, CA

#13 Nov 10, 2010
Does the 'Polsomatic' ever use his real name?
Jack

United States

#14 Nov 10, 2010
My suggestion is to spend time in a third world country. That's America's future and we had better all be prpared. Though it was proposed that NAFTA and GAT would raise the standard of living in third world counties, what it has actually done, and will continue to do is lower the standard of living here in the US. Welcome to the future.
Fedups

Pittsburgh, PA

#15 Nov 11, 2010
mazz, smoke this in your pipe! It is quite long so it will take a few comments.

From the Investor’s Business Daily - Posted 11/04/2010 07:10 PM ET
States: The midterm elections turned into a sweeping repudiation of the Democrats' failed status quo — except, that is, in California. There, not only did the Democrats not lose, they gained clout.
Even as voters in other states said they'd had enough of ever bigger, more intrusive and higher-cost government by the Democrats, California voters said, "More please."
With the exception of the governor's office, California has been a virtual one-party state since the 1960s. Now, thanks to decades of anti-business policies promulgated by a series of left-leaning legislatures, its economy and finances are a mess, and it's hemorrhaging jobs, businesses and productive entrepreneurs to other states.
The pattern continued on Tuesday, when voters rehired 1970s Democratic gubernatorial retread Jerry Brown and rejected moderate Republican and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina for far-left, five-term incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer.
How bad has it gotten in the erstwhile Golden State? Consider
Fedups

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Nov 11, 2010
• Some 2.3 million Californians are without jobs, for a 12.4% unemployment rate — one of the highest in the country.
• From 2001 to 2010, factory jobs plummeted from 1.87 million to 1.23 million — a loss of 34% of the state's industrial base. Ask any company, and it'll tell you the same thing: It's now almost impossible to build a big factory in California.
• With just 12% of the U.S. population, California has almost a third of the nation's welfare recipients. Some joke the state motto should be changed from "The Golden State" to "The Welfare State." Meanwhile, 15.3% of all Californians live in poverty.
• The state budget gap for 2009-10 was $45.5 billion, or 53% of total state spending — the largest in any state's history.
• The state's sales tax is the nation's highest, and its income tax the third-highest, the BusinessInsider.com Web site recently noted. Meanwhile, the Tax Foundation's "State Business Tax Climate Index" ranks California 48th.
• In a ranking by corporate relocation expert Ronald Pollina of the 50 states based on 31 factors for job creation, California finished dead last.
• In another ranking, this one by the Beacon Hill Institute on state competitiveness, California came in 32nd — down seven spots in just one year.
• California is home to 25% of America's 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants. A 2004 study estimated that illegals cost the state's citizens $10.5 billion a year — roughly $1,200 per family.
• Unfunded pension liabilities for California's state and public employees may be as much as $500 billion — roughly 17% of the nation's total $3 trillion at the state and local level
Fedups

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Nov 11, 2010
This has been building for decades. Yet, despite the abysmal track record, Democrats in this election not only won six of the state's seven top jobs, they extended their hold over the state legislature, too. The GOP gained a record 680 seats in statehouses nationwide on Tuesday. In California, they gained none.
Even Democratic candidate Jenny Oropeza, who died two weeks ago, still managed to defeat live Republican John Stammreich in a race for a state Senate seat.
California really bucked the national trend.
"Democrats had a 13-point party identification advantage among California voters, compared with an even split nationwide," wrote Jack Pitney, a professor at Claremont McKenna College, on the National Review's blog. "California voters approved of President Obama's performance by a 10-point margin, whereas the national electorate disapproved by nine points.
"It's a different kind of state," he said. That may be the understatement of 2010.
A large part of the state's Democratic tilt comes from its massive Latino population. The Los Angeles Times noted that it made up 22% of the voting pool, "a record tally that mortally wounded many Republicans."
Indeed, Latinos went for Democrats by 2-to-1 — perhaps ending the naive idea of some in the GOP of a New Majority built on the burgeoning Latino population.
But the real political problem lies in Sacramento, the state capital, which is run not so much by politicians as by the unions they've sold out to — state employees, nurses, teachers and prison guards
Fedups

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Nov 11, 2010
For their part, politicians have largely ignored the state's crumbling infrastructure, failing schools and dismal job market. And it's about to get worse.
Voters also approved a new measure requiring a simple legislative majority to approve a state budget. It previously took two-thirds, giving Republicans far more leverage. Democrats, in other words, will now find it even easier to spend money they don't have.
Moreover, as its tax base shrivels, the state is lurching ever closer to fiscal insolvency. At some point, it will ask Congress for a bailout, and how likely is that with the new Republican majority?
Worse is the feeling among the state's businesses of an entrenched, almost pathological antipathy toward any job-creating activity.
As Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers memorably put it: "The killer factor in California for a manufacturer to create, say, 1,000 blue-collar jobs is a hostile government that doesn't want you there and demonstrates it in thousands of ways."
So far this year, thanks to California's unfriendly political environment, strict regulations and high taxes, 32 companies have announced they'll either expand elsewhere, move or shut down operations, according to the California Manufacturers & Technology Association.
For many, it's as simple as ABC — Anywhere But California. This is an issue near and dear to our hearts. Investor's Business Daily was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles — and for a quarter of a century has proudly called California its home.
But we too have been affected by the state's poisonous, anti-business political environment. With de facto one-party rule in the state since the 1960s and few signs of change anytime soon, our optimism about the state's future has begun to wane.
As a result, sad to say, much of IBD's future growth will happen at a new facility in Texas — where local and state authorities have bent over backwards to make us feel welcome.
California was once like Texas, but lost its way. Today, when comparisons are made, California is most often compared to Greece — another idyllic place with a sunny, Mediterranean climate on the verge of bankruptcy.
In the end, only the voters of California can change things. But on Tuesday, they opted for more of the same governance that will only make conditions worse.

mazz, you are now an armed opponent!
Robert Red Bluff

Chico, CA

#19 Nov 11, 2010
To Mr. Fedups I think you should get over yourself.
Californians voted differently because Californians for the most part are free thinkers. They don't often jump on the bandwagon of Republican fear mongering. They also live in a beautiful state and they would like to do what it takes to keep it that way. People who care about the environment don't vote Republican no matter what. Boxer helped save millions and millions of acres of desert lands when she and Feinstien added to the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks. They established wilderness preserves and brokered a deal to save five Thousand Acres of Old-Growth Redwoods. That's why Californians vote for them again and again.
Money is nice and business is important, but when the Earth is melting and ecosystem won't support the people and animals any longer does it really matter if you have a pile of cash?

I've seen entire ecosystems destroyed never to return. During my 50 years in California I've seen the air cause illness in myself and others. I've seen species eliminated and good water sources dry up. I'm now in the process of going broke in this state, but still wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We will overcome this Republican assault on California that began with the Bush/Eron energy assualt and is now fully in the grasp of a Bush/Bank Real Estate assualt. The Bush Republicans can keep trying, but they are never going to get the California Electoral Votes they so shamelessly seek.

As a citizen of a conservative red-neck county, I'm thankful for those city-folk that keep voting democratic. If it were up the people around here the forest would be destroyed and the last salmon cooked. The streams and rivers would be further dammed and destroyed and a suburban hell would stretch from Chico to Redding with no open space left. The Air would be far worse then Southern Cals and people would be dieing all over the place.

So, Bring it on you Business Heathen we're ready for you.

Round-up Man

Chico, CA

#20 Nov 11, 2010
Robert Red Bluff wrote:
To Mr. Fedups I think you should get over yourself.
Californians voted differently because Californians for the most part are free thinkers. They don't often jump on the bandwagon of Republican fear mongering. They also live in a beautiful state and they would like to do what it takes to keep it that way. People who care about the environment don't vote Republican no matter what. Boxer helped save millions and millions of acres of desert lands when she and Feinstien added to the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks. They established wilderness preserves and brokered a deal to save five Thousand Acres of Old-Growth Redwoods. That's why Californians vote for them again and again.
Money is nice and business is important, but when the Earth is melting and ecosystem won't support the people and animals any longer does it really matter if you have a pile of cash?
I've seen entire ecosystems destroyed never to return. During my 50 years in California I've seen the air cause illness in myself and others. I've seen species eliminated and good water sources dry up. I'm now in the process of going broke in this state, but still wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We will overcome this Republican assault on California that began with the Bush/Eron energy assualt and is now fully in the grasp of a Bush/Bank Real Estate assualt. The Bush Republicans can keep trying, but they are never going to get the California Electoral Votes they so shamelessly seek.
As a citizen of a conservative red-neck county, I'm thankful for those city-folk that keep voting democratic. If it were up the people around here the forest would be destroyed and the last salmon cooked. The streams and rivers would be further dammed and destroyed and a suburban hell would stretch from Chico to Redding with no open space left. The Air would be far worse then Southern Cals and people would be dieing all over the place.
So, Bring it on you Business Heathen we're ready for you.
ROFLMAO And the stupidity continues in the welfare state.

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