Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Call for Leadership and Vision

(written September 12, 2001)

In May of 1961, John Kennedy stood in front of the American people and set the goal of landing a man on the moon within the decade. This was unthinkable, almost impossible goal to achieve, yet by raising the spirit of the American will, we achieved this goal.


Because of the Space program in the 60's, the technologies developed and privatized, we created new technologies from mood rings, semiconductors, "Space Age" materials, to computers.

An incalculable economic return on the original investment in the Apollo program.

I call for George W. Bush, to make a similar challenge, which is the ONLY long term solution we have with the terrorist bred in the middle east:

" Reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, to zero, by the end of this decade".

George W. Bush just received authorization from Congress for $40 Billion dollars to clean up this tragedy and to enable retaliation by our military. This is a few hundred thousand time more money than the federal government ever put into solar energy research, hydrogen fuel cells and electric cars, in the last 10 years, combined.

Oil company executives, in the 70's declared they would invest in solar energy, "when they can own the sun".

Well, they don't, we, the people do, and the $40 Billion dollars is our money.

It is our interests in the middle east oil fields, our manipulations of their governments that raises the arms of the oppressed to strike at the US with terrorism. All of this is designed, via foreign policy, to protect our fossil fuel interests in this region. We do this to protect the interests of 8 to 10 of the largest companies in the world.

I suggest a long term vision for this money:

- we spend $20 Billion dollars to develop the oil fields or our southern neighbor, Mexico. This investment will also improve our relationship, which we could benefit from as well.

- we spend $20 Billion dollars on solar energy research, hydrogen fuel cell research, fusion reactor development.

Imagine the jobs this would create in this decade. Remember the Apollo program and it's long term effects.

Bin Laden was a Saudi Billionaire. His family made billions of dollars in construction, supported by American oil dollars.

We made him. We trained him. We gave him the money, effectively, for the fossil fuel deposits under his country, which as it happened, by luck, they were born over.

We can bomb the terrorists to oblivion, many times over. We will succeed in creating a generation of martyr's, for another, even more fervent generation to emulate. We will continue the cycle of terrorist attacks and revenge attacks forever, unless we solve our real issue:

"America's dependency on fossil fuel".

This is the only, real, long term solution, but it takes vision. No money equals no power for the oil bearing countries. Without oil, these Islamic states will revert to their Bedouin history. If they desire to live in the 12th century, let them.

But there is no revenge like obsolescence.

Once again, technology is the real path to ultimate victory


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Why are Meter Maids Preying on Us?

Two Years ago a dime bought you 10 minutes on a Parking Meter.

Today, its $.50 for 15 minutes.

Remember free parking on Sundays.

Remember meters went off at 6pm.

Soon to be a thing of the past.

Do the math, a 250% fee increase! If your credit card increased that much, Congress would hold hearing. What the hell happened?

Well, let me tell you.

Four years ago, numb-nut voters decided to create the MTA ( Metropolitan Transit Agency) to consolidate MUNI and DPT into a single agency.

Why?

Complicated, but in numb-nuts terms, all reporting agencies must have a balanced budget. MUNI has never had a balanced budget, and DPT (Department of Parking and Traffic) spews money.

Add them together, Call it the MTA, couple MUNI losses with the never ending revenue of the DPT,

WooHoo!,

the MTA has a balanced budget! Supes and Mayors are fiscally responsible, a zero net sum game agency. A clean balance sheet.

Whats all that mean?

Own a car, you are fucked.

Why?

Absolute and definitive lack of Political Will, Leadership and Integrity!

Ever see "Cool Hand Luke"? Why did he go to jail?

Lucas Jackson went to jail because he was cutting the tops off of parking meters in his little town in the South. Seems Lucas Jackson disagreed with the City fathers new idea for revenue. Seemed he felt they had lost their town and their freedoms. Lucas Jackson was not stealing the meters nickles, he was making a stand as a citizen.

Where is the political will and insight to solve San Francisco's budget mess? We are supposed to be the best and brightest city in the country, and instead of budget cuts, proper management and fiscal responsibility, all the mayor can come up with is RAISING PARKING METER RATES!

Welcome to Calder's Rants!

Well I'm going to spew. I'm not an elected official, I love my family, my children and my city and its about time San Francisco's numb-nuts get an education. Pay attention!

Definition: Numb-Nuts - Kids that move to San Francisco, think its still the 60's and vote for rainbows, swirled peas, and never to bother to read the Voters Pamphlet (not that that really matters, Voters Pamphlets are rigged anyways).