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 What's Your "better" New Year's Resolution?

Casting aside "traditionalism" for What's Best, I have downsized my Hope and Aspiration to one of what's "better" for me and my Extended Family, and thusly, the politics that I will encounter and address, when it comes to the Big Transition, or the inevitable move from a white Democracy and into a brown Democracy, suggests to me that a "pool" of talent for the Oval Office, requires that I consider, not Populism, but Prudence.

Therefore, I will commence advocating "for the Presidency," of both Labor Secretary's Robert Reich and Hilda Solis for the Democratic Party's nominee to become the President of this good old-fashioned United States.  And in doing so, moving our national politics to the Center-Left, and where Jobs become the defining moment for this Transition, is an absolute necessity.  In doing so, I will be 30 years ahead of America's Power Curve.  And should you join me in this Endeavor, our crafting the American Dream in the form of a national Test of Ambition, will prove beneficial to the next generation of smart voters.

Now, what's your "better" New Year's Resolution.

The Public Policy Board--posted on December 29, 2013

The Intentional and Under-Appreciated Deficit Con

For the insightful amongst us all “Common Sense” purveyors, we have forgotten that Dick Cheney once told us that “deficits don’t matter” and yet, he was quite insightful since this gimmick continues to inflict considerable economic pain onto all of us. Take, for example, a much larger employment regimen would increase governmental revenues by over $450 billion annually, and reduce our Safety Net spending by $150 billion when the reduction in spending for unemployment insurance, food stamps and Medicaid is factored into any stringent economic analysis.

And yet, when it comes to our public discourse, this increase in governmental revenue and the attendant spending cuts in the safety net, is not even considered by the “deficit scolds” since the ‘target’ for all this political animosity is focused on the national debt and for increasing the debt limit is scheduled for sometime next year. Moreover, government “borrowing costs” will remain at the lowered expectation of a 1.5% APR though fiscal year 2015 according to the latest pronouncement from the grizzled Chairman Bernanke at the Federal Reserve, as part an parcel to their Second-Half Charter responsibility for Full Employment. In short, this statement represents that the Fed will step up to the plate but the political leadership in Congress and at the White House have to do their part too.

And historically, context and content matters when viewed as a ‘feature’ and not as a ‘bug’ according to us, the “racial and ethnics” in our neck of the woods that is the Sonoran Desert. Consequently, we are the presumptive “experts” when it comes to the ‘white Pander’ when we consider that this Pander is an explicit character behavior of white Conservatives amongst the Democrats and the Republicans. To wit, the Conservatives “just don’t care” regarding the Middle Class and the Poor.

And now to our “demand”!

First, and foremost, the Oval Office “needs” to create a “Certificate of Ownership Obligation of Debt” in the amount of $16 trillion and send it over to the Federal Reserve and place this Certificate in a non-interesting bearing account. And shortly thereafter, the Fed creates the requisite amount of “digital dollars” and done in order to pay-off the existing debt owners of our Federal Obligation. Consequently, when these debt owners are removed from our political lexicon, Congress will allocate $500 billion annually to “pay-down” our Certificate held at the Fed. And in doing so, over the next 32 years, this debt will be wiped out, and thusly, when America’s “racial and ethnics” become the “majority,” our national debt will be either “manageable” or eliminated in its entirety. Otherwise, America’s “racial and ethnics” will be facing a minimal national debt in excess of $28 trillion, and which makes “maintaining and managing” America virtually impossible. And if so, the Mayan Prophecy missed it’s “mark” by 32 years.

Secondly, we need to “borrow” up to $1 trillion and activate the Regimen Construct for “nation building” here in the United States and where these monies are segmented into the “deficit” column. For in doing so, we can forge the Super Highway to Sizable Growth. Furthermore, if we have to borrow an additional $1 trillion and thusly encapsulated into the Deficit Column in order to craft the Pathway for “escaping poverty,” I won’t have to continue “listening” to the two Michaels. As such, my politics is personal.

To wit, Michael Gerson for suggesting that President Obama has to “pander” to the African American Male and Michael Barone’s suggesting that any disagreement with white Conservatives is equivalent to Barone’s quoting Alexis de Tocqueville, for “finally reducing each nation to be nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals to which government is the shepherd.” And now entering into our political picture is Doug MacEachern, a former White House speech writer, and who is adamantly opposed to bringing Native American/Chicano history into the 21st Century. And why is this important to all of us? White Conservatives refuse to recognize and acknowledge that Native American/Chicano military vets provided the “security detail” that enabled Cesar Chavez the opportunity to die of old age, despite the rigors and responsibilities that go with leadership. And when seen from the totality of the conservative mindset, our history is both invidious and insidious and must be rejected “at all costs” otherwise their “control” becomes diminished and which is inconsistent for their long term viability. Of course, this political wrangling at the margin continues to occur out of sight of the mainstream. And needless to say but I will, this behavior for denial, deflection and diversion is the main course for today’s political meal, or so, and to wit, conservatives have victimized themselves, albeit, inadvertent or unintentional.

In closing, how we, as Native American and Chicano military vets, engage ourselves into today’s political arena, our “majority” for the future that is our grandkids, is being placed in jeopardy, if we continue to “listen” to the intellectually lazy in our political arena and where the “unassailable” fact is deem irrelevant, given that “tax cuts” have no apparent linkage to “jobs.” Since our electioneering and votes were predicated on Jobs and More Jobs, we cannot lose sight of “You’re not wanted here!” instruments yesterday’s conservative Common Sense. And tomorrow’s conservative Common Sense will be instrumented with “Yes, we’re not wanted here!”


Jaango--posted on December 17, 2012

Where Are The "Civilian Review Boards"?

For many years now, here in the Sonoran Desert, Chicanos have been “demanding” Civilian Review Boards to oversee the local law enforcement agencies, but these agencies and their chain of command have been resisting this oversight, given the wealth of political deals “being cut.” But these political deals “can be uncut.” And as per the usual, Phoenix, Arizona, has been at the forefront in this political opposition to the establishment of these effective Civilian Review Boards, despite the Mayor’s Office being held by the traditional Democrats.

Just as the former Mayor challenged the Obama administration and Congress on his opposition to Arizona’s SB 1070, the current Mayor could not have been elected without our overwhelming number of votes, and as such, we too know how to make our political “demands” made public, and this instance, this too may require that our ‘demands’ being made public.

Obviously, politicians are covering for the expected behavior demonstrated by the law enforcement chain of command. And this is being reported, and on a national basis, by Eric Lichtblau, writing for the New York Times on March 31, 2012, and with his article titled, “Police Are Using Cell Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool.”

“Law enforcement tracking of cell phones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.

“The practice has become big business for cell phone companies, too, with a handful of carriers marketing a catalog of “surveillance fees” to police departments to determine a suspect’s location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services. Some departments log dozens of traces a month for both emergencies and routine investigations.

“With cell phones ubiquitous, the police call phone tracing a valuable weapon in emergencies like child abductions and suicide calls and investigations in drug cases and murders. One police training manual describes cell phones as “the virtual biographer of our daily activities,” providing a hunting ground for learning contacts and travels.”

Of course, this cell phone tracking has become a more than just tradition, it’s become unconstitutional, and I kid you not. More so, if one takes a look at the prevalent laziness among the law enforcement agencies.

Now, here is what one of two persons, and with the second person emphasizing ‘global surveillance’ in Great Britain, and which is not being addressed here, are emphasizing on the internet, and who better to be informed than are bloggers, since traditional reporters can’t be everywhere and can’t be expected to challenge the subject areas their employers don’t want to address on a public basis. And this is occurring at Arizona’s sizable array of media outlets.

From David Dayen of the political blog, Firedoglake.com:, and titled, "Pervasive Cell Phone Tracking Performed Even By Local Law Enforcement" and dated, April 2, 2012, explains further:

“If you haven’t seen a movie where the cops track their target through a cell phone, you haven’t seen enough movies. And yet it’s deeply invasive, especially when it’s done without probable cause. Like many law enforcement tools, it becomes a crutch, a lazy way to advance an investigation without any attention paid to legality. It’s the Taser of surveillance.

“One alibi given here is that the technology has zoomed past the law, and police departments simply don’t know where to draw the line. But the Supreme Court recently ruled that police could not attach a GPS device to a suspect’s car and use it to track them without obtaining a warrant. There’s functionally no difference between that and warrantless tracking through a cell phone. So this is unconstitutional behavior being described.

“And the telecoms have no problem giving up this information. After all, what did they learn from the FISA scandal? All they had to do was apply the right pressure to Congress, and they obtained retroactive immunity for collaborating with the government on wiretaps and information dumps. So why would they care about the civil liberties issues around cell phone tracking? In fact, this is lucrative business for them.

“Cell carriers, staffed with special law enforcement liaison teams, charge police departments from a few hundred dollars for locating a phone to more than $2,200 for a full-scale wiretap of a suspect, records show.

“Law enforcement officials maintain that this type of tracking saves lives. And in our law and order society, that may be enough for people to acquiesce. But just the fact that this ongoing behavior has to be exposed by a newspaper, that police departments feel the desire to keep it secret, shows you that they know they are engaging in less-than-legitimate behavior here.”

Now, I have several friends residing in Gilbert, Arizona, and these friends would be extremely upset, if they “knew” but don’t, what Eric Lichtblau was reporting, and here is a small snippet.

“And in Arizona, even small police departments found cell surveillance so valuable that they acquired their own tracking equipment to avoid the time and expense of having phone companies carry out the operations for them. The police in the town of Gilbert, for one, spent $244,000 on such equipment.”

In closing, the Chicano Veterans Organization is going to take a “close look” at this existing behavior among the law enforcement agencies, and if necessary, take the decision to politically activate a ‘program’ that will consist of “demanding” of our Elected and Appointed Officials, to establish Civilian Review Boards comprised of attorneys acceptable to our Spanish-speaking communities, to sit on these Boards to insure ourselves that America’s “wrecking crew” does not further diminish or denigrate our citizenship rights into ‘standardizing’ the notion that if you can’t “legislate bigotry or racism, then, you buy it.”

End of story?

Or rather the commencement of a ‘quiet’ story that is yet to be told? 

Jaango--posted on April 2, 2012


 
 
The Military Vet's Public Call for the SCOTUS Resignations

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court rendered its decision on Arizona’s version of the Clean Elections Campaign law, and thusly overturned a federal appeals court, and done via an ideological/ political decision in which the richer candidates for elective office trumps the lesser-funded candidates, as well as the desires and wants of the general public in Arizona relative to including a panorama of worthwhile "Ideas" into our public discourse and eventually into our Rule of Law.

Consequently, Arizona’s public referendum and taken affirmatively at the ballot box, amply demonstrates that the SCOTUS decision is far more than just a mere reactionary's ‘overreach’ and it’s for this reason that we are calling for the public resignations of Chief Justice Roberts and his colleagues, Associate Justices Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy. Thus, the decision’s focus on the cavalier dismissal toward Arizona's majority voters is deemed “contemptible” and which is an understatement when viewed from our perspective and from that of our peers.

To use an apt sports metaphor, the first strike occurred with Citizens United, followed by the second strike and that being their decision on Wal-Mart. And reversing the Clean Elections Campaign law of Arizonans is their third strike. To wit, “You’re out of here!”

Chicano Veterans Organization
Phoenix, Arizona
June 27, 2011

The Census Bureau and the Attendant Analytics

With the latest release of data from the Census Bureau, and as it pertains to Arizona, the majority of everyone under the age of 17, are Chicanos.  This is the good news.

And even better good news is that the parents have not raised the sons and daughters, as well as their grandkids, to be either bigots or racists, or both.  

Of course, our Tip of the Hat goes out to these Arizona parents for having the tenacity and fortitude for having demonstrated their good parenting skills over all these years..

And starting next year, these young adults will be voting for the first time in a presidential election.  Now, comes the easier part and that's to mount an effective voter registration campaign.

And in equally good news is that in four years, Senator John McCain's senate seat will become vacant.  Consequently, an African American, a Native American, or a Chicano, will be able to commence a serious and viable campaign for this presumptive vacant seat in the United States Senate.

Posted on March 11, 2011 

Two "Unassailable" Facts and a Security Tax

When a military vet understands that Social Security taxes represent 42% of the budget receipts and that 39% of budget expenditures are for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the obvious assesstment calls for a "security tax".  Thusly, a Security Tax levied to pay for all those Pentagon corporate welfare programs, would point the citizenry to the real sources for waste and corruption.

And for these past twenty years, a latest and privately-funded educational assessment found that of all youngsters entering a public high school, only an approximate 50% ever graduate.  In contrast, of students attending a 'private' high school, these students do gratuate at over 90 percent.  And since this disparity has been ongoing for these past twenty years, add on another twenty years, and any adult--for not having attended a private high school--will be scrambling for a job that pays, at best, a minimum wage.

Given the demographic trends and the attendant 'hard' science, at some indeterimant point in time, the majority of our fellow citizens will be non-high school graduates.  So, what will become the ultimate in the public policy response for addressing this future?

As best as I can determine, the major political parties will not likely respond appropriately until the rank and file within both political parties adopts the mantra for "toss the bums out" will anything change.   Consequently, it's for this reason that the Chicano Veterans Organization continues to advocate for "empowering the Individual" and in keeping with our mantra for an "Academic-Military Draft".

From our Policy Board

An Academic-Military Draft

Over at the Atlantic Monthly Magazine, Stephen Burd is the author of “The Subprime Student Loan Racket” and he has an excellent recap of private educational institutions and their impact on the economically disadvantaged students and whom are attempting the achieve their respective American Dream. This Dream, obviously, no longer exists. Regardless, I encourage you to read Burd’s article since it is an eye-opener. This article is in the latest issue of the Atlantic Monthly and is easily found on the Internet.

However, we, here at the Chicano Veterans Organization, have a much better approach to achieving the American Dream, given our historical and successful experiences and ongoing efforts. Thus, we offer this solution in the form of an Academic-Military Draft.

And by way of background, in a discussion on academic standards and the potentiality of a serious devolution or a lessening of these ‘standards’, the economically disadvantaged comprise only 2.5% of the overall student population in our colleges and universities, and thusly, if this devolution were to in fact occur, others in the majority would be doing this “devolution”. Therefore, having to defend institutions of higher learning can become a bitch, if the opponents and whom favor less use of governmental taxpayer monies for education, can be beaten back, then, the notional for the “fiscal scold” is just that, a propagandistic delusion, since a lessening of educational spending improves the viability of even more tax cuts as perpetuated and personified by the political operatives residing on our national political spectrum, and known as the Right.

Consequently, lost in all the political bluster and blather relative to “empowering the individual” and for looking at education as an investment for the economic development imperative, is easily dismissed, but not by us in the Spanish-speaking community. And we, whom have demonstrated our experience for political sophistication for all these many years, our vision of the American Dream, will eventually make it into public policy, given our rapidly expanding demographics in the years to come. Equally important, is that reality informs and teaches that the respective Community of Chicanos, Native Americans, and African Americans, and taken together, we are from communities that are inherently progressive in Philosophy as well as in Thought and Action. Long story short, being “regressive” is for dummies.

And how will this “individualized empowerment” take place?

In any event, a high school drop out or a high school graduate can enlist for a three-year period. During this time frame, the enlistee will spend 50% of the time on the military mission and the remaining 50% of time will be spent on the academic mission. Thus, at the completion of this time frame, the enlistee will have completed the GED, if necessary, and go on to complete a two-year course of study and leading to an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies.

Upon separation and with an honorable discharge in hand, the now former enlistee can walk down to any financial institution and borrow the requisite monies to complete his or her third and fourth year of academics at any college or university in America.

Now, what are the tangible and intangible benefits that will accrue to our national community? Consider the following:

1. At the completion of this military enlistment, there is no financial burden that has to be carried forward from having completed the enlistment as well as the Associate of Arts Degree.


2. Parents do not have to contend with the added pressure that comes from having to scrimp and save over many years in order to send a son or daughter to college.

 
3. The institutional dilemma for matriculation into a qualitative college or university is easily mitigated or overcome by the respective former enlistee due his or her having created a three-year history for the actualization of self-discipline and leading to many successes. And more so, since there is no “test” that exists in America and which can effectively measure “ambition.”


4. And for those enlistees desiring to make a career in the armed forces, each will be on the receiving end of an opportunity to attend our military academies. Consequently, our Elected and Appointed Officials will not have the need to intrude with their Letters of Support. As such, there is no continuing institutional legacy perpetuate as is now found in the current status quo, of the political sort.


5. Traditional programs for loans, grants, and scholarships, will be directed to the students attempting to acquire their third and fourth year of academics. And with the availability of more monies, graduation rates will increase, unsurprisingly.


6. Student services will become better focused on “unmet needs” than on perceived needs.

 
7. Of course, State Legislatures will face a two-pronged dilemma. A reduction in spending patterns for first and second year students will have to be addressed. And the follow-on choice will be to ‘target’ the expansion of public spending on the graduate schools of our public colleges and universities.


8. Given that our ongoing Schematic for Community Colleges has been a boon to the business community, this low-level technical training is not going to disappear, notwithstanding or despite the many and loud voices to the contrary.

In closing, we can easily envision that the two-fold objectives of the Schema for Community Colleges—matriculation to a four-year institution, and providing for the requisite low-level technical training, requires that the Community College and the attendant decision-makers, consider expanding this low-level training component where necessary to meet the needs found in our respective communities. However, a greater effort is going to be required to solve the drop out rate--ongoing efforts will not solve this dilemma or even come close to any achievable succes from the macro-perspective--  and the overall successes when it comes to increased graduation rates. To date, the usual and assorted decision-makers are neither addressing nor achieving our “unmet needs” in the Spanish-speaking communities all across America relative to our public policies. And this Academic-Military Draft does address our needs, effectively and efficiently when it comes to 'empowering the individual'.

From Our Policy Board


Universal Health Care:  Four "options" Available To You

Whe it comes to separating the 'wheat from the chaff' I am sure that you have reached the following conclusions that I have, and if not, I will be unpleasantly surprised.  To wit, the following:

1.  Status Quo:  This is the existing schematic for Corporate America's medical insurance policy.  Currently, the 40 Republicans in the Senate are unwavering in their support for this existing paradigm and will NOT support anything else.

2.  "Public Option":  This  is the "reform" schematic that a few 'centrist' Democrats are seeking in their misguided quest for a non-existing bipartisanship in the Senate.  Again, the 40 Republican Senators have voiced their opposition to any 'public option' under the political cover for "bipartisanship" and which is being made available by these Democrats.  Thus, instituting 'reform' will destroy competition.

3.  "single-payer":  This 'option' has been taken off the political table for obvious reasons, but in the House, a leading Democrat, John Conyers of Michigan, and the large swath of members residing in the Progressive Caucus, are undeterred while moving forward to round-up the requisite number of votes, and now have legislation available that the full House will be required to consider and decide, and which puts the Democratic Sentors in a tough spot relative to their constituency and voters, or for siding with Corporate America.  Despite the traditional opposition expected by the Republican members, the House's Blue Dogs, will have to decide, either their fealty to all the Democratic Members in the House or instead, to Corporate America and with the implicit campaign contributions that can be expected or may have already arrived.

4.  "expanding the VA's medical and hospital schematic":  Here at the CVO and a few dogmatic Democrats and who continue to see "value" in Equality and Egalitarianism, hold strongly to our perspective and advocacy.  However, no one, either in the Senate or the House, will advocate for our position.  Thus, the Moral Mountain is too high too climb for the members of Congress.

And thusly, we are left with the notional that we are NOT victims of their disinterest or their abject neglect, but we are fortified in our belief that white America achieved its Era of Insanity and which has lasted now for over seven years or since 9-11.  And we compare this "7 years" of time to a similar manner in which it will take white America to realize that achieving Equality and Egalitarianism via Universal Health Care, can only be done by expanding the VA's medical and hospital systemic and where the sole purpose of this overall effort  of our's is premised on "medical care delivered."

At the end of the political day, and after counting your voice at the ballot box in 2010, you will be the decision-maker, provided your Elected Representative(s) is not participating in the notional that is our current and existing reality for "The best money in America can buy our Congress."  In short, should you determine that your "needs" and "wants" must be contrasted with your self-interest, then, do do.  If so, the large industries of insurance, big pharma and the medical doctors, will be incapable of convincing you to reject your unassailable self-interest.

Jaango

 Lobbying Effort

The Chicano Veterans Organization will be establishing a "lobbying" effort in our nation's capitol.  And should you have the desire to participate as well as contribute financially to this overall effort, please contact us.  And keep in mind, all financial contrbutions will not be tax-exempt.    Upon receipt of your email and the level of the financial contribution, we will contact you on a private basis, explain what is contemplated, and thusly, your opportunity to discuss in detail your area(s) of concern to be addressed.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

Jaango.