Monday, June 23, 2014

The Power of the Vote!


1% may have most of the money, but 99% have almost all the votes; simple math.

The proposed 28th amendment to the Constitution (attempting to rectify the ill effects of the Supreme Court’s error in both the ‘Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission’ and the ‘McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC’ case verdicts) is a band-aid to cover the 99%'s abdication of the power of the vote in a democratic republic.

In 2008 and 2012 the plutocracy attempted to buy the White House for a business/plutocrat friendly candidate. Both efforts were thwarted, demonstrating the power of the vote so dramatically that gerrymandering, voter ids and restricted polling times were used to rein in access to voting (for those who were thought to be prone to voting for Democrats).

The plutocracy is attempting to buy mid-term (in 2014, as they did in 2010) elections to create a Tea Potty, Republican dominated group of state legislatures and, of course, the US Congress; the legislature that says, “NO!” to everything President Obama proposes.

If the 99% were to exercise their vote, in all elections, we could eventually retake the republic and return it to the concept: of, by and for the people.

Let's fix the problem; put the band-aids back! Voting is a responsibility, and we've already demonstrated what happens when we don't exercise that responsibility... It ain't pretty!

Stephen M. Wyman
Candidate for TX House, HD 20, in 2014
Give, "Hope and Change," a Chance... and a Push!!!
Turn TX Blue in 2014!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Truth About Hydrocarbons vs. Renewables!

The Hydrocarbon (Oil, Gas and Coal) Industries have always turned a blind eye to the hazards of extraction, transportation, burning and waste products associated with their businesses.  By overlooking the aforementioned problems, and the costs of their direct and indirect consequences, supporters of hydrocarbon usage have presented a cost/benefit (of using hydrocarbons) analysis that is favorable when compared to renewable energy (Wind, Solar and Conservation). 

This lie has been told for so long and by so many that it is readily confused with truth.  The hydrocarbon industry has continuously promoted this lie for its own benefit. 

It is well past time to tell the truth and reduce problems and pollution, while actually growing sustainable industries and jobs!  

Wind and solar must be built, installed, operated and maintained; job creation.  Wind energy is captured by wind turbines of various designs well overhead of people and local buildings.  Some claim that birds are hurt and killed by these turbines, without any known evidence, while showing no regard at all for the creatures (including people) hurt or killed just by automobiles using gas or diesel fuels; both are hydrocarbons. 

Distributed electricity generation (net metered: roof top, solar panels or local, small to reasonably enormous wind turbines) require additional, intelligent distribution grids; more jobs created...

Conservation, wind and solar (distributed generation of electricity) present direct threats to the profit margins of oil, gas and large (enormous) utility companies and therefore have been, and will continue to be, resisted by any means they feel are needed; honesty be damned.

To restore and preserve the health of the only planet we have (and all the people, plants and animals that must live here) we must recognize the Climate Change that we the people have caused (there is no need to believe, because the evidence is everywhere) and change our ways.  This not only grows the economy, it reduces health care needs and costs as well.

This is one of the prime reasons for government: enforced regulation of industry.  Industries are in the business of making money and they, too often, will not take responsibility for their actions if it might reduce profit margins.

Register and Vote in every election for the people you think will do the best job in elected office.  Remember, if your vote were not important no one would be trying to make voting more difficult.  In 2008 and 2012 a concerted effort was made to purchase the Presidency of these United States for industry friendly candidates; both efforts were defeated by voters.

Give, “Hope and Change,” a Chance… and a Push!

Turning TX Blue in 2014!