Chuck See: Hillary Speaks…

Hillary Speaks...

Yesterday I waited 3 hours in line to hear Hillary Clinton Speak. It was quite an experience; she certainly has many enthusiastic supporters. I did this because I believe that she may very well be the next President of the United States, and I wanted to see what we were in for.

It didn’t start well. After the barrage of local Democrats taking their turns at the mike, Hillary finally showed up and began to speak. But the first words were not of harmony or hope; they were words about making history and how “It always takes a Clinton to clean up the mess a Bush has made”. Clever to be sure, but are those the reasons to aspire to the most powerful position on the planet, to be the first woman or because of you last name? I was hoping for more.

And there was more. After a time she did begin to speak about the issues. I was pleased to here her speak out against No Child Left Behind (NCLB), however it was difficult to distinguish how her new ideas were different than when she supported NCLB. I was hoping to hear that Continue reading

Chuck See Endorses Obama & McCain (etal)

Barack Obama & John McCain

It is unusual for a running candidate to endorse another candidate running for the same office, but Project White House has been a rich field of groundbreaking events and this is another one. So, even as I bask in the glow of the Tucson Weekly’s endorsement, I feel the need to take the political process a step further. And though I am not withdrawing from the Presidential race, I am going to throw my less than considerable weight behind, not one, but two other Presidential candidates, fellow Democrat Barack Obama and fellow American, Republican John McCain.

I do this not because I think these two men are the best America has to offer. I do this not because I feel that if these two joined forces it would mean a turning point for this country (although I do). I do this in the spirit of tradition of the United States political system of voting for the strongest opponents of the people that I certainly do not want to see in the office (Hillary or Romney).

Of the front running candidates I feel that McCain and Obama are the most likely to reach across the aisle and try to unite this county; which is what we drastically need during this critical period of global expansion. We need unity, not division within our country to meet the domestic and international challenges ahead.

I can’t overemphasize how important this up-coming Tuesday will be to the fate of the planet. I’m sure that you will grieve with me the misfortune of the Superbowl being overshadowed as all eyes fall on the real contest, which is the Super-duper Tuesday election this year.

OK, I must admit a bit of selfishness in putting this endorsement forth, because the real reason I want Obama and McCain to face off in the General Election is so that I might feel that I can relax a bit and vote for an independent candidate. Those who know me well know that I am against party politics and I would truly love to feel free to vote for someone outside the two major parties. Perhaps I would vote for Ron Paul as a libertarian? Although probably not, because I strongly disagree on his stance against reversing the global population expansion. Sadly the Federal Elections Commission has put the nix on the Unity08 guys but perhaps I’ll vote for their man Michael Bloomberg…although I don’t really agree with his stance on gun control. Or maybe I’ll just vote for myself!

I want to take this opportunity to again thank Jim Nintzel and the Tucson Weekly for their endorsement and support through this process. Long live the free press and the government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

With hope and prayers for each of you and for our country,
Chuck See
Candidate for President.

Chuck See: Thank You, Tucson Weekly!!!

Thank You!

I want to express my heart felt thanks to Jim Nintzel and all of the Tucson Weekly staff for their endorsement and continued support throughout this campaign. You guys have believed in me when many other did not.

But seriously, it takes a lot of courage to stand up against the system these days, and the Tucson Weekly has taken its share of criticism for Project White House. But isn’t this what we should be doing, enabling citizens to participate in their government?

The Tucson Weekly gave me my start in the political world in 2000 when it ran and article that suggested that anyone could get on the Presidential ballot. That was the first time I had heard this since my mother used to tell me that “anyone can be president” when I was a child. I filled out the form and sent it in, and ran against John McCain and George Bush in the Republican race. I won’t elaborate on the outcome.

My political career has hardly been lustrous, but thanks to the Tucson Weekly I have taken an interest in government, the state of my country and the state of the world, and through this experience have gained a deeper appreciation of our plight. I wish that everyone could have this experience.

I also want to thank my fellow candidates in Project White House. They are a diverse group, but they have a common thread in wanting to improve this country. It is difficult for me to see why I was the one who received the Tucson Weekly’s endorsement. Many of these candidates have put in considerable time and effort to put forth their views, and I hope that they will continue to speak out for everyday Americans.

I also hope that Project White House will inspire the readers to be more involved in their government. This election is an opportunity to start us back on the right track. To a government that actually cares about, and works for its people.

Many Thanks,
Chuck See
Candidate for President

Chuck See: “Good fences make good neighbors…”

Berlin Wall...
I’m not sure that it follows that good neighbors make fences. There must be something seriously wrong in Mexico if people are willing to die in the desert trying to come to the US.

Imagine for a moment that the US economy is failing (which much easier to do now than last year). Imagine that you could not get a job or make your mortgage, or feed your family. Imaging further that Mexico is prospering, and there are plenty of jobs and plenty of inexpensive food. Would a border fence keep you from going down there and getting what you needed to survive? I think not.

It is possible to secure our borders if we create a mile plus wide deforested area along the border with fences on both sides and a deep ditch in the center. Then all we would need to do is continuously over-fly this area with our National Guard aircraft and destroy anything that moved in the no-mans-zone. That’s real border security.

But I don’t think that is what we should be doing. Firstly, it’s very expensive. Secondly, I believe that it is wrong to think that because someone is born south of an imaginary line in the sand that they are somehow less entitled to the bounty of our planet. OK, you might argue that we have built a strong economy here, and that we should reap the benefits of that. But on whose back was this economy built? It was built on immigrant workers, some from Europe, some from Africa and some from South America. Now we should turn our backs on these workers and fence them out?

The fact remains that we need Continue reading

Chuck See: “Give ’em Hell, Harry!”

The boys...

Boy that Barack is really giving ’em hell, isn’t he? And that McCain, given up for dead! But wait, let’s look at the numbers…

           
Delegate Count – Democrats  
State Date Delegates Clinton Obama Edwards
Total 249 179 52
Super Delegates 463 201 116 26
Iowa 3-Jan 57 15 16 14
New Hampshire 8-Jan 30 9 9 4
Michigan 15-Jan 0 *
Nevada 19-Jan 33 12 13
South Carolina 26-Jan 54 12 25 8
2,025 Delegates Needed to Win (Delegate Counts Come From AP, Wash Post, ABC News & RCP)
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/democratic_delegate_count.html  
     
Delegate Count – Repbulicans  
State Date Delegates Romney Huckabee McCain
Total 59 40 36
Unpledged RNC 0
Iowa 3-Jan 40 7 30
Wyoming 5-Jan 14 * 8
New Hampshire 8-Jan 12 * 4 1 7
Michigan 15-Jan 30 * 23 1 6
Nevada 19-Jan 34 17 3 4
South Carolina 19-Jan 24 * 5 19
1,191 Delegates Needed to Win (Delegate Counts Come From AP, Wash Post, ABC News & RCP)
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/republican_delegate_count.html  
 
Democrats  
Candidate Money Raised Net Contributions* Money Spent Cash on Hand  
Hillary Rodham Clinton $90,935,788 $78,615,215 $40,472,775 $50,463,013  
Barack Obama $80,256,427 $78,915,507 $44,169,236 $36,087,191  
John Edwards $30,329,152 $29,935,179 $17,932,103 $12,397,048  
 
Republicans  
Candidate Money Raised Net Contributions* Money Spent Cash on Hand  
Mitt Romney $62,829,069 $44,063,569 $53,612,552 $9,216,517  
Rudy Giuliani $47,253,521 $44,559,299 $30,603,695 $16,649,826  
John McCain $32,124,785 $30,306,621 $28,636,157 $3,488,628  
Ron Paul $8,268,453 $8,202,085 $2,824,786 $5,443,667  
Mike Huckabee $2,345,798 $2,340,177 $1,694,497 $651,301  
Alan Keyes $22,768 $22,768 $10,139 $12,629  
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008-presidential-candidates/finance/comparison/  

Can that be right? Hillary has 40% more votes than Obama? McCain is running 3rd? But what about what they said on the news? What’s going on here? Well, things aren’t always as the seem, and it seems that in politics things are often not what they seem! What am I saying?

Firstly, did you know that Hillary has lots of friends (we’ll defer talking about how she got them)? And did you further know that many of those friends are influential in the Democratic Party? In fact, her hubby gets to vote for her. Not a stubby little vote like we get, but a great big huge vote equal to tens of thousands of our puny little votes.

Yep, it’s called a Super Delegate. And though they cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound they can change the outcome of an election (which is much more of a super-power, in the end). These “Super Delegates” are Continue reading

Chuck See: “So I can tell you how your money’s spent”

The Economy

A million bucks

In this blog I have joined my cohort politicians in devising many ways to spend the government’s money. An astute reader may ask; “How are we going to pay for all this?” There is no simple answer.

At this point most politicians drop back to the two favorite phrases when addressing the economy: 1) we are going to tax the rich, and 2) we are going to cut government spending. Of course neither of these is the entire answer. Firstly taxing the rich has limits. If you make the tax burden too high on the rich, they will simply move to another country…they can do that. Secondly, we all agree that there is unwise government spending, but it is much harder to get Congressmen to agree on whose pet project should be scrapped.

The problem…

But first let’s look at the problem in some detail. The national debt is currently about 9 Trillion dollars. That’s a nasty number. Let’s try to make these numbers more understandable, and personal, by looking at Continue reading

Chuck See: “As long as I get to count the votes, what are you going to do about it?”

Thought for the day….

count that vote

On Thursday the New York Times ran an article describing Congressman Holt’s bill that would require that ballots be verifiable (i.e. have a hard copy that is hand countable). This is a good idea, I think.

In light of the ‘inconsistencies’ in the New Hampshire count, as well as the hoopla in Florida in 2000, I think it’s a good time to strengthen our voting system here in the US. Beyond Mr. Holt’s verifiable ballots, I have a few other suggestions:

1) How about allowing a representative from each party on the ballot to preview the balloting process and be present during the counting process? In fact perhaps we at Project White House should suggest that we be invited to the vote count on February 5.

2) I think it’s time to standardize the voting process so that it is the same in each state. That would make it easier to monitor the results. Some might say that it would also be easier to rig, which is only true if the system is not well designed.

3) Which brings me to what I feel is the most important change: that we have a multinational non-partisan group oversee the design, implementation and operation of the balloting system (probably via the United Nations). Historically this has been more important to elections held in other countries, but I believe that the US should take the lead in implementing this kind of international caretaking of the principles of democracy. We say that we are the proponents of the democratic process; we should put our voting where our mouth is, so to speak.

My favorite ballot is one like we use here in Arizona which incorporates optical mark recognition (such as Marksense or Scantron systems) because they are easy to hand count and they allow for having write-in candidates. I also believe that for any machine read ballots there should be manual verification by hand counting random blocks of ballots to assure they match the machine tally.

Of course this only scrapes the surface of election reform, which I feel is a paramount issue in the American political system, but the rest of the discussion will have to wait for another day…