Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has decided to fight back against the oppressive behavior of the Federal Government. Hooray for Governor Brewer! She is rapidly becoming a star in Conservative circles.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has decided to fight back against the oppressive behavior of the Federal Government. Hooray for Governor Brewer! She is rapidly becoming a star in Conservative circles.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council President Jose Aguilar decided to hook up with KFI (640 AM) Radio show hosts John and Ken as they exposed the corruption in the City of Bell.
Many of the wonderful-sounding ideas that have been tried as government policies have failed disastrously. Because so few people bother to study history, often the same ideas and policies have been tried again, either in another country or in the same country at a later time-- and with the same disastrous results.
One of the ideas that has proved to be almost impervious to evidence is the idea that wise and far-sighted people need to take control and plan economic and social policies so that there will be a rational and just order, rather than chaos resulting from things being allowed to take their own course. It sounds so logical and plausible that demanding hard evidence would seem almost like nit-picking.
In one form or another, this idea goes back at least as far as the French Revolution in the 18th century. As J.A. Schumpeter later wrote of that era, "general well-being ought to have been the consequence," but "instead we find misery, shame and, at the end of it all, a stream of blood."
The same could be said of the Bolshevik Revolution and other revolutions of the 20th century.
The idea that the wise and knowledgeable few need to take control of the less wise and less knowledgeable many has taken milder forms-- and repeatedly with bad results as well.
One of the most easily documented examples has been economic central planning, which was tried in countries around the world at various times during the 20th century, among people of differing races and cultures, and under government ranging from democracies to dictatorships.
The people who ran central planning agencies usually had more advanced education than the population at large, and probably higher IQs as well.
The central planners also had far more statistics and other facts at their disposal than the average person had. Moreover, there were usually specialized experts such as economists and statisticians on the staffs of the central planners, and outside consultants were available when needed. Finally, the central planners had the power of government behind them, to enforce the plans they created.
It is hardly surprising that conservatives, such as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Britain and President Ronald Reagan in the United States, opposed this approach. What is remarkable is that, after a few decades of experience with central planning in some countries, or a few generations in others, even communists and socialists began to repudiate this approach.
As they replaced central planning with more reliance on markets, their countries' economic growth rate almost invariably increased, often dramatically. In the largest and most recent examples-- China and India-- people by the millions have risen above these countries' official poverty rates, after they freed their economies from many of their suffocating government controls.
China, where famines have repeatedly ravaged the country, now has a problem of obesity-- not a good thing in itself, but a big improvement over famines.
This has implications far beyond economics. Think about it: How was it even possible that transferring decisions from elites with more education, intellect, data and power to ordinary people could lead consistently to demonstrably better results?
One implication is that no one is smart enough to carry out social engineering, whether in the economy or in other areas where the results may not always be so easily quantifiable. We learn, not from our initial brilliance, but from trial and error adjustments to events as they unfold.
Science tells us that the human brain reaches its maximum potential in early adulthood. Why then are young adults so seldom capable of doing what people with more years of experience can do?
Because experience trumps brilliance.
Elites may have more brilliance, but those who make decisions for society as a whole cannot possibly have as much experience as the millions of people whose decisions they pre-empt. The education and intellects of the elites may lead them to have more sweeping presumptions, but that just makes them more dangerous to the freedom, as well as the well-being, of the people as a whole.
Monday, July 26, 2010
A recent story by The Sacramento Bee reveals that Karen Bass, like the true corrupt bureacrat she is, continues to use perks that she is not eligible for.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I have a brilliant strategy for solving the pensions issue.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
City Activist Zuma Dogg has been fairly reclusive since moving to Venice Beach several months ago.
I already have my meme for Tom La Bonge. "The Al Bundy of Los Angeles politics".
Thursday, July 22, 2010
My gift for Zuma Dogg arrived in the mail today. I bought it on Ebay.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The Jennerjahn Report is receiving information from local activists that City Council Candidate Stephen Box is denying involvement with the Church of Scientology. He claims to not be a member of the religion based on the writings of Science Fiction/Fantasy author L. Ron Hubbard.
Recall City Hall.Org currently does not have enough signatures and has not raised enough money to successfully put Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on a Recall Ballot for the November elections. Apologies to all of those who supported the effort. The effort is not finished, and we may use some of the remaining funds to re-file in the future. But the August 18 deadline is approaching and as of now we are short of our goals. It is unlikely that this situation will change.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
In a recent interview with the local blog Griffith Park Wayist, City Council candidate Stephen Box was unusually evasive when discussing religious ideology.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I am happy to share this video of the kick off party for the CLEAN SWEEP project headed by former Daily News Editor Ron Kaye. Ron does some great blogging about civic issues at Ron KayeLA.
I am happy to help spread the word on CLEAN SWEEP, even though I think that in the long run, these people (whom I consider friends) will not support me in return. When I declare for Council District 4, I think the Clean Sweepers will be too in love with either suspected Scientologist Stephen Box or businessman and long time City activist Jack Humphreville. I predict this and expect their rejection of my candidacy, but I do not wish them ill in return. I still support their goals of changing the atmosphere of corruption in City Hall.
I was also happy to see KRLA radio host Kevin James getting involved, along with Daily News columnist Doug McIntyre. They have been good friends to Conservatives and I think they should consider running for office themselves. I think Kevin James would be a great City Council Member. He just needs to "pull a Krekorian" and rent some crappy apartment in some city district he wants to run in.
I was glad to see Walter Moore doing his thing. Walter took a bashing over on the Mayor Sam Blog by all-pro hater Joe Barrett. He also took cheap shots from local politcal operative Mike Trujillo, who went on to basically say that Walter is a racist.
For the record, Trujillo and Barrett are both talking out of their asses. Walter Moore may not like illegal immigration, but neither do hundreds of thousands of other City residents. It doesn't automatically make you a racist. It's repulsive to see them play the race card in an election that has nothing to do with race.
I was excited to see Austin Dragon as a candidate! We need more candidates to take down the corrupt city officials. I will support Michael McCue 100 times over rather than that Socialist Paul Krekorian.
The key is to get multiple candidates for each office and keep the incumbents under 50%. Then in the runoffs, all opponents can combine to take out the incumbents.
(courtesy of Gregory Hilton)
Reagan told the delegates how Carter's policies had resulted in low economic growth and national decline. America also had to cope with gas lines, an energy crises, and hostages were held in Iran. As the situation became bleaker, Carter sharply boosted government spending.
When that did not work, he blamed both the American people and his cabinet. Carter fired half of his cabinet the previous summer, and his "malaise speech" indicated the President saw the nation as heading downward.
President Carter said: “I think it’s inevitable that there will be a lower standard of living than what everybody had always anticipated. The only trend is downward. But it’s impossible to get people to face up to this.”
Ronald Reagan would go on to win 489 electoral votes compared to Carter's 49. Republicans would win control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in 28 years.
In his convention speech, Reagan called for an American global leadership role, peace through strength, and outlines what would become his freedom agenda.
It is the exact opposite of Ron Paul's isolationism and massive defense cuts. Ronald Reagan totally rejected the foreign policy and national security agenda advocated by liberal Democrats and libertarian Republicans. Excerpts from the foreign policy section of Reagan's speech appear below:
When we move from domestic affairs and cast our eyes abroad, we see an equally sorry chapter on the record of the present administration.
- As Soviet combat brigade trains in Cuba, just 90 miles from our shores.
- A Soviet army of invasion occupies Afghanistan, further threatening our vital interests in the Middle East.
- America's defense strength is at its lowest ebb in a generation, while the Soviet Union is vastly outspending us in both strategic and conventional arms.
- Our European allies, looking nervously at the growing menace from the East, turn to us for leadership and fail to find it.
- And, incredibly more than 50 of our fellow Americans have been held captive for over eight months by a dictatorial foreign power that holds us up to ridicule before the world.
Adversaries large and small test our will and seek to confound our resolve, but we are given weakness when we need strength; vacillation when the times demand firmness.
The Carter Administration lives in the world of make-believe. Every day, drawing up a response to that day's problems, troubles, regardless of what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow.
The rest of us, however, live in the real world. It is here that disasters are overtaking our nation without any real response from Washington.
This is make-believe, self-deceit and -- above all -- transparent hypocrisy.
For example, Mr. Carter says he supports the volunteer army, but he lets military pay and benefits slip so low that many of our enlisted personnel are actually eligible for food stamps. Re-enlistment rates drop and, just recently, after he fought all week against a proposal to increase the pay of our men and women in uniform, he helicoptered to our carrier, the U.S.S. Nimitz, which was returning from long months of duty. He told the crew that he advocated better pay for them and their comrades! Where does he really stand, now that he's back on shore?
I'll tell you where I stand. I do not favor a peacetime draft or registration, but I do favor pay and benefit levels that will attract and keep highly motivated men and women in our volunteer forces and an active reserve trained and ready for an instant call in case of an emergency.
There may be a sailor at the helm of the ship of state, but the ship has no rudder. Critical decisions are made at times almost in comic fashion, but who can laugh? Who was not embarrassed when the administration handed a major propaganda victory in the United Nations to the enemies of Israel, our staunch Middle East ally for three decades, and them claim that the American vote was a "mistake," the result of a "failure of communication" between the president, his secretary of state, and his U.N. ambassador?
Who does not feel a growing sense of unease as our allies, facing repeated instances of an amateurish and confused administration, reluctantly conclude that America is unwilling or unable to fulfill its obligations as the leader of the free world?
Who does not feel rising alarm when the question in any discussion of foreign policy is no longer, "Should we do something?", but "Do we have the capacity to do anything?"
The administration which has brought us to this state is seeking your endorsement for four more years of weakness, indecision, mediocrity and incompetence. No American should vote until he or she has asked, is the United States stronger and more respected now than it was three-and-a-half years ago? Is the world today a safer place in which to live?
It is the responsibility of the president of the United States, in working for peace, to insure that the safety of our people cannot successfully be threatened by a hostile foreign power. As president, fulfilling that responsibility will be my number one priority.
We are not a warlike people. Quite the opposite. We always seek to live in peace. We resort to force infrequently and with great reluctance--and only after we have determined that it is absolutely necessary. We are awed--and rightly so--by the forces of destruction at loose in the world in this nuclear era. But neither can we be naive or foolish.
Four times in my lifetime America has gone to war, bleeding the lives of its young men into the sands of beachheads, the fields of Europe and the jungles and rice paddies of Asia. We know only too well that war comes not when the forces of freedom are strong, but when they are weak. It is then that tyrants are tempted.
We simply cannot learn these lessons the hard way again without risking our destruction.
Of all the objectives we seek, first and foremost is the establishment of lasting world peace. We must always stand ready to negotiate in good faith, ready to pursue any reasonable avenue that holds forth the promise of lessening tensions and furthering the prospects of peace.
But let our friends and those who may wish us ill take note: the United States has an obligation to its citizens and to the people of the world never to let those who would destroy freedom dictate the future course of human life on this planet. I would regard my election as proof that we have renewed our resolve to preserve world peace and freedom. This nation will once again be strong enough to do that.
This evening marks the last step--save one--of a campaign that has taken Nancy and me from one end of this great land to the other, over many months and thousands of miles. There are those who question the way we choose a president; who say that our process imposes difficult and exhausting burdens on those who seek the office. I have not found it so.
It is impossible to capture in words the splendor of this vast continent which God has granted as our portion of this creation. There are no words to express the extraordinary strength and character of this breed of people we call Americans.
Everywhere we have met thousands of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans from all economic conditions and walks of life bound together in that community of shared values of family, work, neighborhood, peace and freedom. They are concerned, yes, but they are not frightened. They are disturbed, but not dismayed. They are the kind of men and women Tom Paine had in mind when he wrote--during the darkest days of the American Revolution--"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
Nearly 150 years after Tom Paine wrote those words, an American president told the generation of the Great Depression that it had a "rendezvous with destiny." I believe that this generation of Americans today has a rendezvous with destiny.
Tonight, let us dedicate ourselves to renewing the American compact. I ask you not simply to "Trust me," but to trust your values--our values--and to hold me responsible for living up to them. I ask you to trust that American spirit which knows no ethnic, religious, social, political, regional, or economic boundaries; the spirit that burned with zeal in the hearts of millions of immigrants from every corner of the Earth who came here in search of freedom.
Some say that spirit no longer exists. But I have seen it -- I have felt it -- all across the land; in the big cities, the small towns and in rural America. The American spirit is still there, ready to blaze into life if you and I are willing to do what has to be done; the practical, down-to-earth things that will stimulate our economy, increase productivity and put America back to work. The time is now to resolve that the basis of a firm and principled foreign policy is one that takes the world as it is and seeks to change it by leadership and example; not by harangue, harassment or wishful thinking.
The time is now to say that while we shall seek new friendships and expand and improve others, we shall not do so by breaking our word or casting aside old friends and allies.
And, the time is now to redeem promises once made to the American people by another candidate, in another time and another place. He said, "For three long years I have been going up and down this country preaching that government--federal, state, and local--costs too much. I shall not stop that preaching. As an immediate program of action, we must abolish useless offices. We must eliminate unnecessary functions of government...we must consolidate subdivisions of government and, like the private citizen, give up luxuries which we can no longer afford."
"I propose to you, my friends, and through you that government of all kinds, big and little be made solvent and that the example be set by the president of the United State and his Cabinet."
So said Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention in July 1932.
The time is now, my fellow Americans, to recapture our destiny, to take it into our own hands. But, to do this will take many of us, working together. I ask you tonight to volunteer your help in this cause so we can carry our message throughout the land.
Yes, isn't now the time that we, the people, carried out these unkempt promises? Let us pledge to each other and to all America on this July day 48 years later, we intend to do just that.
I have thought of something that is not part of my speech and I'm worried over whether I should do it.
Can we doubt that only a Divine Providence placed this land, this island of freedom, here as a refuge for all those people in the world who yearn to breathe freely: Jews and Christians enduring persecution behind the Iron Curtain, the boat people of Southeast Asia, of Cuba and Haiti, the victims of drought and famine in Africa, the freedom fighters of Afghanistan and our own countrymen held in savage captivity.
I'll confess that I've been a little afraid to suggest what I'm going to suggest -- I'm more afraid not to -- that we begin our crusade joined together in a moment of silent prayer. God bless America.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Ron Kaye gets his Clean Sweep organizational meeting underway tomorrow.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
A comment made by Petra over on the Mayor Sam Blog got me thinking....
Listen to this interview.
Perry has helped create the best economy in America.
He says the moratorium on offshore oil drilling is wrong. It will kill jobs.
He is the Governor of one of the most important states in America, yet has never received a call from the President.
Perry says that Washington is incompetent.
"We don't want you down here trying to micro-manage our business!"
He supports the 10th Amendment. He understands why it exists.
I am praying he runs for President in 2012.
The Nanny State government of President Zero strikes again!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
City Activist Stephen Box has recently declared his candidacy for the 4th Council District seat currently held by Tom La Bonge.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Well, thanks to my informed sources, I am able to share an exclusive with readers of The Jennerjahn Report.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Barack Obama is an American.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I have had some contact over the last day or so with Mike Gatto, the newly-elected State Assemblyman.
So I asked around, and found out that he thinks my team put up a blog calling him a slanderer and other things. As stupid as it is to try to prove a negative, I think it is worth saying that I, my team, my staff, my consultants, my friends, etc. did not put up that blog. In the grand scheme of things, I suppose this matters little, unless of course you value the truth. As someone who had to deal with a lot of very nasty and untrue personal attacks, I would never let anyone associated with me make similar personal attacks, in any format, including a web site.
In opposition to the wild-eyed lefties at Griffith Park Wayist, who are promoting a survey of fellow lefties that criticizes President George W. Bush... I salute President George W. Bush.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
On this Independence Day, it is interesting to take a look at our current President and see how far he has become removed ideologically from the great men who founded our nation.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Well, all the ninnys and NIMBYS of this City just might get the last laugh on me.