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About this blog: I was a "corporate brat" growing up and lived in different parts of the country, ending in Houston, Texas for high school. After attending college at UC Davis, and getting an MBA at Harvard, I embarked on a marketing career, mai...  (More)

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I lean strongly to the notion of the closer and more local the government is able to meet the needs of local residents and voters, the better.

More Jeffersonian than Hamiltonian. Read the Federalist Papers.

Don't depend on the county, the state, or the DC folks to be the heroes. The further up the government food chain they are, the more they get into uncompromising ideology and dysfunction.

Palo Alto happens to be a complicated small city. Other such places include Cambridge, Boulder, Evanston, New Haven, Princeton: see a trend? Places with major universities joined at the hip with the city they adjoin.

I cite these cities as examples of how dysfunctional and polemically divided people are with town and gown.

The good news is that many, maybe most, cities and towns of our size do not face or have to deal with such complexities as we do in Palo Alto.

The bad news is that things in these parts take much more time and effort to get reviewed, approved, and completed than may take place in vicinities with less complexity.

The worse news is that our counties, our state, and our country are, to use a sailing phrase, in irons.

I personally had a legitimate gripe with the State of California, and had a face to face with the Assemblyman, it got nowhere. Similarly, I had a dispute with the IRS, ultimately settled to my favor, and the Congresswoman's staff were of no help getting the matter resolved. Go figure on constituent support. Government inaction (not in action.)

I am at the point where I don't care if it is President Obama, whom I admire (with misgivings,) or GOP Senate Leader McConnell of Kentucky (whose earthly mumbles must appeal to 'nuff folks to keep him re-elected.) And by the way, there is a country singer who is considering a senate race against Mitch.

I have displayed some of my political biases in this blog. The main point here is to push as much as possible to the local level. While I understand and value much of what the governments do at broader levels, and recognize that most cities, townships, et al are not the likes of Palo Alto or Evanston or Princeton?

Push it down! This sequestration thing going on right now in DC is a perfect example of why we need to adhere to the roots from which our country are based.
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Posted by Living-In-The-Shadow-Of-Obama's-Sequester, a resident of ,
on Mar 17, 2013 at 3:22 am

Paul Losch says that he admires President Obama. Wonder if this article from a British paper offers an explanation as to why so many people claiming to be Dems have so much admiration for this man: Web Link These tours, most recently guided by volunteers though monitored by paid Secret Service staff, have been an American tradition since John and Abigail Adams, the first White House residents, personally hosted receptions for the public. And their cancellation is an austerity measure that saves a pittance, while more frivolous taxpayer funding for items like the White House dog walker continues. Meanwhile, noble Americans can buy time with the president for a suggested donation of $500,000 to his new campaign group, Organising for Action. --- And then .. there was the release of over 2,000 illegal immigrants .. supposedly because of sequestered funds: Web Link The top U.S. immigration enforcement official acknowledged Thursday that the Obama administration has in fact released thousands of illegal immigrants from local jails over the last month despite prior claims that the release was only in the hundreds. --- Or maybe Paul Losch was enthralled with the President's public relations push back against the attacks on the Benzhazi consulate, by going on David Letterman and blaming the attacks on a short trailer found on Youtube that was not very complementary to the so-called Prophet Muhammad. So .. Mr. Losch .. has the sequester endangered your quality of life yet?

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Posted by Den Mother, a resident of ,
on Mar 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

Obama's Sequester? Re-write history much? It was John Boenher who said, after announcing the sequester, that HE, the scotch loving, orange fella, got 98% of what he wanted in the negotiations. August 1, 2011 - Boehner: "When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted. I'm pretty happy."

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Posted by some guy, a resident of ,
on Mar 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

From the Epoch Times (Feb 28-Mar 6, 2013)article titled "President Obama's Sequestration Strategy to Oust House Republicans"; "Apparently, Obama wants a painful crisis to push Republicans into accepting even higher taxes or losing at the polls in 2014." "The president is motivated by political gain to manufacture for taxpayer pain. The real spending choices imposed by sequestration and the fact that the president wrote the law that requires it is poorly understood by most voters, and he is exploiting the Bully Pulpit to wrongly blame House Republicans for what will surely follow." "Americans will suffer needlessly when the cuts come, but Obama, seeing partisan advantage, is putting politics above public welfare."

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Posted by Sharon White, a resident of ,
on Mar 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

@someguy copies an anti-President opinion column and ignores the factual evidence of the republican majority leader gloating about the sequester cutting services to the American people. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by Paul Losch, a resident of ,
on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:22 am

Paul Losch is a registered user.

This topic did not get alot of "legs." It got off track about my comments well into my write-up about Obama (and McConnell.) Rather than focusing on the key question, which is where best do the spending responsibility and accountability lay--nationally, state level, or as locally as possible? I do the best I can to deal with genuine questions of local interest. Window dressing such as White House tours or who handles any President's dog goes right past me.

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