Where We’re At

February 26th, 2013

With Honor In Office I have made some progress. For example, just by being on radio and TV shows, at least hundreds of thousands of people have become more aware the demented ways that our politicians pass laws. Before my movie, rarely were our politicians referred to as “Fools on the Hill.” Now it is a fairly common term used by the media. So, I am proud of that.

However, I do need to take it to the next level – or several levels. I need to accomplish a thousand times what I am currently doing if I ever expect to see any real change in how our politicians conduct the people’s business.

Thinking in those terms gets a little overwhelming. Is there something that I can do now that will be a step in the right direction? Without money and time, not much!

I’ve been very carefully monitoring movements and how they work – watching the successful and unsuccessful. I have a pretty good idea, with the funds, on how to accomplish it.


Making Progress!

December 18th, 2012

Making progress!

In terms of getting signatures, I am now having people email me again and again saying they want to volunteer and help get signatures. This is exciting for me, as mostly, I have been doing all by myself.

With the red wagon and all of the bills Congress has passed in the dark of night over the last several years, it has been very, very easy for me to get petition signatures from anyone who will listen. It is about 8 or 9 of every 10 people who stop to listen – very high percentage.

My next step before getting others to help with the signatures is to see what it takes to get those kinds of percentages without the red wagon or big sign. It gets expensive. To print out all of those bills took about 7 toner cartridges and three cases of paper. Then there is the wagon, the sign and so on.

So, getting signatures without the wagon is my next task.

The Quest Continues

December 5th, 2012

Our quest for transparency in Congress continues.

In the last 4 years, Congress (Republicans and Democrats alike) has passed 12,500 pages worth of laws.

I know, because I copied every single one of them on my computer, printed and then bound them together. You see a picture of them here. This doesn’t include the proclamations, renaming of facilities and other things of this nature that Congress passed.

It also doesn’t include the 500 – 2000 pages worth of laws that Congress will undoubtedly pass before the year is out.

Practically speaking, these laws are passed in secret, and there is no wonder why they do it that way.

For example, On June 29th, H.R. 6064 was introduced into the House. It was sent to 8 different committees, passed by the House, passed by the senate, signed by the President and became law – ALL in one single day!

Also, on June 29th, a several hundred page bill (H.R. 4348) came up for a vote. Roughly two hours before the vote, about two hundred pages were added to this bill, making it almost 1100 pages long. Members of Congress were scurrying around in the halls inserting their last minute, special interest clauses and loopholes. No one had any concrete idea what was being inserted. The bill came up for a vote, was passed by both houses and became law.

These are just two examples of extreme recklessness on the part of our fools on the hill. Unfortunately, this type of behavior happens every day they are in session.

Their next act of disreputable conduct will be the bills they pass to “avert” the fiscal crisis (all they will do is prolong it). Instead of honestly working and actually solving this problem like they should have 2, 3 or 8 years ago, they will pass a series of bills or a bundled bill hundreds of pages long at the eleventh hour in the dark of night.

Our country is in trouble - our great recession, our very slow recovery, third world countries providing a better education to their citizens than we do for ours, our “fiscal crisis”, (to name a few), all link back to Congress.

It is not like we all woke up on the same morning several years ago and decided to work half as hard and be twice as lazy. That didn’t happen. What happened? Congress is what happened. They passed the laws that caused our problems.

When Congress is permitted to bundle bills the way Wall Street bundles securities, and are allowed to add hundreds of pages to bills minutes before a vote, corruption, poorly thought out laws, loopholes, pork, special interest clauses and problems are the inevitable result.

Congress cannot and should not be trusted. Instead of receiving all of their advice from the tens of thousands of special interests, the manipulative, and the self-serving, they need to start hearing from us. But this is not possible with our current legislative process. Thus, the political process must be changed. We have to level the playing field.

WE MUST TELL CONGRESS:

NO MORE adding hundreds of pages to a bill and passing it hours later.

NO MORE bundling bills the way investment firms bundle securities – one subject per bill.

They must pass a law to this effect.

THE SOLUTION IS SIMPLE:

The American people should have at least 30 days to review the absolute final versions of any bill or allocation of funds before the vote. We need to have enough time to get informed, intelligently respond and protect ourselves from self-serving interests and poorly thought out laws.

Full transparency BEFORE the vote is a must for ANY representative government. Citizens must have the opportunity to see whose fingers are in the pie well before the vote, not after the damage has already been done.

This is why you will see us passing out flyers and getting petition signatures at various locations around the country. We do it because we are sick and tired of Congress passing laws behind closed doors. We know that rampant corruption is par for the course so long as we allow Congress to bundle bills and pass laws without showing the final versions of them to us long before the vote.

We know that without the right to see these bills before the vote, pork, loopholes, special interest clauses, poorly thought out laws and a declining economy will always be the result, and our country will continue to be run by the rich, the powerful and the selfish, rather than the American people.

Supermarket Signatures Schedule

December 1st, 2012
I will be gathering petitions at local supermarkets in LA for the next few weeks. Come visit, spread the word and show your support!
Wed Dec 5     - 5-7:30pm - Trader Joes - Silverlake on Hyperion
Thurs Dec 6     - 5-7:30pm – VONS in La Crescenta - Pennslyvania/Foothill Blvd
Sat Dec 8     - 10:00am-1:00pm VONS in Suland – Foothill Blvd/Summitrose

Changing Direction

November 15th, 2012

After a lot of research and great feedback, we have decided we will no longer  be doing the intersection demonstrations.

Instead we will be doing another YouTube video (this one will be a bit outrageous), other social media, hooking up with other like minded organizations and doing interviews with the media, we will be:
1. Going door to door at offices asking people to distribute our flyers
2. Going to busy supermarkets, with a wagon load of laws congress passed in secret, and getting signatures. We will do this all day on Saturday and several evenings a weekend. We might even go to Venice Beach a few times.
3. Write articles about the need for transparency.
As soon as we have more information regarding locations and times, we will let everyone know!

New Strategy

November 7th, 2012

A few friends have said being at an intersection with signs is not the most effective use of our time. What do you think?

They suggest that we go to college campuses and supermarkets. This way, we can have one-on-one conversations with people and hand out literature. Though, thousands of more people will see the signs at an intersection, how many will go to the internet to check it out? 

So, we are seriously rethinking our strategy. Any suggestions?

 


IndieGogo Thanks!

October 23rd, 2012

 

Our IndieGogo Campaign is now over. Thanks to those of you who spread the word!

Although we didn’t reach our goal, the donations we have received will still be used to help forward the cause of Transparency in Congress.

We would like to extend a special thanks to our IndieGogo Campaign contributors: Barry N Watson, Linda Nelson, Paul Sawyer, Pamela Hebert, Eric Wagner, Sarah Brockmann, Cristi Mason-Rivera, Leo Sopicki, Alan Eames, Cindi DeLisle and James Gabrisch.

 

The first march

October 16th, 2012

Jerrol’s first protest happened yesterday in LA in Malibu, at Malibu Canyon Road on Pacific Coast Highway. On the PCH, there are no sidewalks, so he was literally on the side of the road with the signs.

The cars were going 45-60mph. Too fast to see the signs, unfortunately.

As the sun was setting, since PCH is a winding road heading north and west, Jerrol learned that people were having difficulty reading the signs because the sun was in their eyes. So, he turned all of the signs around so that the southerly heading traffic could see it.

Since he was near the University, Pepperdine security visited and advised Jerrol to leave, even though he had previously informed the local sheriff and called city hall. They suggested that he was in the highway patrol’s jurisdiction and that he had better leave.

But Jerrol stayed.

After the sun set, Jerrol packed it in. It took 80 minutes for him to get everything back into his truck.

During the entire time, not one person pulled over or anything! Although people seemed interested in what the signs had to say.

Jerrol learned a lot from this march and is certain the next one will go smoother.

He remains undeterred.

Sneak peek of campaign sign

October 11th, 2012

Here is a sneak peek of one of the campaign signs that we will be using for our upcoming Transparency in Congress March.

We’ve narrowed down to a few intersections that have a lot of traffic, the bills have been printed out, the wagons are ready. The next step? ACTION.

My upcoming march

October 4th, 2012

The signs are made up for my mini-march. I have one red wagon and have built the sign holder for it. I have another red wagon that I need to get. And I have to make some more sign holders for the various other signs.  Once the signs are totally done, I will be doing a little more research to find the busiest intersections in LA. That is where you will see me.  I will let you know as soon as I have picked it out. Probably I will pick out three different ones and be at one of them 3 times a week, or some such.

One of the red wagons will be loaded with bills blindly passed by Congress. It will be overflowing.  I still have to look up and print out all of the bills. There are so many thousands of pages worth that the paper and ink for these will cost me a few hundred dollars. Then I have to bundle them together. That might prove to be a bit of a challenge. Some of these bills are well over a 1000 pages – can’t just staple these monstrosities together. They are just too big.

Hope to have all of this completed early next week so that I can start demonstrating next week.