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I admit I tend to judge any Legislative session more on what doesn't happen
rather than what does. By that standard 2011 was pretty good.
Another attempt to "socialize risk and privatize profits "namely the stadium deals, hit a brick wall in the person of Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick who took the exercise in corporate welfare apart piece by piece until there was nothing left. Kudos Ms. Kirkpatrick.
For the second session in a row the National Popular vote for President (SB344) failed. This bill which attempts to get around the Electoral College should really be called the National Bill to Kick the Small Population States out of the Presidential Election Process. Our electoral votes were cru-cial in 2008 (remember?) and will be again next year. Under the Popular Vote system if we voted the “wrong” way our choice would be irrelevant. Our electoral votes would go to whoever won New York, California, Illinois, Texas, et. al. The Electoral College is an integral part of our republican (small “r”) system that gives a real voice to the minority (that’sus) and we would be out of our minds to throw it away.
Something called the North American Electric Reliability Corporation which oversees the nations
power grid is about to conduct an experiment to see if anyone “is using the grid
to keep track of
time”. How might this affect us? Well, the most interesting quote in the
article (LVRJ 6/21/11)
from Mr. Demetrios Matsakas, head of the Time Service Department at the U.S. Naval Observatory:
“A lot of people are going to have things break and they’re not going to know why.”