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On “Change”, Understanding, and Personal And Corporate Responsibility

Hello, my name is Michael Oatman and I am running for President of these United States of America.

People in this campaign are using the word “change” so much anymore that is becoming nothing more than a buzzword.

But speaking about change without understanding the true nature of the problems facing this nation is really nothing more than giving simple lip service.

Similarly, talking about these problems without addressing the root cause is much the same, like pulling up a weed but neglecting to take up the roots.

The root causes of which I am talking stem from the policies of several organizations in this country — and abroad — and the members of those organizations are often in government and are leaders of big business, and often their allegiances cross party lines, because of a dialectical policy, which is the nature of these organizations.

I will name some of the organizations of which I speak, and some names may be familiar to you: the Council on Foreign Relations, the Project for the New American Century, the Bildeburg Group, the Trilateral Commission, the Heritage Foundation.

These organizations’ primary objective is to attempt to control and direct the future of this nation and the world.

Their goal is to eventually form a one world government, a New World Order, over which they will have a direct control, or they may have an indirect control, but if so only through the same manipulative practices.

The manifestation of that goal in this nation is seen in what Greg Palast so adeptly calls “The Bush Cycle”, where we see leaders from business becoming lobbyists or even presidents and vice presidents, or secretaries of defense, and then when their term is done — or their lies are discovered and they are forced to resign — they retreat back into the business sector.

Now, at first blush, that seems fine, to augment a distinguished career in the business world with one in public service, but this is not the sum of it.

What happens is that these people will bring their industry’s concerns to their roles as head of some oversight agency or another, but that agency which they are heading seems always to be the one which provides oversight to the industry of which they had just been a part. As such, industry always gets its way.

Then when they retreat back into the shadows of the world of big business they are rewarded handsomely for providing taxpayer-funded windfalls to that industry.

Now, why this mechanism happens to be the vehicle for control in this nation is because of the nature of corporations in the United States.

The laws in this nation are largely written by corporations, for corporations, and at the expense of the public and the resources of the public, with the blessing of the judiciary.

There is legally no liability of a corporation to the public at large, but only a responsibility to the stockholders to maintain the highest return possible to those investors.

Corporations are neither required to recognize any externalities which may figure into their computations on how to maximize their profits, nor are they required to work for the public good.

In fact, corporations are essentially required to do neither of these things in order to keep the profits up for shareholders.

What a quandry.

Some people consider this to be a “Culture of Greed” which started in the 1980s under president Ronald Reagan, but it goes much further back.

Please see the Timeline of Personhood Rights and Powers for detailed information on this subject.

Corporations used to be chartered for a specific, time-defined purpose, for a particular common good which was spelled out in their charter, and would dissove after that.

Nowadays, corporations are global in scale, timeless in scope, and We the People seem to be getting more powerless against their collective will, all with the help of the judiciary, but mostly the Supreme Court.

This is why we see that this so-called “Culture of Greed” has manifestations in all areas of corporate malfeasence, namely: the mortgage and housing crises, global outsourcinng and national job level migration to the service sector, the health care crisis, the worsening quality fo good and particularly toys, environmental destruction and climate change — or if you prefer — Global Warming, the skyrocketing prices of oil and gas, and the total lack of development of alternative energies in this nation to name only a few.

Furthermore, this influx of corporate leaders into the highest echelons of government has produced: all of the wars and secrecy surrounding those wars, spying on the people of these United States of America, massive constitutional subversion and an extreme rise in power of the executive branch of the federal government, the absence of any meaningful campaign finance reform or restrictions on lobbyists, and massive, massive foreign policy errors which have the potential to set our nation back for years before those errors are healed.

When I am elected, I will call on all of us to teach and or require that corporations begin and continue to act responsibly toward the people of this nation and toward the resources of the people of this nation.

We can do this if we are determined and we act as if we are even more determined.

Let us all vote for Michael Oatman on election day 2008 and let us all Take The Power Back!

Thank You,
Michael Oatman

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Michael Oatman For President of
these united States of America!
Blog: http://blog.MichaelOatman.com/
Website: http://2008.MichaelOatman.com/
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Center for Arizona Policy Survey Answers

Michael Oatman
Candidate for the Presidency of
these United States of America
PO Box 304
Tucson, Arizona. 85702-0304.
(360) 656-0498

Cathi Herrod, Esq.,
Jennifer Clark
The Center for Arizona Policy
7227 North 16th Street
Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ 85020

11 January 2008

Dear Cathy and Jennifer,

I received your 2008 Survey Questions given to the 2008 Presidential Candidates (which was postmarked on 01/08/2008, by the way). After reading through the questionnaire, I felt that it was necessary to qualify and/or expand on some of my answers to your survey questions, given the leading phrasings of most of the questions.

Therefore, I am submitting my full text answers to all of your survey questions, since I believe they are deserving of answers more descriptive than a simple scale of “support” to “oppose”. I will also be posting my answers on my own website (http://2008.MichaelOatman.com/) so that there is no confusion as to exactly how these questions were answered by myself. When you “inform citizens of [my] positions on key issues”, I would consider it to be deceptive to those citizens if you do not include the full text of my responses which are given in this letter (and fax).

My answers are as follows to the survey questions, as numbered in your survey:

1. School Choice.
Parents should be able to earmark money from their taxes owed to the federal government to enhance the quality of their local public schools (in their district). If parents wish to home school, or send their children to a private school, that would be their independent choice. I would support a tax write-off for parents buying books and other school supplies when their children do not attend a public school. I believe it is beyond the scope of the responsibilities of the federal government to support private and particularly parochial/religious schools beyond the bounds of the current level of support.

2. Stem Cell Research.
With the advent of stem cell development using blastomeres (see NY Times, 23 August 2006, Science Section) it is no longer necessary to use embryonic cells to develop stem cells. Therefore, since using the embryonic method destroys the embryo, which I *DO NOT SUPPORT* doing, and the blastomere method does not destroy the embryo, I do support using *ONLY* the blastomere method of stem cell harvesting.

3. Marriage.
I am a strict constitutionalist and would not support adding an amendment to the constitution which involves an area in which the federal government has no business involving itself. Exactly how marriage is defined is up to the church, and not to the state.

4. Abortion.
In the words of Donna Edna Shalala, a person whom I do admire, “abortion should be safe, legal and rare”. I do not believe it is necessary to perform abortions at all (except in the cases of incest or rape, and in cases where it may severely adversely affect the health of the mother), particularly with proper and freely available family planning methods. Once these resources are in place and available for all women of child bearing age to receive, I would like to see an end to the procedure of abortion (above noted excepted), but moreover, I would like to see the federal government place much more of a priority on pre- and post-natal care, including allowed leaves of absence for pregnancy.

5. Abstinence Education.
Abstinence-Only programs have been shown time and again not to work, and in fact, to tend to have the opposite effect on teens’ behavior patterns. I would support any program which has a proven track record of preventing teenage pregnancies, particularly until marriage, and I would have those programs receive federal funds, provided they are not entwined in a religious program (I would also provide federal funds if the religious nature could be ambiguated from the pregnancy prevention nature).

6. Taxes.
I would support replacing the national tax code, as it is voluntary unless you are a federal employee. I do not think that taxing the poor does anyone any good, and therefore I would not support a flat or national sales tax (unless the flat tax was 0% below US$200K/year + COLA and something like 40% above the same). I believe there are better ways for the federal government to raise the money it needs, including spending less.

7. Gay Rights.
All citizens of these United States of America should share and enjoy the same rights. Period. No exceptions. No discrimination should exist, lest there be legal charges brought against any offending party.

8. Border Security.
Building walls on our borders (don’t forget Canada) is impractical (not to mention physically passable) at best and an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen at worst. I would support placing sensors along all of our borders, much like is done on Nellis Air Force Range’s S4 and S5 regions, but only in the short term. In order to secure our nation, we must improve upon our foreign policy, and particularly become an active participant in the economic development of the nation of Mexico and other Central American nations, so as to prevent the need for the mass migration which is presently and has been occurring. Without the millions of immigrants passing across our borders who only want jobs and a brighter future, it will make spotting those who wish to do us any harm much simpler. Then again, pulling our bases out of Mecca and Medina will also accomplish much in the way of reducing the number of people in the world who wish to do us harm.

9. Immigration.
Tax law reform, economic reform and foreign policy reform (see answer #8) also have to happen before true border security can be accomplished. If so many people per annum wish to become peoples of these United States of America, we ought to recognize this and eliminate the 18-or-so-year waiting list by allowing all of the current and the would-be entrants a legal path to citizenship.

10. Iraq War.
We need to first restore the world’s confidence in this nation in terms of its efforts to fulfill in good faith the policy objectives of all nations. This will take a great deal of legwork, no thanks to the current resident and his band of neoconservative hate-mongering iconoclasts. This will be basically top priority in my administration, since we should have brought the troops home about four years ago, after being in Afghanistan, and never in Iraq to begin. As soon as a diplomatic solution can be reached (read: we will need to force a solution by March 2009 should none be reached sooner), we should remove 100% of our current military forces. Note that I spoke not of our private military (Blackwater, etc.), which may stay at the sole behest of the Iraqi government, and without federal support.

11. Judicial System.
I’m not quite sure why this question is included; federal judges do not use other countries’ current laws to interpret our laws. If you are referring to the Magna Carta, etc., that is already part of the laws of the United States. If you are referring to treaties, there are a few which, for brevity, I do not entirely support (Geneva Conventions is not one of them), but those too are laws of the United States. I support the United States law of the Posse Comitatus Act.

12. Gun Laws.
Of course I support requiring a waiting period for gun purchases, even at gun shows. This question is the only one which I would actually circle “SS” on the form which you have provided, with no caveats. To allow anyone to possibly immediately purchase a gun for use in the heat of anger is a recipe for disaster, and does not impinge upon the Second Amendment. Further restrictions on the use of guns (except requiring that a civilian who carries a gun must be over the age of 21 or be in the immediate presence of a parent/relative/guardian over the age of 21, and either way must have passed a federal gun safety test prior to carrying the gun), are where I would have to give the issue more consideration.

13. Health Care.
This nation should have a single payer system, but it may be possible to incorporate a two tier option into that system. Whichever entity, public or private, produces the most benefit to the users of health care should be the entity which is selected as the single payer. Right now this is looking like the federal government, but with the proper corporation reforms in place, HMOs might not exist solely to make money for their stockholders, and may be able to actually serve the needs of their heals care clients. This is really the crux of the issue, some would say “corporate greed” but it is actually the way corporations are defined within the laws of these United States of America. I would consider it a top priority to reform those laws regarding the behavior of corporations with regard to having the profits of the shareholders being the single motivating factor where all externalities and harm to the people of this nation be damned. This would actually solve quite a few problems, most of which you have not mentioned in your questionnaire, like the mortgage crisis and housing industry, environmental destruction, global outsourcing and job level migration, poor product quality, skyrocketing oil and gas prices, and the lack of development of alternative energies to name just a few.

14. Environment.
With Bali and subsequent conferences on Global Warming / Climate Change (which *IS* a reality) obsoleting the Kyoto protocols, it is, as they say, too little and too late to sign on to Kyoto. We must, and I repeat *MUST*, as a nation, curb our insatiable appetite for carbon emitting energies and immediately develop carbon-neutral and better yet, carbon-negative methods of energy production. So far I support only solar, wind, hydrogen fuel cell (*ONLY* when one uses solar powered electrolysis to produce point-of-consumption hydrogen), and wave action energy technologies as viable and carbon-neutral. Short of actual carbon sequestration, I have not found any carbon-neutral technologies which I would endorse. We as a nation of industry must pledge our support to developing more carbon-negative technologies in the immediate future and we must mandate the cessation of use of all carbon-positive technologies by the end of my first three years in office.

Thank you for your interest in printing my responses.
I hope your publication goes well.

Sincerely,

Michael Oatman

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Michael Oatman For President of
these united States of America!
Blog: http://blog.MichaelOatman.com/
Website: http://2008.MichaelOatman.com/
MySpace: http://ms.MichaelOatman.com/

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Jobs, Energy and Environment

19 December 2007

Hello Everyone,

Today, I’d like to address an issue which I believe should be first and foremost in addressing: the economy of this nation.

Furthermore, I’d like to talk about one of those things which economists talk about almost in taboo terms, externalities. These are things which most industry planners as well as economists largely ignore, for the simple fact that it becomes someone else’s problem. For example, to most in industry, THE ENTIRE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT is an externality. Pollution is as well to these types. To them, externalities are anything whose actual cost is unknown and which does not immediately affect the bottom line for the enterprise.

Of course, I’m writing about Global Warming, air and water pollution, and food chain contaimination, primarily and amongst a myriad of other problems brought on by this tunnel vision.

But what I’m really about to write is how I believe we can satisfy our economic needs without slowly killing our collective selves, and while simultaneously dramatically improving the middle class job sector. This is how we can end our energy dependence, save our environment and produce lots of jobs (and not even in the service sector!).

It is indisputable that we need to end our reliance on *ANY* foreign oil, be it from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran or Venezuela. The cost of a barrel of oil being roughly $100 whereas seven years ago it was barely $25 (and our resulting gas and heating oil price jumps) is not only a result of the current administration’s global policies and attempts at empire, but also as a result of rapidly growing demand, particularly in China and India. We do not need to be competing for this resource any longer.

This nation is already becoming a global supplier of wind energy, and it has long been in the forefront of producing solar energy. We now need to do more. Much more.

We can, and if you elect me on Tuesday, the 4th of November 2008, we will convert at least 80 percent of our overall national energy reliance to solar, wind, and other renewable and non-polluting energies. These are all systems which have no or little of those pesky things called externalities.

If this requires converting our entire fleet of personal and corporate commuter cars and trucks, then so be it. If this requires shutting down coal burning plants and converting them to atmospheric carbon scrubbers, then so be it. If this requires this nation to sign on to an international treaty whose sole effect is to reduce the amount of carbon produced into the atmosphere from all nations globally, then so be it.

Making these changes will go a good deal of the way toward balancing our carbon output with what this planet can handle naturally, effectively reducing our “carbon footprint” to zero. Making these same changes will also produce thousands if not hundreds of thousands of jobs, or more; and not just regular service industry jobs, which are the type which are cited by the current administration when it refers to “posted national job gains”, but well paying, unionized, secure positions in an ever-growing new vital industry.

And we won’t be addicted to foreign oil.

Now, the other problem is that corporations which operate in this nation and who employ skilled and semi skilled labor have been, since the advent of GATT and particularly NAFTA, outscourcing their operations to overseas branches of that corporation or to similar industries, located most recently in China, India and Indonesia (to name only a few). Corporations which wish to continue to do business as being based in this nation, or at least ones which do not wish to be taxed heavily, under my administration when you vote in this November election, will not be permitted to perform these, or any other, types of outsourcing of skilled or semi skilled labor.

When I named TR — Theodore Roosevelt — as my most respected president in the history of this nation, I was refering in part to his own handling of corporations which have run amok with power over and abuses toward the national labor force. It is most worthy of note that TR did *NOT* simply hit all the corporations with a “big stick” but used anti-monoply laws fairly and judiciously to alleviate the problems caused by the worst offenders and as a result, bring others into line.

It will take something akin to his deft manouvering just over one hundred years ago to bring about similar change in this country and beyond, for labor and jobs, for our energy for our future, and for our planet for all of us.

Thank You Everyone,
Michael Oatman

oatman@geocities.com
http://blog.MichaelOatman.com/
http://MySpace.MichaelOatman.com/

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Lets get on TV – Illegal Knowledge’s Presidential Preference Election Special is this Saturday @9PM on Access Tucson

Hi Everybody,

Would anyone like to be on Access Tucson
this Saturday 19 January for an episode
titled "The Presidential Preference Election
Special"?

I will be interviewing candidates, and
stating my own positions, on my TV show,
Illegal Knowledge.

The show runs from 9PM to 9:50PM this coming
Saturday. If you are interested in appearing,
please reply to this email (preferably) or
just show up at the Access Tucson Studio
(124 East Broadway in downtown Tucson --
just Southeast of 6th and B'way) around 8PM.

Regardless, please arrive no later than
8:30PM so everything can be coordinated
properly. Sorry for the short notice.

The show Illegal Knowledge is a live call-in
talk show, hosted by myself, Michael Oatman.

We will discuss our positions and take calls
from the audience.

NOTE TO JIM NINTZEL: Jim, if you would like
to come also, you could have the position of
moderator/host.

Thanks in advance for your interest,
Michael Oatman

Michael Oatman For President of
these united States of America!
Blog: http://blog.MichaelOatman.com/
Website: http://2008.MichaelOatman.com/
MySpace: http://ms.MichaelOatman.com/
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