Technology

As a college kid way back in the 90s I saw the tremendous potential of this Internet thing to centralize information and ease communication.  It’s why I got into IT.  And I wanted to get as deep into it as possible.  I didn’t just want to make websites or design video games, I wanted to be on the backend, handling major enterprise servers and “mainframes”.  I wanted to be where the real action was.  Massive databases, enterprise e-mail systems, massive interactive websites.

Turns out that was a good instinct.  Even now as so many smaller enterprises are getting hosted by larger enterpises, I’m still running the servers on the backend.

It’s also given me some insights as to what’s possible and necessary for our political life.

Because while the private has grown by leaps and bounds, the public sector is just embarrassing.  Hillary’s e-mail scandal is a facepalm, from a techie’s perspective.  Then there was the Obamacare website fiasco.  And I wrote about LA’s bid for citywide free wifi, something they posted at $5 billion.  I said I could easily take a couple zeros off that price.

See, the internet is cheap.  It’s just servers and wires.  In the private sector we work miracles on a shoestring budget.  It’s what we do.  Government doesn’t seem to get the hint.   It all seems so insular, they just hand contracts to people they know who aren’t really good at what they do, and nobody has a clue how to do it.  There’s no competition, so there’s no innovation.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles it’s really easy to feel disconnected from politics.  Politicians seem so abstract and detached in such a huge city, we wonder what we have to do with them, if anything.

So when politicians like Barack Obama or Donald Trump show a flair for reaching out to people over the internet, they have a decided advantage over those who are still relying on 20th century methods.  There is no reason we can’t catapult our entire political system into the age of the Internet.

Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit are only the beginning.  We can easily make government sites more interactive, make town hall meetings online, send out more services online so people no longer need to trek to City Hall to be heard.

I want to spearhead this movement in government.  I know I can do it better than anyone.

Immigration

Of all the issues of the 2016 election, immigration had to be the most contentious. The 37th is a diverse district, many people have come here escaping violence and poverty to seek a better life, some under duress where a legal channel wasn’t available. And the Democrats took advantage of this, sinking to their lowest with smears and slanders about “sending people to camps” or “kicking out the foreigners”. None of that is going to happen, none of that was ever to happen.
What Trump, and myself, are talking about, is the need to reform an immigration plan that hasn’t been a plan. Rather than having proper legal channels for people to come in, we just let people come in under the radar and let them live in the shadows. This is not a long term strategy, unless you’re looking to get rid of borders entirely and let everyone just come in.
This is something I vehemently oppose, I took for granted everyone opposed this, and yet in 2017 we can no longer take this for granted. It really seems the new liberal plan is to scrap borders, scrap immigration law, and let anyone who wants to come into our country vote, get protections, get benefits.
What we need to do is find a way to bring people out of the shadows in a way that doesn’t mock our immigration laws. The bottom line is, it needs to be harder to come into our country illegally than legally.
That means there I have no problem with building a wall. My share of the US/Mexico border is San Diego / Tijuana, which already has quite a sturdy wall. You can’t even cross back to the US without a passport anymore. I assumed this was the case all along the border, but I guess it’s not. I also have no problem vetting people from dangerous areas.
I also don’t have a problem with deporting those who come here illegally and commit crimes. This is another issue the Democrats have slandered the GOP about. Nobody wants to find and deport people here illegally who are otherwise hard-working. We want to find a way to bring you out of the shadows. We want you to be safe. Together, we will find a way. We will not throw you under the bus.
But there are people who don’t fit this description. A lot of them. The ones who come here with no intention but to cause trouble – is those we want to go after.
And we want to reach a place where everyone who is here, is here legally.

My platform

Two of the major arenas I want to make a difference in nationally are Law and Order and foreign relations.  Obviously I have sympathies towards Israel, but it’s part of a much larger issue I have with our foreign policy.  I’m what you could call a proud imperialist, in the tradition of Gene Roddenberry.  We need to stop apologizing for our quest for freedom around the world.  We need to stop coming up with excuses for terror regimes and undermining legitimate and orderly governments.  The fact is, we’ve been a force for good in the world.  Shirking that destiny has only led to increasing chaos in the past few years.

Law and Order is also an issue at home.  I gave Black Lives Matter the benefit of the doubt for a while, but the fact is it’s the worst kind of race baiting I’ve ever seen.  We need to stop second guessing and undermining our brave men and women in uniform.   If someone resists a cop or picks a fight with them, there is no longer a debate about “excessive force”.