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Pulse of New Obama Healthcare Plan is Flat-lining!

I spent this past weekend talking to a few senior citizens in Southern California, where the Democrats and Liberals have a strong-hold. I discussed with them their thoughts about Obama’s proposed healthcare legislation. › Continue reading

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Monday, August 3rd, 2009 Government Comments Off on Pulse of New Obama Healthcare Plan is Flat-lining!

Today’s Tiananmen Square

If for one second anyone thinks what’s going on in Iran right now is nothing like the Tiananmen Square of 1989, you would be sorely wrong! I watched the YouTube video of a girl in Iran who was peacefully protesting with her father right before being gunned down. What shocked me was that when I watched the video on YouTube, that there were only a little over 18,000 views. › Continue reading

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Government Comments Off on Today’s Tiananmen Square

Nevada’s 75th Legislative Session Wraps-Up

I don’t think there is anyone who would say that this year’s legislative Session was boring by any means. Truthfully, I’ve never seen or been a part of a legislative session that was–it’s always interesting and sometimes entertaining!Nevada’s 75th Legislative Session turned into one of the most important legislative sessions since 2003, when then Governor Kenny Guinn had to sign an $800 million dollar tax increase. I was fortunate enough to be serving my Public Service Internship in Governor Guinn’s office during the 2003 legislative session. One of the most remarkable things I witnessed while serving in Governor Guinn’s office, was his steadfast and unwavering leadership. As a 26 year old, you can’t help but be a little star-struck at watching the Governor walk into the office everyday, but I think I was more amazed at how calm, cool, and collected the Governor was during such a stressful time. › Continue reading

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Saturday, May 30th, 2009 Government Comments Off on Nevada’s 75th Legislative Session Wraps-Up

Guantanamo Bay Prison Hotel Resort & Spa

How apropos the title of today’s commentary…I mean if I was a terrorist I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be! There are some great views of the mountainside and on a sunny day you can even hear a few birds chirping! › Continue reading

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009 Government Comments Off on Guantanamo Bay Prison Hotel Resort & Spa

Enabling Legislation…Would Lincoln Approve?

I was reminded today while following up on some bills passed by the legislature of that old saying, “all government is local.” The reason I thought about this was because one of the bills passed by the Nevada State Legislature was SB 201. A summary of the bill reads:

AN ACT relating to taxation; authorizing certain counties to impose additional taxes on fuels for motor vehicles; providing for the administration, allocation, disbursement and use of the additional taxes; exempting the sale of revenue bonds secured by county fuel taxes from certain requirements; and providing other matters properly relating thereto. › Continue reading

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Monday, May 18th, 2009 Government Comments Off on Enabling Legislation…Would Lincoln Approve?

Another Missed Opportunity for Governor Gibbons

I keep crossing my fingers hoping that one day, Governor Gibbons will walk into his office at the State Capital and realize that his “no new taxes” pledge is getting old and it’s getting old really fast! › Continue reading

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Thursday, April 30th, 2009 Government Comments Off on Another Missed Opportunity for Governor Gibbons

Yearly Legislative Sessions Finally Necessary

The issue of yearly legislative sessions in Nevada has been a very contentious one for years. I can honestly say that when I first heard the proposal from a former legislator 10 years ago, I was adamantly against it. › Continue reading

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Saturday, April 18th, 2009 Government Comments Off on Yearly Legislative Sessions Finally Necessary

What’s Really Wrong With the Nevada GOP!

As a lifelong Republican and former GOP Activist, I have been extremely disheartened by the turn of events that places our Party in such disarray!  

After reading John L. Smith’s column today, I couldn’t remain silent anymore. First off, It makes my stomach turn to see how much press Chuck Muth has been getting as it relates to the Republican Party. This self-serving grandstander isn’t even a Republican anymore–he was run out of Washington, D.C., and when he couldn’t find a leadership position in the Nevada GOP, he switched parties! It only takes a coward to become a turncoat and run away from something–if he really wanted change for the GOP, he would have stuck around and tried to make a difference.  

It seems that some members of the press have forgotten all the history behind Chuck Muth and his involvement over the years with the GOP. Chuck alienated just about everyone except for the gadfly’s and fringe members of the Republican Party.So much so, that he had to leave the state for awhile to let some of the dust settle.  

I’m not going to give Chuck the pleasure of having me lay out his resume, but I can only say that there are better sources for information and comments regarding the Nevada GOP. As a 33 year old Republican who has spent most of his adult life being involved in Republican politics, I believe I have a unique and educated view of what is happening with the Nevada GOP and what changes need to be made.  

While many Republican’s including myself are very disappointed in Governor Gibbons performance, it doesn’t do our party any good to keep chastising him and laying down with the maggots to feed on what’s left of his political career. What good can come out of continuing to focus our energy on Gibbons? I say nothing good can come out of it–the people that truly care about our Party should be focusing on trying to gain seats in the State Assembly and working to get the State Senate back. In addition, the 2010 Census is approaching and the GOP should be organizing a great team of individuals to work on it.  

Having worked the 2000 Census with the GOP, I can say with authority that this is more important than the average party loyalist understands. Should we continue our current course of infighting and personal grandstanding (i.e. Chuck Muth) instead of focusing on what will make a difference for our party during the next 10 years, the Nevada GOP will only have itself to blame.  

The answer is for the GOP to stop hiring individuals from out of state to run our Party. The Nevada GOP over the past 10 years has turned into a cash cow for Consultants who only seek to drain campaign coffers for the benefit of their bank accounts. Once an individual decides to work the political scene in hopes of padding their wallets, it leads to the destruction of a political party and loses its purpose.  

Do you think that it’s a coincidence that former GOP Executive Directors have become high priced political consultants? Do you think it is a coincidence that most of the high ranking GOP jobs over that past 10 years have gone to folks who are not from the State of Nevada? Do you think it’s a coincidence that all the top of the ticket candidates have shared the same “high priced” consultants over the past 4 election cycles. I’ll answer that for you, NO it is not a coincidence–if the average registered Republican in our state knew what was going on behind the scenes it would make them sick!  

The reason the Nevada Republican Party is in such disarray is for one reason and one reason only; GREED!    

Nathan Taylor

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 Government Comments Off on What’s Really Wrong With the Nevada GOP!

Economics of Bussing

Alright, I just can’t take it anymore…why are we so stupid? Yes, that’s my question, why does government continue to do absolutely amazingly stupid things? For instance, with the price of fuel today, why are we bussing our children to schools that are 20 miles from their house? Does this make sense to you? I just read an article in The New York Times by Pat Wiedenkeller, that said “…“Everything is on the table,” said William Clark, Chief Operating Officer for the New Haven Public Schools System, which is paying $1.9 million this year for fuel to transport 20,000 students, $623,571 more than last year.

Ok, I need to read that again…yes, it did say $1.9 million dollars this year for fuel! We wonder why teachers aren’t being paid more for what they do–teaching by the way happens to be one of the most self-less and admirable professions out there. Instead of giving teachers raises and spending money on more technology for the classrooms, we would rather dump $1.9 million dollars into the gas tanks of school busses. I could write a 100 page report spewing numbers at you, but I’m not going to do that. I’m going to let you make up your own mind on how we should be spending our tax dollars.

While I understand the need for some bussing as it relates to special student events, we need to start being a lot smarter about how we spend our tax dollars. In Las Vegas, there are a number of magnate schools that facilitate unique programs for students. Many of those students parents drive their kids to these schools, but still a large number take a bus. While there is a need for bussing, it has become such an expense that we need to rethink how we do business.

With all the budget constraints facing so many States, why do we continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. In my opinion, it is time to make some serious and drastic changes in how government spends its money. Even more important, the way government spends money in our school systems; teachers deserve more pay and our students deserve the best education possible.

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 Government No Comments

JOBS, JOBS, AND MORE JOBS!

Yes, I’ve been on the economy trip for awhile and I’ve always been on the alternative energy bandwagon! So why should I stop now, I’m going to tie these two important issues together and kill two birds with one stone.

We all know we have serious issues with the economy that I have wrote extensively about in past articles. I believe that in order to help fix the woes of our economy, we need to now more than ever focus on advancing the study and implementation of alternative energy sources.

What happens when thousands of jobs are created? Well besides decreasing the number of unemployment claims, one of the important economic indicators, it also has another important effect. More jobs means more people paying taxes, and more people spending money in our economy. When people spend more money, it has a trickle down effect in the economy–justifying more jobs for thousands and maybe millions of Americans.

President Ronald Reagan was a big fan of supply side-side economics, and advocated less taxes on Americans allowing them more money to spend in the marketplace. While this economic approach is debatable like most economic theories, it is one that I lend a lot of credence to. I’ve always thought that if more Americans were able to keep more of their money, we would not have a lot of the problems we have today. It always seems like when we give our government more of our money, they not only find more ways to spend it, but they also tend to spend it the wrong way.

My thought is that if our government took the $700 billion dollars they just used for the bailout bill and invested it in alternative energy, we could solve our dependence on foreign oil, create more jobs, and stimulate the economy at the same time. While I don’t support the government getting involved in the private sector, I would support their subsidizing the initial creation of quasi government entities to explore the many energy options we have here in America.

Can you imagine if we created jobs exploring and creating energy through:

  • Clean Coal Technology
  • Natural Gas
  • Wind Power
  • Solar Power
  • Nuclear Power
  • Hydroelectric Power
  • Finally, I must say DRILL BABY, DRILL!!!

If we could just come together as a people and demand more from our government, I believe that many of the problems we face today can be solved. I’ve always believed in a citizens government, a government that represents the many and not the few. A government that works to solve the problems of everyday Americans and not a government that serves the purpose of the powerful and privileged in our nation. Just think about this plan and if you agree, let me know. Maybe we can send a message to the folks that make the decisions!

Nathan Taylor

Saturday, October 4th, 2008 Government No Comments
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