Earl Heal

Broken rule of law

Let us start this discussion by agreeing that, in accordance with the U.S. Constitution Article I, “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” Those powers, as enumerated in Article I, Section 8, include laying and collecting taxes, establish rules of naturalization, and make war. Article II vests […]

Curb government’s appetite for taxes

Are we taxed too much? Most of us say, yes! But we don’t try to add up all the ways government takes our dollars. Let’s do that. The biggest hit is usually what’s withheld from our pay or retirement checks. Large, too, are property taxes. Look at your annual statement; they’re all taxes. Renters, your monthly payment includes your share of your landlord’s property […]

November 20, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Truth or fiction of The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff is written with policy of presenting facts without opinions. After 75 columns, we are apparently successful as no one has identified an error of fact. Of course, some online writers have said we are wrong or lying so we have requested them to identify any errors. They cannot and we do not […]

October 26, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Refugee crisis dovetails into immigration debate

The Middle East is generating much discussion with regard to effects upon the U.S. We are witnessing the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Let’s review facts relative to the issue. The current chaos has displaced or made refugees of 9.21 million people from a total population of 67.6 million in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon […]

October 12, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Strength necessary to prevent war

The Right Stuff is dedicated to printing only verified facts. Our hope is readers analyze facts and recognize opinions presented elsewhere as facts, may be political lies or deceptions. Any real – repeat real – documented information that differs is welcome. A recent column requires comment. It states conservatives want war for entertainment. Sick! Conservatives […]

September 28, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Rule by heart or rule by head? Part III

Inappropriate solutions continue. Project Head Start, prekindergarten for low-income families, began in 1965. Sounded good, but typically Congress required no cost-result evaluations. Numerous nongovernment evaluations uniformly found some student value for two years, but no value after three years. A 2010 Health and Human Services survey confirmed nongovernment surveys proving zero value after the third […]

September 07, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Rule by heart or rule by head? Part II

Last week we highlighted the wisdom of the nation’s founders in relying on local charity rather than forced redistribution of wealth by government. They knew wealth of a nation is the sum productivity of each and all citizens and that redistribution requires the government taking from the producer to give an equal amount, less government […]

August 31, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Rule by heart or rule by head?

Redistribution of wealth by government edict (aka socialism) was considered by European states as early as the 17th century. Our nation’s founders studied those concepts and history of various forms of government. Note the total absence of those concepts in the U.S. Constitution and state constitutions of that era. Also compare America’s rapid advancement to […]

August 24, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

America remains blind to the Great Deception

In minds of many the Republican Party is the enemy of African-Americans and the Democratic Party is the friend. History tells a different story. The major news media will not promote these facts, but history does record facts that cannot be refuted. The problem is how to penetrate a closed mind. Remember that slavery was […]

July 20, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Liberty lost?

We the people of the United States, in order to . . . secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity . . . .”  What was the meaning of the word liberty? The Founding Fathers’ intent was that every citizen has unlimited freedom to do anything he/she wants excepting only that no […]

July 13, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Vacaville school leaders to consider $40M question

The Vacaville School District board will discuss and perhaps vote June 25 on the most important decision that will confront this board with regard to the district’s future. The decision will be to apply or not to apply a project labor agreement for construction financed by the recent bond issue that provides funding of $194 […]

June 15, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Rule of law matters

The genius of the U.S. Constitution was to provide history’s first recorded law to define an individual’s rights, provide that all people and institutions are accountable to law, and require fair application and enforcement. Rule of law certainly has been one of the primary attractions of the past 230 years for immigration to our country. […]

June 01, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Tenets of political philosophy matter

Democrat. Liberal. Progressive. Let’s think about the values of these terms. The meaning of Democrat to me is based on their principles of 60 years ago – the United States is an exceptional nation, support the Constitution and keep the government out of our face. Today’s Democratic leaders have different objectives, but I doubt that […]

May 18, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

EPA operates along with its unaccountable ilk

Recent Right Stuff columns on actions by the California Air Resources Board reveal a strong comparison to actions by the Environmental Protection Agency and Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Both boards function under the authority of the EPA. The EPA has received considerable criticism for the past five years. It was forced to […]

April 06, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Leaders, managers possess different traits

Citizens expect political office holders to exercise leadership in their everyday activities. How well is that expectation fulfilled? The U.S. Constitution only specifies age, citizenship,and residency for members of Congress and for the president. Today’s academics compare leadership with management and some even deny significant differences. Attempts to define leadership usually fail to encompass the […]

March 16, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged

Government help no real help at all

With the passing of Black History Month, it is appropriate to review what Big Government has done recently to help unemployed Americans, particularly black Americans. Three contested issues come to mind that affect labor employment – immigrant amnesty, the Affordable Care Act and minimum wage legislation. This column on Aug. 4, 2014, provided facts that […]

March 09, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Democracy or republic: Food for thought

As related in our previous column, the nation’s founders and writers of the U.S. Constitution firmly intended the government to be a republic, not a democracy. In the 20th century, however, belief that a democracy was the epitome of good government and that the Founding Fathers had established just such a government for the United […]

February 02, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Democracy or republic?

Apparently there is today common misunderstanding of the American form of government. This column will review the founders’ intent when developing the Constitution. The Founding Fathers supported the view that, “Men . . . are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” and that such rights should not be violated by an unrestrained majority […]

January 26, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Social Security: Check your knowledge

Sometimes, what you don’t know can hurt you, like making important decisions without understanding the facts. See Daily Republic, Jan. 8, Page 1A, Social Security, for gory details of mismanagement. Following are additional facts. First some history: The Social Security Act of 1935 was enacted to address the extreme poverty in the Great Depression to […]

January 12, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

What happens now that election is over?

Everyone knows that the November elections presented a mandate for change, but only time will tell what the change will be. In the meantime, let’s remember some significant history of our nation. Hopefully our representatives will be guided by these truths and not personal ideology. The unalienable rights of all Americans defined in the Constitution are […]

November 17, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

What happened on Election Day?

President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party got beat down on Election Day. No one can dispute the meaning for GOP principles of eight new Senate seats, 12 or 13 new House seats and 10 new governorships, some in places as blue as Maryland and Maine. Money is considered the “mother’s milk of politics.” By […]

November 10, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

State recovers growth with tax increases

The Associated Press recently reported, citing Standard and Poor’s, that California sales tax revenue went from nearly 11 percent annual growth between 1950 and 1979 down to 3.4 precent between 2000 and 2009. Revenue growth allegedly recovered thereafter to 7.2 percent. It blames, without explanation, the revenue loss to income inequality and credits the later recovery to […]

October 06, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Immigration facts by the numbers

Stephen Steinlight, senior policy analyst at the Center of Immigration Studies, recently addressed the Vaca Valley Tea Party. Recognizing the political debates about immigration, he provided five concepts that hopefully most Americans believe: There is no constitutional or God-given right for citizens of other nations to emigrate to America. Must follow rule of law. Should […]

September 15, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Dollars and sense: The politics of division

Income inequality has recently become an issue by both political parties. Democrats argue that more government welfare and regulation are needed. Republicans argue for more liberty and lower taxes. Both are guilty of emotional and arguments that are not based on fact. Public discourse reveals major misunderstanding of business principles. Studies reveal opposing conclusions. Let […]

September 01, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Are you educated enough to vote?

The nation’s Founding Fathers were concerned whether citizens were educated enough to maintain a republic. History proves those citizens were equipped. Principles of the republic were not violated for 150 years. Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political activist, toured 17 of the 24 states for a year in 1831 and wrote extensively about the strong […]

August 18, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Minimum wage scales do not balance

The effects of government-established minimum wages were strongly debated in the 1930s and that continues today. The practice was finally accepted as law in 1938. Data for alleged studies are often presented supporting all positions, which affirmatively proves one adage. Figures do not lie, but liars do figure. A principle that cannot be disputed is […]

August 04, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Arrogance of power evident

First, a compliment to the Travis School District governing board for responding to common sense and public reaction against a proposed $47,900 contract that was intended to tell children how to play at recess time. We’ve previously discussed in this column the unresponsiveness of elected representatives. Beyond that subtle failure of public servants to serve […]

July 28, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

History tells tale of America

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana The United States Constitution is recognized as a unique and perhaps miraculous document, but the debates and compromises that produced it have been forgotten. It is sometimes labeled as obsolete. Is it? If not, why not? “The Federalist Papers,” written by […]

July 21, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Big lies about Iraq and Vietnam

Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s successful minister of propaganda, said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.  .  . truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state.” It is sad that Americans, unlike those […]

July 07, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Environmental ideology versus science

This is the latest of a series of topical columns titled The Right Stuff to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our […]

June 16, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

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