Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Our last chance to help our children

I am cautiously optimistic Henry Paulson is the right person for the Treasury at this time. Very hard to conceive a man of his age, sterling success and personal interests would see the job as anything but a personal sacrifice made in later in life to serve our beloved country in her hour of greatest need.

A member of my generation, when we’re gone, there will be no one left with a living memory of an America in which common sense and reasonable self restraint still had social currency.

In the Seder the reader explains the Exodus to the child who does not know what to ask. Hopefully Paulson will explain as he resets Treasury policy to the Boomers and their decendants financial profligacy will destroy America.

America today reminds me of the matriarch in the The Cherry Orchard who squandered the family fortune by gambling.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The sharp market drop today may be a good sign



My comments posted on the New York Times Deal Book page today re Paulson's appointment to head the Treasury.

Hopefully he's a lot like me in the sense seeking high office in later life is a personal sacrifice made not for the power and the glory but simply to help our country in its hour of need.

» POSTED COMMENTS


Paulson’s primary agenda should be to rein in today’s irresponsible lending practices which underlies the housing bubble and encourages ordinary Americans to assume excessive debt. In another article in today’s New York Times on identity theft the reporter noted the banks' marketing departments are running the show.


Nowadays most blue and pink collar workers along much of the middle class are enslaved to the contemporary version of the “company store”–the credit card issuers & mortgage lenders.
Any grownups at the Treasury, or in top management of our major banks? If so, please raise your hands!

Comment by MARK KLEIN, M.D. — May 30, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

Hopefully, Mr. Paulson will address the weak US dollar before it loses its preeminance as the world’s currency to the Euro.

Comment by R.Romulus — May 30, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

Cheering a sharp market drop isn’t usually my thing. But today might be different. Paulson’s appointment hopefully signaled The Street he won’t be the money center banks’ sock puppet as Snow was.

Agree with Mr. Romulus’ comment above about protecting the value of dollar. Here’s how depreciated the dollar is. The price of gas today denominated in housing cost dollars from 1955 to the present is cheaper than when as a teenager in the 1950s paid 30 cents a gallon!

Comment by Mark Klein, M.D. — May 30, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

Monday, May 29, 2006

This is what real grassroots political support means

(My volunteer campaign staff the March '06 GOP meeting in Memphis.)

Paul replies to my e-mail pasted below his. Will help him with the extra cost for gas to take him off his route to Georgia to pick up his little girl for their summer vacation together.

From: "Paul
To: "MARK KLEIN, M.D." Subject:
Re: Paul--Realize this is last minute. Want to join us at the GOP Texas convention in San Antonio 6/1-3?
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 00:27:02 -0700

Dear Mister President:

I would love to join you all in San Antonio, unfortunately my ability to buy Gas is very limited at the moment. I am starting to travel East to pick up My daughter for the Summer visitation period and money is really tight. San Antonio is way south of my planned route. I could be finished packing and leave tomorrow. The Des Moines rally would be very near my route to Georgia. The estimated cost of gas just for my summer trip is over 1100 dollars so on my income you can see just how tight that makes my finances. I have to be in Georgia on the 20th of June.

I recently added a PA system to my truck, hoping it would be of use at some point in the rallies for special anouncements or helping to organize the groups and information. It can, with an adaptor, be used inside the Exhibit hall. It requires a 110/12 volt adapter. I was planning on picking one up.

If you were willing to pay my gas receipts to get there, I woud be very happy to come and help out in San Antonio and Des Moines, just the gas that is needed to take me off my route to get there. I will have my daughter for nearly two months once I pick her up in Georgia or I would beable to come without any help on the gas.

I appologize for having to ask, but the memphis trip really set me back, I fully support you, I just can not afford to travel so far off my planned route without some help on the gas. I will understand if you choose not to help

I thank you for remembering me and wish I could do more to help you. Good Luck in all you do and God Bless. Your friend and supporter.

----- Original Message -----
From: MARK KLEIN, M.D.
To: Paul
Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2006 10:40 AM
Subject: Paul--Realize this is last minute. Want to join us at the GOP Texas convention in San Antonio 6/1-6/3

They were very tight about vendor passes. Have a few extras. Exhibit setup is on 6/1 and the convention occurs June 2-3.

Rented about the same size booth as Memphis this time in a premium location at the entrance of the exhibit hall. Should be about 20,000 attendees. Likely be meeting with NCP activists about setting up an organization for 2008 primaries. Probably will happen in Austin on 6/4.

Below is the brochure and lapel sticker to distribute at the meeting.

We're also going to the Iowa GOP meeting June 17 in Des Moines. Might be able to swing a pass for you but I can't promise at this point.

Mark

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Deep in the heart of Texas



My nationwide campaign team will descend on San Antonio Thursday for the Texas state GOP convention. We have double booth space right at the entrance to the exhibit hall. In addition to pressing the Texas political flesh will be meeting with Fathers Rights activists in Austin following the convention to plan for the 2008 presidential primaries. Move over, Kinky Friedman, Dr. Klein is coming!

In mid-June we'll be in Des Moines for the Iowa GOP meeting. Again, will meet with activists to put in place an organization to prepare for the 2008 caucus. Iowa's a perfect place to pull an upset. The caucuses are totally grassroots. Perfect place to mobilize the fathers rights movement which has a presence just about everywhere.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Staying healthy as a senior

(above--Merck's newly approved shingles vaccine. A major advance in geriatric medicine.)

Maintaining good health is mostly the result of taking advantage of all that modern medicine and dentistry have to offer. Will get the shingles vaccine as soon as my doctor gets it. The cost should be covered by my Medicare Part B supplement. Even if it wasn't, not spend a $100-150 to prevent an extremely painful, chronic debilitating disease which spoils the quality of life?

Top flight restorative dentistry isn't expensive when compared to the luxuries people have come to expect. For the cost of a weekend in Las Vegas recently got bone grafts to save a molar and an incisor. Both grafts took raising the odds to close to 100% I'll be eating steak until I croak.

Good habits also make a big difference. Don't gamble, rarely drink and never take illegal drugs. Very careful to maintain a normal weight and because of a family history of adult onset diabetes check my blood sugar daily. My sugars are normal but the onset of diabetes is silent. There's a lot that can be done to prevent the onset of adult onset diabetes if deterioration in glucose metabolism is caught early. Most importantly I take prescribed medicines as directed and get regular checkups.

Taking personal responsibility is the key to success in most things in life.

If in the White House, I'll set a good personal example about health maintenance which should inspire many to follow to follow my lead. Were that to happen we could achieve enormous cost savings at no cost to taxpayers.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Suspect the House GOP is gaming conservatives on the immigration bill

Really no need to negotiate with the senate to create a final bill which would require House Republicans to concede on amnesty to get the upper chamber on board. House Republicans could just met the bill automatically die when the current Congress ends.

My guess is house Republicans will milk the amnesty issue for all its worth for publicity and campaign donations to hold on to their seats. Once reelected, they'll quickly fold to senate demands.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The benefits of nuclear proliferation

As with India and Pakistan, North Korea's relations with South Korea improved by the acquisition of nuclear weapons which relieved their fear of a ground war. The story in below article in today's New York Times would have been unthinkable only a few years ago.

May 25, 2006

In Deep South, North Koreans Find a Hot Market

By NORIMITSU ONISHI

TAEJON, South Korea — At the Pyongyang Moran Bar on a recent Friday evening, a large video screen showed uplifting images of rocky mountains and an open blue sky. A slogan appeared at the bottom: "Kim Jong Il, a man who comes along only once in a thousand years."

The North Korean waitresses wore traditional dresses in the bright colors that were fashionable in the South some years back. The singer's interpretation of "Whistle," a North Korean standard of the 1980's, was shaky and off-key. Service was bad and included at least one mild threat. Drinks were spilled, beer bottles left unopened and unpoured.

But the South Korean customers could not get enough of the Pyongyang Moran Bar...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The 3 card monte immigration bill



Without criminal sanctions to deter document fraud, and actually funding a centralized identication base for emplyers to use, it will be business as well.

About 2 million illegals qualified for the 1986 amnesty versus 12 million today should the senate's version of the immigration bill pass. Foreigners will assume eventually illegals always eventually get amnesty. Hence in the 2026 bill likely more than 50 million will qualify. That would be end of the United States as know it.

Besotted by today's television, sex, drugs, gambling and video games drenched culture Americans simply can't think straight anymore. What's going on reminds me of the Invasion of Body Snatchers. In the story spores falling from outer space take over the brains of people so they obey in the invaders' commands. (The remake starring Donald Sutherland is very creepy. Reminds me of the Inside-the-Beltway attitude I've encountered in the campaign.)

Monday, May 22, 2006

No affirmative action for Martha Stewart


(Next week's Washington Times advert.)

Saturday, May 20, 2006

DaVinci Code--The skinny on Jesus.


Just another oppression of women story. All the ills of 2000 years of Western Civilization are pinned on the evil men who hijacked Mary Magdelene's message by claiming Jesus devine.

In the above photo a sexually tormented monk into hardcore self flagellation attempts to kill Jesus' last living decendant. The underlying message: The all male Catholic clergy should be required to register as potential sex offenders capable of anything including Deicide.

Beats me why Christians, particularly Catholics, allow their Faith to be so vilified. Would be social, economic and economic curtains for a movie company to degrade Judaism, Islam or homesexuality as done here with the Jesus story.

The production values and acting are poor. Tom Hanks isn't a convincing Harvard professor. More in his element playing middle brow folks like heroic army captains and Fedex drivers.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Securing rights of way in the political ether



Also trademarked SAM'S CLUB DEMOCRATS(TM), obtained www.samsclubdemocrats.com/org/etc, and reserved in the blogosphere www.samsclubdemocrats.blogspot.com.

Lots of poachers out there ready to cash in off someone else's effort. Much of the donations for Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project's anti-illegal alien efforts are siphoned off by hustlers using a similar name to plug for money.

With these "rights of way" in the ether it will be a lot harder, if not impossible, for chiselers to pull that kind of stunt on me.

My bite is worse than my bark.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Blew the competition away on the April Human Events presidential straw poll


Totally swamped the GOP's annointed potential candidates with more than a million votes. Accusations of "spamming" are flying. We've done nothing wrong.

Survey Monkey which conducted the poll notified me in writing they made no allegation of wrongdoing by anyone in connection with the poll.

We tried to reach non custodial parents across America about the vote. Not that hard to do because there are active groups with websites and/or message boards in practically every city, town, village and hamlet. Probably no group is more pissed off and determined to get heard politically than non custodial parents.

I'm applying the 21st century politics of the ether which enabled a total unknown like myself with quite modest means to make a credible challenge for the GOP nomination.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Selling out our future

(Illegals demonstrating a few week's ago for the right to destroy our children's futures.)

Beats me how my children's and grandchildren's generations will have affordable housing, and those unable to get high level professional jobs make middle class wages competing against illegal aliens consuming the lower end of the rental housing stock and willing to work off the books for peanuts.

Yesterday lunched with a school librarian. A woman in her 30s told me she lives like a "college student". Unable to afford her own apartment in the Oakland area, she has three roommates. A generation ago she'd likely be married, have 2-3 children, and own a pleasant suburban home.

Decided to run for the White House as America's SAM'S CLUB REPUBLICAN. As 21st campaigns are waged mostly in the ether I reserved www.samsclubrepublican.com/org/net, etc.. Until I get them up and running trying now to link the sites to my regular website www.klein4change.com

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Trademarked "Sam's Club Republicans"


How we define things often sets the parameters of the discussion. The GOP is dead in the water because nowadays people assume someone is either a "business Republican" or a Conservative. That's leaves out the mass of ordinary, but not particularly ideological, middle class Republicans whose primary concerns center on making a living, raising the kids, and keeping the family together.

I suspect there are lots of Democrats who define themselves the same way.

My goal is create a new American political center to take the White House in 2008 by mobilizing America's SAM'S CLUB REPUBLICANS.

Monday, May 15, 2006

SAM'S CLUB REPUBLICANS--THE NEW FACE OF THE GOP

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Encouraging words from Newt. Maybe a chance for the National Shrink(TM)?

News item today: "This is a country which has elected a peanut farmer, an actor who made movies with monkeys. I mean, you know, with chimpanzees. I mean, many things happen in America," said Gingrich, referring to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Reagan."

Friday, May 12, 2006

Illegal immigration ad in the Washington Times

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Moscow's inside the Beltway!!!!!


Yesterday to block my vote for the May poll Human Events deleted the write in line but restored it after my media chief complained.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I won the April Human Events presidential straw poll

May have won more than 50% of the vote as a write-in.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Stupid pills in the water supply?

News report today: Gold prices surged Tuesday above $700 an ounce — a level not reached since 1980 — as funds bought into the market, driven by weakness in the dollar, political tension in the Middle East and overall upward momentum in the commodities markets.
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When denominated in popular American metropolitan area housing dollars from 1980 to 2006 gold's BUYING POWER is less than $100 into today's marketplace. The loss in value is actually higher because bullion doesn't pay dividends and holders have storage and insurance costs.

If people really knew how had they've been had by the extent of the government's funny money printing and how globalism and unrestrained alien immigration raped American industries and wages, there'd be a political revolution.

Not for nothing I trademarked THE NATIONAL SHRINK as my campaign slogan.

Monday, May 08, 2006

STOPPING THE MERCHANTS OF DEATH

(Next week's Washington Times ad.)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Our culture's come a long way about marriage


(From today's NY Times book review of "The Joy of Delusions")

Gilbert is an influential researcher in happiness studies, an interdisciplinary field that has attracted psychologists, economists and other empirically minded researchers, not to mention a lot of interested students. (As The Boston Globe recently reported, a course on "positive psychology" taught by one of Gilbert's colleagues is the most popular course at Harvard.)

But from the acknowledgments page forward, it's clear Gilbert also fancies himself a comedian. Uh-oh, cringe alert: an academic who cracks wise. But Gilbert's elbow-in-the-ribs social-science humor is actually funny, at least some of the time.

"When we have an experience . . . on successive occasions, we quickly begin to adapt to it, and the experience yields less pleasure each time," he writes. "Psychologists calls this habituation, economists call it declining marginal utility, and the rest of us call it marriage."

Saturday, May 06, 2006

The new politics

(My presidential campaign team only a few months old at the RNC last November. The woman in the blue blouse in an RNC official.)

Preparing for a talk about my campaign at a local high school realized I am truly breaking new political ground. Now possible for anyone with a genuine new message using mostly the internet to bypass the major parties to launch a credible campaign for the White House. In the below video segment from a live Memphis t.v. interview I describe how I got started last June.

http://news.inewsnetwork.com/media/B579C04314.mpg

Friday, May 05, 2006

Time to take the Palestinians to the woodshed

(Rally in Gaza today in support of Hamas.)


Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondent, and Agencies:
U.S. nixes European Commission proposal to send aid to PA

Talkback:

Bush is right blocking aid

Mark Klein, M.D.
Oakland, CALIFORNIA

The Palestinians will never grow up politically unless they deal the practical consequences of electing a Hamas government. Without aid Hamas would be forced to behave responsibly. By feeding the Palestinian population the world continues to infantilize them.

Really no different than parents and spouses of alcoholics, drug addicts or habitual gamblers who refuse to try tough love.This conflict would have ended long ago had the international community applied tough love on the Palestinians.

In today`s globalized economic & political climate the conflict seems like museum piece. Israel knows that which is why full separation is the only way for the Jewish state to move on.

Time for the international community to take the Palestinians to the woodshed for a sound thrashing.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Addicted to war



(Haaretz today) Shmuel Rosner: Iran and the Democrats: Does it feel safe?

Rosner reports the Democrats have gone hawkish on Iran. In sum they can't look like national security softies.

My Talkback:

America needs a new foreign policy agenda
Mark Klein, M.D.
Oakland, CALIFORNIA

The only foreign policy difference between the GOP and Democrats are the favored targets for the next new war. War distracts the folks from the real problem facing Americans--the collapse of stable, affordable middle class life. America`s war policy is an obvious bust.

Iraq is latest chapter of our first failed foray into global foreign meddling--World War I. We`re trying to stitch back together a "country" with no natural basis for existance. The British created it out of the ruins of Ottoman Mesopotamia. It`s so inherently unstable governing it requires hardball tyrants like Saddam to keep the lid on.

The way out of this mishugas* is to sharply shrink the size of our military so that we have strategic capacity to defeat REAL enemies but have no excess capacity to enable K Street fixers or a "William Randolph Hearst" to cook up conflicts to drag us into unnecessary wars.Actually we have no real enemies except the ones we create by meddling.

*Yiddish for crazy

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Lying to ourselves



NY Times today--The Taliban, counting on the imminent departure of U.S. troops, appear to be increasing their insurgency in southern Afghanistan.

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American foreign policy is so driven by winning the daily newscycle the truth becomes irrelevant. Anybody who knows anything about the traditional Islamic world in rural, economically backward areas like Afghanistan knows western style democracy is impossible.

The best we could hope after routing the Taliban was a weak central government and strong anti-Taliban regional warlords. Since image is more important to the administration than practical realities, we promoted just opposite opening the door for the return of the Taliban.

We are making a similar mistake in Iraq trying to create a "nation" which has no natural political basis. What we called Iraq was a British colonial administrative convenience to make the area easier to govern after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. Things would calm down very quickly if we allowed the Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites to form their own nations.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Stock market bulls are coming out the gate.


From 30+ very successful years in the investing game I think a bull market is beginning in tandem with the end of the housing price runup. Given the global energy shortages and Americans in hock up to their eyeballs, the big winners are the integrated oils and the money center banks.

Heinz is clearly in play. Up 25% year to date. Think my shareholder proposal last year recommending the company sell itself played a role. As I anticipated, there is a deep pocket private equity firm interested.

Got 6% of the Heinz vote suggesting I might have picked up at least a quarter of the small shareholder vote. Given the highly political nature of the proposal, augers well for getting their votes in a presidential race. Institutions usually vote the straight management ticket.
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Business news briefs: 9/28/04
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investor pushes Heinz sale

California investor Mark Klein wants H.J. Heinz Co. shareholders to vote next year on a proposal that the ketchup company hire an investment bank to explore a sale to maximize shareholder value. In response, the company asked that shareholder submissions for the September 2005 annual meeting be made between December and March.

PROPOSAL: The shareholders recommend Heinz hire an investment bank to explore the sale of the company.

The GOLD STANDARD test of investment return is PURCHASING POWER with respect to the most sought after consumer goods and services, e.g. housing and education. In recent years Heinz share values failed that test.

Since 1999, Heinz’s nominal share price, unadjusted for the Del Monte transaction, decreased about 27%. On January 1, 1999 Heinz share price was $51.24 The closing price on December 3, 2004 when this proposal was completed was $36.43.

Contrast Heinz share price history in the 1999 to 2004 period with Harvard’s undergraduate tuition which rose about 24.5% from $21,342to $27,448. Purchasing power-wise Heinz shares also declined significantly over the same period with respect to homeownership. National median home price rose 37%, and in very desirable cities like San Diego over 100%.

In my opinion the principle driving force for such severely escalating prices is feminist careerism which vastly expanded the fulltime workforce without an increase in REAL WAGES. The BUYING POWER of earnings halved since the 1970s because most families today need two incomes to almost equal the buying power one had 30 years ago. Put another way most women working fulltime essentially work for nothing.

Busy, overworked parents have little time to nurture and protect their marriages. Hence more competition for scarce housing from today’s 50% divorce rate, and from young adults now so skeptical of the durability of a loving commitment they marry late, or not at all.

Just Economics 101 supply and demand theory: Too much consumer demand chasing scarce commodities like private undergraduate education and homeownership.

In my opinion the collapse in Heinz shares’ BUYING POWER is greatly magnified by the exploding obesity driven childhood and adult diabetes epidemic. A reflection of the extent of the current epidemic is diabetic home blood test kit suppliers are amongst the leading advertisers on Fox News.

In most families today with both parents working fulltime too few adults and children eat nutritious, portion controlled home cooked meals. Restaurant meals, “t.v.” dinners, and takeout usually contain excessive carbohydrate and fat calories, and very little protein. To reverse the epidemic more mothers need to be at home to prepare nutritious balanced meals, and supervise the children’s snacking.

I believe within a generation at least half the population will become diabetic. The costs of treating diabetes and its devastating cardiovascular, renal, and neurological complications will so threaten the financial stability of the health care system, federal, state and activist local governments will likely impose regulations financially adverse on food processors like Heinz. The fast food restaurant industry is already in the class action tort bar‘s crosshairs.

Regulatory and legal scapegoating is safer politically and public relations-wise than addressing the profoundly negative social and economic train wreck wrought by feminist careerism. Pity the feminist sacred cow enjoys general immunity from criticism.

I believe the sale of company is the best way for shareholders to maximize share value.

Monday, May 01, 2006

The exhorbitent cost of cheap illegal alien labor


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