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On and On and Off  
by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on August 11, 2016 - reprinted with permission

  So, the party conventions are over and we can all breath a sigh of relief. Except for one small thing. Because they were held so early, this is going to be the longest presidential campaign since Kennedy/Nixon in 1960.

    We can see it happening every day. There was no break after the Republican convention and it has just gone on every day since the Democrats ended theirs. And on, and on, and on...... What a grind this is going to be and I don't mean for Clinton and Trump. I mean for all of us.

    So, where are we? We're left with two candidates for the Presidency whose individual egos are bigger than the Grand Canyon and our own Great Basin combined but whose collective wisdom and dedication to our governing principles wouldn't fill a thimble (apologies to thimbles).

    For example: Mrs. Clinton came to Las Vegas and told the crowd she would introduce to the Congress a comprehensive immigration reform bill which is a perfectly legitimate act as President. But then she said if the Congress did not give her what she wanted she would use the Presidential pen the same way Mr. Obama has. Her crowd roared its approval.

Mr. Trump has spelled out all kinds of things he's going to do from building a wall to tearing up treaties. His crowds roar their approval.

    Not once have either of these egomaniacs given even a passing nod to the Constitution, its separation of powers or its system of checks and balances.

I can't answer the question, "Where are we?" exactly but I can say we're not in a very good place. We really aren't.

    I see that NVEnergy has capitulated to the crony capitalist forces of the roof top solar industry and has agreed to grandfather in those people who put the panels on their homes before the January deadline. Of course, every one of the contracts those folks signed said: "The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada or the Utility may amend its tariffs upon Commission approval."

    What we have here is a classic example of people seeing what they want to see while they disregard the rest. Can you say "housing bubble"?

As for the so-called "studies" proving that rooftop solar actually puts money into our pockets as opposed to costing us, keep in mind the solid management principle that says it's best to distrust all numbers. Either you know who produced them or you don't. In either case be suspicious.

    When it comes to rooftop solar we know where the competing numbers are coming from: 
 1. is the PUC charged with balancing corporate interests with those of the general public. They say it's negative to us. 
 2. is the solar industry and one of its eco-terrorist allies. They say it's money in our pocket.

    I believe the PUC numbers are far closer to reality than the solar industry which is using their studies, "as a drunken man uses light posts - for support rather than illumination." Andrew Long

I don't know if the PUC members can stand up to the political heat being put on them but we had all better hope they can and they do.

Contact Vice-President Knight Allen