Economist, author, owner of several small businesses in Germany and the USA in manufacturing, distribution and service, designer of products (received two patents) and researcher.
Ph.D. in Economics and Political Science, University of Bremen, Germany, 1975
Masters in Economics and Social Science, University of Hamburg, Germany, 1973
Successful inventor and entrepreneur, author of several books on the economy and environment, and owner of multiple businesses
Why are you running?
I am running for Miami-Dade County Mayor to solve the urgent problems that have been ignored through many years of corrupt crony politics. My policies will create tens of thousands of good private sector jobs without subsidies, save the aquifer and clean up pollution, make quality healthcare available round the clock throughout the county for everyone, not just the insured — and save the county at least $500 million per year. We can save more, hundreds of millions per year in social costs, just by having higher wages and more jobs, which will result from my policies. We can improve economic security for everyone without raising taxes.
Why are you best qualified?
I am the only candidate even mentioning the life-threatening problems facing the county today, and the only one with any solutions. For example, if we don’t fix our aquifer soon, not only we will be running out of water but we’ll have an economic disaster, too. How much will your property be worth when saltwater comes out of the faucets? Mayor Gimenez’s plan is to sell our county water system to a private company! My plan will feed the aquifer all the fresh water we need within four years.
What are the biggest challenges Miami is facing?
Saltwater is entering the Biscayne Aquifer faster and faster, as we deplete the fresh water faster than it replenishes.
FPL is taking freshwater from the Everglades to try to cool the Turkey Point nuclear plants, and polluting the Everglades, too. This is a potential Fukushima in our back yard. FPL is raising rates and will soon start billing customers billions in advance for the cost of two new nuclear plants.
The county’s health care costs are out of control and still over 30 percent of Miami-Dade residents have no access to healthcare except the emergency room at Jackson.
Sea level rise will eventually overwhelm South Florida, whether in 10 years or 75, unless global action begins immediately.
Government is gouging us every which way, from tolls and red-light cameras to pet fees.
We need more and better jobs and higher wages as well as reduce the cost of living of the people by maintaining the achieved standard of living by implementing the Concepts of Zero Cost Economics.
How do you propose solving them?
Aquifer — 500 billion gallons of fresh water PER YEAR (more than we need) is being hijacked a hundred miles north of us and DUMPED into the ocean and Gulf via two major lagoons — an environmental/economic disaster in those areas. This situation has persisted for years because our governor and legislators get paid millions per year by Big Sugar and other Big Agricultural interests. The plan to correct this, restore the Everglades and replenish our aquifer has been known for YEARS. 2014’s Amendment 1 was passed by 76 percent of voters to fix this, because the corrupt legislature refused to act. Then the legislature and governor ignored Amendment 1! There is no time to wait for honest government in Tallahassee. My solution is, we pay the lawmakers and get the program moving. We can get all the fresh water we need within four years. We’ll pay the legislators and governor double what the Sugar and Agriculture guys do. I will personally take an armored truck with $15 million in cash to Tallahassee and plenty of cameras and reporters, too.
FPL and the nukes: If Germany can stop using nuclear power, mainly with solar, why can’t we do it in the Sunshine Capital of the Sunshine State? We will organize demand and financing (which costs the county nothing) and start getting solar panels on every roof we can. This will create thousands of good jobs as companies step up to meet the demand we organize. The systems will pay for themselves monthly through savings on electric bills, and then go on to save each owner $100,000 over a lifetime. We need to replace the demand for the output of Turkey Point and get those nukes shut down before they melt down.
Health care: A network of 24/7 Super Clinics throughout the county, with specialists available for online video consultation, will make health care available to every resident, regardless of insurance or ability to pay or to take time off work. We will avoid tens of thousands of emergency room visits, people will be healthier, and we will save $500 million per year at least. The Super Clinics will pay for themselves within two years, and create thousands of good jobs in the county as well.
Sea level rise: This is a global problem and requires a global solution. That means moving a lot of seawater out of the oceans to somewhere else. My plan includes demonstration projects and hosting an international symposium to get started on the global solution, which is creating large inland seas in desert areas. This also has the benefit of creating rain in the desert. Solving sea level rise is the biggest worldwide economic opportunity in history—and Miami-Dade County can be the nucleus. Failing to address the problem would be the biggest disaster in history. I say let’s fix this. I have plans of my own in areas of neutralizing of sea level rise, creating free environmentally safe energy and generating sweet water in the process, building levee-beaches, to name a few.
Gouging: Get rid of tolls and red-light cameras. Stop looking at every citizen as a potential source of fees and fines. When the county saves enough money we can lower taxes.
Jobs and wages: My plans will create tens of thousands of good middle-class jobs, while helping people to gain wealth by reducing long term costs. I propose a $15 minimum wage in the county within three years. This alone will reduce government social costs permanently. Contrary to what you may have heard, raising the minimum wage actually creates jobs. Look at the state of Washington, which has had the highest minimum wage for years, and 3 times the national rate of job growth, too. Marginal businesses will receive subsidy. After that, we need to introduce “Basic Income” for everybody if we care to have prosperous economy with economic security for all people and businesses based on the Concepts of Zero Cost Economics, otherwise the entire economy will collapse.
Corruption: Just don’t do corrupt deals. We have spent billions on stupid and useless projects that benefit a few rich people. Let the billionaires buy their own stadiums. I have written for years that the cost of corruption is much more than the dollars involved. The only corrupt act I will engage in as mayor is paying off the legislature and governor to pass the legislation to fix the aquifer, Everglades, and while we’re at it, how about banning fracking, too?
What makes Miami so damn cool?
- It has everything what all other places in the world have, with the exception of mountains.
- Because I lived 39 years of my life here. The longest time I ever lived in any other place else; the second longest time I lived was Germany (only 14 years)
What can Miami-Dade do to prepare for sea level rise and protect our natural environment?
See above. Sea level rise: This is a global problem and requires a global solution. That means moving a lot of seawater out of the oceans to somewhere else. My plan includes demonstration projects and hosting an international symposium to get started on the global solution, which is creating large inland seas in desert areas. This also has the benefit of creating rain in the desert. Solving sea level rise is the biggest worldwide economic opportunity in history— and Miami-Dade County can be the nucleus. Failing to address the problem would be the biggest disaster in history. I say let’s fix this. I have plans of my own in areas of neutralizing of sea level rise, creating free environmentally safe energy and generating sweet water in the process, building levee-beaches, to name a few.
Why is the rent so high?
Because there are not enough moderate-cost housing units available. My plan will reallocate existing funding to building modern solar homes at affordable costs. This program will create thousands of jobs and pay for itself.
Is there anything that can be done to fix our transit system and get traffic under control?
Since streets cannot be stretched like chewing-gums, and eventually there’ll be a limit to it, we must implement the following measures:
- Bring more jobs closer to the people where they live; they’ll need to travel less from home to work and back.
- Set an economic system that reduces or eliminates the “recurring costs.” As a result, less “recurring income” is needed, thus less work, and less commuting between home and work and back.
How do you feel about the county’s campaign finance system?
We get the “best” government that rich people pay for. Money must get out of politics, and self-financing must be outlawed as well. It would prevent people such as Gov. Rick Scott and Mayor Carlos Gimenez from getting elected, but still it won’t guarantee the best public servants. We must take further steps as follows:
- Qualification requirements for a candidate should be: a) Need education and experience for that office; b) a precisely spelled out plan for the office (wish-lists, slogans, and promises are not enough)
- No political party should anoint candidates
- Media should not endorse candidates, especially when they based their endorsements on the funds a candidate raised or were given to them by the Big Money
- Candidates should have no dubious past, and finally
- An elected candidate should be willing to step down if 50 percent of his plan is not implemented as planned.
If you had a $100 budget to spend on the city, how would you spend it?