Category Archives: Furman For New Jersey

Unemployed, Under Employed and the Minimum Wage

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Wall Street has a concept called “velocity of money.” If it is too slow, people wait around for the next buck; they’re unemployed. What makes money go around at a brisk pace is consumer confidence. Confidence begets activity. Activity invokes buying and selling; Buying and selling makes money go around. It starts at the base!

New Jersey Angst

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We’ve heard about trickle down. Here’s trickle up. If worry about where the next buck comes from pervades the broad base of the population, they will buy nothing but the absolute necessities, eschew investment opportunities and, economically hunker down. When that kind of fear trickles up, the economy seizes. The base matters. What moves the base into levels of greater confidence about the future matters most. Preoccupation with preserving the wealth of the upper 1% ignores this important truth, to the hazard of us all.

Independence Day, 2013

Today, July 4, 2013, I am thinking about The Four Freedoms, Plus Two, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Future.

The Original Four Freedoms, Plus Two:

  • Freedom of Speech and Assembly
  • Freedom to Pray – and to Not
  • Freedom from Fear
  • Freedom from Want
  • Freedom to Love.

The Declaration of Independence, here, The Bill of Rights, here, & the Future – an Economy in which we Thrive –

  • Opportunities to work at a career we enjoy, and retire while we are young enough to enjoy life.
  • An energy infrastructure that provides power without pollution and can withstand hurricanes – an Infrastructure for the 21st Century.
  • Schools, colleges and universities where we can get a good education – so we can find a good job or start a business when we graduate, so we can pay off our loans and build a family, regardless of who we love.

Policy is too important for lobbyists and politicians – and Bob Clifton, one of the incumbents in NJ LD 12 Assembly, is BOTH: A LOBBYIST and A POLITICIAN!   Continue reading

Earth Day, 2013. We Need to Clean Up the Economy

The Candidate at Monmouth Battleground State Park

At Monmouth Battleground State Park. Image by Dee Cantalice, Millstone. 

April 22, 2013, Monmouth Battleground State Park, 6:00 AM. On YouTube.

Earth Day, 2013.

On Earth Day, 1970, I was working to clean up a beach.

Today, Earth Day, 2013, I am working to clean up the economy.

[Both require teamwork.]

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Guns, Freedom & The Second Amendment

I support – and will work for – universal background checks, with no exceptions, strict licensing and training requirements for gun ownership, and a well-regulated militia, as called for in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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Lawrence J Furman

Lawrence J. Furman

Lawrence J. Furman, image copyright Jessica Gabrielle, (c) 2008, used with permission

If the least expensive unit of energy is the one you don’t need to buy, the ‘NegaWatt’, then the next least expensive is the one for which you don’t need fuel, the ‘Nega-Fuel-Watt.’

– Lawrence J. Furman

I have been writing and speaking on energy policy since 2004 – to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Off-Shore Wind Resources, the Board of Public Utilities, BPU, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, the Manalapan Township Committee, Senator Menendez, Senator Lautenberg Representative Holt, other elected representatives and appointed officials, candidates for Township Committee, Governor, and President.  The Monmouth County Democrats, noting my comments, my actions, and my passions, have asked me to take the next step – to serve directly in the NJ Assembly, to take this message of sustainable energy to power a sustainable economy to the Governor as an ally, a team member, and as a Representative in the General Assembly.

My interests in energy policy go back to 1976, when as an intern for the New York Public Interest Research Group, Inc, I worked on a feasibility study of the potential of offshore wind.  In my 2005 testimony before the Governor’s “Blue Ribbon Panel on Off-Shore Wind Resources I said, “30 years ago I said ‘We know it is theoretically possible. Today we know it is possible. The Europeans are proving that it is practical.'”  The panel noted my comments. But there are no offshore wind turbines.

These interests and professional work managing teams led me to co-found Popular Logistics in 2007, and to an MBA in “Managing for Sustainability” – for the long term – which I earned in 2011, and to write the screenplay for “The Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” an eco-thriller based on Vapor Trails, the novel by Roger Saillant and Bob Siegel.

Over coffee one unseasonably mild day in February, 2007, I said, “If they had solar power systems on schools in New Orleans before Katrina, then after the storms those schools could have been used as emergency shelters with power. This led to the launch of Popular Logistics, and also led to the launch of this campaign.

On a more personal level, I moved to New Jersey In 1988, with my wife and son, while working at AT&T. We moved to Manalapan after the birth of my daughter, have lived in Manalapan since 1993. I have worked as a computer programmer, database administrator, enterprise storage consultant, at AT&T, Bell Labs, the financial industry, and currently work as the “Director of Information Technology” for a law firm based in New York City.

Serving the Community

  • I currently serve on the Manalapan Township Finance Committee, 2012-Present,
  • I served on the Manalapan Township Environmental Commission. 2007-2008,
  • After co-founding Popular Logistics in 2007, I have written over 400 short posts, primarily focused on energy policy, writing about the economics and logistics of nuclear, coal, carbon sequestration, fracking, solar, and wind, and disasters like Fukushima, the Deepwater Horizon, the coal mine accident at Upper Big Branch.
  • I have appeared before NJ BPU, US NRC, etc. on Energy Policy, 2005-Present,
  • I was a volunteer, with Shalom HaGalil, in 1982.

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