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"It always happens on a Tuesday the 15th."
Re-introducing Philip Hyde, op ed by Sean Gonsalves, 10/15/2002 Cape Cod Times.
Right before your very eyes, I will show you why the liberal-conservative/left-right political analysis (routinely regurgitated on TV pundit shows and during talk radio spleen-venting sessions) is a played-out, obscuring dogma.
At the same time, you will also see an idea emerge that just might prove useful in these economic times.
By "these economic times" I'm speaking of the troubling circumstances at the heart of military conflict all over the planet - this process that we misleadingly refer to as "globalization" and its discontents.
By "these economic times" I mean to highlight the increase in (relative) poverty being reported across America, the longer lines forming at food pantries, the upsurge in homelessness, the jump in unemployment, and the rising tide of uncertainty that has smashed holes in financial safety boats amid waves of Enron ethics and downsizing (to say nothing of the 1 billion people in the so-called Third World who live on less than $2 a day).
If it were not for all the war-drumming going on, King George and his laissez-faire capitalist comrades would have a lot of explaining to do and we'd all be discussing possible remedies.
But I digress. Allow me to demonstrate why trying to size up society with a liberal-conservative/left-right analysis is like trying to "smash a triangle through a circle shape," in the words of the rap group Scienz of Life.
Enter Philip Hyde (see www.timesizing.com), who ran as an Independent Republican against Joe Kennedy in 1996 and 1998 and then in 2000 against Sen. Edward Kennedy.
With an academic background in ancient history, linguistics and economic history, Hyde, a former technical writer, describes himself as an "economic designer and news commentator" living on his pension funds.
"You're never going to win against a Kennedy," he told me last week. "The main purpose was to get this issue of timesizing out there."
What's timesizing? "It's trimming the work week; not the work force;" re-defining full-time work by having work-hours "vary inversely with the unemployment rate comprehensively defined," he explained.
Hyde is actually continuing a long-time GOP tradition that began in 1863 when Lincoln banned unlimited work weeks with the abolishment of slavery. In 1868, a Republican-controlled Congress fought economic depression by cutting the federal government work week to 48 hours.
In 1903, Teddy Roosevelt cut the mining industry work week to 54 hours. In 1907, he cut the railroad industry work week to 96 hours, and the following year he implemented a federal 48-hour work week.
In 1912, TR's Progressive Party advocated a 40-hour work week. In 1922, President Harding, with the help of his Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, the work week of the last industry hold-out - Big Steel- was cut from 84 to 48 hours.
In 1932, President Hoover averted mass layoffs by scaling back the federal government work week from 44 hours to a 40-hour work week, calling it the fastest and most efficient way to create jobs.
That gave momentum to legislation calling for a 30-hour work week, known as the Black bill. The bill was introduced by the conservative Alabama Democratic Sen. Hugo Black in December 1932.
FDR called it "socialism" and tied it up in House committee, where it emerged five years later as the Fair Labor Standards Act, minus all of the 30-hour work week provisions.
Despite Nixon's 1956 forgotten promise to bring every American a 32-hour work week, since World War II we've been stuck with the same work week even though there's been a tremendous increase in labor productivity.
So Hyde calls for "timesizing"; not downsizing. "If we can't set things up so that our incredible technology provides (shorter work weeks) for us, what the heck good is it? Are we going (to go through) the 21st century with more and more efficient technology and less and less time for our families and communities?
"We don't need government job creation. We just need to spread the private-sector work - and skills - to include everyone. It doesn't matter how much money a country has, if 99 percent of it is owned by one percent of the population, you have one miserable dirt-poor Third World situation with a tiny fraction of the economic dynamism it could have.
"Executives, CEOs - let's give this a chance. Let's stop starving our own potentially gigantic customer base of time and money. Let's reinvest in our employees. Concentrating the profits in your own pay and perks does not count as reinvestment."
Is this liberal, conservative, left or right? Hyde quotes shorter work week researcher Anders Hayden: "It's not left or right but out in front."
More on this idea in next week's column.
Sean Gonsalves is a Cape Cod Times staff writer and a syndicated columnist. His column runs on Tuesdays. Call him at 508-775-1200, ext. 719, or e-mail him at sgonsalves@capecodonline.com.
[This column also appeared today in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on the West Coast.]


Tuesday, January 15, 2002.  A year and a half after his Senate campaign, Phil Hyde received more media than he ever got during the campaign.  The following article appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today - above the fold!
        Born to run? - An advocate for less work will sit out this election, by Carlos Tejada, WSJ, front page.
        Americans put in too many hours, says Philip Hyde, of Somerville, Mass.   Activists early in the last century "fought tooth and nail for the weekend, and we're giving it all back," he says.  The Canadian-born Mr. Hyde has in the past several elections run for the U.S. House and Senate as a Republican and through his own Timesizing.com Party.
        He argues a shorter workweek could improve both the economy and workers' lives.  This year, he plans to stay at home, as the small number of votes he has received has dropped with each election.  Are workers rejecting his call?  No, says Mr. Hyde, who instead blames a lack of finances.  "Each time, I hardly spent a cent," he says.
[The WSJ reporter might also have mentioned some additional shorter-workweek advantages that Phil spoke of, advantages that would appeal more strongly to the conservative WSJ audience, such as lowering taxes by relieving government of any job-creation responsibilities, and stabilizing investments by providing solid, consumer-sustained growth instead of hollow growth-bubbles hyped by Wall Street marketing.  In terms of the diminishing number of votes he received, Phil himself might have mentioned the fact that each time he ran he had more competition as a protest candidate.  In 1996, it was ‘mano a mano’ in the House race against Joe Kennedy.  Phil won over 27,000 votes or 16% of the total vote on a campaign budget of $600 while Kennedy spent $2 million - Phil knew the only way to compete with an incumbent Kennedy was ideas, not wallets.  In 1998 partway into the House race when Phil already had three quarters of the required 2,000 signatures, Kennedy quit.  However, 10 other Democrats and two independents jumped into the contest.  The 10 Democrats together multiplied Kennedy's spending by at least a factor of 10 for a total of over $20 million.  The two independents spent at least $15,000.  The independents together won 6½%.  Phil spent $500 and won about 14,000 votes or 12½%.  In the Y2000 Senate race, Phil had to run as an independent to get an extra three months to obtain the required 10,000 signatures (the GOP had never helped on this score).  So Phil seized the opportunity to start the world's first dot-com political party, the Timesizing.com Party.  He enclosed his critical-path platform, "Timesizing, Not Downsizing," as a kind of time capsule for the future on three million statewide ballots in a millennium-year race against the biggest long-term name in U.S. politics, Ted Kennedy.  But five other candidates were running against Kennedy too, all with less distaste for money-in-politics than Phil, so while Kennedy spent $millions, the Libertarian spent nearly $1,000,000 (and won 12% of the vote), the Republican spent over $100,000 (13%), and the Natural Law and Conservative candidates spent maybe $10,000, - Phil spent $1000.  Phil did win over 8,000 votes, but this was less than 1% of the total.  But that "time capsule" - Timesizing, Not Downsizing - has, from the beginning of this new millennium, been permanently enshrined in government record books all over the country for some future time when Americans finally realize they can't "hard work" their way out of slumping markets in a context of robotization and a shrinking demand for manhours.]

Sun, Nov. 5, 2000, 9-10am. Phil Hyde and Kate Jurow breakfast at Rose's Lil' Red Diner in Malden. Good political conversation at the one big "seats eight" table in the middle. This may be the only political event that Phil induces Kate into attending - and only because it wasn't planned as such. (Kate didn't want Phil to run for Senate so he promised to "just walk" - not a bad strategy when every reporter asks Phil how many hours he himself puts in, hoping to catch him in a megahour contradiction with his platform of cutting the workweek.)
4-5:30pm. Phil & Kate visit Waltham Artists Open Studios.
6-7pm. Burger & Mexican at the Iguana Cantina on Moody Street in Waltham.

Sat, Nov. 4, 2000, 3pm. Phil Hyde speaks at Taunton Election Rally, frontsteps of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, meets renown renounced Republican carpetbagger, Jack "The Tongue" Robinson, and the grand old man of the Massachusetts Natural Law Party, Ayres Hall. Gives copy #112 of his book to organizer & CE director Barry Sanders and tape copy of their debate & appearance on Channel 2 to Natural Law rival/ally, Dale Friedgen.
6:30pm. Phil again (see Joe's Diner item on Nov. 1) "gets the pork out of his system" with a delicious roast pork dinner at the Steeplecock Fair of the First Waltham Congregational Church, co-organized by Arthur Mixon.
8pm. Phil attends the last 2/3 of 'Alice in Wonderland' play at the Dana Hall Girls School in Wellesley. "Very imaginative, girls!" This is a good play for girls because it's got a lot of strong female roles - Alice, the White & Red Queens, the Duchess...and as the program notes said, it portrays a young person trying to make sense of discontented, irrational but self-important adult world. Minimalist costumes were adapted from clip-on bunny etc. ears and sports gear (mock turtle wore green bike helmet), gestures and ad libs from Spice Girls and preppy "street cool" (= multiple mutual contradiction?). In the immortal words of Maurice Chevalier, "Sank 'eavens - for leetle gayrls."

Fri, Nov. 3, aft. Phil goes door-to-door in Concord, town of the minutemen.

Thu, Nov. 2. Joanna Weiss' article & foto came out in Boston Globe. Good foto, bad writeup - the workweek should not be shortened to solve unemployment, which is currently being spun as at an "historic low" (if your history goes back only 30 years), but to solve underemployment, including the working poor with multiple low-paying jobs, unemployed, on-welfare, disabled, homeless, and our record prison population (at 2,000,000, four times more than communist China which has four times our general population).

Wed, Nov. 1, 11:30am-12n. Featured on Larry Kratka Show on WUHN-AM 1240, Pittsfield, Ma.
12:45pm. Lunch at Joe's Diner (& political mecca) in Lee, Ma. Phil selected the roast pork dinner - "Better to get the pork out of your system before you're elected!" Joe's will be closing at the end of Dec. so all you diner fans better get over there and buy the T-shirt.
6-6:30pm. Phil's regular show "Timesizing with Phil Hyde" on Somerville Community Access TV, Channel 3, for rebroadcast on BNN Channel 23 and RCN Channel 15 in Boston the following Mon at 4:30pm and Thu at 1am.

Tue, Oct. 31, 4:30pm. Taping for appearance on National Public TV's "Greater Boston with Emily Rooney" for broadcast at 7:10pm on Channel 2 and 11:40pm on Channel 44.
Boston Globe election pullout came out today - for Phil, good writeup, bad foto.

Sat, Oct. 28, 7-8am. Featured on Jean Caya Bancroft Show in New Bedford, Ma.
8pm. Attended Barry Crimmons' political satire at the Comedy Studio above the HongKong in Harvard Sq.

Fri, Oct. 27. Phone interview with WRKO's Paul Tuthill.

Thu, Oct. 26. Phone interview with Worcester Telegram's Sean Sutner.

Wed, Oct. 25. Phone interview with Jeff Thacker of the Weekly Dig.

Mon, Oct. 23, 6:12am. Featured on Channel 56's "WB in the Morning" with Stephanie Leyden.

Fri, Oct. 20, 3:30pm. Phone interview with Middlesex News' Dave Caruso.
4:30pm, Carberry's, Davis Sq, Somerville. Photo session for Joanna Weiss' Nov. 2 article in Boston Globe.

Thu, Oct. 19, 8-9pm, Phil Hyde featured on David Brudnoy Show on WBZ.

Wed, Oct. 18, 11am, Kelley's Diner, Davis Sq, Somerville, Ma. Interview with Boston Globe's Joanna Weiss for Nov. 2 article.
6-7pm, Somerville Community Access TV, Union Sq. All-Senate-candidates-invited debate, Timesizing.com's Philip Hyde & Natural Law's Dale Friedgen participating.
Live on Channel 3 in Somerville, rebroadcast on BNN Channel 23 and RCN Channel 15 in Boston on Mon, Oct.23 at 10pm and Sun, Oct.29 at 3:30pm.

Sun, 10/01/2000.  Though an 11-year member of the Mass. Greens and a huge supporter of Ralph Nader, Phil Hyde declines to attend the huge Nader rally at the Fleet Center today, since Phil was twice refused the basic political courtesy of an introduction from the podium by the Greens (see below, 8/28 and late Mar.) and despite inquiries, there was no indication that things would be different this time. So much for media-luring synergy. (Nader's campaign staff had even bumped Mel King, Boston's foremost minority leader, off the program, but Nader himself put him back on - "God save us from our staff!")
Instead, Phil attends the Arts Party at the home of Somerville shorter-worktime advocate Barbara Brandt. Upon his arrival, Barbara introduces Phil as a U.S. Senate candidate running on a shorter-workweek platform, to the people playing guitar and singing folk music in her backyard, and asks him to say a few words.  Phil's conclusion - 'tis better to be introduced to 12 people than to not be introduced to 12 thousand.
The Nader event was 2-4 pm. Barbara's party was from 3-9 but Phil attended from 7-11. So what was Phil doing from 2 to 4? Phil has always been careful to avoid the Karl Marx reformer syndrome - getting bitter about the contemporary obtuseness of one's fellow mortals. How avoiding? By having fun all along the way as in "living well is the best revenge." So at 1, Phil and Kate went to *WalkBoston's "2-hour" Walk Through Brookline's Secret Stairways & Paths starting at Washington Square in Brookline, a wealthy suburb of Boston. The walk actually took them closer to 3 hours, even though they took the proffered map and went on their own ahead of mob of 40-50 people, handing out several of Phil's "candidate cards" before they outdistanced the crowd. The walk was strenuous (three big hills and lots of steps), delightful and surprisingly rural - in the middle of the city of all places!
On their return to Washington Square just before 4, since Kate was wearing her kokopelli T-shirt from the Grand Canyon, they discovered the Kokopelli Chili Co. restaurant and stopped in for southwest margueritas and nachos (highly recommended!). Life ain't so bad after all, and for some reason, Kate was deliriously happy at the restaurant - the magic of the kokopelli theme (= the little hunch-backed flute player of the ancient Sinagua Indians), the great nachos (though we took most of them home in a "doggy bag"), the surprisingly good walk....
And while we're chronicling the day in reverse, Kate & Phil started off the day at the great brunch at Country Buffet in Watertown mall, all-u-can-eat of all the standard breakfast fare and much, much more for $6.50 a person. And lots of diversity of age and race in the clientele, and lots of spacious booths to spread out your Boston Sunday Globe, Herald or NYT. The spry & young-at-heart old couple in the next booth, Helen & Reuben Luckens of Waltham, were very interested in Phil's Senate Campaign, and as independents, felt that Ted had been in long enough and that all the candidates should be included in the debates. Reuben didn't care about the media's assessment of their chances of winning, he wanted to hear their ideas. (Right now there's only one debate planned - by Ch. 56 some time in October, and only the 3 ballot-status party candidates have been invited to it.)



Sun, 9/17/2000.  letter to the editor of the New York Times -

To the Editor

            Mary Williams Walsh's excellent article on the American workweek ("As Overtime Rises, Fatigue Becomes a Labor Issue," Sept.17, front page) fails to mention that a 30-hour workweek bill actually passed the U.S. Senate on April 6, 1933 ( S. 5267, the "Black Bill," after its sponsor then-Senator, later Supreme Court Judge, Hugo Black (or that the whole, helterskelter New Deal was shaped by its frantic, protracted, but fatally successful attempt to block the 30-hour bill from passing the House and becoming the law of the land (see Benjamin Hunnicutt's Work Without End). Even so, as early as 1935, FDR himself voiced regret at not having pushed the bill through when the political climate was right in '33.
            I believe our current outdated, unenforced and upwardly ratcheted 1940 workweek is the plug in the bottleneck of real social progress. I suspect I'm the only candidate in the nation campaigning on this issue at the turn of the millennium (vs. Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts). I'm running under the banner of the only American party focused on this issue, the Timesizing.com Party (the nation's first dot-com political party with "Timesizing, not downsizing" as its motto. I also championed a shorter workweek when I ran as the GOP nominee against Joe Kennedy in '96 and '98 (Joe resigned partway through'98), because the GOP championed the issue from the 1860s to 1932 without realizing its powerful centrality. There's also a North American shorter-worktime movement linked by a listserv based in California (swt.org). It includes a management consultant in Indianapolis (Ron Healey), a sandwich man in Vancouver (www.vcn.bc.ca/timework), soundbiters in Toronto (www.web.net/32hours) and a weekly TV show in the Boston area (Timesizing on Somerville Cable Channel 3). We have a historian in Ben Hunnicutt, and policy and lifestyle gurus in Juliet Schor (The Overworked American) and Barbara Brandt (Whole Life Economics).
            Essentially we picked the wrong horse in the '30s. We picked ever greater makework dependent on a minimum wage, instead of simply sharing the vanishing work with a downwardly adjustable, maximum workweek per person. As our levels of work-saving technology rose, the ensuing 60 years saw the frozen 1940 workweek (set up by the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act) spawn, not real work but makework, overt or covert, in much of our government and business sectors. It multiplied government agencies and patronage, pervasive marketing, underemployment, flat wages, weak unions, family neglect, welfare, disability, homelessness and of course, prisons. We generated universal job insecurity, which engenders the don't-be-the-first-to-leave-the-office overtime that employers naively portray as employees' choice. Most of our problems today (if our strained cheerleading acknowledges any) are caused or worsened by our distorted work-time dimension.
            Our rigidly frozen workweek opens the "great leak upward" (our unlimited concentration of income and wealth (which continues to approach 1% of the population having 99% of the spending power, and no time or need to spend it. This is the Roaring '20s déjà vu. We need to share the money, but we can't healthily start there (that just creates dependency. We must start by sharing skills and work. When everyone works, as during world wars and plagues, market forces drive up wages and benefits with no need for minimum wage and massive makework, and our domestic markets experience solid growth that exposes today's "boom" as thin and hollow. A tax &/or subsidy designed to automatically transform overtime into training and hiring as downward workweek adjustments trim our huge hidden under-employment would have the additional feature of controlling inflation in an intelligent way instead of our current growth-braking rate hikes.
            It's time America quit exploring higher levels of stress, and started seizing the prosperity for everyone made possible by our ever higher levels of miraculous technology in conjunction with lower levels of our nation's workweek.

Sincerely,

Philip Hyde III
Timesizing.com Party candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts Y2000 race
'Timesizing, Not Downsizing'



W, 9/06/2000.  The Globe's political reporter, Frank Phillips, goaded by a certain letter to the editor perhaps(? - see below), finally does 'due diligence' and mentions the full menu of senatorial candidates in the Metro section. (Sorry to disturb your nap, Frank, but it is a millennium year - one of only five since history began {and in the first three, the occasion was not even recognized as such} - and people are looking a little further ahead than tomorrow's trip to the supermarket. So perhaps you could rise a little further to the occasion? We have a thousand-year expanse ahead, and some of us are playing politics, however poor the odds in the conventional sense, because we have a lot of ideas about this next thousand-year expanse and how it can be a lot better than the last one.)

Tu, 9/05/2000.  Boston Globe finally publishes Phil's letter to editor, finishing up with observation that "The Globe and other print media are signing their own death warrants by driving people to the Internet for the full menu of candidates, and for any treatment of issues."

Sa, 9/02/2000, 1-5pm.  Afternoon off.  Peter Anderson of Harvard took Phil canoeing - & Kate brought her kayak - on a magical 6-mile trip down the upper Charles River from Sherborn to south Natick, west of Boston. Lunch at 'Peter's Reservation' halfway along the winding water route. The mist and threat of rain gave them the river almost to themselves, and the giant birds (great blue herons) flapping up and down the river lent an eerie, mystic atmosphere. Repeatedly, a heron would alight in a side marsh or on a centerstream boulder until the party came up to it, and then fly further downstream and wait for it again. When bored with the game, they'd fly downstream, perch in a tree and let the straggling flotilla (kayak & 2 canoes) pass by and out of view. Nostalgia for Phil's late friend John Kowal, who aphorized, "Canoe down the river of like-minded people."

Th, 8/31/2000.  "Life's Little Tricks" Dept. - An obituary for a Philip G. Hyde, formerly of Somerville, appeared in both the Boston Globe (p. B13) and the Boston Herald(?) today, and sure enough, doing 'due diligence,' AP's Steve LeBlanc phoned around 3:30pm to make sure Phil was still alive and kickin' on the campaign trail. Phil was able to reassure Steve that his article had not been undercut by the Grim Reaper.

8/31-9/01.  Faxing press releases to Massachusetts weeklies.

W, 8/30/2000, 2:30pm.  Steve LeBlanc of the Associated Press phoned for a telephone interview.

Tu, 8/29/2000, 3pm.  David Ortiz of the Boston Tab phoned for a telephone interview.

8/29-30.  Faxing press releases to Massachusetts dailies.

M, 8/28/2000, 12n.  Phil goes down to the State House steps to support the Greens after they turned in their signatures to get Nader on the Massachusetts ballot in November. Again, as in late March at the Nader speech in Cambridge, Phil, though a political candidate in attendence in support of Nader, does not receive the basic political courtesy of an introduction by the Greens from the podium (the Greens are still relatively clueless about Realpolitik and the media-grabbing power of synergy) - this despite two members of the Rainbow Coalition actually being allowed to speak (maybe the problem was: Phil was white = not a fashionable minority person, Phil was overdressed - in a suit, and Phil had run in the past as a Republican - taboo among Massachusetts liberals).
Phil then turns in his two extra signature papers, for a total of 12,185 certified signatures. Then looks up Ruy Costa at his new office in the Episcopal Diocesan Center right across Tremont St from the crossroads Park St subway station. Ruy, though Presbyterian, heads up the Episcopal city mission. Ruy was the first person to buy a copy of Phil's book, Timesizing, Not Downsizing - piecemeal as it was written, even before it was published. The Brazilian and Canadian would-be messiahs admitted to each other (& themselves) that they were turning out to be more "John the Baptist's" than actual "Christ's." But as Buckminster Fuller used to say, "The universe may not call upon you, but just be ready in case it does."
Phil faxes letter to editor of Boston Globe to 'roll eyeballs' at frontpage article bemoaning Robinson's supposed inability to get noticed, while Globe continues to ignore other candidates in the race.

Su, 8/27/2000 3pm.  Kate & Phil stopped by the Malden Irish Festival and took in some impressive step dancing. Then on up to Melrose Center for a look in at a wonderful used-book store (BookMarkitBooks) and a great early dinner at Turner's Seafood (what a find!).

Sa, 8/26/2000  Chatham and Lynn signature papers arrive late in the mail.

F, 8/25/2000, 11am.  Jim Hand, political reporter of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle, phoned for a telephone interview.

8/24/2000  As of 11:25 am this morning, Philip Hyde III had in hand a Receipt for Nomination Papers from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, initialled by Elections Division official Michelle K. Tassinari, showing 12,179 certified signatures filed for nomination to the office of U.S. Senate with 10,000 signatures needed, under the banner of Timesizing, Not Downsizing. Ballot status is listed as "On ballot unless otherwise notified." Only one page (appropriately from Walpole) was invalidated, and that page luckily contained only one certified signature. The receipt, time-stamped by Michelle at the beginning of the format check and signature count processes, shows a time of AM 10:58.
        Kate Jurow on videocam, Tony Schinella on camera, and Terry Crystal, signature-bearer, accompanied Phil up State House Hill from the Park Street subway station, and afterwards all lunched at The King & I, Charles Street at Cambridge Street, on pad thai, seafood in batter, and matsaman beef curry. The party had run into state senator Charlie Shannon between State House and the McCormack building on the way to the Elections Dept. So in answer to Charlie's question, "How's it going, Phil?", he got an eyeful of the 2-3/4-inch stack of 521 signature papers, supermarket-bagged in "double plastic" with an inner lining of paper. Hey, two years ago Phil biked his papers downtown in a backpack.


Sat., 8/19/2000   Phil Hyde drove out to Andover in the afternoon to join the Verizon/Bell Atlantic picket lines of the CWA (Communication Workers of America), in support of their action against forced overtime. In conversations with the strikers, it became clear that the bigger issue for most of them, however, was job security. Phil explained the connection - if worktime per person is unlimited in a constantly computerizing, robotizing economy, employee leverage in bargaining for such goals as job security is constantly undermined by employee redundancy and marginalization. See also 4/15/2000 below for Phil's support of the nurses' strike against forced overtime at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester.


8/01/2000  As of the 5 pm deadline for getting nomination papers to the town and city clerks, the Secretary of State's database indicated 11,671 certified signatures for Philip Hyde III, running under the motto of the Timesizing.com Party, "Timesizing, Not Downsizing."  This statewide database allows town clerks to stop certifying after a 40% margin is reached.  The 11,671 figure already comfortably clears the ten thousand required. It will increase slightly in the next few days as town and city clerks certify signatures on nomination papers turned in over the last few days. We anticipate roughly 12,000 certified signatures total (turned out to be 12,185). Phil's total count of raw signatures is 12,662 (plus those from towns with too few to drive or mail in, some of which were submitted anyway for a grand total of nearly 14,000), all but 82 of which were collected by Phil himself at the rate of eighty a day every day from Feb.1 to mid-July (does Guinness have a category for this?). The 82 were collected: 8 by a conservative in Watertown (Greg Hekimian of Hekimian Racing Engines), 7 by a liberal in Somerville (Matt Hoey, who ran for mayor in spring '99), 31 by a conservative in Winthrop (Bob Herdt), 14 from Somerville and Melrose by a liberal senior citizen and book lover (John Callison), and the rest by a conservative in Duxbury (Ted Howard).

Phil would also like to acknowledge the help of his rival & ally in the Race for the Eighth Congressional in 1998, Tony Schinella, who turned in nomination papers for him at towns south of Boston today while Phil focused north of Boston, - also the help of his allies in the town and city clerk's offices in and around Boston.


7/18/2000  Collected signatures at "rain day" supermarkets in Stoneham, 9 at Stop&Shop, 71 at Shaw's. Raw total now 13,440, which at latest success rate of 8143/9118 yielding 12,002 certified. In other words, we have completed our collection of the 10,000 required signatures plus a 20% safety margin. We will now contact people who said they would help with the signatures, get signatures in and back from the town and city clerks, and clean them up so they have no stray marks in preparation for submission to the Secretary of State. And resume work on this year's book.

7/14/2000  Picked up signature papers at Concord Townhouse (137 certified out of 147 raw). Collected 58 signatures at Crosby's supermarket in Concord and the remaining 22 (of 80/day quota) at the Bedford Stop&Shop. Raw total now 13,120, which at today's success rate of 8143/9118 yields 11,717 certified.

7/13/00  Picked up processed signature papers in Medford, Malden and Wakefield, Mass. Dropped off in Woburn. Collected 80 "signatures du jour" at Atlantic supermarket in Reading and Winchester Stop& Shop. Raw total now 13,040 - matches Robinson's "over 13,000" but higher success rate (due to ability to count Democrats), currently 8006/8971, gives us 11,637 certified, much higher than his 10,342 at best (minus Galvin's gleanings of 203 = 10,139, minus the Democrats' depredations of 156).


7/12/00  "And now, the rest of the story."
Jack Robinson said he filed "over 13,000" raw signatures for his 10,000 certified signature requirement by his May 9 deadline. He reportedly paid Charlie Chisholm of Powderhouse Sq, Somerville, $100,000 for 7,000 signatures ($14.29 per autograph!) of this 13,000+ figure, all of which initially yielded 10,073 certified signatures, a "cushion" of only 73 signatures. Jack appealed his uncertified signatures to the city and town clerk and raised his cushion to 342.
      Then Secretary of State Bill Galvin tossed out 203 on technicalities, such as signature pages xeroxed upside-down back to front, leaving Jack's total back down at only 10,139. Then the Democrats and Libertarians challenged 1500 of these signatures for various reasons. In particular, the Dems prepared 78 subpoenas and apparently launched them, because a 7/01 Globe report mentioned 156 signatures successfully challenged (reflecting the testimony of 78 married couples?).
      That effectively pushes Jack's total below the 10,000 requirement and knocks him off the ballot (at this point, only the Republican primary ballot in September). Jack has appealed, based on the absence of party officials' signatures on his copy of the notice of challenge from the Democrats. The verdict, due 7/14 (but then waffled until "early next week"), is already holding up Bill's schedule for printing the primary ballots.


7/7/2000 - faxed Letter to Editor, Boston Globe -
      In "Is the fate of Republican challenger a case of Kennedy overkill?" (op ed, July 7), Joan Venocchi implies that with Jack Robinson out of the race, Ted Kennedy will get a "free ride in November" and have no one with whom to have "at least a pro forma debate of the issues."
      Is it possible that Ms. Vennochi has not heard that there are four other candidates in this race? They represent the Libertarian Party and three independent third parties - the Natural Law, Constitution and Timesizing.com Parties, each with its own central issues.
      Where does Ms. Vennochi get the nerve to preach to the Democrats about "democracy, with a small 'd'", when she's totally ignoring the majority of candidates in the race, simply because they're outside the two major parties?
      The challenge for democracy in this state is not primarily the Democrats. It is uninformed (or cynical? or "can't be bothered"?) media people like Joan Vennochi (and Frank Phillips in many articles), whose tunnel vision guarantees free rides to most political incumbents, and small hope of "small 'd' democracy" in this state - except for the Internet.
Sincerely,
Philip Hyde III
"Timesizing, not downsizing" candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts Y2000 race
PO Box 622
Cambridge MA 02140
617-623-8080
(Timesizing means trimming the workweek - at least back down to 40!)


6/21/2000 - faxed Letter to Editor, New York Times -
      In this millennium year, the NY Times seems to be straining for sufficient narrowly focused news, for example, "[Al Gore] Assembling a Sense of Self..." (June 21, front page) and the front page story June 20 about 20-year-old George W. Bush's arrest for stealing a Xmas wreath.
      Why not just broaden the focus and fill in some of the many blindspots that today's media never cover?
      For starters, how about breaking out of the boring and voter-apathetizing two-party straitjacket that drones on and on, eye-rolling *months* before the elections? At the least, this reader-subscriber would love to see your daily "Today's Schedules" section broadened to include Ralph Nader of the Greens, Pat Buchanan of the Reform Party, and Harry Browne of the Libertarians. And in this "permanent plateau of prosperity" that we are again experiencing, it could be a real wakeup call to see the full roster of names and issues of *all* the presidential candidates.
Philip Hyde III
Timesizing.com Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts Y2000 race
"Timesizing, not downsizing"
PO Box 622
Cambridge MA 02140
617-623-8080


6/6/2000  press release faxed to major Massachusetts and national newspapers -

America’s first dot-com candidate
slamdunks signatures to unseat Ted Kennedy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Philip Hyde III, U.S. Senate candidate for the nation’s first dot-com political party, by yesterday had collected 10,000 "raw" nomination signatures for a spot on the November ballot in Massachusetts. The required figure is 10,000 certified signatures. However, because Hyde is running as an independent third-party candidate, his signature deadline is still nearly nearly two months away on August 1, so there is no question that candidate Hyde will be on the ballot against incumbent Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
      Hyde is running under the only Web-based banner in this Y2K race, that of the nation’s first "dot-com" political party, the Timesizing.com Party, founded in November ’99. The Party motto, "Timesizing, Not Downsizing," will appear on two million millennium-year ballots next fall in the Senate race against Kennedy.
      Hyde also has the only 21st-century issue in American politics in this millennium year, the fact that our levels of technology are rising and so is the level of our workweek. Americans already work the longest hours in the developed world, even longer than Japan. If this trend continues, we will converge on complete robotization and a "24/7" work schedule simultaneously, working round the clock seven days a week. We’ll be the world’s first high-tech sweatshop, with pervasive workplace violence, rampant family disintegration and pandemic school shootings. We might as well repeal the Emancipation Proclamation and re-celebrate the "happy slave."
      Timesizing reverses this backward progress. It means reducing the workweek instead of the workforce (aka consumer base). It means using technology the right way, not to replace people but to make their lives easier. Timesizing includes continuous training in the workplace, and no cuts in pay or heightened inflation.
      Workweek reduction was a progressive issue the Republican Party championed during the first 75 years of their history, ending with Hoover's "too-little too-late" workweek cuts for federal government employees to save jobs in the early Depression. Republicans were interested because workweek reduction makes self-support easier for everyone - so taxpayers don’t get soaked. It also provides more free time for family and family values.
      Hyde is the author of a book, Timesizing, Not Downsizing (1998) and many policy pieces. He is an expert in the social impact of technology and a consultant in economic design. He has run for Congress before. Twice the Republican nominee in the 8th Congressional District, Hyde ran in ’96 against Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and made a bid in ’98 for the open seat. Reporters can obtain more information by phoning the Timesizing.com Party at (617) 623-8080 or surfing to www.Timesizing.com on the Internet.


5/09/00 11:41 pm - News flash from RadioTony -
        Channel 5 reported this evening that Jack Robinson did not file sufficient signatures with the city and town clerks by today's deadline to make the 10,000-signature requirement for the race.
[If true, condolences, Jack.
[A news release on Carla Howell's website says she filed 33,467 (raw) signatures.  Great work, Carla!
[The Citizens for Phil Hyde Campaign has collected 8,008 raw signatures as of 5/09 with 5,747 filed.  3950 out of 4414 have been certified (89.5% success rate) and there are almost three months to go before the deadline (Aug. 1) for independent third-party candidates.]


5/08/2000  press release faxed to all major Massachusetts and national newspapers -

As Republican Strains to Meet Today’s Deadline,
GOP-veteran Dot-com Candidate Slamdunks Signatures
to Unseat Ted Kennedy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Philip Hyde III, twice Republican nominee against Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II for the historic 8th Massachusetts Congressional seat (Kennedy resigned halfway through the second race two years ago), appears to have by far the best chance of securing a spot on the ballot against incumbent Sen. Edward M. Kennedy compared with other Senate hopefuls.
      By late yesterday, Hyde had submitted to city and town clerks 5,700 toward the 10,000 required voter signatures, over 10 times the number submitted by embattled Republican hopeful Jack E. Robinson III (490, according to "Robinson lacking 9,510 signatures," 5/09 Boston Globe B2) and nearly three times the number submitted by Libertarian candidate Carla Howell (2,000).
      What’s more, both Republican and Libertarian have a deadline tomorrow, Tuesday, May 9. Hyde’s deadline is still nearly nearly three months away on August 1 since he’s running as an independent 3rd-party candidate.
      Hyde yesterday said, "If these candidates steer their affairs so close to the brink, what improvement would either of them be over Sen. Kennedy?" In addition, Robinson, carpet-bagging into this race from his previous residence in Connecticut and already rejected by Republican Gov. Paul Celucci, is still reeling from a rash of revelations about his past, including a restraining order from an ex-girlfriend and a drunk-driving arrest.
      Hyde is running under the only Web-based banner in this Y2K race, the nation’s first "dot-com" political party, the Timesizing.com Party, founded in November.
      Hyde, an economic designer and high-tech researcher, also has the only 21st-century issue in American politics in this millennial year. "Timesizing" means using technology the right way - trimming working hours for all and keeping everyone employed. It replaces stressful downsizing, which is making Americans so insecure they’re working the longest workweeks - and supporting the largest homeless and prison population - in the developed world. If done properly, Timesizing involves continuous training in the workplace, and no cuts in pay or output, and no leaps in inflation.
      Workweek reduction is a centrist issue the GOP championed during their progressive years across the first 75 years of their existence, ending with Hoover's too-little too-late workweek cuts in the federal government from 48 to 44 to 40 hours in 1931-32 to save 100,000s of jobs in the depths of the Great Depression. Workweek reduction makes self-support easier for everyone - so taxpayers don’t get soaked - and provides more free time for family and family values.
      Reporters can obtain more information from the Timesizing.com Party at (617)623-8080 or from www.Timesizing.com on the Internet.



Sat., 4/15/2000, 11:30am...   Phil Hyde goes out to Worcester with Greg Gigg of the Somerville Labor Party Club to join the picket line of the St. Vincent Hospital nurses, in support of their action against forced overtime. Hyde is a member of both "LP's" - both the Labor Party and the Libertarian Party - because he can achieve Labor progress with Libertarian small government - by strategically picking the single all-sufficient regulation (the overtime legislation) and designing it to centrifuge skills and employment (see Phases Two, Three and Four of the Timesizing full-employment program).



late Mar.-early Apr./2000.  As a long-time environmentalist and member of the Massachusetts Green Party, Phil Hyde attends Ralph Nader's speech at the Cambridge Friends' Meeting House in Longfellow Park west of Harvard Square. Phil meets Nader beforehand and suggests mutual endorsement to both Nader and his aide (never hears back from either of them). As a political candidate in attendence in support of Nader, Phil does not receive the basic political courtesy of an introduction by the Greens from the podium.



late Feb./2000.  As head of a Massachusetts political party, the Timesizing.com Party (motto: "Timesizing, Not Downsizing!"), Phil Hyde is invited by a Haverhill, Mass. highschool teacher to speak to his class on government. Five of the students sign Phil's nomination papers, and four of those signatures eventually get certified at Haverhill Town Hall and counted in with Phil's total of about 12,200 certified signatures at the Secretary of State's Election Division in August.





Jan. 20/2000

Editor
Boston Globe

When do we get beyond the paving?

Sen. Kennedy's admirable but old-fashioned liberalism won't get us very far into the new millennium. He spends 90% of his recent op-ed ("Pavingthe way for better and healthier lives," Jan. 18) on naive technological cheerleading, and only the last 10% on the glaring flaws in our current economy, including the 44m Americans without health insurance and the fact that technological progress has become irrelevant to bettering the lives of ALL our citizens.
            In particular, he has no solution for technology's paradoxical effect in setting our business sector to cutting jobs and our government sector to creating them. He also falls into Chesterton's pan-utopian trap - the unjustified assumption that no one will want more than his/her share.
            Wealthy Sen. Kennedy wants only to touch briefly on the fact that our computer and bio technologies have far outstripped our technology of *sharing*. As long as 1% of our population can continue to concentrate 99% of the social goods or access thereto, we have a problem. We've been "paving the way for better lives" long enough. Now it's time to roll up our sleeves and DESIGN the sharing technology, and its implementation.

Philip Hyde III
The high tech candidate for U.S. Senate,
Massachusetts Y2K Race (Ted Kennedy, incumbent)



Subject: Finding and keeping good employees
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 10:01:03 -0800
From: Phil Hyde
Organization: Timesizing.com
To: letters@globe.com

To the Editor, The Boston Globe:

Your frontpage article on poor service in fastfood and retail ("Service with a shrug" 1/16) implies the problem is labor shortage, but I suggest the reverse. Employers are so spoiled by decades of growing national and global labor surplus that they no longer even think of adequate training or higher pay. You manage to print a whole article on this subject without mentioning wages at all, and training is mentioned only twice (to admit it's inadequate).
            Employer whining and media lip-syncing do not automatically lead to finding and keeping good employees. It’s a categorical failure of contemporary management and economics that good training and wages are seen as costly and inflationary - but not, of course, stratospheric stock prices for profitless Internet companies. Guess that’s where all the money is going that's not going into pay (executive pay excepted) and solid skyrocketing consumer markets.
            As long as employers and opinion leaders like The Boston Globe continue to miss so profoundly the pervasive labor glut and the depression outside the beltway, guess we'll just have to let all these nasty job-hopping employees drift into our record prison population, while we issue several thousand more visas for hard-working, pre-trained, and low-wage immigrants.

Philip Hyde III
Timesizing.com Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Mass. 2000 race vs. Ted Kennedy




11/12/99    To the Editor, The New York Times:
            The paradox of improved productivity from a reduced workweek ("A French Paradox at Work," business section, Nov. 11) has been cited since Juliet Schor's 1992 book "The Overworked American" by critics of this approach to solving unemployment. But would they also argue that reducing the workweek to zero yields infinite productivity? At some point the lines on the graph cross. Otherwise, our basic instinct to lighten a task by sharing it would not be so common in human experience. Of course, in fighting unemployment, it helps if you first establish an automatic system of reinvesting profits from overtime into overtime-targeted training and hiring.
            The French paradox was actually solved in 1964 (at the UAW Convention in Atlantic City) when Walter Reuther backed a fluctuating workweek that slowly adjusted against unemployment, instead of yet another jump down to another rigid workweek. Of course, in the U.S. economy this would require a meaningful unemployment rate that counts more of the problem (ideally including welfare, disability, homelessness, prisons, forced part-time) instead of our current leaky rate, useful mainly for self-congratulation.
            Stress from "megahours" surfaces in high absenteeism and turnover, car wars, "going postal," and neglected children. Two thirds of Americans in one survey wanted shorter hours strongly enough to take a paycut. In 1933, a 30-hour workweek passed the U.S. Senate (though not the House) based on Arthur Dahlberg's "Jobs, Machines and Capitalism" (1932). Dahlberg even mentioned the stimulating effects on the economy and on efficiency. Today, many sleep-deprived high-tech workers and single parents are asking when politicians will again pick up this win-win issue.
            To develop soundbytes for politicians of the next century, we have raced twice against Joe Kennedy for Congress in Massachusetts (he resigned halfway through in '98) and are now challenging Ted Kennedy for Senate in Y2K. We've jettisoned the increasingly baggage-bent GOP and are running under the banner of America's first "dot-com" political party, the Timesizing.com Party, focusing on this issue and high-tech referendum democracy.
            In the meantime, we should all be grateful to the French for debugging this ultimate unemployment solution. We will all be trying it next century - unless we seriously believe we'll be working 60-80 hours a week on 40-hour salaries forever. In Y3K, will we still be producing work-saving technology and supporting disemployed people on a frozen "40"-hour workweek? Hopefully not even in Y2K+100.

Philip Hyde III
Candidate for U.S. Senate (MA)
The Timesizing.com Party
"Timesizing Not Downsizing"



11/8/99  Kennedy Rival Founds Nation’s First ‘dot-com’ Political Party - Phil Hyde now targeting Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat under Timesizing.com banner to shorten the workweek

BOSTON, Mass. - Philip Hyde III, twice the GOP nominee against Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II for the historic 8th Massachusetts Congressional seat (Kennedy resigned halfway through the second race in 1998) and dubbed the UNkennedy during his 1996 race, today founded the nation’s first ‘dot-com’ political party, the Timesizing.com Party. The new party plans to focus on getting some real benefit out of our time-saving technology in the form of more personal and family time without loss of income.
            Hyde also announced plans to run under the Timesizing.com banner against the biggest name in American politics next year for U.S. Senate. This time it will be Senator Ted Kennedy, rather than his nephew, Rep. Joe Jr. Said Hyde, "This a 'triple witching hour' - a new millennium, a new century, ...and an old Kennedy up for re-election." Hyde's new party believes that people's minds are going to be open for a deeper glimpse into the future during this millennial changeover. They’ll be asking whether our current economics of narrowly funnelled boom, of over-worked and under-employed, of rich getting richer and poor poorer, is the best we can do at the dawn of a 1000-year vista.
            Timesizing.com's message is long overdue - convert overtime into training and hiring, and if cuts are necessary, cut hours, not jobs, to keep everyone working and domestic spending up. This is a message welcomed by nervous investors, sleep-deprived techies and harassed parents alike, especially in one-parent families and homes touched by layoffs. The party motto, "Timesizing, Not Downsizing," puts it in a nutshell. Said Hyde, "Giving job security back to ordinary people and giving them not just more money but more free time for their families and communities - this is something that will forward all other good causes faster than focussing on any other single one of them. More than any other issue, this is the all-in-one issue that lets us scale back government programs and taxes responsibly without losing momentum in our progress toward better lives for all."
            The Timesizing.com Party's analysis reveals an American society split today between people with money and no time, and people with time and no money. The Timesizing.com message cuts through the conservative rhetoric about family values and actually delivers the free time that parents, especially single parents, need to spend with their children to cultivate those values. Neither of the major parties has focused on this issue, and none of the minor parties either, yet it keeps popping up in the news. People, especially single moms, keep asking why no one's addressing it. Ultimately we need to spread around today's tightly concentrated wealth, but it's much easier to start by spreading the work, and developing a system that can work with wealth as well. Unless we learn to share the employment of the nation, we'll never be able to share its wealth. The Timesizing.com Party has designed a 5-phase program to do this - AND raise wages for the middle class and working people without runaway inflation.
            The Timesizing.com Party will also press for more electrononic democracy and issue-oriented referendums in order to bypass a torpid Congress and reverse voter apathy. We already have the technology - because today's computer technology is far ahead of our political technology.
            National shorter-hours spokesperson Barbara Brandt of Somerville kicked off the first full page of Hyde’s Somerville signatures. The chairman of Hyde's political campaign last year, the Grand Old Man of progressive Massachusetts Republicanism, John Sears, offered his ‘good luck’ wishes for the new party and for Hyde’s Senatorial race. Voters can get more information or volunteer by phoning the Timesizing.com Party at (617) 623-8080 or surfing to www.Timesizing.com on the Web.



For more details about the Timesizing.com Party's economic program, our laypersons' handbook Timesizing, Not Downsizing is available at bookstores in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. or from *Amazon.com online.

Questions, comments, feedback? Phone 617-623-8080 (Boston) or email us.


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