Dear Readers: A parody of a “Gladiator” quote to kick off the Election 2012 Blogging Cycle!
To be honest, I am deeply disappointed in most of the California results. At this point, I feel toward California the same way I felt about Michigan when I left it in 1985 — I am being treated as a second class drone by my state’s representatives and my hard work is being redistributed to the politically connected. One of the site’s friends (thank, Roger) sent me this today, showing that others are coming to the same conclusion: CA Solar-Panel Maker to Close a Factory and Delay Expansion
Just seven weeks ago, Solyndra opened Fab 2, a $733 million factory in Fremont, Calif., to make its high-tech solar panels. The new plant was supposed to be the first phase of a rapid expansion of the company.
Instead, Solyndra has decided to shutter the old plant and postpone plans to expand Fab 2, which was built with a $535 million federal loan guarantee.
Frankly, I am pressing to move to Virginia. My husband was very sweet yesterday, as this was about the third time in a year I have gone through the reasons for this relocation. He did point out some of the good news — both tax increases associated with San Diego went down to flaming failure. As The Liberator Today notes, it is obvious the citizens do not trust our City Council — for damn good reasons
One of the successful arguments against Proposition D was that we couldn’t trust this city council and mayor to deliver on their promises to reform city government. The day after Prop D went down to defeat, Todd Gloria introduced legislation to ban Walmart Supercenters in San Diego. And the Democrats on the City Council mimic the underhanded methods used by their fellow partisans in Congress in passing Obamacare.
Sarah Bond, CEO of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, published this letter to our group yesterday, which also sums up a lot of positives:
Fantastic returns across the nation. Historic. As of writing this note, Republicans have gained 57 seats in the House (with more likely this week) and will hold the majority. We look forward to holding their feet to the fire. Tea Party activism is not about cheerleading Republicans…its about protecting the taxpayers, and that is what we will demand of our lawmakers.
But alas, California. Some important local wins, like defeating Prop D and passing Prop A, some city council wins, etc. Looks like Andy Vidak will take Costa’s seat in the Central Valley. But let’s not sugar coat it, we took some serious hits. With the passage of Prop 25 and the defeat of Prop 23, we can expect things to get much harder for families and businesses here in the Golden State.
THE UP SIDE?
We slammed the door pretty hard on the RINO’s. We are taking the bitter medicine in order to make it clear that mediocre candidates have no place in California. If you are a tax traitor, we will reject you. If you think you can simply buy your way into office, the voters of this state will send you packing.
The Union owned Democrats now run California and the fallout from the coming economy will belong to THEM. The simple truth is that things will have to get harder before the paradigm can sift. Like Obama’s sweeping socialist agenda waking up the tea party movement nationwide, the Jerry Brown era will change California in ways the left never saw coming.
Taking a much needed break. We all need to focus on our families for the holidays. We’ll be on stand-by for the lame duck Congress, but it’s time to recharge our batteries.
We will be looking at taking the lessons from this election and shifting our strategy. Rebuilding our coalition state-wide and asking more from all of you in terms of developing “districts” in the county.
We need folks who speak and WRITE in Spanish for Hispanic outreach.
We need to fundraise so we can organize our own campaigns in 2012. No more waiting around for Sacramento based consulting firms to dole out small batches of yard signs just days before an election. We’ll do it ourselves…and we’ll do it better.
We need folks to volunteers to be lawmaker “liaisons”…in charge of tracking our elected officials and keeping the community up to date on their actions.
We need someone to track and communicate with volunteers.
We need voter fraud specialists.
And, most of all, we need everyone to keep the faith. We forced the left to spend more and fight harder than they ever imagined, and we will only get stronger and better at challenging the Big Government agenda. We have nothing to lose by defending California…and THAT makes us powerful.
God Bless all of you, and we’ll see you out on the battlefield.
W.C. Varones highlights a few other positives in his piece, Morning in America:
The bright spots in California were the redistricting propositions and the landslide defeats of tax-hiking weasels Abel Maldonado and Mike Villines. If they run for anything in the future, we will haunt their campaigns.
One of his co-bloggers, Jr. Deputy Accountant, has beat me to the punch by already relocating in the wake of California election results:
As some might already know, I self-exiled from failing, miserable California (San Francisco to be exact) a mere week ago, packing everything I could fit into my car including my elderly cat and setting the GPS for east. I found a sweet little hideout in the Maryland suburbs just minutes from the hustle, bustle and outright sin of Washington DC that keeps me close enough to the action without getting any in my eye.
Reasons to celebrate:
* Nothing says b*tchslap like the biggest GOP victory in the House since 1938 and the biggest gain of any party in the House since 1948. How’s that for a mandate?
* Marco Rubio looked extremely presidential and is sure to be a future leader for the nation. Marco Rubio for President?
* Rand Paul’s huge victory. That, in itself, says it all.
* A new capitalist caucus in the Senate that will include Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Jim DeMint, Ron Johnson, Tom Coburn and others. These guys have the potential to control the agenda in the senate.
* Paul Ryan (this perhaps is one of the most important aspects of the House rout last night), will be the chair of the House Finance Committee.
Things that stink on ice:
* Joe Miller’s likely defeat.
* Ken Buck’s likely defeat, too.
* California, for the most part, across the board.
* Sharron Angle’s defeat (this one makes me sad).
Beers with Demos notes: We still have Harry Reid to kick around!Frankly, better him than Chuck Shumer as Senate Leader (Chucky gets on my very last nerve). BwD also has a fascinating look at a leftist perspective on the election results: China – the New City on the Hill
We have found that when statists talk about “thinking big” it is with exclusive respect to government programs. “Thinking big” in the context of expanding opportunities via the expansion of liberty are foreign concepts. What’s wrong with greatness? What is so unseemly about being and continuing to strive for exceptionalism? We note with irony that the author chooses two beacons of “countries on the rise” (China and Brazil), two countries that are not afraid to exploit their natural resources, a concept we have developed a complete aversion to over the past few decades.
Once again, HillBuzz has the essential pick-me up yesterday, The wisdom of voters and the faith in Democracy:
Harry Reid remains in the Senate to be the face of incompetence he’s always been. He’ll be an albatross around Obama’s neck for the next two years, and vice versa. Barbara Boxer returns to the Senate to remain the poster child of incompetence for the party. Moonbeam Jerry Brown has become the Governor of California, and will further run it into the ground in the next two years. Barney Frank remains a corrupt clown whose ties to the economic collapse continues to be a sore point for Democrats.
If any of these people had lost their elections, it’s true voters and America would have been better off. But, in terms of 2012 strategy, keeping them in office hurts Democrats as a party more than it actually affects America. These people are the faces of the party that continuously turn Independents away from Democrats…and they will keep doing that for another two years.
2012 is when there’s a score of vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in the Senate. This is when Republicans will take that half of Congress, and will expand their reach in the House, provided they stay true to the fiscal conservatism that is supposedly at their core and show stamina and muscle in battling Obama.
As for the White House, this current president did not receive the hand President Clinton was dealt: he will not have a Republican-controlled legislature to use as a punching bag. He can’t, like Truman, run against a do-nothing Congress.
The Anchoress also had a solid, post-election read today in PJM: Tea Party Candidates Must Learn the Art of Fencing(The Young Prince takes fencing lessons, so this was a great platform to express some key, how-to-handle-the-media concepts.
Two things to round-out my round-up:
1) I want to thank everyone who donated TIME and MONEY to the YES ON 23! Campaign. We were outspent 3-to-1 by an elitist army with financial connections to the green industry, and still managed 40% of the vote. We did all we could, and can be at peace knowing this when other people realize the terrible “Texas Polluters” were actually critical state “Job Creators”. I especially wanted to thank Martin Fricke for his solid phone-bank reports.
2) The Queen Mother is coming for a visit next week, and I have a HOT for-profit project. Blogging will be incredibly light. I am off to beg Professor Athena for review of the results from a finance perspective! My more regular posting should commence in 10-14 days — but do check back for updates and links.
No matter what STATE I live in, I plan to HOLD THE LINE for 2012 success via the Tea Party movement.