Dear Readers: Last night, I had a great discussion with President of the Citizens for Self Governance President Mark Meckler and CANTO TALK’s Silvio Canto Jr. Today, I want to share with you an OPEN LETTER TO BOB FILNER, the San Diego Democratic Party Mayoral candidate who smeared citizen activists with his most recent ad.
In your latest attempt to undermine Carl DeMaio in the San Diego Mayor’s race, you have demeaned the citizens you ask to represent.
As the founders of the original Tea Party in San Diego, we are aghast at your latest commercial. In it, you clearly demonize those who actually hold you responsible, as a Congressman with federal budgetary responsibilities, for spending their taxpayer dollars. And while you may omit the truth from such advertisements, we will not allow your claims to stand unchallenged.
Therefore, here is a list of facts we now share with our fellow San Diegans:
- The Tea Party is in no way keeping women from seeking or obtaining any reproductive service they can now legally receive in the United States — nor do we support any efforts to do so. Social issues are not part of our fiscally conservative agenda. We support, instead, the First Amendment, and dry attempts to force religious institutions to go against their faith and tenets. Here is part of the oath you took as a Congressman: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States.” Shockingly, it includes this particularly key amendment.
- We are not trying to take healthcare away from every American. We believe that the better way to address problems related to medical care availability is through free market solutions. Furthermore, we do not support regulations that force a specific product on citizens or penalize them for not buying said product. Additionally, as it relates to health care, we ask this question of you: Why did you vote for a plan that takes $716 Billion dollars away from the program that the thousands of seniors you profess to represent have come to rely upon?
- We admit freely that we wish to close the Department of Education. We stand for smaller, more sensible government. Test scores show that nationalizing education has been a failure. Also, massive amounts of money are squandered in redundant programs and personnel. These results makes the Department of Education comparable to other government run programs, like the US Post Office and Amtrak, which spend considerably above budget and/or do not deliver an adequate standard of service. We believe tax dollars going for education should remain at the state and local level, and that our state and its cities are better placed to direct programs that ensure a solid scholastic future for our children.
Frankly, you have lost all touch with what average citizens face every day with the high cost of gasoline, housing and health care. For example, we do not forget the “reasonable profits tax” you proposed for gasoline, which would have resulted in horrendous price increases for Americans just because you want to promote green-energy crony capitalism. Furthermore, we are very aware that your donors include special interest groups such as labor unions, certain health care industry services, and teachers unions.
Simply put, your special interests are not in the best interests of San Diego citizens. We wish to remind our fellow citizens of this fact.
The co-founders of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition: