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Dear Readers: Sorry the blogging has been so light. However, , but my Team at the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition has been busy trying to upload and distribute the meaningful moments and message, and prepare for our May 16th Tea Party that will highlight the ballot for the state’s May 19th special election.
As a reminder, the May 19, 2009 California election ballot includes seven propositions. The SoCal-TRC positions on the Propositions are as follows, and more information can be found by clicking HERE:
NO: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E
YES: 1F and 13
I have some breaking news: The Tea Party movement in California has led to a union putting money into the anti-tax Proposition suite discussed above.
The state council of the Service Employees International Union deposited $500,000 into the campaign to defeat Proposition 1A on Monday.
That’s the spending constraint/tax extension measure on the May 19 ballot.
The donation by SEIU is the largest to date in the No on 1A campaign, coming on the heels of low six-figure contributions from the California Faculty Association, the California Federation of Teachers and SEIU (again) last week.
The BEST aspect of my involvement with the Tea Parties is that I am now a Citizen Journalist and a full-fledged member of the New Media (Thanks PJTV for my new T-shirt). For example, my report for the Huffington Post related to our April 11th event is HERE. During the Tea Parties, it has been my habit to chat will fellow Americans and find out why they come.
So, I would like to introduce you to Pierre, a former member of the French military.
This is why Pierre came: “I left France BECAUSE it was socialist. The US Constitution and respect for real liberty is why I came here. If I wanted socialism, I could have remained French instead of becoming American. I am fighting for my new country has hard as I did for my old, but in a new way”.
My blog-mother, the Anchoress, also noted that naturalized American citizens often appreciate value the United States and its Constitution more deeply than the home-grown American.
At one point, my husband and I were strolling through the city and realized we were going to be late for a gathering, so we hopped in a cab and had a very interesting chat with the driver, an Afghani (is that correct?) who has lived here for 30 years, raised a family and so forth. In talking about the advantages of working for oneself, he said he had not yet felt the pinch of the bad economy, but he expected he would, sooner or later. Then he complained that America was “no longer a democracy.”
I asked him what he meant by that and he said, “this country used to be about freedom. You work, you pay your taxes, and you are left alone to live your life. That was freedom. Now America is all about little laws, I am being nagged to death with the little laws. I work on cars like a hobby. I always keep my cab covered, out of regard for my neighbors. Then I am told, ‘you’re not allowed to cover your car’, I think because they wonder what is under it. So I don’t cover it, and then I get told it must come off the street because it is an eyesore, but I am not allowed to cover it.”
Programming note: MUT will be a guest on “Financial CPR Radio Show with Jesse Lipscomb” tonight (1170 AM, 7:00 pm, Monday-Friday).
Other hot links:
Tea Party Power-house Michelle Malkin has a great piece on Janet Naplolitano, who has now become an official SoCal-TRC Hall of Shame member. Michelle also notes, in this piece HERE, that Rhode Island Tea Party goers were able to forcefully sway a city council to vote against tax increases that would have passed otherwise.
Founding Bloggers has a great series of stories on the Tea Party Response to a member of the elite media — CNN Reporter Susan Roesgen. In fact, there is a whole website devoted to getting this “alleged” reporter fired.Finally, since we mention the California unions in our hot news update, I wanted to note that Hot Air has a shocking example of how unions intimidate nurses to vote “YES” when using card-check and then they vote their true sentiment, “NO”, in secret ballot. The union seems to have its thinking backwards in this matter.
UPDATE: The Anchoress has a compelling read from an Australian: click HERE.