Dear Readers: Coordinating Tea Party events can always be a challenge. We coordinators often fret about turn-out. Being the perpetual optimist that I am, I have a guiding rule: A TEA PARTY IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT SIZE FOR WHAT IT NEEDS TO ACCOMPLISH.
In that vein, let me share with you a couple of key stories from this past week. First, about one dozen citizen activists demonstrated in support of Proposition 23 in front of the state Republican Party Convention this Friday. W.C. Varones has the details: Wherein citizens exercising their First Amendment rights encounter a cowardly, profanity-spewing Meg Whitman operative
Sarah Bond of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition had this to say: “I would add that we got a lot of media bang for our buck last night. In addition to the piece you already have in the link, we got a solid mention with KUSI: STATE GOP CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO
And we had several visits form conventioneers who were working on YES ON 23 inside the building, including a press conference and homemade campaign buttons. It is clear that this is a hot issue within the CRP. The party went on record as early as February that they would support Prop 23, but Whitman’s stubborn refusal to support the suspension of AB32 has insiders freaking out. How can the top of the ticket be soft on Cap & Trade and hope the party can maintain it’s theoretical tough-on-taxes image? It can’t. If Meg doesn’t change her mind soon, November is going to be a ho-hum fizzle for the GOP’s leading lady…and possibly the party itself. Just wait until school starts and parents in the tea party can REALLY start hitting this hard.“
Sarah obtained a report that the GOP voted in support of Proposition 23, and more information on the party’s positions can also be located at W.C. Varones’ site: California Republican Party adopts positions on propositions. We hope that the state GOP can reign Whitman in on this issue and others…. before she does something crazy, like go soft on Obamacare.
This week, another band of about a dozen citizen activists greeted gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown at one of his campaign events: LA LEFTISTS GET THE CODE PINK TREATMENT AND JODIE EVAN’S JERRY BROWN FUNDRAISER. This Big Government report is truly inspirational:
Melanie Morgan, founder of Move America Forward, the nation’s largest pro-troop organization, led about a dozen conservative activists who protested at the Venice home of Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans at a Saturday afternoon fundraiser for California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown…..
Event host Jodie Evans was visibly angry at getting a taste of her own medicine and had several confrontations, including one in which she denied, against the evidence, that she supports the terrorist organization Hamas. Several guests were none-too-pleased with being protested, while some had no idea they were attending an event associated with Code Pink…..
Jerry Brown sneaked into the house from the back door while Melanie Morgan threw her body onto the sidewalk shouting, “Code Pink supports terrorists!” When not laying on the sidewalk, Morgan stood outside the back gate, “yelling through a screen at [Evans] while she sipped her white wine as Brown’s security guard watched from inside his SUV with the engine running for two hours.” Though the Dodge Durango burned needless fossil fuels, presumably waiting for Brown’s departure, he left in yet another vehicle.
My little gem of wisdom was given to David Mazzerelli, the coordinator of Tea Party Italia. I will be speaking about my experiences with the Italian Tea Party as part of the Tea Party Patriots “Recycle Government” rallies on September 12. I will be at the Sacramento event, joining personal Tea Party heroes like Dawn Wildman, Mark Meckler, and Tammy Bruce. I am hoping to update everyone on Tea Party Italia later this week! It seems the group will be hosting a big event in Naples the day after our event.
I would like to note that fellow SLOB, Beers with Demo, offers another reason for optimism: The opening of the Alpine Beer Company. Meanwhile,The Liberator Today counters a reason we need to drink, and takes a look at the new stylings of the San Diego Union Tribune:
The U-T article is a must read for all Tea Party types. It lays out in stark detail the shenanigans and the cost to the taxpayer of allowing the ruling class to have its way unsupervised. Some quotes:
The push for a half-cent increase to San Diego’s sales tax has just begun, but it actually goes back to past decisions by city leaders who chose short-term political expediency over the long-term interests of taxpayers. . . . For example, the highest-paid retiree in the city’s pension system, former Assistant City Attorney Eugene Gordon, would have been due an annual benefit of roughly $64,600 after his 34 service years if city leaders hadn’t significantly increased retirement benefits. . . . The design of the city’s pension changed again in 2002, but things only got worse. Golding’s successor, Dick Murphy, and the City Council established a new underfunding plan that called for a second benefit increase for retirees. Their action instantly created a $1 billion-plus pension deficit. The increase helped win the favor of pension board members, many of whom were city workers, to let the city put far less money into the pension fund than was required. . . .
Currently, the payment is $232 million, or 21 percent of the operating budget.
By 2025, it’s projected to be $512 million, or nearly 47 percent of the operating budget, if no changes are made to pensions or budgets.
And Left Coast Rebel piles on with a look at the California School System. Beer, no. Pass me some of that Italian wine!