Dear Readers: A little hat-tip to Beers with Demo today, with a cheeky use of a title from a classic song:
With all the attention being paid to Washington DC, I felt it was time to give the Golden State a little love.
To start with, I wanted to thank the lovely, gracious and independent LaDona Harvey for referencing my press release yesterday during her AM600 show. Here is the meat of that presser, which was in regards to Vice President Biden’s statement that tea partiers are terrorists:
Dawn Wildman, SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition President, offers this statement: “Vice President Joe Biden was elected to serve all Americans not just the ones that he agrees with! He’s supposed to be competent to fill the Office of the President in a moment of crisis. And he is comparing his countrymen to the sort of people we send our military forces in to kill.
“We are fast approaching the 10th anniversary of September 11th, which was caused by actual terrorists who took the lives of thousands of Americans. Biden’s thoughtless statement was insulting to regular citizens, who are doing nothing more than asserting the constitutionally protected right to engage their elected representatives. His comment also unjustly diminished the tragedy of the losses we have incurred during our war against real terror.”
Leslie Eastman, SCTRC Media Director, offers this statement: “Biden now appears to be denying he said that tea party members were terrorists; it is good to see that he has been embarrassed by this situation to the point of denial. However, this insult is merely a new calumny in a long list of them directed at citizens who are now active and engaged with the political process. We were just deemed hobbits by the Wall Street Journal and Senator John McCain. So, it seems all the elites in the Washington DC – New York City beltway feel free to demean Americans who don’t agree with their point of view while using the most viscous possible terms.
“The Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, with thousands of registered members in the San Diego County and greater Southern California area, has spearheaded many citizen action items related to state and national legislative measures. Our membership plans to stay engaged in the political process, and focus especially on matters that impact San Diego and California. We formally denounce the terms and tactics used by Vice President Biden, Sen. John McCain, the Wall Street Journal, and any elite representative or publication who uses such derogatory language against American people who are respectfully and forcefully challenging their representatives.
You will note my press release highlights our California efforts. Effecting change is only going to occur from the bottom-up — and the Debt Ceiling Deal is one of the myriad of examples for this view. So, for our happy band of Freedom Fighters, state and local matters are key. It is also going to backfire on them, just like the thug tactics backfired on the Wisconsin unions.
LaDona Harvey has been covering an ad playing on AM 600, which scares listeners into believing that signing petitions places signers at risk of identity theft. This blatant prevarication has PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNION LEADERS written all over it.
Beth Givens, director of San Diego-based consumer advocacy organization Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, said, “The ad is a clear case of dirty tricks. Signing your name and address to a ballot petition does not put you at risk for identity theft. They are using fear mongering to attempt to suppress people who do sign ballot petitions.”
“Signature gatherers don’t ask for your Social Security Number, and it’s the Social Security Number that is the key to identity theft,” Givens said.
Research from Red State shows that the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California is behind trying to scare voters away from signing petitions for measures to appear on California’s election ballots. Other union groups may be behind this gross, hateful action was well. Citizen investigators are working on it. I will report new developments as they occur. Your assignment today, should you choose to accept it, is to contact CALIFORNIANS AGAINST IDENTITY THEFT and let them know you are not going to be lied to — especially by groups who are SUPPOSE TO SERVE THE PEOPLE!
The reason for my anger is that the petition system, which leads to state-wide ballot measures and propositions (such as the famous Proposition 13) are about the only way regular citizens have of reigning in the power-grabbing, money-spending, egoists that inhabit city halls and Sacarmento. In fact, B-Daddy has a list of local propositions, and detailed descriptions of them, that San Diegans may wish to consider:
* SAN DIEGO PENSION REFORM
* AMAZON SALES TAX REPEAL
* Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deductions
Not much there for elite union leaders to like, is there. As an extra bonus, check out what our elected state representatives have been up to:
California Assembly refuses to make public its members’ budgets: The California Assembly says the public has no right to see lawmakers’ current office budgets and spending projections, documents that could show whether punishment is doled out for key votes. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino raised the issue last month, saying that his budget was slashed shortly after casting the lone Democratic vote in the Assembly against this year’s controversial budget.
Great moments in the history of California statism: The California Coastal Commission has threatened to fine the Flower Hill mall up to $15,000 per day unless it immediately stops construction on its recently approved expansion. But the mall’s attorney said work will continue on the Flower Hill Promenade’s remodel, which includes a Whole Foods Market, offices and retail space. The mall, just east of Interstate 5 on Via de la Valle (i.e. over 1 mile from the actual coast), is technically in San Diego, but borders Solana Beach and is advertised as being in Del Mar. The San Diego City Council unanimously approved the expansion in April after six years of proposals and community comment.
The Coastal Commission has argued in letters to the city dating to 2006 that it’s the proper agency to issue the development permits.
Redistricting commissars evade tough Q&A: During its press conference Friday announcing the release of redistricting maps, the Citizens Redistricting Commission evaded tough questions and refused to explain why one commissioner, Michael Ward of Fullerton, voted earlier in the day against moving all of the final maps to the public for review.
As H.G. Wells noted: Advertising is legalized lying. The unions leaders behind the ad, and the politicos in Sacramento, are sure proving this true. Please pass the word, because if this bunk is allowed to stand, all we will have is dreams of California’s greatness.
UPDATE: Charles Caesar also has a take on the petition ad: THE PROGRESSIVE ENDS JUSTIFY THE VILE MEANS.