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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.

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Congressman Filner:

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:

  1. 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.
  2.  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?
  3. 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.

Sincerely,

The co-founders of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition:

Sarah Bond

Dawn Wildman

Leslie Eastman

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Dear Readers: I have been sitting with Horemheb this morning, going the the California ballot brochure for the November 6, 2012. I wanted to put-up the current list of propositions and associated voting suggestions, the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition – San Diego Tea Party view of the items, and highlight a few recommendations from the San-Diego Local Order of Bloggers (SLOBs).

Qualified Statewide Ballot Measures for California General Election, Nov. 6, 2012

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  • Proposition 30 – Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years. Allocates temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how funds are to be spent. Guarantees funding for public safety services realigned from state to local governments.

(Hell No! There is no such thing as a temporary tax increase — and people should know to reject any item that is “for the children”. California’s citizens have been played for saps far too long. I am looking forward to the threats about providing basic public safety services, too!)

  • Proposition 31 –Establishes two-year state budget cycle.

Prohibits Legislature from creating expenditures of more than $25 million unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified. Permits Governor to cut budget unilaterally during declared fiscal emergencies if Legislature fails to act.

(NO. From Left Coast Rebel – Constitution an incredibly anal process for local communities to adopt “Strategic Action Plans” serving such open-ended new age objectives as “community equity” and nudges them into establishing regional governments to push this agenda. The purpose of local governments is to provide basic services, not to pursue utopian four-year plans.)

  • Proposition 32 – Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction.Prohibitions on Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.

Restricts union political fundraising by prohibiting use of payroll-deducted funds for political purposes.

(YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! End the reign of union fiscal tyranny)!

  • Proposition 33 Changes current law to permit insurance companies to set prices based on whether the driver previously carried auto insurance with any insurance company.

Allows insurance companies to give proportional discounts to drivers with some prior insurance coverage.

(A very likely yes: The Goddess of Capitalism always approves of permitting businesses to decide whom to do business with and at what price-point).

  • Proposition 34 – Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. Requires persons found guilty of murder to work while in prison, with their wages to be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them. Creates $100 million fund to be distributed to law enforcement agencies to help solve more homicide and rape cases. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net savings to the state and counties that could amount to the high tens of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis due to the elimination of the death penalty. One-time state costs totaling $100 million from 2012-13 through 2015-16 to provide funding to local law enforcement agencies.

(No. In my view, some crimes are so heinous as to warrant death as the best form of justice that humans can dish out. Also, where in the hell do the braniacs in Sacramento think that the $100 million dollar fund is going to come from? Have they discovered a fairy dust factory somewhere in this state? My object in legislation related to the death penalty would be how to expedite the process so the citizens of this good state don’t have to pay for their care and comfort longer than necessary)

  • Proposition 35 – Human Trafficking. Penalties. Sex Offender Registration. Initiative Statute.

Increases criminal penalties for human trafficking, including prison sentences up to 15-years-to-life and fines up to $1,500,000. Fines collected to be used for victim services and law enforcement. Requires person convicted of trafficking to register as sex offender. Requires sex offenders to provide information regarding Internet access and identities they use in online activities. Prohibits evidence that victim engaged in sexual conduct from being used against victim in court proceedings. Requires human trafficking training for police officers. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential one-time local government costs of up to a few million dollars on a statewide basis, and lesser additional costs incurred each year, due to the new mandatory training requirements for certain law enforcement officers. Minor increase to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising human trafficking offenders. Unknown amount of additional revenue from new criminal fees, likely not to exceed the low millions of dollars annually, which would fund services for human trafficking victims.

(No. Yes, human traffickers are Satan’s minions and probably deserve the death penalty that a previous proposition is trying to end. My main problem is foisting millions of dollars on local communities to implement the program. The amount is probably an under-estimate, and local governments are going bankrupt all across California. We cannot afford it. I hope my fellow citizens use some fiscal logic, instead of their emotions, when making proposition choices)

  • Proposition 36 – Three Strikes Law. Sentencing for Repeat Felony Offenders.

Revises three strikes law to impose life sentence only when new felony conviction is serious or violent. Authorizes re-sentencing for offenders currently serving life sentences if third strike conviction was not serious or violent and judge determines sentence does not pose unreasonable risk to public safety. Continues to impose life sentence penalty if third strike conviction was for certain non-serious, non-violent sex or drug offenses or involved firearm possession. Maintains life sentence penalty for felons with non-serious, non-violent third strike if prior convictions were for rape, murder, or child molestation.

(A likely no: Why amend one of the few law enforcement programs that work?)

  • Proposition 37 – Genetically Engineered Foods. Mandatory Labeling.

Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”

(No: Agriculture has been nothing but a series of people genetically modifying plants and animals (look at the origins and development of fruit such as California’s naval oranges and Kobe beef.), Scaring people away from products that may be potentially more cost effective of have a health benefit (see golden rice) gets a big thumbs down from the Goddess of Capitalism) )

  • Proposition 38 – Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.

Increases personal income tax rates for annual earnings over $7,316 using sliding scale from .4% for lowest individual earners to 2.2% for individuals earning over $2.5 million, ending after twelve years. During first four years, 60% of revenues go to K-12 schools, 30% to repaying state debt, and 10% to early childhood programs. Thereafter, allocates 85% of revenues to K-12 schools, 15% to early childhood programs.

(Hell NO! Punishing wealth creators while creating more progressive indoctrination centers for young children is not a great idea).

  • Proposition 39 – Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. I

Requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California. Repeals existing law giving multistate businesses an option to choose a tax liability formula that provides favorable tax treatment for businesses with property and payroll outside California. Dedicates $550 million annually for five years from anticipated increase in revenue for the purpose of funding projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Approximately $500 million in additional state General Fund revenues in 2012-13 and $1 billion each year thereafter from requiring a single sales factor formula for corporate taxes, with about half of the additional annual revenues from 2013-14 through 2017-18 supporting energy efficiency and alternative energy projects. Increased Proposition 98 minimum funding guarantee for K-14 schools of roughly $225 million annually from 2012-13 through 2017-18 and by roughly $500 million each year thereafter, as a result of additional state General Fund revenues.

(NO! Wow – can a proposition possibly be more full of fail ? More taxes, more bureaucracy, and green energy projects. See Solyndra, and pass this loser up.)

  • Proposition 40 – Redistricting. State Senate Districts.

State Senate districts are revised every ten years following the federal census. This year, the voter-approved California Citizens Redistricting Commission revised the boundaries of the 40 Senate districts. This referendum petition, if signed by the required number of registered voters and filed with the Secretary of State, will: (1) Place the revised State Senate boundaries on the ballot and prevent them from taking effect unless approved by the voters at the next statewide election; and (2) Require court-appointed officials to set interim boundaries for use in the next statewide election.

(A tepid yes. It is hard for me to believe any redistricting scheme won’t be used to protect the power of the political elite of both parties. But I so WANT to BELIEVE).

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Other related links:

Prop 40: Your GOP Donations At Work – YES  
This is a monument to the stupidity of some Republican Party leaders, who spent nearly $2 million of party funds to qualify – and then drop – this referendum to overturn the Senate reapportionment because several state senators didn’t like their new districts.  They had hoped to run in their old seats, but after qualifying the initiative found out they couldn’t anyway.  A “Yes” vote affirms that the new non-partisan Citizens Redistricting Commission works.

Richard Rider chimes in with his picks on behalf of the San Diego Tax Fighters for San Diego County measures:

He also has a list of candidate recommendations:

  • Carl DeMaio Mayor of City of San Diego
  • Ray Ellis City Council of San Diego District 1
    Jerry Kern Mayor of Oceanside
  • George Plescia CA State Senate District 39
  • Scott Hasson San Diego Community College District B

And don’t forget to check out the CALIFORNIA JUDGE VOTER GUIDE FOR YOUR AREA! For the Shrine’s territory, here is the current view:

CHECK BACK HERE FOR MORE UPDATES AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE ELECTION!!!!

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Dear Readers: While my hero, Captain Capitalism, is off taking a much needed break on his version of Calypso’s Island, he has kindly asked me to contribute a post.  I pondered the topics, and decided to try and explain the unexplainable to his vast and savvy audience.

As a Goddess, you might think I would try to explain women.  And while I am pleased to grace the “manosphere” today with my decidedly female viewpoint, I decided to try to lift the veil on an entity more troubling: California voters.

Many of you will recall that the “big red wave” of 2010 stopped at the Sierra Nevada.  Why did California voters choose as Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown while most other voters chose more sensible options for their states?

Here is the reason: In this state, you will find that many in Democratic Party leadership are corrupt; however, Republican politicos tend to be both corrupt and incompetent.

I would like to offer several examples.  Many of you are involved in citizen activism through Tea Party groups.  I am a “Palin Democrat” who helped organize the first San Diego area Tea Party in Feb. 2009, as part of the first nation-wide protest event.  The local Republican party attempted to hijack this activity, making promises about locations and supplies they had no intention of keeping.  The logo our group created was usurped as well.  Later on, after the state GOP selected politico neophyte and charisma-deficient candidate Meg Whitman as their gubernatorial candidate, her staff called California Tea Party organizers and basically told our citizen activists exactly how we were going to help her campaign.

She did not bother to take questions regarding her positions on illegal immigration or global warming, which were issues over great concern to my California compatriots on that business call.  She was neither informative nor gracious.  Subsequently, there was little enthusiasm or involvement from our state’s grassroots conservatives.  The result is as you see: Governor Brown (who, now that several cities have declared bankruptcy, is trying to up-end green-based restrictions on businesses).

Thanks to six Republicans in the California Senate and Assembly, the largest tax increase was passed on this citizens on this state.  The former chairman of the state GOP, Ron Nehring, is reported to have said: “We will take over the Tea Party or destroy it.”  The San Diego County chairman spends his time hacking the Twitter account of his Democratic Party counterpart, resulting in the suspension of his Twitter account.  Needless to say, given the quality of the competition, California has truly become a one-party state.  In fact, the most thrilling political development has been that the Libertarians have taken over a former GOP office in Sacramento: If a third party can succeed anywhere, it is most likely in this state.

Some supposed “Tea Party leaders” have tried to tell us how to deal with the Republican Party, based on their own (probably better) red-state standards.  However, in this state, the usual rules of political sanity do not apply.  So, we Tea Party peeps have got to make it up as we go along.

Now, is it time to despair of we in the Left Coast? No, I say to you.  Californians have the initiative process, and during the last one, our voters said no to a tax increase on cigarettes (a sin tax, which would have normally passed).  All the BIG spending measures were passed before 2008; after 2009, not so much.   Citizen activists have gotten a new measure on the ballot to fight against the political use of union dues.  We are so active, that some power-crazed members of the Assembly have introduced bills to make the initiative process more challenging.

As a Democrat, I have an advantage over many of by GOP or Libertarian friends: Fellow Democrats are more inclined to share their thoughts with me.  So, I can tell you all that I have dialoged with (perhaps about 50) are very unhappy with Team Obama.  Some will not bother to vote, some will vote Romney, and only 2 will vote Obama (focused only on the abortion issue).  No, Romney will not win this state – but the margin he will lose by will be substantially less than McCain’s results in 2008.  And, as I suspect these same margins will hold across the country, I prophesy that Obama loses by a landslide.

The biggest Tea Party news recently was the victory of Ted Cruz in Texas.  However, the most significant story from that evening went unreported:  The Hispanics did not show at the polls.  My friend and talk show host Silvio Canto has the complete details (here is the link — http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2012/08/03/todays-message  ).  I suspect that California’s vast Hispanic population will also fail to show this November, too. (MUT Note;  Silvio is the Cuban version of the Dos Equis man, so please check out his show on BlogTalkRadio.com).

The Captain has broken my heart, by saying he will not come out to California because we drive him crazy.  I do understand – but I will keep a candle burning at the Shrine of Flaming Capitalism in hopes I might persuade him to give us a second chance, based on the general election results.  Watch our propositions – if we reject the Brown Tax Increases, this will be a Tea Party win.  Also, the San Diego mayor’s race may produce our future equivalent to Scott Walker (the candidate, Carl DeMaio, is awesome).

One last item:  I am grateful to be so favorably mentioned on the “Manosphere”.  I have another friend in this realm who has written a brilliant series on the “Age of Arthur”, describing in detail the transition from a Roman province to a medieval kingdom.  It’s truly by a man for men, so check it out: http://deadliestblogpage.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/the-age-of-arthur-part-sixteen/

Finally, as Captain Capitalism likes “Big Books”, I sent him an image of mine as a way to say thanks for his continued support of my Shrine!

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Dear Readers: I am going to be on Silvio Canto’s show tonight (CANTO TALK, click here) with fellow SLOB, Dean of Beers with Demo, starting about 7 pm Pacific Time. That means, today I need to do a little show prep….so consider this a sneak peek.

Silvio likes to start out with a “This Day in History Segment”. And, this day in history is a hugely important one for my Egyptology fans — ON JULY 19, 1799, THE ROSETTA STONE WAS DISCOVERED!!!

On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been “dead” for nearly 2,000 years.

Interestingly, the stone was a big THANK YOU note to Ptolemy V from a bunch of priests who got a tax break. It’s too bad our current President cannot appreciate something the ancient ruler did: Remove burdens on wealth creation and gain even more wealth — and the appreciation of the people. Also, pissing off priests is usually not a good idea.

Hat-tip: Death by 1000 Paper Cuts!

One of the items I hope to bring up is a suite of our propositions. As I tell my Republican peeps – the Republican Party has abandoned California, so forget the US Senate race — focus on your local elections and the following suite of propositions:

Qualified Statewide Ballot Measures for California General Election, Nov. 6, 2012

(MUT Note – my preliminary commentary is below; I reserve the right to change my position on any item until I release our formal California Tea Party Recommendations for November, 6 2012)

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  • Proposition 30  –  Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years. Allocates temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how funds are to be spent. Guarantees funding for public safety services realigned from state to local governments.

(Hell No! There is no such thing as a temporary tax increase — and people should know to reject any item that is “for the children”. California’s citizens have been played for saps far too long. I am looking forward to the threats about providing basic public safety services, too!)

  • Proposition 31 –Establishes two-year state budget cycle.

Prohibits Legislature from creating expenditures of more than $25 million unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified. Permits Governor to cut budget unilaterally during declared fiscal emergencies if Legislature fails to act.

(Unsure! I doubt the boobs in Sacramento will be any more effective doing a budget every 2 years instead of the annual one they are suppose to produce. However, if we wisely elect a Scott Walker type as our Governor, especially after the Golden State is devalued to Bronze, then unilateral budget trimming and prohibiting the fiscal drunks at the bar from order more special interest programs seems like a great idea.)

  • Proposition 32 – Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction.Prohibitions on Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.

Restricts union political fundraising by prohibiting use of payroll-deducted funds for political purposes.

(YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! End the reign of union fiscal tyranny)!

  • Proposition 33 Changes current law to permit insurance companies to set prices based on whether the driver previously carried auto insurance with any insurance company.

Allows insurance companies to give proportional discounts to drivers with some prior insurance coverage.

(A very likely yes: The Goddess of Capitalism always approves of permitting businesses to decide whom to do business with and at what price-point).

  • Proposition 34 –  Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. Requires persons found guilty of murder to work while in prison, with their wages to be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them. Creates $100 million fund to be distributed to law enforcement agencies to help solve more homicide and rape cases. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net savings to the state and counties that could amount to the high tens of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis due to the elimination of the death penalty. One-time state costs totaling $100 million from 2012-13 through 2015-16 to provide funding to local law enforcement agencies.

(No. In my view, some crimes are so heinous as to warrant death as the best form of justice that humans can dish out. Also, where in the hell do the braniacs in Sacramento think that the $100 million dollar fund is going to come from? Have they discovered a fairy dust factory somewhere in this state? My object in legislation related to the death penalty would be how to expedite the process so the citizens of this good state don’t have to pay for their care and comfort longer than necessary)

  • Proposition 35 –  Human Trafficking. Penalties. Sex Offender Registration. Initiative Statute.

Increases criminal penalties for human trafficking, including prison sentences up to 15-years-to-life and fines up to $1,500,000. Fines collected to be used for victim services and law enforcement. Requires person convicted of trafficking to register as sex offender. Requires sex offenders to provide information regarding Internet access and identities they use in online activities. Prohibits evidence that victim engaged in sexual conduct from being used against victim in court proceedings. Requires human trafficking training for police officers. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential one-time local government costs of up to a few million dollars on a statewide basis, and lesser additional costs incurred each year, due to the new mandatory training requirements for certain law enforcement officers. Minor increase to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising human trafficking offenders. Unknown amount of additional revenue from new criminal fees, likely not to exceed the low millions of dollars annually, which would fund services for human trafficking victims.

(No. Yes, human traffickers are Satan’s minions and probably deserve the death penalty that a previous proposition is trying to end. My main problem is foisting millions of dollars on local communities to implement the program. The amount is probably an under-estimate, and local governments are going bankrupt all across California. We cannot afford it. I hope my fellow citizens use some fiscal logic, instead of their emotions, when making proposition choices)

  • Proposition 36 – Three Strikes Law. Sentencing for Repeat Felony Offenders.

Revises three strikes law to impose life sentence only when new felony conviction is serious or violent. Authorizes re-sentencing for offenders currently serving life sentences if third strike conviction was not serious or violent and judge determines sentence does not pose unreasonable risk to public safety. Continues to impose life sentence penalty if third strike conviction was for certain non-serious, non-violent sex or drug offenses or involved firearm possession. Maintains life sentence penalty for felons with non-serious, non-violent third strike if prior convictions were for rape, murder, or child molestation.

(A likely no: Why amend one of the few law enforcement programs that work?)

  • Proposition 37 – Genetically Engineered Foods. Mandatory Labeling.

Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”

(No: Agriculture has been nothing but a series of people genetically modifying plants and animals (look at the origins and development of fruit such as California’s naval oranges and Kobe beef.), Scaring people away from products that may be potentially more cost effective of have a health benefit (see golden rice) gets a big thumbs down from the Goddess of Capitalism) )

  • Proposition 38 – Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.

Increases personal income tax rates for annual earnings over $7,316 using sliding scale from .4% for lowest individual earners to 2.2% for individuals earning over $2.5 million, ending after twelve years. During first four years, 60% of revenues go to K-12 schools, 30% to repaying state debt, and 10% to early childhood programs. Thereafter, allocates 85% of revenues to K-12 schools, 15% to early childhood programs.

(Hell NO! Punishing wealth creators while creating more progressive indoctrination centers for young children is not a great idea).

  • Proposition 39 – Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. I

Requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California. Repeals existing law giving multistate businesses an option to choose a tax liability formula that provides favorable tax treatment for businesses with property and payroll outside California. Dedicates $550 million annually for five years from anticipated increase in revenue for the purpose of funding projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Approximately $500 million in additional state General Fund revenues in 2012-13 and $1 billion each year thereafter from requiring a single sales factor formula for corporate taxes, with about half of the additional annual revenues from 2013-14 through 2017-18 supporting energy efficiency and alternative energy projects. Increased Proposition 98 minimum funding guarantee for K-14 schools of roughly $225 million annually from 2012-13 through 2017-18 and by roughly $500 million each year thereafter, as a result of additional state General Fund revenues.

(NO! Wow –  can a proposition possibly be more full of fail ? More taxes, more bureaucracy, and green energy projects. See Solyndra, and pass this loser up.)

  • Proposition 40 – Redistricting. State Senate Districts.

State Senate districts are revised every ten years following the federal census. This year, the voter-approved California Citizens Redistricting Commission revised the boundaries of the 40 Senate districts. This referendum petition, if signed by the required number of registered voters and filed with the Secretary of State, will: (1) Place the revised State Senate boundaries on the ballot and prevent them from taking effect unless approved by the voters at the next statewide election; and (2) Require court-appointed officials to set interim boundaries for use in the next statewide election.

(A tepid yes. It is hard for me to believe any redistricting scheme won’t be used to protect the power of the political elite of both parties. But I so WANT to BELIEVE).

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Interestingly, Silvio wants to talk some about AB32 – California’s senseless Global Warming Solutions Act that SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition and the California Tea Party valiantly tried to suspend in 2010.  Sadly, we lost – but we did manage to get 40% of the vote despite being wildly outspent.  Dean is an expert on out High Speet Rail econo-disaster.  It seems our Governor has managed to blend the two financially ruinous plans into one big union-supporting, budget-busting scheme:  Latest Hare-Brained Scheme: Use Cap-n-Trade Loot to Pay for High-Speed Rail

I’ve been waiting for years to see what Sacramento did with the billions of dollars in cap-and-trade fees that will roll in if AB 32 is allowed to proceed even though its original rationale is now preposterous and demonstrably false. (No, it didn’t inspire the rest of the world to copy California by forcing residents to accept a broad switch to cleaner but costlier energy.)

I remember a discussion with former Schwarzenegger adviser David Crane and other fans of AB 32 about the fact that higher energy costs are going to be much harder on poor people than the middle class or rich. I was told, no, the cap-and-trade fees would be used to insulate them from the economic pain caused by the regressive effects of higher energy costs.

And I snickered. Yeah, sure, that’s who is going to benefit. Yeah, sure.

I always assumed cap-and-trade billions would be diverted to government employees’ compensation instead of to poor people. Now, hilariously enough, the governor wants the billions to go for a boondoggle transportation project of the sort favored by wealthy suburbanites and rail cultists.

Finally, in light of Obama’s “You Didn’t Build It” fiasco, Silvo posted this insight in “The American Thinker”: Does Pres. B.O. understand that “twin plants” have created prosperity on the U.S.-Mexico border?

For example, there are hundreds of these operations in El Paso-Cd. Juarez and San Diego-Tijuana. Just ask all of those Dems in South Texas about the economic impact of these twin plants! I guess that most of these South Texas Democrats must be appalled at Obama’s incredible lack of knowledge about what makes the border economy work.

These twin plants have been supported by both governments and represent a good example of Mexico and the U.S. working together with mutual benefits. The plants have done a lot to keep Mexicans in Mexico rather than crossing the border to look for opportunities. Finally, these plants have fostered high-quality universities and schools in Mexico to supply the engineering and managerial needs of these facilities south of the border.

To answer Silvio’s question:

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SLOB Stories:

UPDATE: Word Warrior has another installment of “Age of Arthur” up. It is an excellent review of the transition in Great Britain between Roman Rule and the Medieval Era — good reading and tons of great graphics. If you love history, check it out!

He also has: DESPITE BEING “NUKED” ROMNEY JUST GROWS STRONGER!

Shrine Friends and Heroes

Finally, Anna’s Clue Tank offers MUT’s POST OF THE WEEK:  ARMOURED WOMEN!

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UPDATE:  Turns out Dawn Wildman is NOT speaking, as she explains here:  BILBRAY CALLS OBAMACARE TAX A “USER FEE.”

I was invited to speak on behalf of SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition , the first tea party group in San Diego, at a rally this morning to show the tea party’s disgust with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Constitutionality of ObamaCare.  Congressman Brian Bilbray was the keynote speaker at the rally, and we were supposed to be showing our outrage at yet another government agency choosing liberty sucking policies over the Constitution. Hey this is why we started the tea party here, so I was primed. I had my Thomas Paine quotes ready to go and with renewed spirit I was polishing off my speech the night before, aiming to get across two key points about the ObamaCare Taxes.

Then a friend sends me a link to a story in a local rag with quotes from Congressman Bilbray and the announcement that he is now a tea party guy. Really? Where was he when we were phoning, faxing and screaming at him as the Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus? Where was he when the vote for the Patriot Act was happening? He was voting on side of the mediocre RINOS and playing to all principles except the tea party. And now his quotes indicate that the Congressman thinks that one of the new ObamaCare taxes already implemented on tanning booth business owners, is a user fee.

 

Dear Readers: I go away for a few days to Las Vegas, and find that Obama takes “Betting on America” as his new slogan:

I’m confused: I thought Obama hated Vegas.

Anyway, given the pathetic unemployment numbers, and the fact more Americans obtained disability than a job, I wouldn’t be betting on Obama for the win in November.

Actually, here is something Obama should read a lot intoSoCal Tax Revolt Coalition (SCTRC) President Dawn Wildman will be a featured speaker at the “Repeal Obamacare Tax Rally”, which will be held from 9 am – 12 noon, Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the San Diego County Administration Building (1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA). The focus of the rally will be the 20 new taxes imposed on American citizens by Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

Dawn Wildman, President of SCTRC: While I am still in shock that the Supreme Court upheld this huge expansion of government overreach, at this point, the solution can only be political. That means that our group, and Tea Party and Citizen Action organizations around the country, will focus on the fact that people will now be taxed for healthcare that will ultimately limit the choices they have and the quality of care they get. We will now push to get Executive and Congressional leadership at the national and state levels that will force repeal of Obamacare.

Leslie Eastman, SCTRC Media Director: There will be over 20 new taxes imposed under Obamacare. Some examples:

  •  Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals: $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet new “community health assessment needs,” “financial assistance,” and “billing and collection” rules set by Health and Human Services. With nebulous regulations, and the Obama Administrations contempt for private charity functions, these institutions are taking a hit.
  • Tax on Innovator Drug Companies: $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year. That’s going to take the money out of research and employment for highly skilled and educated researchers.
  • Starting next year, there will be a raise in threshold for Medical Itemized Deductions from 7.5% to 10% of adjusted gross income. Currently, those facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction for medical expenses to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income; this level is increated substantially, and waived for taxpayers 65-yearrs or older — in 2013-2016 only!
  • Starting in 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance must pay an income surtax. Again, given broad definitions and tight enforcement, millions of Americans will be charged this tax.

Representatives from Stop Taxing Us, the Oceanside citizen action group, will be there. Congressman Brian Bilbray is slated to be the keynote speaker.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of pics of my Vegas trip — other than these, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!  🙂

The preferred food and drink of the Goddess of Capitalism:

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Dear Readers:  It is hard to express the joy I felt when hearing the news that Gov. Scott Walker rocked the recall election, blowing-out his challenger and sending a strong message about how taxpaying Americans feel about union thuggery.    At times, the written word just doesn’t suffice.  So, here’s an image that represents how I felt  last night:

I was delighted to see that Carl DeMaio will be in contention for Mayor this November, opposing the odious Bob Filner.   Fiscal sanity made a big return in the Golden State, as pension reform won not only in San Diego but it much bluer San Jose as well.  It seems our politically connected union-leader-lead-opponents, as in Wisconsin, are going to use the courts to challenge the voter-passed reform measures.   Current San Diego Mayor, Jerry Sanders, predicts that DeMaio will get the Walker-recall-treatment if he wins in November.

In fact, Californians are so unmoved by calls for tax hikes, they rejected the usually easy-to-pass “sin tax” on cigarettes to fund another behemoth bureaucracy.  It seems the vote was quite close, and the advocates are not conceding defeat.  I would like to think the California Tea Party Ballot recommendations put out by the San-Diego Local Order of Bloggers (SLOBs) were helpful in ensuring this tax-hike got spiked.  I can’t but think that the tax increases Brown intents to thrust on the ballot in November will get a similar treatment.  Interestingly, a pay panel is slashing the Governor’s salary, along with state lawmakers, by 5% starting this December.

Here are some related  thoughts from my fellow SLOBs:

Also, Charles Caesar has a nice round-up of other California June 5th election highlights:

In San Diego, during a conversation with a young establishment Republican, we commented, “we are tea partiers here to make sure the good guys win.” The look of alarm was on his face was disarmed by my friendly smile.

The election results were terrific with one major exception. First, the good news:

  1. Carl DeMaio, a San Diego mayoral Republican candidate and fiscal reformer won, but will be in a clearly defined run off against establishment Democrat Bob Filner.
  2. State Proposition 29. Increased cigarette taxes failed with 51% voting against.
  3. San Diego Proposition A. Bars the city from requiring Project Labor Agreements on municipal construction contracts passed decisively (58%)
  4. San Diego Proposition B. Reformation of  San Diego City Employee Retirement Benefits passed overwhelmingly (66%).
  5. El Cajon Proposition D. Proposed Charter City passed (57%). Grants the city of El Cajon increased flexibility in it’s budget.

The bad: State Proposition 28. The deceptively worded expansion of term limits was passed.

Getting back to the video highlights:

And, if all of this awesomely awesome news weren’t enough, there seems to have been a major defection in the Democratic Party: BILL CLINTON HAS GONE ROGUE.  Hillary is 44 has the absolute best analysis on this subject:

Bill Clinton’s candidates badly beat up Obama’s candidates last night in the primaries. Bill Clinton in the past week declared he “liked” Donald Trump (you know the guy who beats up on Obama and regularly calls Obama a Kenyan), trumpeted Mitt Romney’s “sterling” business record, demanded the election discourse be a Bain-free zone, and put down a marker for Obama to state specifically what he has done and what he will do if reelected.

Bill Clinton is no dope and Bill Clinton has been running campaigns since the George McGovern days. Bill Clinton knows more than anyone about campaign messaging and Bill Clinton knows that what he has done is take an ax to the Obama campaign message.

Finally, no celebration is complete without the HITLER PARODY VIDEO.  Word Warrior has the Youtube, with a fabulous take on last night’s events:   Civil Servants are supposed to serve the public; not lord it over them. But over time, the roles have become reversed; with the public seen by Unions and their hand-picked politicians as a cash-cow to be milked to dry.  Well, in most states the cow is running dry!

Yes, the Tea Party scored major victories yesterday — even in this sapphire blue state.  Truly, this is the first day of November 2012.

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Dear Readers:  Went and voted first thing today — easy in, easy out.  According to the poll workers, it was a very slow morning here in the Golden State (unlike Wisconsin, which is reporting over 80% participation).  They attributed it party to mail-in-voting (about half of our precinct already voted) and partly to non-thrilling offerings in national-level races.  So, to spice things off, I offer this perspective on California:

Because life will never be dull in California, even if it will be overly taxed and expensive, here is a story that may inspire more population relocation to another of our 56 states: Rattlesnake bites increase, venom more toxic

More San Diegans are being bitten by rattlesnakes and the venom seems to be getting more toxic, health officials said Monday.

Western Diamondback rattlesnake. — Associated Press

“While San Diego County is seeing a rise in snake bite cases each year, the more alarming factor is the toxicity of the bite,” said Dr. Richard Clark, director of the Division of Medical Toxicology at UC San Diego Health System.

Interestingly, it seems Resident Obama is campaigning more aggressively in California than in Wisconsin. According to Breitbart: The Obama campaign has not sent out an email reminding Democrats to vote in Wisconsin’s Tuesday recall election, even though it sent an email urging California Democrats to vote in California’s primary, which is on the same day. I guess Obama hasn’t heard of our local efforts on behalf of California’s native son. It seems I am not the only Democrat unhappy with the Once.

Fellow SLOBs share their thoughts today:

  • WC Varones: What I’m watching: Wisconsin, obviously. The second most important election this year. The polls are looking good for Gov. Walker to defeat the union machine. Let’s hope they are right and he wins convincingly.  Locally in San Diego, Props A and B should win; it would be a huge financial and governmental setback if either failed.
  • B-DaddyI played high school football and tonight feels like Thursday night before an important Friday game, not the big game, but an important one we need to win. Team taxpayer is favored to win two important contests tomorrow, the Wisconsin governor’s recall and Proposition B in San Diego.

Chris Reed asks: Will San Diegans stand up to Sacramento bullies? We’ll find out Tuesday.  He also has details on mayoral race, especially in regards to CarlDeMaio and Nathan Fletcher, that are will worth reading.

The mayor’s race has the attention of many in this state, including Cal Watchdog:

Dumanis lags, but polls are otherwise close, making a November runoff certain, and organized labor has gone all out to try to keep {Carl] DeMaio from advancing. Driving the animus: The 37-year-old Georgetown graduate has been a powerful advocate for basic changes in how government works, pressing for outsourcing, an end to generous defined-benefit pensions and a renunciation of the pay practice under which workers get automatic “step” raises many years just for showing up on the job.  This assault on the San Diego City Hall status quo has produced a vicious response from individual union members and union organizations. DeMaio and his supporters were taunted and harassed while gathering signatures for a sweeping benefits reform measure that’s on Tuesday’s ballot as Proposition B. The first-term councilman, who is gay, has also been baited for his sexual orientation and subjected to an ugly whispering campaign. Last week, the city police union began airing a grossly misleading attack ad that implied DeMaio didn’t think the families of dead cops should get survivor benefits.

The good news is: Team SLOBs have had thousands of hits on our ballot recommendations, which will help mitigate the vile union tactics being used.

MUT Note: I actually had a chance to talk to Scott Sherman, who is running for City Council District 7. I was happy to say that I had already voted for him (and so did Horemheb), and he seemed gratified to hear so. After being represented by Marti Emerald, I am looking forward to the upgrade.

Anyway, if you haven’t done so, go out and vote. Then, for the history-fans among my readers, check out Word Warrior’s Age of Arthur series (part 11 of the fabulous epic is up). If the results of today’s voting is good, I plan an Egyptology-rich entry in the next few days to celebrate.

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Dear Readers:  So I am getting my nails done today, and I nearly fall off the chair, ROFLMAO-style, when I hear an ad from the San Diego Firefighters Union slamming San Diego’s future Mayor, Carl DeMaio, by quoting one of my least favorite local politicos, Donna Frye.

About Carl, Donna had this to say:  He is a “Political Sociopath”.

Frye ran for San Diego Mayor herself, offering full-of-fail ideas about how to spruce up the city — from playing music at traffic crossings to putting up a moving, octopus sculpture near a traffic-clogged bridge. So, I take what she has to say and reverse it, which usually directs me to the most correct course of action.

Therefore, what I actually heard was:

Carl DeMaio is an awesomely awesome reformer who isn’t going to be a tool of the public employee unions or the hand-maiden of corrupt pompous bureaucrats, so go out and donate big time to his campaign today.

Thanks, Donna, I think I will: Donate to Carl DeMaio for Mayor

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Dear Readers:  Many of you know that my community of San Diego just lost one of its brightest lights.  It seems the former Chargers linebacker and community champion, Junior Seau, took his own life yesterday.  I would like to take this opportunity to offer prayers for his soul and the comfort of his friends, family, and fans.

I hesitated to write about this, as I am not a big fan of football (I watch exactly 1 game annually – the Superbowl). But, upon reflection, I wanted to share some thoughts and experience with Seau that people in my life have had. My husband, Horemheb, follows football much more closely, especially in 1994, when San Diego made their first and only visit to the Superbowl. He was shocked, noting the “Seau seemed to have it all” and wondering what demons drove him to take his own life. Horemheb sounded subdued when we talked on the phone later in the day, as surprise deaths of people so young and physical forces others to reflect on their own mortality and relationships.

Junior Seau joins eerie death list of 1994 Chargers Super Bowl squad; its seems the former linebacker is eighth player to die from the squad since they appeared in the Super Bowl.Many are wondering if head injuries incurred during NFL games may be contributing to grizzly suicide statistics for former football professionals.

This morning, my mom-in-law was driving me around to various shops, and recalled sitting next to Seau on a plane. She remembered how friendly and caring he was. My mom-in-law noted that his thighs, visible because he was wearing shorts, were each larger than his torso. “He was so physical, so full of life,” she said.

I was listening to LaDona Harvey yesterday, and what struck me was how many people called to share experiences of how he helped them personally — financially and otherwise. It was as if being a “football legend” was only a small portion of what the man truly was.

The only experience I have at all related to Seau is being a regular visitor to his restaurant in Mission Valley, “Seau’s”. For example, when the other 2 co-founders of the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition (Dawn Wildman and Sarah Bond) and I had are planning meeting after the first Tea Party in 2009, that is where we met: In part, because “Seau’s” is so iconic to San Diego. We had a couple of “Tea Party” election events there as well, which were fun, causal and full of energy. It seems that the restaurant truly reflected its owner.

Seau’s The Restaurant

The video of Seau’s mother is heart-wrenching. I am still haunted by her words: “I pray to God, please, take me, take me, leave my son.” No parent should outlive their child, especially under such circumstances, so I will pray mainly for her consolation.

Today, I am hugging my son more — and reaching out to my friends and family. I recall the line from Elizabeth Taylor’s “Cleopatra”: There has never been such a silence.I think the equivalent here is: There has never been such a darkness.

I recall the San Diego Blackout this past September. It seems we have lost another source of light in this city. This is a very dark time, indeed.

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Dear Readers: So Cal Tax Revolt Coalition (SCTRC) is the original home and organizers of San Diego tea party events and activism, including the first local tea party on February 27th, 2009, annual Tax Day Tea Parties, and over 40 rallies, protests, petition drives, film screenings, and educational seminars. Representatives of our group will be hosting a booth at the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” event, which is one of many nationwide that will be held at the same time and date. The rallies are scheduled to demonstrate the enormous concerns about the detrimental impact of the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate forcing religiously affiliated institutions to support medical practices contrary to faith practices. The San Diego rally, one of over 50 “Stand Up” functions, will be held:

Time: Noon – 1 pm Date: Friday – March 23, 2012
Location: San Diego County Administrative Building; 1600 Pacific Highway.

SCTRC will be on-hand to distribute information packet on the specific details of the Affordable Care Act legislation, better known to most Americans as “Obamacare”. SCTRC’s main focus will be informing participants of the enormous costs associated with the program’s implementation, most of which has been put-off until well after the Nov. 6th election. Additionally, we will offer many other details about the Act, to show that the HHS mandate is only one of the many unconstitutional aspects of Obamacare.

More details, including quotes from SCTRC representatives and prominent Catholic clergy are at my Catholic site: As Catholics and Americans, My Son and I will be “Standing Up for Religious Freedom” this Friday

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