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Assemblyman Tim Donnelly sent a letter to Neel Kashkari, and copied his supporters today:
Mr. Neel Kashkari,
You and I are both vying to represent the Republican Party in the upcoming gubernatorial election. While you and I have different visions of how to restore California to greatness, we share the same goal.
While we are both attempting to sway convention goers to ride along with our respective campaigns, it is imperative our fellow Republicans learn as much about our plans, our backgrounds, and our campaigns as possible. Even though we both have an “R” behind our names, you and I have different life experiences, ideas for California, and campaign focuses.
If you’ve ever been on REDDIT, you might follow ” S*** Statists Say” . What you might not realize is that while Stalin claimed power through revolution, most American statists rise up through the politcal ranks. Dianne Feinstein started as a political appointee on the parole board, Harry Reid was a City Attorney, and President Obama started out as a Director for Project Vote before he was elected to the Illinois State Senate.
You don’t NEED power to be a statist but must lust for it. Big-time statists have to start somewhere so watch your local school boards, city councils, and planning commissions for the next Hugo Chavez among us.
If you went to bed at 8 p.m. last night and just woke up, Kevin Faulconer won the special election for San Diego Mayor by 10 points and Proposition B in Solana Beach passed by a slim margin. As San Diego puts the Filner era behind us, let’s consider who won big last night and who lost:
In only what could be described as a complete failure of leadership for the statists on the Solana Beach City Council, our City is having a Special Election this Tuesday. We will be voting on a ballot proposition to permit Solana Beach citizens to use a City-owned community center.
Some background first. The Fletcher Cove Community Center sits on a one-acre parcel, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was a World War Two Army barracks which philanthropists moved to the present location after the war. Countless clubs and groups have met there for decades. Naturally, time and the seaside location required a renovation to the community center; the City Council would not allocate the $300,000 required to renovate it.
What happens when Congress passes a debt limit increase? A group of 535 men and women, most of whom will be dead in 30 years, encumber you to a 30-year mortgage, collateralized by your future tax obligations. Today, that debt is approaching $20 trillion. That’s about $63,000 per person in the United States,enough for a family of four to purchase a pretty nice, golf course home with a pool in Borrego Springs.
That’s real wealth being taken from you. That’s not the cost of your federal government, it’s the cost which exceeds the existing amount of taxation you accept today. Think about this– DC’s profligate spending is costing your family a house you could own, free and clear.
The American Federation of Teachers Guild Local 1931 funded and hung two huge “Alvarez for Mayor” signs along the property owned by the taxpayers of California, in the far northwestern part of San Diego today. That property is managed by the 22nd Agricultural District.
One call to “Linda” at the 22nd Agricultural District righted this wrong. She had security/maintenance remove the sign within an hour.
Late to the party, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari laid out his plan to the be the “tax collector for the welfare State”. From The Sacramento Bee:
When gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari told conservative talk-radio listeners in last week that he would not immediately move to lower taxes on the wealthiest Californians, he suggested his campaign for governor will diverge from a tax-cutting theme Republicans have pressed hard in recent years.
Regular Rostra commenter “Founding Father” asked me: Your insight and perspective as one who comes from a culture of Life first, while promoting and supporting a Pro-Abortion candidate through the RPSDC (Republican Party of San Diego County) endorsement of said candidate, illuminates what may be the thought process and definitive shift of a core-leadership team within the SDC GOP and what their motivation was/is regarding the abandonment of the GOP as the Party of Life.
Again, your measured, thoughtful insight is appreciated and respected as we delve into the sea-change that is the current GOP and its decidedly apparent shift in ideology.
Leave in to San Francisco to bring things full circle. Guess what educators discovered to be effective in public schools? David Kirp at the San Francisco Chronicle reports that
prayer...I mean…quiet time, is working
Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can’t sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear their minds. I’ve spent lots of time in urban schools and have never seen anything like it.
Imagine if Governor Brown said “We have to rein in drive through coffee kiosks in California. They pay low wages and we need more upscale coffee boutiques to service high-income people.” Now, imagine that President Obama said, “We necessarily have to raise the price of electricity,” and offered government loan guarantees to alternative energy companies. (Oh wait, he actually did say and do those things).
We’d call Brown and Obama centralized planners who arrogantly believe they somehow know how to plan the lives of free citizens better than the those free citizens can do for themselves.
What if California adopted a new way to convene the Senate? What if we adopted a process which was more aligned with our original U.S. Constitution (legislature appointments) rather than the post 17th Amendment process (popular election)?
We currently have a bicameral Legislature comprised of 80 elected Assembly members and 40 elected Senators. While both technically represent “the People,” who represents “the counties”? The pre-17th Amendment federal legislature was designed so that the People were represented through the House, the States were represented through the Senate, and the Executive Branch represented the federal government. That system of checks and balances was designed to make State Legislatures more involved in the federal legislative process (and to make voters actually care about the State Legislatures).
An open letter to the establishment GOP.
I am serving you with divorce papers. For those who are unaware of what happened, the establishment wing of the Party has openly declared war on the grassroots.
For those who say this fight is hurting the Republican “brand” I reply; it is those on both sides of the aisle who have betrayed their principles in the name of Party, that have destroyed their “brands”.
The San Diego Mayoral campaign is officially a horse race. Both candidates have locked up their voters with less than 10 percent of the electorate “undecided,” one poll says. Voters have a choice between a moderate Republican and a self-described progressive in the Obama tradition. While those choices may not appeal to movement conservatives, the next Mayor will have a huge influence on the direction of the City of San Diego for the rest of this decade. Kevin Faulconer is clearly the choice for conservatives.
It’s rare that I disagree with the new U-T San Diego editorial board, but it is dead wrong on a tax-payer funded football stadium. This is just a classic example of a wealth transfer and, on moral grounds, I oppose this sort of rent-seeking.
The U-T editorial board argues that Qualcomm (former Jack Murphy) stadium is really old. It argues that former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue threatened San Diego with the loss of the Super Bowl unless a new venue was built. It argues that City Hall is losing tax revenue from unseen losses due to an outdated stadium.
I know a lot of people are outraged that other people chose to work today (Thanksgiving). Many of those upset people, with a sense of unearned moral superiority, started a petition to try to close down the retailers today. We can file this petition into the “busybodies file.” I don’t feel sorry for people who choose to earn a living. Armed service members, public safety workers, medical workers, restaurant staff, tow truck drivers, and grocery store clerks, among others, have all chosen occupations which sometimes requires them to work on holidays. I’m damned grateful they do, too. I put gas in the car, bought stuff at the grocery store, and went to the gym today because individuals chose to pursue profit today and my life is better for it.
Councilman Kevin Faulconer is running for Mayor of San Diego, not to eliminate Nathan Fletcher. Let’s let that sink in.
Faulconer earned 43.6% of the vote (with 99% counted). Those results are unofficial. It looks like Councilman David Alvarez will face Faulconer in the run off as, at the time I am writing this, he has a comfortable enough lead over Fletcher. Many Republicans are rejoicing that Fletcher lost rather than figuring out just how hard the run off may be.
Republican Party-endorsed Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio was announced as one of Institutional Investor magazine’s “Pension Reform Top 40″. The article praised DeMaio not only for past work, as author of San Diego’s pension reform initiative but for his proposed federal regulatory reform plan to enable more states and municipalities to reform their pensions.
Two important things should be noted:
DeMaio actually proposes a solution to the ticking time bombs in public sector pensions. He identified a real problem, donned a green eye shade, and is bringing a real plan. Republicans are often criticized for pointing out the follies of the statists, without presenting freedom-rooted alternative plans. DeMaio is clearly a candidate who changes that paradigm.
Starting January 1, all Americans will be required to own a car. Those who refuse to buy a car will be subject to a penalty. If you are too young to drive, or live in an urban area, you will still be required to own a car.
If you like your car, you can keep unless it “changes” (meaning needs repair, thereby costing you more money). At that point, you are directed to an online car dealer who refuses to sell “used” vehicles and only offers three paint colors. Said online car dealer will be able to sell up to six cars at one time
What’s wrong with the Republican Party? Some critics say that our messaging is too conservative and some say that our messaging is too moderate. Some think our candidates are too conservative and others think them to liberal. In my opinion, both views may be correct.
California is a large and diverse state and San Diego County is a large and diverse county. Republican voters in Alpine are different from Encinitas Republicans. It should follow then that candidates and messaging will differ in this large and diverse County.
U-T San Diego announced Friday that it is purchasing eight San Diego County community newspapers from Mainstreet Communications. The deal, which includes the La Jolla Light, the Del Mar Times and the Poway News Chieftain, is expected to close Monday. The sale price was not disclosed. As part of the acquisition, the U-T is creating a new division, called U-T Community Press, to operate the papers. The eight weekly newspapers have a total circulation of 99,431 copies.
A few thoughts:
Ex-Mayor Bob Filner is now a convicted felon. This is no surprise to people who have been following the Filner saga. As each layer of the onion was peeled off, the “monster within” (Filner’s description of his problem) had a history of prolonged abuse of women. What was a rumor on Capitol Hill became reality as he campaigned in the political fishbowl that is the City of San Diego.
Kreep, 63, was reassigned on Sept. 9 from the downtown San Diego courthouse to a Kearny Mesa facility that handles traffic offenses and small claims.
If you only read one article at the leading local, progressive website San Diego Free Press, read “An Informal Economy…“. It is one of the greatest examples of how free markets produce prosperity for the people who need it most. To wit:
The yard man hook up is inevitable when someone does a good job and the fair and effective mechanic has more business than he or she can handle without an advertising budget. Business cards appear overnight in windshields or driver side car windows or hang randomly from fence posts. Renters make a spare room and rent to a family member or friend to help cover the rent.
It looks like the federal government is going to have a partial shutdown (which means at the very least, the National Parks will close). The
White House Press Office mainstream media will blame divided, constitutional government, Harry Reid will call anyone who doesn’t accept a fascist state an anarchist, and the San Diego Free Press will parrot Markos’ little nicknames for the fiscal conservatives in the House.
The world will still turn at midnight tonight, the economy won’t tank (although the subsidized stock market might), and San Francisco won’t be invaded by Communist China… (hmmm).