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Dan Bongino: Portrait of a Patriot

Friday, April 18, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

From Congressional candidate Dan Bongino’s Facebook page:

It’s all backwards. What do I mean?

Tonight, while at a Lincoln Dinner, I was talking to a few of our state elected-officials here in Maryland, when I noticed an older gentleman in a green sport-jacket. I wasn’t sure if he was waiting to talk to me or someone else so I didn’t bother him.  After about 15 minutes he approached me and said, “I’m not one of those guys, I’m just a little guy.” He then proceeded to sincerely thank me for taking on this fight.

I was wrong about Lori Saldaña. She’s talking over at the San Diego Free Press and it ain’t gonna be pretty for the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee. Wednesday’s piece (Part Two) is going to directly answer the question I posed to her:

Did the San Diego Democratic Party threaten to withhold support from you if you refused to endorse Filner in the Mayoral election?”

She alludes to the answer in today’s installment (Part One):

Last night, the Republican Party of San Diego County endorsed Navy veteran Larry A. Wilske for Congress in the 53rd Congressional District race against incumbent Susan Davis.  A super majority of 2/3 of the voting members was required for endorsement.  The endorsement permits Wilske to go on the Republican voter guide, designed to communicate with registered-Republican voters the county organization’s recommendations.

Wilske was first endorsed by Combat Veterans for Congress and then secured the endorsement from the Latino American Political Association of San Diego.  Both non-partisan organizations chose Wilske over Davis for the upcoming election.  Securing the Republican endorsement gives Wilske the opportunity to focus his efforts on independent voters and registered Democrats, a move which is essential for victory in this District.  The District registration is 43% Democrat, 29% Republican, and 29% decline-to-state.

Democratic State Senators see the writing on the wall and are putting some distance between them their lobbyist pals by cancelling a schmaltzy golf outing at Torrey Pines.  What will the Democratic State Senate Caucus be doing instead of cooking up deals in La Jolla with the lobbyists?

Exactly what the Republican State Senate Caucus should be doingcampaigning for the upcoming elections:

Instead of attending the Pro Tem Cup, Senate Democrats “intend to spend this weekend in our districts having an open and public conversation with our constituents about the work ahead for this Legislature and for this State,” the statement said.

Joel Anderson’s lone nay vote to suspend State Senators Wright, Calderon, and Yee was the right thing to do.  His floor speech was excellent, suggesting that those who brought forth the suspension still believe State Senators are “above the law” and that it “incentivizes bad behavior”.

The Republican State Senate Caucus, save Anderson, is wrong; Wright, Calderon, and Yee should be expelled from the Senate.  This is about the integrity of the California State Senate.  The Democratic State Senate Caucus is in embroiled in this scandal,  Over 10% of their caucus is facing time in San Quentin and their leadership is running cover for the crooks.

The latest tactic in the California Democratic Party’s machine?  Brand Leland Yee as an outlier.  From the San Jose Mercury-News:

The Democratic Party establishment however, never really trusted the enigmatic Yee.  That much became clear when Yee failed to gain a single endorsement from a top Democrat during his unsuccessful 2011 campaign for San Francisco mayor.

It’s a good public relations strategy, so good that I think every Democratic politician in the State will be saying “LeeYee, we hardly knew ya”.  More from the Merc:

Read any front page of a California daily today and you’ll see comments, from the State Senate Democratic Caucus news conference, about Yee’s indictment.  They even talk about Calderon and Wright and address that there is an ethics problem in the State Senate.

  • Guess what the California dailies are burying in the stories?  That Yee’s a Democrat.
  • Guess what readers of the dailies see?  Democratic leadership solving the problem.

I know.  I know.  The media are biased against Republicans and Republicans are a super-minority in the Senate and the Assembly.  What could you possibly do?

The silence is deafening.  Today’s news that State Senator Leland Yee was arrested makes for an electoral trinity for Republicans and nobody in the Caucus is taking advantage of it.  Look at what’s happened:

  • State Senator Wright was convicted of perjury and refused to resign his seat in the State Senate.
  • State Senator Ron Calderon was charged with bribery and corruption
  • State Senator Leland Yee was arrested today for corruption and arms trafficking

I received this email from Congressional candidate Larry Wilske today.  Please note that I endorsed Wilske for Congress in January, 2014:

We Republicans face a challenge in the 53rd Congressional District which CAN be overcome if we, a unified Republican Party is willing to align with a single candidate to face Susan Davis.  I want to be that candidate..  I believe my principles, experience, and commitment make me the only Republican who can defeat Susan Davis this November.  As the only full-time candidate in this race however, I have discovered that the path to Congress, for a Republican, is to appeal to all voters in the District with a platform based on Constitutional principles; principles which the independent and Democratic voters cherish as much as Republicans do . 

San Diego conservatives cringed when they saw Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity questioning local rocker Jason Greenslate for “gaming the food stamp system.” The idea that an able-bodied man, who drives a Cadillac Escalade and buys lobster and is subsidized by taxpayers, repulses both people of good will on the Left and on the Right.

Attacking Greenslate is a bad idea.

I understand “conservatives” like O’Reilly and Hannity because I grew up in that culture. The east-coast dwelling, second and third generation (respectively) Irish-Americans grew up in middle-class Long Island. Their parents sent them to parochial schools, they studied, worked hard, and have a special pride on being “self-made men.” Both of their accomplishments are to be lauded but the culture which encouraged their hard work no longer exists.

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.

Stuff Statists Say (Local Edition)

Friday, February 28, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

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.

Special Mayoral Election 2013: Winners and Losers

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

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:

Yes on Solana Beach Proposition B

Sunday, February 9, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

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 If You Said, “Screw You. I Quit” ?

Friday, February 7, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

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.

Alvarez cheating
Spotted about Noon today, on the Jimmy Durante Blvd fence and the Via de la Valle fence of the San Diego County Fairgrounds.

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 Los Angeles 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.

Praying in Frisco Schools

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

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.

Reconfigure the California State Senate

Saturday, January 4, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

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).

From the Facebook page of GOP candidate for US Senator in Maryland, Dan Bongino:

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.

I’m channeling my inner Reagan in the story’s headline but it bears mentioning that centralized planning bureaus wreak havoc on the prosperity free individuals create.  The U-T Editorial Board’s campaign for a taxpayer-funded football stadium offered commentary from retired banker, former mayoral candidate, former Port of San Diego Chairman,  and long-time supporter of taxpayer subsidized real estate development, Peter Q. Davis.

Mr. Davis simply says “We need the right plan” and he offers the Padres scheme as the template to get the taxpayers to fund it.  As promised, I’ll refute the points offered each time the U-T Editorial Board campaigns for this:

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The Chargers Should Build a New Stadium

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
posted by Brian Brady

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.

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