Visiting Carl DeMaio’s Campaign

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Mrs. Daddy and I visited Carl DeMaio’s campaign headquarters today, meeting up with family there.  I got a minute to chat with DeMaio about the campaign. I told him that I appreciated his work on Proposition D and Proposition B.  He related that the effort to reform county pensions in Ventura County had run into problems because of unions trying to block signature gatherers.  A little research on that issue revealed that the Ventura County sheriff had joined the union protestors, which any taxpayer or advocate of free speech should find disturbing.  DeMaio said that “we” had been able to get the intimidation and blocking to stop.  I was not clear as to whom he was referring to, as this was not an interview.

He also discussed the possibility of a future ballot measure to fix pensions state-wide, which would include public votes on pensions.  His take was that politicians get re-elected with union help, in part by approving generous pension benefits.  When the bill comes due, those politicians are long gone, having reaped the electoral benefits, but leaving the taxpayer holding the bag.  This is why the public should get to vote on pensions.  He also said that pension increases should be limited to the increases of the CPI.

Tony Krvaric was also there, it was good to shake his hand.  I congratulated him on his win in the San Diego Rostra mayoral prediction contest.  He described Faulconer’s mayoral campaign as “flawless.”

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  1. Your 2 sentences regarding pensions succinctly explain exactly why municipalities across the globe are stuck with unsustainable pension debt. Before the spotlight was put on pensions, any career driven politician would have been a fool NOT to cash in the political benefits of union support while burdening future politicians with the cost.

    Good recap.

    “His take was that politicians get re-elected with union help, in part by approving generous pension benefits. When the bill comes due, those politicians are long gone, having reaped the electoral benefits, but leaving the taxpayer holding the bag.”

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