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2012 Election Information

11/8/12 Another Day and another train wreck in California. Proposition 30 Governor Jerry Brown uses California Citizens as his personal ATM machine. November 8, 2012

Looking back at the political spots that Governor Moonbeam where he used children as mules to get his tax increase passed, he promised that the schools would benefit from the passage of California Proposition 30.

Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown Uses Children as mules to get proposition 30 passed.

When Jerry Brown used this tactic, he led people to believe that the state would have to close schools if Proposition 30 was not passed.  That was far from the truth.

California parks department finds $54-million surplus

So what did Jerry Brown do exactly?

He partially funded a train to nowhere.

Calif. Governor Signs Bill for High-speed Train on July 18, 2012

Now keep in mind this train will use California funds AND Federal taxpayer funds to build.

So what is the problem?

First, this is a train to nowhere.

California high-speed rail to nowhere.

Second, The monies collected from Proposition 30 go to the general fund.

This means that only a very small amount of the money will go to education and all the rest will go to pork barrel projects like the Train to Nowhere.

Third, What happened to this?

CALIFORNIA LOTTERY CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION.

Local education administrators, elected school boards and the administrators of higher education make the decisions regarding how Lottery funds are spent in their schools and we are not involved in this decision-making process. According to the Lottery Act, Lottery contributions can be used only for instructional purposes and it bans use for the acquisition of property, the construction of facilities or the funding of research. Approximately 80-90% of Lottery funds are used in California’s public schools to attract and retain teachers. Some districts, especially the smaller school districts and higher education, have used funds for computer labs, teacher workshops, science programs, as well as art and music programs.

So what does this mean? The monies from the Lottery cannot be used to build new instructional facilities. Do you think that the money from Proposition 30 will be used for new schools or will the moneys be used to pay union teacher benefits. Let me be clear in my statement. I agree that most instructors are underpaid and that is a problem. However, when a teacher or instructor is not performing where the student is learning anything, that teach should be allowed to be fired and the teachers or instructors that are successful in the classroom should be paid more money. If all teachers are paid the same union scale, then he or she as a teacher or instructor does not have any incentive to keep performing better and better as they cannot earn a higher income rewarded by higher performance.

So in conclusion Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown has just falsely told the citizens of California that they were doing the right thing buy letting him (Jerry Brown) use them as his personal ATM machine/Money Printing press. The money will be squandered to special interest groups, mostly the Unions. This is the way of the Democratic party that pretends to “Fight For The Middle Class”…..unless the middles class does not pay the ransom that the Democratic party demands.

 

11/6/12 A Sad Day in the History of the United States. November 7, 2012

Today we look at Washington DC and we discover that the people of the United States have decided on taking the easy path of having government controlling their lives. Again for the second time Barack Obama has promised an easy life for everyone where he (Barack Obama) will provide everything one needs to “Survive.” What we we have witnessed in this election is “Social Masturbation” 15 Minutes of pleasure, 15 Minutes wasted, 15 Minutes of getting absolutely nothing constructive done. A radical liberal president, a radical liberal Senate and a strong conservative House of Represenatives. So as in the past two years, virtually nothing will get done as far as improving the economy.  Even if the United States does not go into a full blown recession, it will never recover to the levels of success that we enjoyed in the Reagan Era. What does it say about a country that witnesses the turmoil in Greece, France and Germany and still elects a radical socialist president back into office?  Why can’t the voting public look at those European countries and take a cue an not become that. Why did the public elect a president that support the Occupy Movement? Barack Obamas core is seeded in community organizing and social discourse.  It was widely known that if Barack Obama lost this election cities through out the country would burn. Why is that? Very simple. If the voting public would have dislodged the person that promised free living elements to the public, then the community expecting those free entitlements would have reacted very violently.  So now this presents the issue that this has now set a precedent in what people are going to expect out of future leaders of this country. Does this finally fulfill  Barack Obama’s promise to “Fundamentally Change” the United States of America? The Fundamental  cornerstone of this country is the Constitution of the United States.  “Fundamentally Change” means radically alter the Constitution of the United States of America.  We witnessed how hard Barack Obama worked to get re-elected.  Do you or anyone think he will just give up after a second term. Think about this for a moment. Barack Obama passed Obama Care without the blessing of a Republican Controlled House of Representatives. Subsequently a Liberal Supreme Court made the decision to instead of declaring Obama Care unconstitutional, it declared the revenue collecting part of Obama Care to be a “Tax.”  According to the Constitution:

Article 1 Section 7.3

7.3 Every order, resolution, or vote to which the concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the same shall take effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill.

And Article 1 Section 8.1

8.1 The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

The Congress is both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Barack Obama and the Democratic controlled Senate passed the Obama Care “Tax” without the consent of the Republican controlled House of Representatives.
That being said, what would prevent Barack Obama from “Fundamentally Changing America” buy fundamentally changing the constitution so that he can run for a third term. Keep in mind when a person accrues that much power over a country, do you think that person would just walk away from that power just because some piece of paper that he or she does not agree with says that he or she cannot continue that control of power?

The Unions have wielded an enormous amount of power under the promise that they (The Unions) represent the middle class workers (of which 16% are unemployed) and will bring them “Social Justice” which is a fancy word for Socialism where all are in an a government or organizationally planned society.

Modern socialism originated from an 18th-century intellectual and working class political movement that criticised the effects of industrialisation and private property on society. In the early 19th-century, “socialism” referred to any concern for the social problems of capitalism irrespective of the solutions to those problems. However, by the late 19th-century, “socialism” had come to signify opposition to capitalism and advocacy for an alternative system based on some form of social ownership.[8] Orthodox Marxists later considered scientific assessment and democratic planning to be critical elements of socialism. In the late 20th century, the term “socialist” has also been used by Third way social democrats to refer to an ethical political doctrine focusing on a common set of values emphasizing social cooperation, universal welfare, and equality.[9] It is used in this way by Third Way proponent Anthony Giddens, who rejects conventional definitions and implementations of socialism.[10]

Here is a peek into the future : Vegas Employer: Obama Won – So I Fired 22 Employees script

Will unemployment go to 10% or 12%. Will Obama impose further excessive taxes to make up for the diminished tax base of the unemployed?  This is what Governor Moonbeam of California choose to do. Instead of encouraging business in the state of California to increase tax flow and the tax base, he choose to increase taxes on those that can afford it the least through higher sales taxes. In the end this will force businesses to close and entrepreneurs to take a harder look at Texas to start their businesses if they decide to even start a business.

God help us in the future.

StMarie.

 

An Open Letter to Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) January 13, 2011

I hope you all enjoy this.

Gov Brown.

First things first.
1. I did not vote for you

2. What you allowed the Nurses Union to do to Meg Whitman was the the iconic show of how low a politician will go to get a vote.

OK now on to the the budget.  Read this sentence over and over again.

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to spend millions of tax payer dollars on a special vote to ask taxpayers for millions of dollars.

Let me repeat that.

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to spend millions of tax payer dollars on a special vote to ask taxpayers for millions of dollars.

That my friend is absolutely the dumbest thing I ever heard of. Especially when the taxpayers already told Sacramento NO in 2009.
The Tax and Spend Liberal Marxist Socialists in power in Sacramento now have all but destroyed the business climate in California.

I’ll save you the millions of dollars on a special election for a tax extension.  THE ANSWER IS NO TO THE TAX EXTENSION.

OK then what should you do? A lot of people always complain about what the politicians are doing wrong but never offer a solution as to what they should be doing.
Eliminating Cell Phones and getting rid of unnecessary state vehicles…….Nice bandages. But the those motions are only short term and will be over and done by the next fiscal budget expiration date.
Here are my suggestions:

1. There are going to be thousands of California State Workers that are in line to get huge golden parachutes in the form of pension payments for the rest of their lives and free or heavily subsidized health care for the retirees and their families for the rest of their lives. These entitlement programs are unsustainable as by shear statics of there not being enough taxpayers in the future to fund this future financial train wreck.
What should be done in the future?  Simple. All new Employees of the state starting July 1 will not get a pension, instead they will get a matching fund 401K just like any other company.  When a state employee not longer works for the state either by early choice or retirement, they get their 401K at the end of employment and the state owes the ex employees no more money after termination date.
So now you are saying But what about all the pensions that are intact now.  This is easy, well sort of. The state Comptroller will have to figure out a formula for what each pension is worth today for every state employee.  That is the hard part…or maybe not.
Then by let’s say January 1 2013 all employees will have their pension rolled into a 401K. Again the long term fix is elimination the legacy costs for ex state employees or retirees. This is the long term fix. Not a bandaid like cell phones or state vehicles.

2. SEIU cannot hold a gun to the State Government for future entitlement programs. The same solution above applies to all State Union Workers.

The problem with Government entitlement programs is that it give a false sense of hope to the employees by eliminating the responsibility for the employee to be responsible and save for their own future retirement.
In addition to a Government matching 401K the government should also promote that the employees contribute to a personal IRA in addition to the 401K. No they cannot take the IRA contributions as a tax deduction as long as they are contributing to a 401K, But in the end they will have a comfortable savings so they they will not have to depend on tax payer dollars for the rest of their lives to live on.
The same condition with baby boomers will also apply to Social Security and Medicare. There simply will not be enough people to subsidize those entitlement programs in future years with payroll taxes.
Keep in mind when FDR came up with the entitlement program of Social Security People were only living to maybe 65 or 70. So FDR was betting that after a life time of contributions to Social Security an individual would not live long enough to drain the Social Security System. Social Security turned into a Huge Ponzi Scheme that now when people want to get paid for their investments there will not be the money there to pay back the people that are part of it when they live to 80 or 90 years old.

3. Illegal immigrants.  I know the unions and illegal immigrants voted you in.  What do you think that not one illegal immigrant voted for you?  LOL they either did with false documents or highly influence legal voters to vote for you. The State of California has to stop funding people that enter this country from all over the world illegally.
The state of California has to discourage more people from entering the US Illegally. The State of California can no longer be safe harbor for people that disregard the laws of the United States.  You really need to follow in the foot steps of AZ Gov. Jan Brewer.

4. Lower sales tax to 5% so people can start to spend money again on goods and service. More jobs will be created in the PRIVATE SECTOR.

5. Lower Corporate taxes by at least 20% to entice companies to expand or even start in California to create jobs.

6. Lower the maximum personal income tax bracket to 6%.  Again if more people spend then more jobs will be created.

7. Here is the most important role you can play to get California financially stable again.   You have to become California’s Business Ambassador to the world. Your job it to entice companies to start or expand businesses here in California to create jobs with generous, permanent tax break incentives.

Jerry, if you want to fix the financial condition of California you have to get the unemployment rate down to 5% or less.  If you continue the bad business attitude that Sacramento has had over the years then everything you do, all the bandaids that you put on the wound will not help the wound heal.

8. Finally it is sad that the majority of people that voted you in either were not born yet or did not even live in this country during your last time wrecking the economy in the State Of California.

If you don’t do the things mentioned above then you will be as ineffective as Arnold, Gray and Pete were.  I hope you do not want that reputation to follow you.

I wish you the best in these hard decisions.
RJ
PS incase you are wondering.
I am a Libertarian and I follow the small government, personal freedom, and the opportunity to be everything good that I can be without big government intervention creed.
RJ