Obama Won’t Be Changing Course

By John Eberhard

Recently I saw an article on Newsmax.com about the fact that James Carville, a Democratic political strategist who worked for Clinton and who has written at least one book on politics, was advising President Obama to “panic.”

Carville stated “We are far past sending out talking points. Do not attempt to dumb it down. We cannot stand any more explanations. Have you talked to any Democratic senators lately? I have. It’s pretty damn clear they are not happy campers.

“This is what I would say to President Barack Obama: The time has come to demand a plan of action that requires a complete change from the direction you are headed.”

And then, Carville offers advice to the president in a CNN column. Step 1: “Fire somebody. No — fire a lot of people.”

I thought about this and decided this was actually pretty savvy political advice. If Obama were to fire Timothy Geitner and all his other top financial advisors right now, admit he screwed up, and change course, he could buy himself another year of broader public support, and maybe even get re-elected.

But I am sure he is quite incapable of that, because results are not what motivates him. Prior to being elected President, Obama has never worked at a job where he had to produce a measurable result. He has never been the CEO of a company, or the Mayor of a city, or Governor of a state, or even a sales manager.

He was a college professor, a community organizer, a state senator, a U.S. Senator, and then President. And often in his positions as state senator and U.S. Senator, he voted “present,” rather than commit himself.

I don’t think results even occur to President Obama. He never had to make sure a company was profitable. He never had to make sure the company made payroll. He never had to balance a budget for a city or a state. So results don’t even enter his equations. (And that’s I think one of the generalized problems with liberals of even politicians in general, that they don’t look at results to measure their actions.)

Obama probably looks at the situation now and thinks he’s done a pretty good job. Because he is a total ideologue. His measure of success is how much liberal/socialist policies he has been able to put into effect. And by that measure, he’s done pretty well, because he has rammed more socialist policies and actions down our throats than anyone since FDR.

Obama talks a lot about jobs. But since he doesn’t understand how jobs are created, or what really motivates employers to hire people, or how many of his actions have actually and totally discouraged businesses from hiring people, he thinks he can just talk about jobs or sort of “order” businesses to hire people and they will.

So the fact that the economy has been in a funk for 3 years doesn’t phase Obama. And the fact that unemployment has been over 9% for some time now, I don’t think those facts even register. Since his thinking follows the Marxist line of thought that businessmen and entrepreneurs are the bad guys (and he regularly demonizes business) he probably thinks they are not hiring because they’re just bad people and not appreciative of all the fine speeches he has made on the subject of jobs. (And yes I did says “Marxist” and for the uninitiated, that means “socialism” and if you don’t think what he’s doing is socialist, you need to read “The Communist Manifesto.”)

Obama is one of those guys who’s been mad for 35 years that more liberal/socialist stuff hasn’t been implemented and figures now is his chance to be the liberal hero.

But some other liberals are starting to realize that results DO matter, at least to the public, and so they are starting to seriously distance themselves from him.

Despite the fact that some liberals are beginning to realize that the state of the economy does matter for some reason to those dolts out in middle America, Obama isn’t one of them. He won’t be changing course, because he thinks he’s doing fine. And November, 2012 will be an evil surprise for him.

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RNC Chairman Priebus Statement On Obama’s Jobs Speech

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Agenda 21 Creeps Into California Land Use Policy

Socialist balloney

 

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Recent Wisdom from Rush Limbaugh

I get a daily email from Rush Limbaugh with highlights from his show, and a friend sent me this excerpt from his show recently, about unions and why people who work on union jobs think the way they do. This is one of the brightest things I’ve seen about the whole union controversy recently, and I have to say that in general Rush Limbaugh is one of the brightest people commenting on government issues today. The left attacks him mercilously, which they do to anyone they view as a threat, and if there is one person more of a threat to the insanity of the liberal/left/socialist/statist group in America today, it is Rush Limbaugh.

John Eberhard


RUSH: Here’s Richard, Michigan City, Indiana.  Great to have you on the EIB Network.  Hi.

CALLER:  Yes.  Rush, it’s a pleasure to talk to you.  It’s an honor to talk to you.

RUSH:  Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER:  I don’t want to hold you too long.  I just wanted to tell you, I grew up as a young man from McKeesport, Pennsylvania.  I heard you mention that one time on the radio but you never elaborated, but I moved the family out here to Indiana a long time ago, 40-some years ago, worked for the second largest steel mill in the nation – 

RUSH:  Right.

CALLER:  — Bethlehem Steel.

RUSH:  And what their legacy costs, what it was I don’t know if Joanne or what’s her name was up in Wisconsin realizes it, but Bethlehem Steel was pushed against the wall with their legacy costs, and it came to a point where they had to turn out the lights, close the door, and let 95,000 employees go.

RUSH:  Same thing with General Motors.

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  They had to off-load their pension to the federal government. Now look who owns them?

CALLER:  Well, I don’t know what’s wrong with these people.  I’m ashamed of the Democratic Party. And as a Hungarian, I cringe when I hear the name George Soros.  He’s a disgrace to our nationality.

RUSH:  Let me try to explain it to you from their standpoint.  This might be a useful exercise.  And, by the way, I mentioned McKeesport because that’s where the first radio station that I worked at when I left home was.  It’s the Pittsburgh market, but it was a suburban station in McKeesport.  It was WIXZ, salted rot and mold, played oldies.  Well, it was solid rock and gold, WIXZ, “solid rock and gold,” the jingle.  And I called it “salted rot and mold” ’cause after two years I’d heard every song on the playlist 20,000 times.  At any rate, let’s look at this from their perspective.  You mentioned Mary Jo who called.  Now, I know a lot of these public sector union people have become activists.  A lot of them are political, ideological activists in addition to whatever else they are. 

Okay, you end up going to work for a union, a school teacher or whatever your job is that requires you to be a member of a public sector union.  Let’s just say Wisconsin.  And your union goes out and through the vehicle of collective bargaining they arrange a compensation package for you, and it’s gonna pay you X, and you’re gonna get your health care paid for, mostly, large percentage of it, you’re gonna have a pension and they tell you this and then every three or four years you’re gonna expect a bump in all of it.  And along the way you think that you are a crucial cog in the wheel.  You are educating the future of America.  You’re making a difference.  You are teaching the children.  You’re doing all of these wonderful things.  And besides that, you didn’t have to choke anybody or bend their arm to get this deal.  Your union might have, but you didn’t. 

Whether it’s General Motors or whether it’s the state, somebody agreed to this.  And it goes on like this, and occasionally you might have to threaten to go on strike if your demands aren’t met, but eventually it all works out and you keep going on like this until one day the bottom falls out, and you hear that there just isn’t the money to pay you anymore.  But yet the people saying this made a deal with you.  This is what you’re gonna get.  And then out of the blue they come out and say, “Sorry, we don’t have the money for it anymore.”  What are you gonna do?  I understand where these people are.  I understand their mentality.  Taking away their political activism for a moment — and it’s hard to do because it’s very much a part of who they are — but still, as far as they’re concerned, they made the deal, General Motors made the deal.  Yeah, yeah, a lot of people don’t have it but they’re gonna give me my health care and a pension until I die, even after I retire.  And, you know what?  I’m only gonna have to work 15 to 18 years to be totally vested. 

That was the deal and then somewhere somebody comes along and takes it all away from you.  What are you gonna do?  You’re not just gonna sit there and say, “Well, okay,” especially when you don’t know how to earn money any other way.  And all along there’s probably a little voice in the back of your head that tells you you’re really not earning anything anyway. This is the government.  The government owes you and the government owes everybody and in reality you ought to be getting even more than what you’re getting, but you’re satisfied.  But then the bottom drops out.  That’s why when Mary Jo called here I knew it was gonna be impossible but I really wanted to get her answer on why do you think your neighbors are obligated to pay you for nine months a year, twice what they make?  Why do you think your neighbors are required to pay your health care until you die and pay your pension?  I want to know. I would love to know when you first realized that’s what was happening and think that it’s justified. 

I’d like to know the mind-set because, see, I don’t have that mind-set.  I’ve never had it.  And I really would like to know how those people think.  Rather than sit here and assign an ideology to them, “Well, they’re liberals and they think they’re entitled and so forth,” which is probably true, but just in the human being sense, in the humanity sense, where does that attitude come from?  Who teaches that?  Well, we know guys like Alinsky, angry multiculturalists and leftists. People who hate the country end up telling other people that it owes you a living because it’s mistreated you, it’s screwing you left and right, all these rich people and it’s your money.  You understand how these people get to the point that they are.  They’ve had nothing but hatred and anger being preached to ‘em for who knows how long depending on whether or not they grew up in a union household.  This is what’s always bothered me about how much hatred for this country there is that it’s institutionalized in our education system. It’s taught.  It’s codified. It’s part of the multicultural curriculum. 

The multicultural curriculum is based on the premise that America is flawed, that America is a fraud, that America is a lie.  I mean that’s the thrust, that’s the whole reason for multiculturalism in the form of a curriculum.  So take these people and they’ve had all this stuff, they’ve soaked it up like sponges, and then the fateful day comes when everybody who thinks about it knows has to come, the money runs out.  Well, it is kind of expecting a bit much for them to say on a dime, “You know what?  You’re right.  I have been earning too much.  I shouldn’t be taking this much from my neighbors.  I ought to be paying for my own health care and retirement.”  That’s not something people are going to willingly agree to.  That’s something that’s going to have to be enforced as a matter of law, as it’s happening now.  There’s gonna be civil disobedience. There’s going to be riots. There will be burnings and so forth.  We’ve seen it in Greece, wherever this happens.

The Democrat Party, the American left — look at it this way — have had their boot on the neck of the golden goose for 50 years, and that golden goose is down to its last breaths.  And when the golden goose is dead, when the private sector no longer generates the wealth necessary, and it hasn’t for a long time, all of this is fake money, all of this is unreal.  Everybody who has anything, from a state or federal government, has it because of debt, borrowing, or what have you.  It isn’t real.  The golden goose got killed off long ago, in terms of reality.  This country’s not producing the wealth that will sustain all of the demands being made on the country.  This country is not producing the wealth to provide for all the services we want: the military, border control.  We’ve long ago passed this.  This is why I keep talking about how nothing’s real anymore.  All of this is borrowed time.  And yet the people who are living on all of this illusionary money, they don’t want to give it up.  Where else are they going to go to earn it?  How are they gonna replace it?  What do they know, other than having some thug negotiate a contract for ‘em?  What do they know? 

Mary Jo, if you’re in Madison, or any of the rest of you, if you are a public sector employee and you’re mad as hell at me right now ’cause I don’t get it, because you think I have no compassion for you, because I don’t want you to have a decent life and decent living and so forth, when this does eventually implode, there’s one or two places you can go to complain.  One would be Beijing.  Go talk to the ChiComs.  Another would be Havana.  Go talk to Fidel Castro.  Find some old Soviet communist still alive, go talk to him, because they’re the people responsible for it.  The people who have made you believe that you can score all these riches, the people that have made you believe that all you need for everybody to be wealthy and fair and equal is a fair and just government redistributing wealth, when it all implodes, and it’s not working, and it’s not working now, don’t complain to me, because I’ve been telling you for years it won’t work.  You need to go to the people who have been lying to you from the get-go telling you that it does work, ’cause they’re the ones that screwed you. 

Governor Walker is not screwing you.  Fidel Castro screwed you.  Hugo Chavez screwed you. Che Guevara, I don’t care, whatever communist leader you idolize, they’re the ones that have screwed you.  They’re the ones who lied to you.  Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx, whoever, Hegel, whoever you believed, Barack Obama, whoever has told you that the redistribution of wealth, that liberalism, socialism makes things equal and fair, can create a utopia, that’s where you go to complain because those are the people who have lied to you.

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Father and Daughter Talk

03/30/11

A friend sent me this:

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Father and daughter talk

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?” She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.

If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.
Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A liberal will delete it because he’s “offended.”

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The Divide Between the Public Sector and the Private Sector

02/27/11

By John Eberhard

The recent confrontation between the Wisconsin Governor and GOP, and the public employee unions has highlighted the huge divide between the public sector and the private sector.

First let’s talk about the yawning gap between the average pay of public and private sector employees. USA Today reported in March 2010 that federal workers earned an average salary of $67,691 for occupations that exist in both the public and private sector. This compares to an average of $60,046 in the private sector. It’s higher in the public sector, but not that much higher (12.7% higher).

But now let’s talk about total compensation, which also includes benefits. Public sector employees received health, pension and other benefits totaling $40,785 per federal employee per year in 2008, compared to $9,882 for private sector employees, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

That makes the average total compensation for public sector employees $108,476, versus $69,928 for the private sector. That means the average public sector employee receives 55.1% higher compensation than in the private sector.

This begs two questions: Why is it that way? And should it be that way?

Should It Be That Way?

Let’s answer the second question first. It should definitely NOT be that way. There is no way that working for the government should be a gravy train with sweet deals that are significantly more than the private sector can afford to pay.

For one thing, these salaries are paid for with yours and my tax dollars. Do you want your tax dollars to pay for someone’s compensation at an average level of 55% more than what you make?

For another thing, there is the issue of fairness, a topic often overused and abused by the liberals. It is inherently unfair for a government employee to be earning 55% more compensation than a person in the private sector, and paid for with our tax dollars to boot. This is especially true during a recessionary period, but it is true regardless of economic conditions.

Why Is It That Way?

I’ve seen several commentators in recent days saying that the reason why public sectors employees have this ridiculously high compensation comes down to 1) the fact that they are heavily unionized, and 2) the people the unions negotiate with on the other side of the table have no real incentive to hold back on the gifts.

Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post wrote “In the private sector, the capitalist knows that when he negotiates with the union, if he gives away the store, he loses his shirt. In the public sector, the politicians who approve any deal have none of their own money at stake. On the contrary, the more favorably they dispose of union demands, the more likely they are to be the beneficiary of union largess in the next election. It’s the perfect cozy setup.”

Working in the Private Sector

But even beyond the fact that the (mostly Democratic) politicians have an incestuous relationship with the unions, there is another factor at work here. It is simply the fact that most people who have worked only in the public sector and never in the private, don’t understand how money is made, and they have none of the incentives that cause private sector companies to keep expenses down.

I had the good fortune of working for several companies over the last 20 years, in the capacity of being on the committees that did financial planning for the company. These committees would meet once a week, and review the amount of money made by the company that week, and all the bills and purchase orders that were submitted. We had to figure out how to pay all the bills, make payroll, and decide which purchase orders to approve. And of course, with a finite amount of money to work with, we had to decide to which purchase orders to say “No.”

And sometimes, when income was low, we had to figure out how to intelligently promote the company’s products or services in such a way as to get the income back up. And sometimes we had to figure out how to tighten the belt, even identify “deadwood” employees and fire them (something that is almost unheard of in the public sector).

And at those private sector companies, there is no such thing as an automatic cost of living raise or larger budget for your division next year. If everyone wants raises, everyone has to work hard and get the income up into a higher range, so that there is some money to use for raises. And there were incentives there to figure out how to do things better or faster or more intelligently or with more innovations than your competitors. Because if you didn’t do all that, you weren’t going to get any raises, your company wasn’t going to expand, or quite possibly your competitor was going to eat your lunch. You could even go out of business.

Now I own my own marketing consulting company and so I do all this and more on my own behalf.

But what about people who have never had the good fortune of this type of experience? Many of them who have worked only in the public sector have no clue how all this works. They don’t even recognize that during an economic downturn, everybody has to tighten the belt.

While millions of jobs have been lost in the private sector during the last several years, public sector employment numbers have gone up. How is that sensible or even right?

What About Wisconsin?

Charles Krauthammer further stated “Wisconsin is the epicenter. It began with economic issues. When Gov. Scott Walker proposed that state workers contribute more to their pension and health-care benefits, he started a revolution. Teachers called in sick. Schools closed. Demonstrators massed at the capitol. Democratic senators fled the state to paralyze the Legislature.”

Columnist Rachel Alexander stated “Governor Walker targeted pensions since their costs are rising at much more unsustainable levels than wage increases. His budget also increases public employees’ healthcare premiums to 12%, and requires them to start contributing 5.8% of their pay to pensions. Wisconsin state employees have one of the most generous benefits packages in the nation. Currently they are not required to contribute anything towards their pensions, and only 6% of their salaries goes towards healthcare premiums. Private employees pay much more on average into equivalent plans; Governor Walker’s budget would merely reduce the generous subsidies given to public employees. This would save the state nearly $300 million over the next two fiscal years.”

A Facebook friend the other day posted something saying that unions were being denied the right to organize. How distorted and naïve could you possibly get?

What’s going on in Wisconsin today is extremely important. The government employee gravy train has to come to an end. The public employee unions have gotten way too powerful, and they are bankrupting multiple state governments right now. Besides which, it is just wrong for public employees to make 55% more than those of us in the private sector. But the more people know about this and recognize the situation, the better. Hopefully there are enough of us now to turn the tide.

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Obama After Elections: Wins “Most Out of Touch” Award

by John Eberhard

By now it’s all over but the shouting, and the Republicans have taken a solid majority in the House of Representatives and made solid gains in the Senate.

In the lead-up to the election, pundit after pundit, even liberal commentators, have said that the polls showed that the public was unhappy with the Obama agenda, and that they would express their dissatisfaction by voting for Republicans and taking away the democratic majority in the House. Many said that this election was a referendum on the Obama agenda.

Exit polls showed the public was indeed unhappy with Obama and with the economy.

Also in the lead-up to the election, a number of commentators wondered how Obama would react to a clear election-day rebuke of his agenda. Most said that it would be one of two reactions: 1) He would show contrition, admit he was wrong, and move to the political center like Bill Clinton did after losing the Congressional majorities to Republicans in 1994, or 2) He would dig in his heels and stick to his far-left agenda, fighting Republicans all the way.

Obama held a press conference the day after the election and showed some humility and contrition – apparently. But then just hours later he made a phone call to far-left MoveOn.org. Check out what he said to them:

“We always knew bringing about change in Washington wouldn’t be easy, and it might get tougher in the days ahead. The message I took away from the elections is very simple: The American people are still frustrated. They still want change; we just have to work harder to deliver the change the American people want.”

Obama said he and activist organizations like MoveOn must work harder pushing the progressive agenda “until every American sees real change in their own lives . . . We didn’t sign up for doing what was easy, we signed up for doing what was right. We are going to continue to take all the time it takes –– and all the effort it takes –– to get our country back on track.”

“To those who began the journey with me almost four years ago, think about how far we’ve come. Think about the ups and downs we went through during the course of the campaign. There were times when folks counted us out and we always came back. The same thing is going to happen over the next two years, and the next six years.”

President Obama has just won my “Most Out of Touch President of the 21st Century” award, along with my “I’m in Denial and I’ll See What I Want to See” peace prize.

How about the line: “The message I took away from the elections is very simple: The American people are still frustrated. They still want change; we just have to work harder to deliver the change the American people want.”

Apparently Obama cannot indulge in any self criticism of any kind whatsoever. He apparently is incapable of seeing that his change is NOT what the American people want. The people have expressed this again and again and again. How about all those Tea Party rallies, with signs saying “No more taxes,” “No more bailouts,” “We are not all socialists,” etc., etc.? How about the polls, every one of which showed that a majority of the public did not want Obamacare?

And he continues to think that they really DO want the socialist transformation that he wants to make.

When Scott Brown was elected as Senator from Massachusetts, having run specifically as being against Obamacare, Obama said it was because people were mad – at George W. Bush!

Obama said recently (before the election) that if the Republicans gained the majority in the House in this election, that would mean that the people wanted the Republicans to work with him on his agenda.

So no matter what happens, no matter how strong a repudiation the people give him and his agenda, he continues to think they still, really, deep down inside, want everything he has to offer – his far-left, socialist, Marxist agenda.

I think he is really starting to lose all his credibility. He is not someone you can “work with.” Some commentators are saying today and yesterday that his fake “olive branch” to Republicans is so he can lay some of the blame for his failed policies on them.

I think the way the new House needs to work with Obama is just to ignore him, squeeze him out, defund Obamacare and other parts of his destructive agenda. Just keep him wrapped up to minimize his destructive power, until we can get rid of him for good.

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The Election of November 2010 Part 2

10/30/10

by John Eberhard

I know everyone is probably getting election fatigue already based on the volume of emails, direct mail and even robocalls. But bear with me with some last minute thoughts on next Tuesday’s election.

Vote Republican
Anyone who has followed my articles knows I am a conservative. I think it is more important than ever to vote for every single Republican on the ballot this time. Here are some reasons on the federal level:

  • Barack Obama is a radical socialist, and all the Democrats in Congress are more or less in lock step with him.
  • Barack Obama has stated that the US Constitution is a “flawed document” because it does not allow for “social justice” which is a code word for redistribution of wealth (a concept originated by Marx).
  • Obama stated to Joe the Plumber that it’s good for everybody when you spread the wealth around
  • Obamacare was passed with 100% Democrat votes. Not one Republican voted for it. Every single poll showed a majority of Americans against it. Currently 55% support repeal.
  • Currently unemployment is at 10%.
  • The Democratic controlled Congress refused to decide on whether to extend the Bush tax cuts, before the election. If allowed to expire they will represent one of the biggest tax increases of all time.
  • The actions of the Obama administration have represented possibly the biggest power grab for the federal government (and resultant loss of freedoms for Americans) of all time.

Here are some reasons to vote Republican on the state level in CA:

  • The crazy state legislature, dominated by Democrats, has been hard at work to bankrupt the state. They need a Republican counter balance, particularly in the governor’s office. Governor Schwarzenegger has been far from perfect but he has been willing to veto the more crazy stuff coming out of the legislature. Does anyone really believe Gerry Brown would do that? No, but Meg Whitman would.
  • What California really needs right now is fiscal conservatism. We need to stop spending so much and cut expenses. And we need to stop raising taxes, as the state already has some of the highest taxes in the nation.

I know that for some people, it offends them to just vote one party straight.

Although Republicans haven’t always fielded candidates whom you could call conservative, this year the Tea Party has caused a major shift toward conservatism, and there are quite a few conservative candidates on the ballot. So if you believe in:

  • Smaller government
  • Lower taxes
  • Don’t like welfare
  • Don’t like huge “stimulus” bills that stimulated nothing except the Democratic Party
  • Don’t like having huge new laws like Obamacare stuffed down our throats, forcing us to buy health insurance

Then vote Republican.

Summary on Propositions

Here is a summary of my position on propositions. You can see more in my previous article.

Prop 19 – NO
Legalizes marijuana for adults over 21.

Prop 20 – YES
Removes Elected Officials from Process of Establishing Congressional Districts, Transfers That Authority to Recently Authorized 14-Member Commission.

Prop 21 – NO
$18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs.

Prop 22 – YES
Prohibits the State from Taking Funds Used for Transportation or Local Government Projects.

Prop 23 – YES
Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level for Full Year

Prop 24 – NO
Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Lower Their Tax Liability.

Prop 25 – NO
Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from 2/3rds to a Simple Majority.

Prop 26 – YES
Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to 2/3rds for State Levies and Charges.

Prop 27 – NO
Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting, Consolidates That Authority with Elected Officials.

Vote on Tuesday. I know you’re tired of hyperbole too, but I really do believe this is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes.

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The Election of November 2010

10/07/10

by John Eberhard

Here are my recommendations on how to vote in the elections next month.

Vote Republican at all levels
President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the heavy Democratic Party Congressional majorities in both the House and Senate, have gone all out over the past 19 months to move the country toward socialism and significantly increase the power of the federal government. They have taken over health care, the auto industry, large parts of the financial services industry, and student loans. They have done this by excluding Republicans from most bill writing, have used bullying and bribes, and have shown a complete arrogance and disregard for the wishes of the American people. As an example, every poll showed a majority of Americans were against passage of Obamacare, and it was passed anyway, without a single Republican vote in either the House or Senate.

So while Republicans are far from perfect, they are united in opposition to Obama’s socialist “transformation” of America, and the Tea Party movement has been moving the Republican Party towards smaller government, lower taxes, no more bailouts, no more stimulus spending, repealing Obamacare, and lowering budget deficits, which all fits with a classic politically conservative viewpoint.

But the overriding action of vital importance in this election is to take away Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, which will slow down Obama’s light-speed ride toward socialism.

Prop 19 – NO
Legalizes marijuana for adults over 21. First of all this legalizes a person smoking marijuana for as long as he wants and then climbing behind the wheel of a car. Second of all I think this opens the door to lots of abuse, from people being stoned at work (it’s harder to detect than alcohol) to being a gateway drug to harder drugs. Just because prohibition of marijuana has not been totally successful is no reason to make marijuana legal. Sheriffs, police chiefs, firefighters and district attorneys oppose.

Prop 20 – YES
Removes Elected Officials from Process of Establishing Congressional Districts, Transfers That Authority to Recently Authorized 14-Member Commission. Prop 20 and Prop 27 are opposites and whichever gets more votes will go into effect. Vote Yes on 20 and No on 27, because I think Prop 20 will tend to lessen gerrymandering.

Prop 21 – NO
$18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs. I am one of those people who thinks we are taxed enough already and that politicians are particularly susceptible to the disease of un-controlled spending. So unless something is really urgent I always vote no on props that propose new taxes or borrowing more money.

Prop 22 – YES
Prohibits the State from Taking Funds Used for Transportation or Local Government Projects. At issue are state fuel taxes and local property taxes which currently the state can take. This is good because the current situation gives the state too much power.

Prop 23 – YES
Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level for Full Year (5.5% for 4 consecutive quarters). After the recent Climategate scandal it should be clear that global warming advocates have been cooking the data, more than greenhouse gases have been cooking global temperatures. The law that this proposition suspends was a bad idea, based on at best questionable data, so this proposition is a good idea. It basically says we’re not pushing global warming regulations to the degree they crash the economy.

Prop 24 – NO
Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Lower Their Tax Liability. Since the state unemployment is currently 12.8%, we need measures that will increase jobs, not increase the tax burden on small business. This prop would repeal a tax break for businesses. Nuff said.

Prop 25 – NO
Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from 2/3rds to a Simple Majority. This proposition would allow the majority party to just pass a budget with whatever they want in it, without having to even work with the minority party. That in itself would be bad enough. But remember the recall election a few years ago when voters threw out Governor Gray Davis? The reason for that recall election was that the Democratic Governor plus the heavily Democratic controlled state legislature had practically bankrupted the state. Well the legislature is still heavily controlled by Democrats and this proposition would give them more power, power with which they have proved they can’t be trusted.

Prop 26 – YES
Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to 2/3rds for State Levies and Charges. This forces the majority party to work with the minority on passing any new hidden taxes. That makes it harder, which is good.

Prop 27 – NO
Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting, Consolidates That Authority with Elected Officials. Vote No on Prop 27 and Yes on Prop 20. We can’t trust elected officials with redistricting, because of gerrymandering.

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