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Friday, September 24, 2010

Instead of Re-tweeting, I'm reposting. Here's a post by TaxProfBlog on the Republican's Pledge to the Electorate, on the Tax Provisions.

A Pledge to America: Tax Provisions Pledge

Here are the tax provisions in  A Pledge to America released today by the Republican Party:

Permanently Stop All Job-Killing Tax Hikes. We will help the economy by permanently stopping all tax increases, currently scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011. That means protecting middle-class families, seniors worried about their retirement, and the entrepreneurs and family-owned small businesses on which we depend to create jobs in America. Click here to read the rest of the post at the TaxProf Blog.
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AB32 Climate Change Law is very very good for growing the size and power of government over individual liberties

Climate law adds jobs to state payroll
Published Monday, Jul. 26, 2010

The state's landmark global warming law has yet to create the promised bonanza of green jobs, but it has boosted payrolls in another sector of the economy: state government.

At a time of budget cuts and state worker furloughs, the state agency primarily responsible for regulating global warming has bulked up its staff as it prepares to enforce AB 32, the climate change law signed in 2006 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Since 2007, the California Air Resources Board has added more than 150 employees, an increase of 12.5 percent. The additions include dozens of scientists, engineers, technicians and other air pollution experts.

Other state agencies, such as the California Energy Commission and the Department of Resources Recycling Recovery, have added 29 positions as part of the climate change initiative.

Founded in 1967, the 11-member California Air Resources Board enforces the state's air pollution laws. It is the lead agency in implementing AB 32, which aims to reduce California's carbon emissions 15 percent by 2020.

AB 32 gives the agency the power to "regulate all sorts of facets that will affect the economy," said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C., consumer advocacy group. "That's a powerful agency," he said. Click here to continue reading.

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Blogger Todd Houston writes "CA AB32 Set to Make Bad Economy Worse."

"Four years ago those Californians, ever the starry-eyed dreamers, came up with the “Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006,” also called AB32. But like most of these global warming laws, the results will be to oppress the economy and throw people out of work while doing little about global warming."  (For a comprehensive brief on Prop 23 and the legislation it temporarily suspends, CA AB32, I found this post a compelling instructive read.) Click here to read more.

It's up to the voters of CA to vote Yes and pass Prop 23. Let's put CA back in the black, and back to work.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Propositions on the CA November 2010 Ballot: Richard Rider of the San Diego Taxfighters Group. and Meg Whitman's choices

I got Richard's recommendations yesterday in my email box, and Meg's arrived today.

I have interviewed Richard Rider many times, as my guest on my former radio show on CRN.
He is a brilliant CPA, accountant and economist. His graph was not in jpg format, like Meg's, so I converted it using my limited skills on my Macbook Pro. Click on the thumbnail image of Richard's graph to make it open up into a larger image. (update, Oct 11, 2010: I'm voting NO on prop 22 because if it passes, it protect corporate welfare.  CalWatchDog.com has a great post on Prop 22. here.

Meg's graph is a neat little jpg file. I sure wish she supported Prop 23. I am greatly dismayed.  If jobs are number one, it's the most important initiative on the ballot.  Oh, and when the no on 23 people say it will destroy all the new green jobs that are in the works, well uh, yes, but do they mention in their ads and spin that those jobs they claim will be lost are government jobs?

Thank goodness Richard Rider proves true again to individual citizens, taxpayers, and to citizens who want clean, limited government and a viable middle class which can and will create jobs through investment in entrepreneurship in manufacturing enterprises, if we stop AB32 until our economy is back on track, until unemployment drops below 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters.

San Diego Tax Fighters Proposition Recommendations

Below are the official San Diego Tax Fighters’ recommendations for the November 2010 California state and local propositions. (Click on the graph for it to open into a larger image)

 Here's Meg Whitman's:

I am 100 percent in line with Richard Rider's positions on all of the ballot initiatives listed above.  Their passage or failure bode dramatic and potentially disastrous consequences for middle class taxpayer small business owners and all the up and coming who ride their wave and coattails.

Meg's wrong on 23, but Jerry is no different. Meg's "compromise" to suspend AB32 for one year is useless.

It is up to the voters of CA to decide the fate of this state. May the Tea Party, in its greatest spirit of liberty, crash the shores of CA and stop the looters in their tracks.
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Why CEOs can't stand Obama (if it's a job you want, need or are concerned about, and you're not a Govt Employee or wanabe, CEOs help create and preserve jobs for you.

You've probably heard that old adage, "my daddy never worked for a poor man." A poor man can't create a job for me.

Why CEOs can't stand Obama

Corporate leaders are slamming the president over taxes and the uncertain effects of his policies, and the executives' siege mentality is holding back the economy.

By Michael Brush
MSN Money

Is fear of President Barack Obama one reason we're stuck with sluggish economic growth? That's the message the CEOs of several major companies are sending out. Click here to read more.
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I've been thinking a lot about how Mariachi and Bolero Music and song pull as hard on my heart, for their expressions of tender love and passion as do Country, great Country.

Some of the great Country composers and performing artists realize this. George Straight, for example, sings a wonderful delightful rendition of the marquee song of Jose Alfredo Jimenez, one of Mexico's legendary greatest composers, romantic and dignified, rugged and individualist, hearty and tender. I love this music, the lyrics,the grit and vulnerability, the Spanish words and their sound and meaning stir me deeply. They describe how I want to love and be loved and they are poetry. This music stirs my deepest passions for being an individual with liberty. I am saddened by the rancor in the current political discourse around a particular issue. Sensibilities are delicate and precious. Communication is critical, but glory be if we may speak always lovingly, as we strive to do with a brother, sister, neighbor, friend, son or daughter.
The vast majority of people who share my sensibilities for Mariachi and Bolero, even if they don't articulate them, are legally here and have a right to legally vote.

For a great many like me, when they were growing up, the mariachi and bolero music was always playing, when the aunts and uncles got together, and all of us cousins got to play while the adults danced, talked, drank and laughed, and the men played dominoes or cards.

It was always on the record player at home, on Saturdays and Sundays. It was played or performed at all the baptism and 1st Holy Communion celebrations, and at the wedding and anniversary receptions.

It is joyful and playful, romantic, tender, humble and celebratory. It ties generations together with its historical evolution.

I love the words. I am familiar with the language of love, honor, dignity, courage and freedom, in both English and in Spanish, and I love and treasure them both, deeply. My sons don't know the Spanish language. For them it is lost, but they know my passion and my heart. The values are expressed in our music, which includes the lyrics of the songs.

It is this door though which I always hope to enter, so that I may ask my brethren, my brothers and sisters, to join me, or welcome me to join them, to be a stand for liberty, for our sake, and for that of our children, our families, our neighbors and our friends, for our future.

Being in love with the Spanish Language doesn't preclude me from being in love with the principles of Liberty we hold dear and which were so magnificently articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. The one love is a fertile ground for the other, and the two are one in me.

The words in these revered documents are bold and declarative.
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Sad, A Moderate Democrat may be gone from the CA State Legislature

Anthony, this piece was excellent journalism! Thank you.

Shame To See Wright Go
-Anthony Pignataro
SEPT. 17, 2010

You don’t find the words “state senator” and “indicted” in the same headline very often. But when I saw this Sept. 16 Los Angeles Times story on the eight-count felony indictment of Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, for perjury and voter fraud, I was surprised. I didn’t know much about him, beyond the fact that he’s only been in the Senate a couple years and was known as a moderate, so I rushed over to the Capitol to find out more about his allegedly living outside his district.

Considering the publicity, the building was eerily quiet. Up on the fifth floor, there wasn’t much in Wright’s office beyond a few staffers and a Capitol Television News Service camera crew hoping they could get Wright on tape (he’s in Southern California right now). When I asked for a comment on the indictment, the receptionist referred me to Cine Ivery, Wright’s press aide in Inglewood.

“We have not put out a statement,” Ivery said by phone. “We are not going to put out a statement.” Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bell Shows Value Of Open Records

When Bell city officials starting raking in obscene salary amounts, it’s a safe bet that they never considered the California Public Records Act. The law that discloses almost anything related to politicians’ lives would prove to be their undoing when placed in the hands of an enterprising journalist. Eight Bell officials were arrested today for the misappropriation of $5.5 million. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley called the Bell scandal “corruption on steroids.”

Bombshell allegations of wrongdoing are always followed by a media frenzy of damning proportions and the inevitable probe by prosecutors. And in this case, the repercussions have reached to the state Legislature, where lawmakers — who make paltry salaries by comparison – work feverishly to right the wrongs by refunding taxpayer dollars and closing loopholes that allow such behavior to flourish.Click here to read more.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Demystifying the Prop. 23 battle: Proposition 23, “the California Jobs Initiative”:

September 8, 2010
By Katie Grimes

Californians are faced with unusual issues every election cycle — this November is no different, with challenging “lifestyle” ballot initiatives to sort through. Proposition 23, “the California Jobs Initiative” is probably one of the most challenging, and in part, because of the fight over ballot language. It’s built around the growing green technology industry in California, but not everyone thinks the way California’s state government is going about this environmental, green technology push, is good for the state.

And some think there is a healthy side-order of guilt to go along with the attractive California lifestyle, attracting to many opposing the environmental cause.

Proposition 23 would suspend AB32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as cap and trade legislation. Cap-and-trade language has become commonly used, but rarely explains that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are capped, and firms are allowed to trade the limited quantity of emission permits.

AB32’s implementation has already begun, but critics of AB32 say that if California’s adoption of these regulations does not also become the law throughout the nation, the reliance on renewable energy could create price spikes and even brownouts, leading to businesses avoiding California altogether, because of the risk. One Republican Senate report billed AB32 as, “the doctrine that California must single-handedly resolve the cyclical atmospheric warming trend through Herculean regulatory efforts.”
Click here to read more.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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