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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog hosts Special Guest Adam Summers of Reason, and Costa Mesa City Councilmember, James Righeimer if his meeting ends with in 3.5 hours tonight.

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

Live Call in number: 1-818-602-4929
This week, CalWatchDog's John Seiler joins us on the show.  We'll be joined by Adam Summers of Reason Foundation.  Also, if they can end their meeting in 3.5 hours, City of Costa Mesa's Mayor Pro Tem, James Righeimer, and City Council member, Stephen Mengsinger are scheduled to drop in.

John Seiler is on assignment and will try his best to make at that the bottom of the hour. He wrote an excellent piece, as usual, this week at CalWatchDog, called CFT Explains Tax-Increase Strategy. The stratedy includes a proposal and push for a whole lot of tax increases and legislative changes including a split roll property tax to get around Prop 13 for businesses, and a change that would lower the required percentage of legislative votes required to pass a tax increase in the CA State Legislature from two thirds to a simple majority.

The City of Costa Mesa has been in the news quite a lot regarding their reforms to address their local budget crisis. Part of their solution has been to outsource services and reduce the size of their government workforce and public employee benefits and pension liabilities. If they prevail, they set an example for other cities in CA to follow. We've invited James Righeimer, Mayor Pro Tem, and Stephen Mengsinger, City Council member, to talk with us about their efforts to date, their strategy, objectives, hurdles, successes and setbacks. They're scheduled to join us if they can end their meeting in less than 3.5 hours. It's government so there is no counting on it despite their own best efforts.

Adam Summers of Reason.org has authored two important studies we'll look at tonight on the California Public Employee Pension Crisis. One called How to Fix California's Public Pension Crisis:  How the state's public pension system broke and how to fix it and the other on Comparing Private Sector and Government Worker Salaries: Public sector offers ironclad job security and greater pension benefits.

We'll take your calls and comments on the air at 1-818-602-4929.

My mission for this radio program is (I quote here the mission statement of The Future of Freedom Foundation. I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), "to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government."
 I am a stand and cause for liberty, freedom and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that create jobs, that in the process of prospering, nurture and support creative and dynamic culture, in the work place, and in our personal lives.   Thank you for supporting our enterprise, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others.  I value your patronage. 

It's a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog's team of government watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce!

Tuesday nights live on Gadfly Radio in Southern California or where ever you are.  California is the land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, when we get it right.   Join us.

Or you can listen to a podcast later, if you miss the live call-in show by clicking on the player below: 

In "War Against All Get Closer" it looks like Joel Fox is saying "See. I told you so!" about CA's Prop 25 in 2010, and the Public Employee Unions backing it.

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Tue, May 31st, 2011

I read with interest John Seiler's column last week in CalWatchDog.org in which he described the plans of the California Federation of Teachers to raise taxes - many taxes: higher income taxes on the rich; oil severance taxes; business property taxes; taxes on services. Seiler was quoting from an article written by Marty Hittelman, president of the CFT.

What particularly caught my attention was Hittelman's comment from the magazine article that passing Proposition 25 for a majority vote budget last year was only a first step. The goal is to lower the two-thirds vote for taxes.

I debated Hittelman a number of times on Prop 25 when it was on the ballot. I pointed out Prop 25's flaws, that it opened up the possibility to new taxes and that the ultimate goal was to get at the two-thirds vote on taxes. Hittelman denied this. Click here to go to the story

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog's Steve Greenhut & John Seiler, w/ Guests Stewart Rhodes, Tom Donalson, and Carlos Rodriguez

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

Live Call in number: 1-818-602-4929
This week, CalWatchDog's Steven Greenhut and John Seiler both join me on the show.   

Also on the program tonight, Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers on Saturday's Nullify Now! Event happening in L.A.  Saturday late afternoon and evening.  

And on the first ever "Open Primary" election in California, Carlos Rodriguez, local immigration Attorney,  LP Chair for Hollywood, Downtown and Central L.A. and Co-organizer of the Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group, and Tom Donalson, of Americas Majority Foundation and President, Marketing Consultant and Research Associate for Americas PAC join us for a lively discussion as to what happened, and what does it say is possible?

Steve and John, both wrote about yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in which the Court ordered the state of CA to reduce its prison population by 30,000 inmates, to bring it down to 137.5 percent of the system’s capacity. John noted that the decision upheld a lower court ruling that from 38,000 to 46,000 must be released due to overcrowding that violated the Eight Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishments.”
There is a lot of hysteria on the talk radio circuit, a lot of hand wringing, finger pointing.
How long have we known about the situation? Was it anticipated? Why are the prisons so over crowded? Is there any plan in place? Surely there was an anticipation for this kind of ruling?


Who’s responsible for our current overcrowding and inhumane conditions?
John wrote this ruling “Court Decision Could Spur Prison Reform.” That’s a maybe? Or else what? Can they ignore the Supreme Court ruling?
What is AB 109?
How are Counties responding to the ruling?

Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers, Constitutional Attorney, and former member of Rep. Ron Paul's DC staff is speaking at the Nullify Now!
Event in Los Angeles this Saturday, May 28th. He joins us to talk about the Nullify Now! Event coming up on Saturday: Who’s speaking? What does it mean? What can attendees expect to experience at the Nullification Now! event? Why is it historic? Why it is particularly significant in CA?
Rhodes was referred to me by Michael Boldin, Founder of The Tenth Amendment Center. What's the connection?
There is a real eclectic mix of people attending this event. Heritage Foundation is the go to for Foreign Policy Hawks. At The Tenth Amendment Center, they note that although Heritage isn’t embracing the term, Nullification, they do embrace the concept.

Carlos Rodriguez, local Immigration Attorney, LP Chair for Hollywood, Downtown Central L.A., Co-Organizer of Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group, and former CA Congressional District Candidate in Congressional District 28, in the Valley. He garnered 8 percent of the vote in Nov in his district. And Tom Donalson, President of Americas Majority Foundation, and Marketing Consultant and Research Associate for America's PAC. He took over where the late Richard Nadler left off before his untimely death.

We’ll talk with them about what just happened in CA’s Congressional District 36.
L.A. Times wrote: “Huey stunned politics-watchers by edging past Secretary of State Debra Bowen, a Democrat, in last week's special primary”

Allen Hoffenblum, Publisher of the California Target Book, wrote yesterday in Fox and Hounds DailyCA‘s 36th Congressional District in Los Angeles County. about the results of last Tuesday’s special election in
It was CA's first congressional special election run under the new "Top Two Open Primary" law that passed last November as Prop 14.

The seat is currently vacant, and was held until recently by Democrat Jane Harman, who announced in February of this year that she was stepping down to become the new director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She was known as a “moderate” Democrat. Harmon held that seat for 6 years prior to 92, then ran for Gov against Gray Davis and lost, and then retook the seat in 2000 and held it for another 10 years.
“The conventional wisdom among most political observers was that due to the district's heavy Democratic registration, and the high name ID of the two leading Democrats, that Janice Hahn and Debra Bowen would most likely come in first and second, making this the first race to see a runoff between two candidates of the same party."
We talked about this right here last week on the show with Richard Winger of Ballot Access Blog.
Well, "It didn't happen."

Alan writes “Not surprisingly, what did happen is that the two candidates who both spent the most money and worked the hardest became the two top vote getters.”
The result is that on Election Day, Huey received 22% of the votes cast, 750 votes ahead of Debra Bowen.
Now, the real upset will be if Huey defeats Hahn in the July runoff election.

"But Huey's strongly held views on social issues -- anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage -- in a libertarian inclined coastal district where 57% of the voters voted NO on Prop. 8 to ban gay marriage and 64% voted for Obama, makes that highly unlikely."

Tom Donalson says “There were some good news and some lessons for conservatives.”  Here's what we'll ask Tom to share with us:

What was the first bit of good news?
What was the second bit of news?
What was Huey's winning message?
How will this play out in the general?
Who really won in this election?
How significant were Americas Pac's efforts in outreach to minority voters?

What are other observations that we can learn from from this past election, Huey’s strategy and Americas PAC's involvement?
Tom Donalson says "The time to begin defending ourselves is now!"

I am a stand and cause for liberty, freedom and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that create jobs, that in the process of prospering, nurture and support creative and dynamic culture, in the work place, and in our personal lives.   Thank you for supporting our enterprise, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others.  I value your patronage. 


It's a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog's team of government watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce!


Tuesday nights live on Gadfly Radio in Southern California or where ever you are.  California is the land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, when we get it right.   Join us.

Or you can listen to a podcast later, if you miss the live call-in show by clicking on the player below: 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Catch the Fever--Be a part of the movement! Be a stand for Nullify Now!

"The 10th Amendment codifies in law that We the People of the several states created the federal government to be our agent for certain enumerated, or listed, powers – and nothing more." Click here to check out the Nullify Now! Page listing all the cities and dates for these happening events coast to coast. And go there! Take your friends and family and find out how you are not alone!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog's Steve Greenhut & John Seiler, w/ Guest, Richard Winger, Editor & Publisher of Ballot Access Blog

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

Live Call in number: 1-818-602-4929
This week, CalWatchDog's Steven Greenhut and John Seiler both join me on the show.  We'll be joined by Richard Winger, Editor and Publisher of Ballot Access Blog

Update: May 18, 2011:  We're not posting the podcast for this show due to technical errors from our remote locations.   There was a lot of breakup and interference and the audio quality is not up to any acceptable standard.  We'll be back next week, same time!

Tonight we'll talk about the budget. What is in, what's out, and what's up in the air. Steven Greenhut has been up and down the state speaking with concerned citizens about the budget deficit and the costs of government public employees, their salaries and defined retirement pensions and benefits. 
We'll get his insights and take your calls.

A new ruling by a California Appeals Court orders Sacramento County's pension system to make public the names and pension pay for 8,500 retirees.  L.A., Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties, among others, may have to follow suit. Is it binding or will it be delayed by appeal to a higher court?   Who's for the ruling, and who is opposed to it?

Card Check for farm workers passed both the CA State Senate and Assembly and now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. Farm workers, workers who earn among the least for the hardest type of labor will now be defenseless against forced unionization. All that is required for a union to prevail is for 50 percent plus 1 worker signed cards to be "submitted," and each card is valid for up to a year. No election is necessary. This bill was sponsored by the United Farm Workers Union.

Are reporters indignant that farm workers have been robbed of their right to a secret ballot?  No!  How do they report it?   "The state Legislature has passed a bill that would give farm workers an alternative to secret ballots in deciding whether to join a union."  How nice of them! To give the workers an "alternative."  Al Capone couldn't put it any nicer.

Democratic Latino voters in urban communities will likely ignore or applaud this new law, not recognizing the gross infringement of civil liberties on an entire community stripped of their right to a secret ballot.

Richard Winger, the editor and publisher of Ballot Access Blog joins us to discuss the special election that is today, with some results coming in before our show is up, and also to discuss the impact of Prop 14 passed this past November on the outcome of this election. He'll also talk with us briefly about Americans Elect, group that claims it will get on the ballot for Elections in November of 2012 in all fifty states, (and Puerto Rico?)

My mission for this radio program is (I quote here the mission statement of The Future of Freedom Foundation. I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), "to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government."
 I am a stand and cause for liberty, freedom and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that create jobs, that in the process of prospering, nurture and support creative and dynamic culture, in the work place, and in our personal lives.   Thank you for supporting our enterprise, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others.  I value your patronage. 

It's a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog's team of government watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce!

Tuesday nights live on Gadfly Radio in Southern California or where ever you are.  California is the land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, when we get it right.   Join us.

Or you can listen to a podcast later, if you miss the live call-in show by clicking on the player below: 


Update: May 18, 2011:  We're not posting the podcast for this show due to technical errors from our remote locations.   There was a lot of breakup and interference and the audio quality is not up to any acceptable standard.  We'll be back next week, same time!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

How Three Texas Counties Created Personal Social Security Accounts and Prospered - Merrill Matthews - Right Directions - Forbes

Across the country, state and local governments are facing huge unfunded liabilities for their employee pension plans. And then there’s Social Security.

But three neighboring Texas counties, which opted out of Social Security 30 years ago by creating personal retirement accounts, have avoided a fiscal train wreck while providing retirees with even more retirement income.

Galveston, Matagorda and Brazoria County employees, many of them union members, have seen their retirement savings grow every year, even during the Great Recession. If state and local governments—and Congress—are really looking for a path to long-term sustainable entitlement reform, they might start with what is referred to as the “Alternate Plan.”

Most proposals for creating a defined-contribution alternative to a state pension plan or Social Security use an IRA or 401(k) model...Click here to read more.
My Raffle Prize, 925 Silver, Word Press Pendant
Saturday from 8AM until 6PM OC Word Press Camp, or #wcoc, the hashtag the presenters and organizers kept reminding the attendees to use that hashtag, meaning twitter hashtag. What a day at a camp of website developers, all excited to be around each other, reveling in their work, and in the innovations of their peers and aspiring, and ascending, about what they do and their nifty innovations, and their Word Press. They love it! here's a mention and a link to their website for the OC Camp. I won a piece of silver. They had a raffle at the end. Random numbers drawn by computer. I was 187. I was an early winner and my prize was a .925 silver pendant of the Word Press W. Here's a picture of it.


The Word Press videos of the sessions today will be on line in a day or so. They're all very good. It was difficult to choose which session to attend. Each one was valuable and fascinating.  Jim Marks had his session eating out of his hand.  He can't stand still.  He's so excited and animated about his work with SEO and WordPress, he can't contain his exuberance.  He's contagious.  The crowd burst into laughs or applause with frequency.  The camera man is having to follow and cannot rest the entire hour.   It was delightful!   

Friday, May 13, 2011

"A Cogent Analysis" says Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami of The Differences Between Public and Private Sector Unions

Here's the intro:
By Tim Kowal, on May 13th, 2011

Many supporters of public sector unions suggest there are no meaningful differences between public and private sector unions when it comes to collective bargaining. As I explain below, however, there are in fact several fundamental differences, many of which have been pointed out since the inception of public sector collective bargaining.

Here's an excerpt:
Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector Is Anti-Democratic

Public sector union advocates suggest that collective bargaining in the public sector is essentially no different than in the private sector, and that far from being a problem, it is a positive good. To evaluate this argument, first briefly consider the policy reasons for authorizing private sector unions.

And another excerpt:
Conclusion

Collective bargaining in the public sector is fundamentally different than in the private sector. Put most simply, the government is not simply another market actor, because the government lacks the same economic incentives as private industry. Perhaps more importantly, the government is uniquely entrusted with the political power of the people to act for the benefit of the entire public. To provide to a special interest group unique tools and procedures to use as leverage to wrest that power for itself is anti-democratic and tyrannical. Finally, the public sector collective bargaining, unlike in the private sector, permits a union political leverage over the employer, making negotiations less than arms’ length.

It's a lengthy article, comprehensive, historical and well reasoned. If you want to understand the distinctions, and argue with integrity, I please read it. Then if you disagree, tell me what you disagree with, but please, spare me the rhetoric about being anti Democratic or anti-worker's rights. Click here to read more

Chinese Growth on a Mountain of US Debt

by Bill Bonner

05/13/11 Shanghai, China – Americans must be the most gullible simpletons in the world. They will believe anything. No fantasy is too absurd. No lie is too ridiculous. Much of what they now take for granted an earlier generation would have taken for preposterous, outrageous, and criminal.

According to presidential candidate Donald Trump they are prepared to believe that China is to blame for their financial problems… No kidding. When asked what he’d do to fix the US economy, ‘The Donald’ says he’d ‘get tough with China.’

What dastardly thing are the Chinese doing? What devious, underhanded act are they committing?
Click here to continue.

In The Failure of American Schools, writer Joel Klein underscores a revolution taking place with in the Democratic Party--Accountability, Performance and Results Vs The Obstacles to Reform

Who better to lead an educational revolution than Joel Klein, the prosecutor who took on the software giant Microsoft? But in his eight years as chancellor of New York City’s school system, the nation’s largest, Klein learned a few painful lessons of his own—about feckless politicians, recalcitrant unions, mediocre teachers, and other enduring obstacles to school reform.  Joel Klein


Three years ago, in a New York Times article detailing her bid to become head of the American Federation of Teachers union, Randi Weingarten boasted that despite my calls for “radical reform” to New York City’s school system, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and I had achieved only “incremental” change. It seemed like a strange thing to crow about, but she did have something of a point. New York over the past nine years has experienced what Robert Schwartz, the academic dean of Harvard’s education school, has described as “the most dramatic and thoughtful set of large-scale reforms going on anywhere in the country,” resulting in gains such as a nearly 20-point jump in graduation rates. But the city’s school system is still not remotely where it needs to be. Click here to go to the article.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Dave Logan Explains Where History And Miraculous Innovations Are Made:

Ralph Benko in Forbes
5-09-2011

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

“What we are here to talk about is the how.  How, exactly, do we create this world-shattering innovation?”  So begins visionary and USC management professor Dave Logan at a TED presentation in 2009.

America, and the world, is sorely overdue for a breakthrough.  As this columnist has argued here , here, and here, the era where it makes any kind of sense to look to Washington for solutions is gone, long gone.

Breakthroughs will come from people in the society, will emerge from the culture, not from the government.  Government is an agent of the status quo, and the current status quo is dysfunctional.  In fact, a social breakthrough is needed to repair the federal government’s painfully obvious breakdown. Logan and his colleagues and co-authors John King and Halee Fischer-Wright are not simply about culture.

They’re about the much more interesting proposition of culturing the culture.

Logan claims, convincingly, to show precisely how an organization — commercial, non-profit or governmental — can achieve a 30% productivity increase and have fun doing it.  Apply that to the federal government and, guess what?  No deficit. Apply that to America en masse and guess what?  We’re quickly nestling up to a $20 Trillion GDP.  His proposition presents the possibility that we can recoup our setbacks of the past decade (and more) and achieve full employment, renewed prosperity, and social vigor.

In developing their protocols Logan and his colleagues studied 24,000 people.   Credible evidence indicates that they have not simply made a “world-shattering innovation.”  They have developed practical mechanisms to teach any potential leader — Mr. and Ms. Reader, This Means You — how to make world-shattering innovations.

Wealthy entrepreneur Tony Hsieh, of Zappos.com fame, swears by their work.  Logan and team have written it up in a very elegant book, Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization, which they are giving away here as a free audiobook.

Next month they finally are releasing it in a trade paperback edition.  Readers at Amazon gave Tribal Leadership five stars, as does this reader.  The paperback is being made temporarily available at deep discount to support a world class charity, Charitywater, which quietly is solving a problem that kills more people than all forms of violence, including war: the lack of clean and safe drinking water.

So.  How, Dave?

Click here to read the article.

Power Line - The Politics of Personal Intimidation

May 11, 2011 Posted by John at 7:36 PM

A disturbing new element has crept into our political life: organized efforts to intimidate private citizens who choose to support certain political causes or otherwise participate in civic affairs. This, as far as I know, is unprecedented in our modern history. Our democracy depends on citizen involvement, and until now, Americans have felt free to participate in public life and to support whatever causes, political and otherwise, they choose. But if the Left has its way, that may be about to change.

We wrote here about a disgraceful episode in which approximately 500 union members were bused to the home of a lawyer who works for Bank of America, where they "demonstrated" on his lawn, thereby terrifying his teenage son, who was home alone. The event was supposed to have something to do with foreclosures. Nina Easton, who lives nearby and witnessed the attack first-hand, wrote at the time:

Click here to read the article.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog's Steve Greenhut & John Seiler, w/ Guest, Carlos A. Rodriguez, on the Role of Latinos in CA Politics, His Efforts to Recruit Them to Liberty's Cause, & His Stand on Immigration Policy

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

Live Call in number: 1-818-602-4929
This week, CalWatchDog's Steven Greenhut and John Seiler both join me on the show.  We'll be joined by Carlos A. Rodriguez.   

Carlos was the 2010 Libertarian Party Candidate for U.S. Congress, CA District #28.  He got 8% of the vote, in a district with a very high Latino population.   He is an immigration attorney, a Libertarian, committed to advancing the Libertarian Party, and he's a Cuban American, which gives many Latino Democrats fodder to cast aspersions and dismiss his credentials as "authentically" like the majority of Latinos in California.  

We'll ask Carlos about his positions on policy and politics related to public employee benefits and pensions, education, property rights, his own political evolution and his self-identified strongest suits-- the role of Latinos in CA politics and his team's efforts to recruit them to liberty's cause, and the issue of immigration. 

Other news for discussion on tonight's show, from CalWatchDog's Website, re-posted here:

Breaking News

MAY 10, 2011 By DAVE ROBERTS "I've never forgotten Jack Kemp saying the way we define compassion is not by adding up how many people receive government benefits, but rather tallying the numbers of those who no longer need them. The Democrat Party is not interested in that definition of compassio...

MAY 9, 2011 By KATY GRIMES California residents planning automobile road trips this summer beware. The Department of Motor Vehicles is not allowing July auto registrations to be paid. The DMV has been ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown to refuse to accept payment of all two million July vehicle regis...

MAY 9, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Californians keep looking for ways to boost our economy, which also would bring in more revenue to the state government. The Legislature still is struggling with a budget deficit of about $15 billion, after $10 billion in cuts were made. Here's an idea: Switch to ...

MAY 6, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT Yet another report released this week confirms the enormous liabilities that California taxpayers must endure to pay for pensions for public employees. The study, released at a Pension Boot Camp for elected officials held in Citrus Heights by the reform group Cal...
News from Around the State

We'll touch on as many of these stories with our hosts and guest, as time permits, and get your imput if you want to give us a call during the show. 
 

My mission for this radio program is (I quote here the mission statement of The Future of Freedom Foundation. I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), "to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government."
 I am committed to being a stand and a cause for liberty, freedom and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that creates jobs, that in the process of prospering, nurture and support creative and dynamic culture, in the work place, and in our personal lives.   Thank you for supporting our enterprise, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others.  I value your patronage. 

It's a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog's team of government watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce!

Join us Tuesday nights, on Gadfly Radio live in Southern California or where ever you are.  California is a land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, if we get it right.   Join us.


Or you can listen to a podcast later, if you miss the live call-in show by clicking on the player below: 

Monday, May 9, 2011

EDITORIAL: Gun-grabber misfire - Washington Times

Found this on Future of Freedom Foundation's Newsletter May 9, 2011.

Click here to go to the article.

Reason-Rupe Surveys : Reason Magazine

* Public Opinion on the Debt, Spending, and Taxes (5.6)
* Cutting the Debt Is Important to 96 Percent of Americans And 74 Percent Want a Government Spending Cap (5.3)


Click here to go to Reason Report

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Schools Find Ayn Rand Can’t Be Shrugged as Donors Build Courses -Repost from Bloomberg's site

It really burns me that professors who should welcome diversity in ideas don't. In fact, in appears according to this article, that they hate such a notion. They're anything but secure in their beliefs, because if they were, they wouldn't object that a diversity of ideas be studied, such that students could form their own opinions based on their study and reason. They don't object to courses on prostitution or sexual proclivities, but tolerate a pro capitalist instruction and you'd think the course advocated totalitarianism...

Click to read the article

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

About the show last night on Gadfly Radio

Richard Rider, Chairman of San Diego Tax Fighters, joined Steve Greenhut, John Seiler and me, to share some positive developments in the realm of public policy.  Steve talked about some of the highlights of what others called a debate last week in O.C.  It was Steve vs Orange County's Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, a government union, in what Steve calls a floor mopping--him doing the mopping! We had a lot of fun while discussing the dismal state of CA’s business climate, for small business and the middle class, and the politics and policy that have major impact, and we highlighted a new emerging leader, and some policy victories as a hint of what is possible if only...  One caller  took a few of our panel on a contemplation of his dream if only the north of CA separated from the south... Too short a time for so much to talk about, but it was fun and lively and... We’ll pick it up next week, same time, same place.  Hope you enjoy the podcast! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog's Steven Greenhut & John Seiler on the hottest in Politics and Policy, w/ guest, Richard Rider, Tax Fighter, on good news for taxpayers and property owners in San Diego. Could it Start a Trend?

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

Live Call in number: 1-818-602-4929

This week, CalWatchDog's Steven Greenhut and John Seiler both join me on the show.  We'll also welcome tax fighter, Richard Rider, Chairman of San Diego Tax Fighters, on some good news developments to reign in the size and costs of big government.

We'll talk with Steve about the debate he had last Tuesday with Orange County's Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, a government union. It was held at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach and sponsored by the Orange County Forum, the Lincoln Club and the Pacific Research Institute, CalWatchDog.com’s parent think tank.


The topic was “Can Pensions Be Reformed Cooperatively?”  A video recording of the debate is posted up at CalWatchDog's website.  I want to pose the same question and others to Steve, and you are welcome to add your question to the discussion.

A new air quality bill has sailed out of the Senate "Environmental Quality committee on a 5 to 1 vote on Monday...[It is] another global warming bill, SB 246. This one would require the state Air Resources Board to monitor and regulate sources of emissions of greenhouse gases affecting owners of cars, trucks, boats and lawn mowers — as well as sources in homes and businesses. Sounds like we better get ready for the Green Police!

Authored by Sen. Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, SB 246 ironically discourages emission reductions and would significantly increases business costs as well as overall market uncertainty. It does so by imposing hefty new requirements on the development and use of compliance offsets in the cap-and-trade program under AB 32."

John Seiler reports:  CA Dems Hold Looters’ Convention.  The Democratic Party of CA is bent on raising taxes to fix all their problems, and there seems to be no connection for these leaders with taxing too much and losing droves of businesses and tax revenues from those who are picking up and moving to other states where they are welcome, and rewarded with a hospitable business climate.   He includes some very compelling facts and numbers to drive home this trend and the impact it has on CA. 
Richard Rider, Chair of the San Diego Tax Fighters on some encouraging developments in San Diego.  Could these developments succeed and if yes, could they start a trend? 


We'll cover these stories and more, and get your imput if you want to give us a call during the show.  

My mission for this radio program is (and I quote here the mission statement of  The Future of Freedom Foundation, with whom I have no affiliation other than that I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), "to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government." 

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Steve Greenhut's new article: Public Servants Lack Accountability

May 2, 2011

Union arguments in favor of their members’ lush pensions are falling by the wayside as the public examines the facts. For instance, union officials argue that the average public-sector pension benefit in California is “only” $30,000 a year, while neglecting to mention that the number, according to the state’s watchdog Little Hoover Commission, rises to $66,000 a year for recent retirees — a reflection of the widespread pension boosting of the past decade.

Virtually no one in the workaday private sector gets that level of guaranteed benefit, and the number of retired government employees grabbing $100,000 a year is growing by at least 40 percent a year. No wonder the public is angry. But the public is angry at more than the unsustainable pension debt and the unfair imbalance between the amounts received in the public vs. the private sector. People are getting angry at the abuses by public employees and at the lack of accountability even when miscreants are caught red-handed. Click here to read the article.

Repost from Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs Post | Home of the Irate Minority

This was a very interesting audio interview with Tom Woods. He's always informative, clear speaking, consistent and powerful in point and message. Worth every minute of time spent listening.

Tom Woods joins us to discuss his latest article on the Phony Arguments for Presidential War Powers which has triggered intriguing reactions from the media on both sides of the isle. He provides us with historical background and a ‘real’ constitutional view of war making powers vested in US presidents, and tells us why the mainstream, left and right, usually proclaims the congressional power to declare war “obsolete.” Dr. Woods defines ‘State Nullification,’ provides us with examples and an historical context for this power vested in the states, and counters uninformed arguments and generalizations spread by the mainstream on this topic. He talks about the Federal Reserve and the disastrous government bailout, the polarized and sound-bite oriented media, the labeling of critics of the status quo, the case of the states and medical marijuana, the man most responsible for the beginning of the imperial presidency in the US, and more!


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Utah bucks conservative trend on illegal immigration: A state effort to offer legal residency to many illegal immigrants is driven in part by the influence of the Mormon Church.

By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times

March 19, 2011, 8:36 p.m.
Reporting from Salt Lake City—
President Obama's aides were flabbergasted. Here was Mark Shurtleff, the conservative Republican attorney general of deeply red Utah, explaining how he and other GOP officials had approved a statewide version of the immigration measures that the president and his progressive allies have long sought.

"You sued us on healthcare," Shurtleff recalls the aides saying during his meeting in Washington this month. "How is it you did something differently on immigration?"

The answer lies in how Utah expresses its conservative values — particularly the importance placed on family and business — and the influence of the Mormon Church.Click here to read more.

The Great Pension Debate - Steven Greenhut vs. Nick Berardino

Here’s a fun match up between pension watchdog Steven Greenhut and the head of the OCEA public employees’ union, Nick Berardino. The subject of yesterday’s debate was “Can pensions be reformed co-operatively?”

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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

Key

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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