Today Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2017-2018 Budget and with a stroke of his pen made recalls in California more expensive and more burdensome. This is owing to the trailer bill, SB96, which was added by Senate Democrats at the last minute.
SB96 is nothing more than a cynical ploy to protect freshman Senator Josh Newman from the ongoing recall effort which was launched after his vote on SB1, the controversial transportation tax that was never put to voters. Polls show that SB1 is so unpopular and would never have passed in this tax-friendly state and the Democratic Party of California will do anything to maintain their super-majority in order to guarantee that they can continue to run roughshod over we the rate-payers.
Josh Newman currently represents California 29th Senate District which he won by approximately 2,500 votes over his (R) challenger.
The recall effort being led by Carl DeMaio of KOGO600 in San Diego is on track to gather enough signatures to force a vote on the question of recalling Newman. The reporting deadline of 30 June fast approaching and time will tell how the whole issue will play out.
The (D)s have no shame in their effort to stop the recall against Senator Josh Newman. They could be arguing facts and making a solid case for why Sacramento needs an additional $5.2Billion on top of the $10Billion+ they already tax for transportation.
They could be making the case for why Single Payer isn’t being put in front of the voters.
They could be making a case for all of the government largess that the (D)s perpetually push on taxpayers but they’ll avoid doing any of the hard work.
Not content with character attacks and guilt by association the local (D)s have upped the game to include supporting illegal activity and harassment.
This was posted recently on Facebook:
Some context. It was posted to a conversation about the Newman recall and this response was to a joke about calling in bomb threats from another anti-recall comment. This person, who according to the profile works for a national non-profit should know better.
The poster is correct that calling in a fake threat is illegal. The problem with the idea of signing a recall petition with a “faux name” is that it’s also illegal and takes the form of a felony.
Per California Elections Code – ELEC:
DIVISION 18. PENAL PROVISIONS [18000 – 18700], CHAPTER 7. Initiative, Referendum, and Recall [18600 – 18680], ARTICLE 2. False or Ineligible Signatures on Petition [18610 – 18614]
18613. Every person who subscribes to any initiative, referendum, or recall petition a fictitious name, or who subscribes thereto the name of another, or who causes another to subscribe such a name to that petition, is guilty of a felony and is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code for two, three, or four years.
This isn’t an isolated problem of supporting law breaking. On the Don’t Sign the Recall Facebook page you find posts such as:
If activists are saying that people should commit felonies in order to hurt the recall effort is it too much of a reach to think that a false claim of harassment is over the line for their efforts?
This doesn’t start with “if you run into an over aggressive petitioner” it starts with “if you have time today, please call your local police”. The call to arms is to call the police because they don’t like the content of the petition. I’ve ignored petition gatherers for years when I don’t care about the issue and at worst they ask you a few times in the same way girl scouts hassle you to buy cookies. When I run into these issues I keep walking but the cops have never come to mind. Why? Because petitioners have a right to circulate on public property and on private property in the context of malls and public squares. That and I’m an adult who can politely say “no thanks”.
I do find it humorous that folks on the left always resort to the armed agents of the state in order to protect them from things they don’t like or fear. In this case the same officers they excoriate for racism and brutality are their first line of defense against a recall over a tax.
Today the (D)s in the California State Senate passed SB562 which is the single payer healthcare take-over known as the Healthy California Act. This bill will put health insurance companies out of business in California and will cost the state $400Billion which is twice the general fund. It relies heavily of Federal funding and yet covers illegal immigrants which precludes California from getting said Federal funding.
Regardless of your stance on illegal immigration one cannot help but wonder about the magnetic effect of voting to turn California into a Sanctuary State (SB54 which Newman voted for) and then offering free healthcare to every resident when:
(x) “Resident” means an individual whose primary place of abode is in the state, without regard to the individual’s immigration status.
This is not sound fiscal policy in the slightest. It’s an insult to taxpayers who have watched countless businesses flee the hostility of Sacramento. It’s an insult to the people who have yet to come to terms with a legislature that robs us blind to pay for their pork only to demand more at every turn.
When Senator Newman voted to pass SB562 he personally voted to put the over 2,000 people who work for United Health out of a job in his district city of Cypress alone. We have no idea how badly this will hurt St. Jude which is a major employer in Fullerton which is another of his constituent cities. Add to that the other countless jobs which will cease to exist if SB562 comes to fruition.
This will have far reaching ramifications for our state as well as our local communities and yet State Senator Josh Newman, who is currently facing a recall for his vote on SB1, opted to vote with his liberal caucus and against taxpayers once again to push an agenda that is out of step with reality.
Allow me to quote Josh Newman directly from a meeting with the Democratic Party of North Orange County:
“The problem with 562 as it’s come through so far Gorden is there is no plausible plan for the implementation of a single player system.”
“If we don’t have $5Billion for transportation I’m not clear where we’re coming up with $200Billion.”
There is “no plausible plan”. His own words. He knows this system can’t be funded without major taxes and without taking on the insurance and medical industries but none of that matters because it gets in the way of the narrative.
Newman abstained on SB562 in committee because he knew, as you can hear in the above audio, that there was no funding. Yet here we find ourselves on 01 June 2017 with him voting for that very bill despite still having no source of funding beyond a mythical “feasibility study” which will somehow show how Single Payer will be funded.
One of the major arguments I keep hearing against recalling Senator Newman is that he’s a new Senator and we should wait and vote him out in 4 years. In less than 6 months he’s voted to tax working Californians FOREVER with the inflation adjusted and never-sun-setting SB1 & to pass a bill he himself knows has no funding source despite costing twice California’s general fund.
We literally cannot afford for him to keep on casting these types of votes. While he and his allies in Sacramento won’t be touched by these costs, these taxes and these fees such cannot be said for the rest of California.
Am I being dramatic? Resorting to hyperbole? Not at all. From that same meeting when asked why the (D)s aren’t talking about oil extraction fees Newman responded “I agree”. When asked about fixing the Prop13 assessment “loophole” to make businesses “pay their fair share” Newman responded “I couldn’t agree more”.
Newman has admitted publicly that he wants to raise taxes and add fees and yet he hasn’t once given a speech or put out an Op-Ed detailing how to better spend the money Sacramento already takes in year after year after year.
With his short voting record Senator Newman has proven that he is not a taxpayer or business friendly candidate inside a hostile party. He has unequivocally proven that he is a taxpayer hostile candidate who is one in the same with the party leadership to whom he promised he wouldn’t find himself beholden during the campaign. Less than 6 months into his office and if he is anything it is beholden to the tax-and-spend craziness that would rather attack President Trump than work to solve problems for everyday California.
It makes me both sad and angry that Josh Newman has betrayed my trust and my vote because I like the guy well enough. I wish him no ill will but I as a working Californian cannot afford to let him drive my home state further into the ground. If recalling Newman can help put an end to this super-majority insanity then I’m all in against him because his votes thus far have been all-in against me, my family and all of the hardworking Californians who deserve better from their government.
There has been a lot of debate recently concerning the potential recall of State Senator Josh Newman of California’s 29th senate district. And rightfully so. Recalling a politician is no easy task, even when the impetus behind the recall is something as divisive as a widely unpopular gas and vehicle registration tax. It is an endeavor that oftentimes sees the enthusiasm of supporters and the public at large wane as the process goes on. This is completely understandable. The world of local politics is murky and toxic.
So, why support a recall? The biggest reason for me is we didn’t have a say in approving this tax. Now, if you listen to our interview with Sen. Newman you will find that he believes that we did have a say in the tax. We elected him to the state senate to represent us and our interests. In doing so, we have implicitly given our approval to his actions, whatever they may be. We, in essence, stand behind his votes because they are our votes.
How ridiculous does that sound? That an elected politician would attempt to justify his vote for a controversial (and downright stupid) bill simply because he was duly elected is the height of hubris. Such a stance fails to address the very real concerns people have about the bill. The argument that “we had to do something” just doesn’t hold water. To continue with aqueous analogies, what is the point of bailing out a sinking ship when you have yet to patch up the hole?
There’s a lot of rhetoric out there right now regarding the gas tax. Most of it is moot now that Gov. Brown has signed SB1 into law, but it has bearing on my motivations behind supporting this recall. Here are some facts. California spent $419,090 per state-controlled highway mile in 2013. This put us at 44th of 50 in terms of total spending per mile. In that same year, we ranked 10th in the nation in total state-controlled highway miles at 18,535. That means in 2013 we spent nearly $7.8 billion on California highways only to have them be some of the worst roads in America. (source)
We spend more to repair fewer miles of road than several other states. In 2013, Texas had 80,490 miles of state-controlled highways. That’s 4.3 times the mileage of California’s state-controlled highways. Given that fact, one would expect Texas’ cost per mile to be around the same magnitude difference from California’s. Not so. Texas only paid $177,357 per mile. They were able to service over 4 times the amount of mileage California did for nearly 2.4 times less money.
When we asked Sen. Newman about this discrepancy, he stated that there are many differences between Texas and California, which is true. California has a higher cost of living. California wages are typically higher than wages in Texas. Things just cost more here. All of that is true. However, it’s also true that Caltrans may be massively overstaffed. It may also be true that Texas has found cost-effective ways to service its larger state-controlled highway system than we have.
What we needed to do before passing this bill was to take a full audit of Caltrans and determine where and how we can cut costs. That’s just responsible governance. Instead, we get a manufactured crisis that won’t even come close to addressing the infrastructure issues we have in this state. We get a tax and fee increase that will cost working families hundreds of dollars extra per year (or more). We get a bill that has the potential of doing largely the opposite of its stated intention.
What we have is an unacceptably large pile of unanswered questions. The answer to those questions was not to pass a tax increase on the working and middle classes. Our elected officials owed us more than that. They still do. Josh Newman ran on being fiscally conservative. It’s part of the reason I voted for him. His actions have shown that he cares more about voting in lockstep with the Democrats in Sacramento than he does actually serving our district.
That is my main reason for supporting this recall. He has betrayed out trust. We didn’t have a voice in Sacramento when he voted for this tax and fee increase. We must use our voice now to recall him and elect a true advocate for our interests.