27 Jan

Season 2, Episode 4 – Jerry Brown Likes Trains

In this episode, technical stupidity aside, we talk about Kevin Kiley again in regards to his 10 Questions for Governor Brown as well and Joshua rips a little into his 10 Reasons to vote for Kiley.

We also look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s final State of the State address, specifically this nonsense:

The funds that SB 1 makes available are absolutely necessary if we are going to maintain our roads and transit systems in good repair. Twenty-five other states have raised gas taxes. Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called for a federal gas tax because the highway trust fund is nearly broke.

Government does what individuals can’t do, like build roads and bridges and support local bus and light rail systems. This is our common endeavor by which we pool our resources through the public sector and improve all of our lives. Fighting a gas tax may appear to be good politics, but it isn’t. I will do everything in my power to defeat any repeal effort that may make it to the ballot.

Since I have talked about tunnels and transportation, I will bring up one more item of infrastructure: high-speed rail. I make no bones about it. I like trains and I like high-speed trains even better. So did the voters in 2008 when they approved the bond. Look, 11 other countries have high-speed trains. They are now taken for granted all over Europe, in Japan and in China. President Reagan himself said in Japan on November 11, 1983: “The State of California is planning to build a rapid speed train that is adapted from your highly successful bullet train.” Yes, we were, and now we are actually building it.

Like any big project, there are obstacles. There were for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, for the Golden Gate Bridge and for the Panama Canal. But build it they did and build it we will — America’s first high-speed rail system. One link between San Jose and San Francisco — an electrified Caltrain — is financed and ready to go. Another billion, with matching funds, will be invested in Los Angeles to improve Union Station as a major transportation hub and fix the Anaheim corridor.

02 Nov

Newman Pushing SB1 Propaganda

Newman Brown Wallets
Newman SB1 Lie
Senator Josh Newman is a liar and/or the State of California is spending money it has yet to collect on projects of dubious justification. He is claiming that the funds from the gas tax is being used already to streamline projects. However SB1’s added tax on your yearly vehicle registration fee doesn’t start until January 2018 while SB1’s new tax on Zero Emission vehicles doesn’t start until July of 2020.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1
SB1 Dates
 
The Gas & Diesel Fuel taxes which went into effect yesterday won’t be remitted to the State until the End of NEXT month. Those taxes are not paid immediately by the fueling stations which collect them from you each time your fill up.
 
Excise Tax Due Dates
This means that the State of California has yet to receive a single dime from the newest taxes on California’s working poor. At the earliest the State of California will receive fuel excise taxes from retailers at the end of December for the taxes collected from you, the driver, in November.
But Josh Newman doesn’t care about facts or what’s best for the residents of California. He is more interested in pushing out propaganda to justify yet another tax breaking the backs of Californians while the legislature ignores the fiscal problems they themselves created and continue to create.
When asked where the previous tax money had gone and why our roads weren’t being repaired Newman equivocated and demurred that he wasn’t here then and was interested in looking forward. He has no interest, as is evidenced by the bills he has voted upon and introduced, to fix our broken government. Instead Newman wants to do what every CA (D) always wants to do and that’s simply tax us into oblivion while he perpetually runs for re-election.
Newman sold himself as a fiscally responsible (D) and instead has proven himself to be a fraud and just another thief in the legislature looking out for his own interests.
With the fuel tax increase that arrived yesterday Christmas will be more difficult now that Josh Newman and his pick-pocketing friends in Sacramento have made all of our wallets that much lighter.
Unlike the Grinch of our childhoods don’t expect Newman or Brown to give back what they have stolen from us because they’d have to have hearts for them to grow one, let alone three sizes.
17 Oct

Why is Jerry Brown in Fullerton?

Brown in Car

Why is Governor Jerry Brown in Fullerton at the Fox Theater right now meeting with the Fullerton City Council, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and Fox Foundation President Leland Wilson?

Is Quirk-Silva trying to arrange for more cronyism to secure her re-election by saving that which thus far could not be saved?  She’s not willing to make the government better, and doesn’t give a lick about our State Constitution, so she must be trying to use other people’s money to buy re-election.  Maybe they’ll even put a plaque with her name on it if/when they finally open the Fox Theater around 2050 when all of Brown’s other projects debut.

 

Jerry Brown at the Fox

27 Jun

Brown Signs Budget and Guts Right to Recall

May-Revise-2017

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.

Senate District 29

03 Jun

(D)s Support Law Breaking to Stop the Recall

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.

Instead they’re following Jerry Brown’s example of calling us “Freeloaders” and Josh Newman trying to pin it on “Trump-Style Republicans“.

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:

OC DNC Wants to Police Involved

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.