25 Jul

Episode 14 – Bust a Cap and Trade

Cap and Trade

Episode 14 – Bust a Cap and Trade

Tonight we talked about the insanity that is Cap and Trade and the betrayal of the California Republican party. There’s at least there’s one Republican who hasn’t lost their mind, but she decided to give up her leadership position as a form of protest. We also delve into the lie that is Cap and Trade and the horsetrading nonsense that went on to pass it. We also talk about the lie the Republicans told themselves (and the rest of us) to justify their vote for Cap and Trade. We finish with a story about how some California legislators plan on dealing with the affordable housing crisis. Stay positive out there. All hope is not lost.

California Story – Cap and Trade

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/21/assemblywoman-blasts-gop-leader-for-cap-and-trade-vote/

  • Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) resigned as assistant Republican leader because of Chad Mayes’ vote on Cap and Trade.
    • “Californians are struggling to make ends meet and unfortunately, what I have witnessed by the Assembly Republican Leader is a dereliction of duty to preserve and promote the American Dream for every single Californian. Assemblyman Mayes’ actions on cap-and-trade demonstrate we no longer share the same leadership principles. I was elected by the people of my district to fight for a more affordable and decent California, a place where every Californian knows their child will have a better life than their own. Regrettably, I can no longer, in good conscience, serve as the assistant Republican leader.”
  • Apparently, Mayes has become an environmental warrior.
    • He claims extending the program to 2030 would clean up the environment while saving “ordinary Californians” around $16 billion a year.
  • It’s nice to see at least some Republicans in Sacramento haven’t sold their souls.
  • The 8 Republicans who voted to extend Cap and Trade have said extending the program might actually help kill high speed rail.
    • “In extending California’s cap-and-trade system of controlling greenhouse-gas emissions through 2030, lawmakers approved a Republican plan this week to put a constitutional amendment before voters that seeks to give the minority party more say over how the program’s money is spent. One-fourth of that money — more than $1 billion so far and $500 million projected a year in the future — goes toward high-speed rail, a project that Republicans widely oppose.”
    • “This absolutely calls into question the viability of high-speed rail going forward,” said Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga (San Bernardino County), who voted to extend cap and trade in part because of the proposed constitutional amendment. “If the bullet train can’t prove its worth, (this amendment) provides a pathway to ending the funding for the boondoggle once and for all.”
      • If this isn’t a pie-in-the-sky day dream scenario, I don’t know what is.
      • For high speed rail to be defunded, a number of things would have to happen:
        • Voters would have to approve a constitutional amendment in June, which would provide for a one-time increase the voting threshold needed to decide where the cap and trade tax monies are spent…in 2024.
          • Until 2024, high speed rail would continue to receive funding (likely a lot of it).
          • By that time, would the legislature actually vote to defund it? After years of construction? Maybe, maybe not.
          • However, the potential for state funding to be cut off might be enough of a deterrent to keep outside funding from materializing.
  • http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-jerry-brown-climate-change-law-20170725-story.html
    • Jerry Brown signed the Cap and Trade bill into law.
      • He is so proud of himself. They all are.
      • Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was there to support him and to talk trash on Republicans across the country.
        • Does Schwarzenegger still consider himself a Republican?
    • “The program, the only one of its kind in the country and an international model in the fight against global warming, is designed to provide a financial incentive for companies to pollute less. It requires oil refineries, power plants, food processors and other facilities to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.”
      • Do they really think these companies won’t pass on these costs to consumers?
    • “Cap and trade was slated to expire in 2020, but the new law extends it until 2030, turning the five-year-old program into a more permanent fixture of California’s environmental agenda. The state will also continue generating billions of dollars by selling emission permits, providing a source of funding for building the bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles, another priority for the governor.”
      • The balls on this guy.

California Story – Affordable Housing

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/07/21/california-lawmakers-looking-for-ways-to-close-affordable-housing-gap/

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article163042068.html

  • There are a number of potential solutions for the housing crisis being bandied about in Sacramento.
    • SB2 would levying a new fee of $75 – $225 on real estate transactions.
    • SB3 would put a $3 billion general obligation bond to voters.
    • SB35 would streamline the approval process for new construction.
    • AB71 would eliminate the mortgage deduction for second (and third, fourth, etc.) homes.
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 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.

22 May

Episode 5 – Revenge of the Freeloaders

Freeloaders

In episode 5 the freeloaders strike back — at our legislators and at Jerry Brown specifically. He recently called anyone opposed to the the new gas tax and vehicle license fee increase a freeloader. We take issue with that. As one of the heaviest taxed states in the union, we pay more than our fair share. We just want some accountability from Sacramento.

We also highlight the ridiculousness of the California Democratic Party flipping off President Trump while democratic luminaries stood by and laughed. He also told single payer/universal health care protester to “Shut the f___ up and go outside.” California’s legislative leaders continue to antagonize the president and his administration and are likely going to cost the OC Sheriff’s Department tens of millions of dollars.

Also, is the recall really a waste of money? Can the state really say that when cities like Anaheim spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight parental choice in schools? But it’s ok. California is looking for new sources of revenue. Like taxing industries that haven’t even been established yet.

It’s all par for the course in California. Hopefully, we can change that.

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22 May

Fiscally Fed-up or Just a Freeloader?

““The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said”

That’s California’s Governor Jerry Brown insulting taxpayers who are fed up with the tax-and-spend-and-tax-some-more policies of Sacramento.

Hyperbole and demagoguery at it’s finest. Not to mention an insult to working Californians who want even a modicum of fiscal sanity for the taxes that are picked from our pockets year after year.

Over $6Billion is sent to the state via the current excise taxes on every gallon of gas sold in California. Then there’s the diesel taxes, weight fees, vehicle registration fees, carbon taxes, cap and trade taxes, regulations that artificially inflate the prices of our gas via our “special blend” and on and on and on ad infinitum. Then we have sales taxes and property taxes and fees out the wazoo for half of what we want to do in our day to day lives. Then we have the things that cost us time like licensing and permitting and regulatory red tape for things that typically aren’t even enforced once you get through the red tape.

Yet we’re freeloaders. The taxpayers.

Jerry Brown has refused to address how the already collected money is currently spent. He has refused to justify why we truly need more. He won’t address disparities in how California contracts services or rates we pa. He has refused to stem the tide of the Pension Tsunami ready to engulf our once great state. He has refused to do just about anything of substance to justify his newest taxes so of course he resorts to grandstanding and political theater.

If anybody in California could be labeled as a freeloader it’s the governor who used state time to survey his private property. It’s the governor who refuses to shut down the vanity project known as High Speed Rail. It’s the governor who cannot and will not explain why spiked pensions are more important than anything else in government.

Freeloaders? If wanting accountability from an overzealous and corrupt government makes me a freeloaders so be it. Sign me up.