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Congressman John Campbell

Does Income Inequality Exist?

Last year, President Obama started raising the issue of “income inequality” as a new problem in America. He then proposed to fix this problem using the same “solutions” that he and other Democrats have been pushing for 40 years: Raise the minimum wage and increase unemployment insurance payments. He also used it to further advocate for wealth redistribution via the tax code.

Republicans generally responded that the issue was made up or trumped up by Obama and that this problem either doesn’t exist or is not as big a deal as he suggests. A few Republicans acknowledged the issue and proposed we fix it with tax cuts, which of course was the remedy said Republicans have been pushing for 40 years.

In my opinion, both sides are wrong. Obama is clearly using “income inequality” as a new reason to advocate for the same things he wanted long before “income inequality” ever entered the vernacular. In the same way, Republicans using it to advocate for our standard policy choices is equally inappropriate. So, what do I think we should or should not be doing… Read More

Jon Fleischman

Literacy for Students Whose First Langauge Is Not English Under Assault by CA Legislators

In 1998 I was proud to be part of a small but committed team who saw that bilingual education wasn’t working as a means to teach young children English, and thus keeping them from living the American dream – Proposition 227, the English for the Children campaign ushered out bilingual education in exchange for English immersion.

I remember many, many days and hours spent in our storefront office in the garment district — working with Sheri Annis, our our go-to guy Ben, and all of our great volunteers — almost exclusively Spanish speaking parents frustrated that their kids were not learning English in school. A lot of help came from Sister Alice Callaghan and the folks from her shelter on Skid Row — Las Familias Del Pueblo.

Our campaign Chairman (and funder) for the effort was Ron Unz whose passion for seeing these children actually learn was amazing — Ron devoted years of his life to this cause. Our campaign Co-Chair was Gloria Matta Tuchman, a teacher who successfully had used immersion to… Read More

Gloria Matta Tuchman

S.O.S. Save Our Students! – Save English for the Children, Prop. 227

[Publisher's Note: Gloria Matta Tuchman was the Co-author of Prop. 227, English for the Children, and narrowly lost the 1998 race for Superintendent to Public Instruction. I was the campaign coordinator for Prop. 227, and really got to know Gloria during that successful campaign, that was all about helping kids achieve fluency in English so that they could live the American dream - Flash]

Why did the California Republican and Democrat Senate Education Committee vote to place a measure on the Nov. 2016 ballot repealing Prop. 227 and restoring the failed “bilingual education” program in this state? Prop. 227 passed overwhelmingly by the vote of the people of California by 61% in 1998 and now our Legislators say that our vote does not count.

What is “bilingual education?” It is a program that utilizes the student’s primary language for initial skills… Read More

Richard Rider

The little-noticed CRUSHING rejection of Coronado’s school bond measure — how and why

There was one taxpayer victory in the June, 2014 primary that I SHOULD have reported, but didn’t. A tiny, unfunded but determined pro-taxpayer group in Coronado CRUSHED a Ponzi-scheme school bond measure. It’s perhaps a textbook example of how to defeat the Establishment and the special interests that back such measures. Representing San Diego Tax Fighters, I provided some expertise (at the request of the bond opponents), but the truth is that the locals made it happen — not me. Note particularly the quality opposition website — one that added to the professionalism of the rag-tag band of opponents. http://kisstheschoolbondgoodbye.com/2014/06/thank-coronado-voters-solidly-defeating-prop-e/

It was a short term school bond proposition for the small, affluent city of Coronado. It was largely intended to provide supplemental OPERATING funds for the district for 3 years, with a 5 year payback on the bonds — the theory being that, in those 3 years, additional funding would magically appear from the state of… Read More

Katy Grimes

Statists turn to drought for control in California

Sinclair Lewis wrote “It Can’t Happen Here” in 1935, a fictional story about a populist state Senator who is elected President on

campaign promises of economic and social reforms, and a return to patriotism and traditional values. After winning the presidency by appealing to the interests of ordinary Americans, the new President instead takes over the government, imposes totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force. The new President’s government abolishes women’s and minority rights, and eliminates states’ rights by subdividing the country into federal administrative sectors. The new government imposes statist control of all aspects of the life and productive capacity of the nation through censorship and terrorism.

All the while, citizens reassure themselves that fascism cannot “happen here.”

If this feels vaguely familiar, it should – especially… Read More

Conservatives and Libertarians: Lincoln Labs Hopes to Lead on Technology and Innovation

In the wake of Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, my partners and I sat down and took a long, hard look at what the Republican party and liberty causes did right and wrong during the election. As technologists, our focus was on where we fell short on the digital pieces of a modern campaign. Unfortunately, after only brief analysis we found we were behind the progressive movement at every level.

Rather than sitting around and complaining, we began Lincoln Labs – a conservative and libertarian technology organizing arm for campaigns and political efforts on the right side of the aisle. As most Americans, and certainly many conservatives know, if we wait for the establishment or those inside the Beltway to come up with new ideas, we’ll have gray hair and still nothing to show for our patience.

Our frustration manifested itself in creating a group that hosts events across the country on a regular basis – bringing together young, ‘conservatarian’ hackers and others to create new, innovative technology. We’ve been impressed with the level of talent we’ve observed and decided to take Lincoln Labs to the next level by hosting our first annual conference later… Read More

Jon Coupal

ACA 6: NEW ATTACK ON PEOPLE’S POWER

We certainly understand the hostility that professional politicians exhibit against citizens using the tools of direct democracy. The People’s right of initiative, referendum and recall are effective tools to control an indolent or corrupt legislature.

The powers of direct democracy are enshrined in the California Constitution for reasons that are just as compelling in 2014 as they were in 1911 when Governor Hiram Johnson, seeking to suppress the absolute control the railroads had over the state Capitol, pushed to give ordinary citizens a “legislative battering ram” – using the language of the Supreme Court – to address issues that, for whatever reason, the legislature refuses to address.

Politicians hate the initiative process. From their perspective, it allows the great… Read More

Mark Bucher

Secret Sheriff Union Negotiations Endanger Orange County’s Financial Future

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has tentatively approved a transparency ordinance, known as COIN (for Civic Openness In Negotiations) that would require negotiations with government employee unions to be open to the public. Boy, do they need it.

The current negotiations between the sheriffs’ union and the Orange County Board of Supervisors are a perfect example of why COIN is needed. On Friday, after two years of secret negotiations with the Sheriffs’ union, the proposed terms of the contract being offered by the union were revealed to the public for the first time. And now the Board proposes to take a final vote this Tuesday!

That’s right, fellow taxpayers. We get one business day to review the complex business deal that will bind our County for years to come, and then our elected officials will vote.

This not nearly enough time for the taxpayers, who are going to be on the hook for these salaries and pensions, to understand the costs of what is being offered or fully weigh in. Which is, of course, the point of keeping the details secret until the last minute. Secret negotiations, followed by sudden and final votes, is how business has always… Read More

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