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Katy Grimes

Statist CA Needs Leaders, Not Legacy-Seekers

Are you better off today than you were two, four or six years ago when progressive Democrats took over and expanded more of government?  Of course not: As government grows, liberty decreases.

It was Thomas Jefferson who warned, “The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”

But elections are changing. Voters are changing. America is changing. California has been leading much of that change, and not in a good way. This election is a potential realignment election – every vote will make a difference.

Identity Politics

As with past elections, this election cycle the Democratic Party asked its voters to vote identity politics. Students, women, blacks, Hispanics, gays, illegal immigrants, retired pensioners, union members, pro-choice, entitlement reliant, and green energy supporters will vote overwhelmingly because of their identity issues.

The Republican Party asks its voters to vote because they are American citizens who purportedly support limited government and personal responsibility.

Limited Government?

Since the Great Depression, politicians have chipped away at limited government, and personal responsibility. Have we finally reached the point where the 47 percent who receive some type of government entitlement or benefit voted to maintain these?

The federal government is printing money every day. At some point, everyone will stop buying America’s debt. California is nearly there.

Yet Democrats, liberal politicians, and unelected Statist bureaucrats impose more government controls, more taxation, more collectivism, every day, aware that at some point, it will blow up, while they look toward their next public office.

Sacramento voters are faced with Measure L, which would concentrate power in a single politician — the Mayor — and dramatically reduces the other council members’ powers. Measure L proposes the mayor as chief executive, responsible for the budget proposal, who chooses a city manager, and no longer will have a voting position on the city council

Sacramento should not emulate Chicago’s or Oakland’s form of failed government with a Mayor with dictatorial powers.

Statist CA Needs Leaders, Not Legacy-Seekers

Gov. Jerry Brown, just like President Barack Obama, has appointed some of the most Statist, extreme agency directors, and for boards and commissions.

Brown is desperately looking for a legacy. California is looking for a reasonable leader… and fewer taxes and regulations.

However, today, voters in the Golden State will be faced with 140 tax increases, from sales taxes to levies on soda and marijuana, reports It’s government pension surges driving these tax increases.

We were warned: “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” – Thomas Jefferson

Democrats haven’t done much to help the ailing economy. Jobs are not coming back. New businesses are not forming in California.

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.” — Ronald Reagan

This reason alone is why Californians should vote for large-scale change. John Locke, a 17th century English philosopher and physician, said the only legitimate governments are those that have the consent of the people. Therefore, any government that rules without the consent of the people can, in theory, be overthrown.

Locke said that if, either through an abuse of power or an impermissible change, these governing bodies cease to represent the people and instead represent either themselves or some foreign power, the people may–and indeed should–rebel against their government and replace it with one that will remember its trust.

The Constitution, the supreme law of the United States, is under assault. First Amendment speech rights are being challenged by Congress.

Freedom is the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint, political or national independence, and personal liberty. In that regard, Americans must be free to create opportunities to earn an income. This is done under free markets.

A truly free market is a market in which there is no economic intervention and regulation by the state, except to enforce private contracts and the ownership of property.

Yet Democrats, liberal politicians, and unelected Statist bureaucrats impose more government controls, more taxation, more collectivism, every day.

We need a top-down change in California, particularly if you are tired of working for the government.

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