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Jay: Republicans somehow have to offer themselves as alternatives to the absurdly poor and corrupt government which is what the Democrats offer when they get entrenched in power.
Nationally when one party does a terrible job it gets voted out - the voters give the other party a chance. But things are changing: Democrats are terrible wherever they govern - there are no examples of good Democratic governance. The Democratic model of governing is deeply flawed, although for Democrats it works perfectly. Democrats destroy whatever they touch - purposely so, since failure, at least "failure" as the accepted definition of the word, leads to more votes not less.
In short, Democrats have learned that poverty, lack of education, single parents families, and most of all corrupt government leads to Democratic politicians getting not simply a majority of the votes, but ALL the votes, since these conditions drive out those who disagree with Democratic governance policies. This lesson has been taken to heart in California where you see the results of Democratic governing. To us it isn't pretty. To Democrats it is paradise.
When voters choose corrupt politics and politicians, it should be an opening for Republicans. But, Democrats have used devices such as political correctness, under which to even mention how bad conditions are is considered racist, as a way to silence critics of the Democratic leadership, especially in the black community. As a consequence, there are no alternatives, the same corrupt government gets re-elected year in and year out. In Newark, New Jersey, for example, even prison for the former mayor doesn't mean that his faction isn't going to be re-elected next year.
A big part of this is the Democratic lock on the media, which allows Democrats to day in and day out set the agenda not only on a national level but on a local level as well. On a national level just think how different the conversation would be if we had a Republican president. The articluated concerns of the country would be completely different. The Democrats still retain enormous power over the media - in fact despite talk radio, Fox, and the internet very little has changed. It is still Democratic media that sets the rules, sets what we talk about, and how we talk about it.
The Democrats call the shots and Republicans always play by the rules that Democratic media sets. Republicans, and Republican/conservative media (even this site) somehow have to stop reflexively talking about whatever Democratic media sets out there, whether it is gun control, immigration etc.
And Republicans have to learn that Democratic media has only one goal - to make Republicans look bad and Democrats look good. It would be helpful if Republican candidates simply avoided Democratic media - the publicity is not worth the shellacking that these candidates get.
In other words, somehow Republicans have to stop being so damn stupid all the time. There are opportunities out there - people don't want corrupt, inefficient government where the object is ONLY to fleece the working man and woman, destroy their families, criminalize their communites, flood it with immigrants and destroy their childrens will to be educated. yet that is what Democrats do, day in and day out, and they never get called on it, no one is ever honest about what's happening even as it goes on right in front of them. I have written some pretty harsh things about Democrats, invited someone/anyone to respond, but by addressing the issue not by pointing the finger at something else which is standard Democratic counter attack.
Because someone has to say what we all know about Democrats - what they are and especially what they have been doing to minority communities. We all think it is none of our business because we have been conditioned to think that way - and those who do speak up are immediately labelled as racists. It's why Democrats want everyone divided - they figure that those outside of a community can't talk about other communities, since they don't share the "experience" of being in that community. But we all have eyes and ears, and we can all see and hear what Democrats are doing to those under their control. Corruption gets rewarded with votes - those who don't like it leave, are replaced by more compliant immigrants, and then you have California - a blue state on its way to the third world.
The corruption outlined in this article are the future of California, and the future everywhere else too. Because sooner or later there won't be any place left to go where these people are not in control. It's a hard lesson, but Republican leaders have to start being mroe honest about what;s going on.
Need I say more - there isn't anyone reading this who doesn't know what;s going on. But, our leaders have become conditioned by Democratic media to stay silent even as their fellow Americans are year in and year out robbed, raped, stripped of their dignity, their children grow up in drug and crime infested communities. Someone has to talk about it.
California offers Democrats the chance to put their policies in place on a state wide level. The local corruption highlighted here will becmoe all too common....
"Hernandez is not alone in his blithe disregard for what most Americans would consider normal ethics." Hayek titled one of the chapters of The Road To Serfdom "Why the Worst Get on Top" because he identified the absence of "normal ethics" as a prerequisite, not a consequence, of political power. Of course, Jerry Brown, Steinberg, Lieu, Perez, Garcetti, etc. don't have the excuse of stupidity or illiteracy, they only prove that sanctimony and technocratic hubris lead to the same results.
I recently read that an administrator in Alameda county is earning 500,000 dollars a year for the rest of her life. But if the voters in Ca could do it all over again they would have re elected the same officials. look at Maxine Waters, Feinstein, Boxer Pelosi, Jerry Brown (ask jerry how that Indonesian Oil stock is doing). I actually read the story of the 500,000 dollar a year administrator in the SF chronicle the most liberal paper and 400 readers that commented on the article had a negative view of the public sector unions but of course the voters blamed the republicans.
This is old news . The issue which will soon come to the fore is how to isolate , quarantine , the rest of the republic from these frauds . To wit , the Calys the NJs and Ill will soon reach the end of their death spiral and will try to offload the costs of their excesses on the rest of the union . The responsible R's need to get in front of this issue and ,before the crisis melodrama hits the media , simply and firmly state these problems need to be solved by the same people that created them , the state and local pols of these one party Democrat polities . Let these states shutter their schools ,repudiate their pensions and raise their taxes till the pips squeak ,but keep the problem wholly within their own boundaries
“mediocrity, ignorance and incompetence are sufficient qualities for holding office in Southern California” – seems those same adjectives would equally apply to the good citizens of Bell when it comes to voting candidates into local office. And Southern California has no exclusive monopoly on muncipal corruption. Detroit’s former mayor was recently jailed for rampant corruption, its city council members are regularly investigated for taking bribes and former Detroit mayor Coleman Young’s regime had a high ranking, highly paid official who could neither read nor write. A quarter of Bell’s population earns below the official poverty line which would explain the stupidity, although our normal cultural practice of excusing the voters from blame due to low income is an unstated explanation we are far too comfortable in casually swallowing.
Stanley Friedman, Esq. asserts the math impaired defense that the mayor didn’t realize he was being overpaid. Everyone, including Friedman, realizes this is a lie but the “he deserves the best possible legal defense” fiction conveniently excuses manipulating facts to cast this defendant in the most favorable light. And also qualifies as an acceptable falsehood under our judicial system’s concept of legal ethics – a contradiction in terms if ever there was one.
So, the citizens are incapable of responsible self-government, the politicians are universally corrupt and the lawyers subscribe to professional ethics a Tijuana pimp would embrace. From childhood, we’re taught that America has the best possible form of government. But all to frequent stories of this nature make one wonder what the second best form of government would be like.
How can anyone be surprised at any of this? It is Democratic corruption, for once more out in the open. But, it's busines as usual for the party, the most corrupt institution on the planet.
In other words, these people symbolize the institution, which is built on corruption. That they were voted in time and again should not be a surprise either.
Corruption and pandering to special interests flourishes when voters don't pay attention.
Yet surely one of the reasons why voters don't pay attention is because so many political districts- everywhere, but especially in suburbs- are so Balkanized?
School district boundaries don't line up with town or city boundaries, and these don't match state legislature districts while U.S. congressional districts are again totally different. And then there are TIFs and community college districts (with taxing authority, of course) and regional transportation districts and on and on.
It often takes significant effort just to figure out all the parts of government that one is subject to, and many citizens are just not going to make that effort.
And then everyone wonders why local governments become self-serving ...
What??? Illiterate??? What the hell is going on in this country??? He votes??? He signs and gets legislation passed??? He got elected by whom??? He should be taken out to the courtyard with a cigarette between his lips and shot. And then the idiots who voted for him. Have a good day.
"ny California taxpayer who makes more than minimum wage ought to running away from this State as fast as they can."
If I could, I would!!
California is a mess, but somehow Californians will always find the proverbial republican to blame for all of this.
Friedman told jurors. “There are a lot of elected officials who may not be the most scholarly. We had a vice president of the United States who didn’t know how to spell potato.”
In those days, a simple spelling error was enough to end a man's political career. Today ignorance is a sign of depth and profundity, as POTUS reminds us with his 57 state campaign tours, accompanied, I'm sure, by Marine corpsemen.
Probably this is not a Californian issue, or a US issue. How could most of the Western world end up so over regulated and in debt if we didn't have politicians lining their own pockets, unions, industry groups and so on just rigging the market in their special interests favour.
Give it five years at the rate of increasing debt accumulation and something will crack. Ordinary people who worked seemed taxed to the hilt, savings raided to buy for those that over borrowed. This is what worries me.
And yet we love to dictate to the rest of the world the finer points of how to run a democracy.
From the article: "Last week’s convictions ... suggest that mediocrity, ignorance, and incompetence are sufficient qualities for holding office in Southern California."
As a long-time resident of New Jersey, I can assure you that here in the Garden State, such qualities are a requirement for holding office.
One of the prior mayors of my own town, the 4th largest in the state, was arrested in a local diner after demanding bribes from an undercover informant who was wearing a wire provided by the FBI. Our township's CFO was arrested last summer for writing township checks totaling over $80,000 to the IRS to cover taxes owed by one of his own businesses. Our zoning commissioner did the perp walk out of town hall three years ago, caught running a major H1-B visa fraud ring, creating fake companies in Iowa, of all places, and demanding kickbacks in the thousands of dollars from Indian immigrants who were able to secure these visas to come to the United States to work for these non-existent companies in Iowa.
No one is going to surpass New Jersey when it comes to the corruption and ignorance of our public officials. We here in New Jersey are proud of that fact.
One of our proudest moments was when HBO and David Chase set the blockbuster series, "The Sopranos", right here in New Jersey. We knew that it wasn't because of our beautiful scenery (which there is a lot of, by the way, although very little of it was seen in the series).
And you should always remember, that the expression for someone who ended up on the wrong side of a mobster's gun, "he sleeps with the fishes", was preceded decades before by the expression, "he sleeps in Jersey".
Mayor Oscar was smart enough to know that $100000 a year amounts to more than $673 a month. To know that $8000+ a month was more than $8076 a year. Children of 8 can answer questions along those lines, and the mayor cannot plausibly insist that his IQ is below 50. Happily, the court didn't buy the argument, proving that the jurors and the judge also deployed intellects at least somewhere in the vicinity of normal.
We have a Vice President who doesn't know how many letters there are in the word jobs!
Mr. Cavanaugh's description of politics in SoCal could unfortunately be directed to any number of California's municipalities, assessment districts, state commissions, state agencies and other government structures that are routinely mismanaged. Government in this State seems no longer to be for the people but for special interests, professional politicians, party cronys, and government employee unions. Any California taxpayer who makes more than minimum wage ought to running away from this State as fast as they can.