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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Gay Marriage Survives, Initiative Process Does Not!
The United States Supreme Court nullified the vote and voice of the people of this State and our State Supreme Court in its ruling on Prop. 8, the Constitutional Amendment that reserved marriage as an institution reserved for one man and one woman.  Gay marriage supporters are celebrating a victory but if you study the decision of the court, you will realize this is not a victory worth celebrating.  Why?  Because what the court did was completely eviscerate the power of the people to control their own government. 
 
In essence, this Supreme Court case wasn’t about gay marriage!  It was about the ability of the people to defend a constitutional amendment.  It all started when Prop. 8 was challenged in court and Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown at the time refused to defend the will of the voters.  In essence, the court has now given veto power over the will of the people in the initiative process.  Here is what the dissenting judges of the Supreme Court had to say about this:
 
The Court’s reasoning does not take into account the fundamental principles or the practical dynamics of the initiative system in California, which uses this mechanism to control and to bypass public officials- the same officials who would not defend the initiative, an injury the Court now leaves unremedied.
 
The right to adopt initiatives has been described by the California courts as one of the most precious rights of the State’s democratic process . That historic role for the initiative system grew out of dissatisfaction with the then governing public officials and a widespread belief that the people had lost control of the political process. The initiative’s primary purpose then, was to afford the people the ability to propose and to adopt constitutional amendments or statutory provisions that their elected public officials had refused or declined to adopt.  The California Supreme Court has determined that this purpose is undermined if the very officials the initiative process seeks to circumvent are the only parties who can defend an enacted initiative when it is challenged in a legal proceeding.
 
In the end, what the Court fails to grasp or accept is the basic premise of the initiative process. And it is this.  The essence of democracy is that the right to make law rests in the people and flows to the government, not the other way around.  Freedom resides first in the people without need of a grant from government.  The California initiative process embodies these principles and has done so for over  century.  Through the structure of its government, and the character of those who exercise government authority, a State defines itself as sovereign.  In California and the 26 other States that permit initiatives and popular referendums, the people have exercised their own inherent sovereign right to govern themselves.  The Court today frustrates that choice by nullifying, for failure to comply with the Restatement of Agency, a State Supreme Court decision holding that state law authorizes an enacted initiative’s proponents to defend the law if and when the State’s usual legal advocates decline to do so. The Court’s opinion fails to abide by precedent and misapplies basic principles of justiciability. Those errors necessitate this respectful dissent.
 
Andy Caldwell
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Lessons Learned in Benghazi and Boston
America is in the throes of a tumultuous battle with a group of religious and political zealots who have declared war on Western Civilization.  We refer to this battle as the War on Terror.  It would be more apt to describe it as a war against us, our sacred institutions and our beliefs.  America would like to put this war in the past, and live under the illusion that the war is over, but Boston is a grim reminder of the truth of our situation. 
 
In the aftermath of Sandyhook, America’s focus turned to controlling guns ostensibly to curb violence.  This despite the fact that a city like Chicago, which has very strict gun laws, also has the highest murder rate in America.  In Boston, innocent civilians were the targets of terrorists whose aim it was to create death, destruction, carnage and mayhem.  This tragic event will hopefully remind Americans that limiting gun ownership among law abiding citizens is a distraction from the greater threats presented to us in this era. 
 
Our enemy is not your law-abiding neighbor who wants to own firearms.  We are all painfully aware that evil people have used fertilizer, gasoline, cars, planes, bombs, and now pressure-cookers to take life.   Regardless of the weapon, the true source of violence is in the heart, mind and soul of man.  Those who hate somebody or something enough to kill and maim should be the targets of our collective wrath.
 
The gun control debate is not the only debate that should temporarily be put on hold.  The other hot topic in Washington before the attacks was immigration reform.  I agree we need to improve our immigration system, however, the Boston terror attack raises serious issues as the suspects immigrated to this country.  It was reported that the older brother had been previously investigated by the FBI, but they obviously missed something important in the course of their inquiry. 
 
We used to be a melting pot of people who assimilated together to form a great union.  Today, however, cultural diversity and political correctness being what they are, allows people to come to this country and live in the shadows, failing to integrate, assimilate and coalesce.  That can be problematic, especially in view of the fact that law enforcement professionals believe there are numerous sleeper cells lying in wait in the shadows across America.  Terrorists are not our only immigrant problem, one of the most violent gangs in America, MS13, was created by immigrants from El Salvador.  Drug cartel violence from Mexico is also spreading across the border.
 
America could learn something from Israel who has suffered numerous attacks upon their civilian population by terrorists.  Perhaps, we can finally relate to the fears so many people around the world live with each and every day.
 
I believe part of our problem in this country is that we have forgotten how to hate evil and how to react in a decisive manner when we are threatened individually or as a country.  What happened in Benghazi still matters.  Fort Hood was not workplace violence.  And, threats are still emanating against us and our allies from psychopaths in Iran and North Korea.  Let’s focus on these matters!
 
Our endowed rights and obligations were once rooted in the belief that government is not the source of the same, which implied a convergent world view of Divine justice and American justice.   Identifying and hating evil was formerly a root of our goodness. As a nation we no longer understand what this really means and requires of us.  Violence abounds as a result.  The world we live in has changed, because we have changed.
 
Andy Caldwell is the executive director of COLAB and the host of the Andy Caldwell Radio show daily from 3-5 p.m. on AM1440 and AM1290.
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Monday, March 25, 2013
The Fat Police
Up Against the Wall Fatso! 
 
Drop the Twinkie and You Won’t Get Hurt!
 
Mayor Bloomberg of New York City is making national headlines as he continues his rampage on unhealthy habits in the Big Apple, including big gulps, smoking, and salt intake!  Back here in California, similar efforts by our own State legislature to curb unsafe behavior barely merit mention in the media at all!
 
Where do you draw the line between government oversight of personal habits and an individual’s personal freedom and choice as it pertains to their private lives?  Whether we are discussing mandatory helmet laws for motorcycles and bicycles, or the size of a cup of soda, or the right to smoke in your own home and car- who gets to decide what is legal?
 
The State claims that the cost to society from unhealthy living choices gives the government the right to intervene and dictate behavior under the Health and Safety code.  Once Obamacare kicks in, this imperative to meddle will only get worse as the government will have the added authority to deny care and treatment if you blow them off with respect to how you should live your life.
 
A State legislator recently introduced a bill that would prohibit smoking in private homes and apartments if the second hand smoke could possibly drift next door!  Another legislator wanted to ban sales of Gatorade in school cafeterias.  Of course, Michelle Obama tried to dictate what could be served in school lunches across the land, including calorie intake and portion controls, as if one size and diet is suitable for all students.
 
I find it amazing that the same liberals who want to legalize drugs, want to make less harmful foods and activities illegal!  They claim the war on drugs has been a dismal failure yet they think they can declare war on sugary drinks and junk food by making them illegal in schools?  Now, they want to make smoking illegal in your own home?   It is already illegal to smoke in your own car if a minor is present!  Do we really have the police power to enforce these laws?
 
As I covered this topic on the radio show and the Andy Caldwell Show facebook page, one person commented that if we made cigarettes completely illegal, would we have bales of tobacco being offloaded from panga boats onto our shores?
 
The point here is that our society is failing miserably to control behavior and substances that are truly a menace to society.  Just consider for a moment the abuse of meth here on the Central Coast.  People are dead because of this drug.  Yet, we are going to waste the precious time of law enforcement personnel and our justice system pursuing activities like smoking in a private home?
 
I do believe cigarettes are bad for your health and I do believe second hand smoke can be a problem.  I also know that riding motorcycles and bicycles can result in accidents involving head trauma.  I understand that high salt intake and too much sugar can pose health problems too.  But, the question remains, does government have a compelling interest to legislate and regulate behavior, in essence, making these activities a crime, when the potential for impacts to others is highly questionable?
 
Why not just come right out and make it a crime to be fat and/or smoke?  Will we let government dictate what food can be legally sold in our restaurants and grocery stores?  Should government control and ration sugar and salt as it does pharmaceuticals?  How long before it simply bans all deep-fried foods? 
 
When you let government assume responsibility for your life, you are in essence giving it control and losing your freedom in the process.  Who says government can do a better job of managing your diet and life than you can?   The answer to that question should tell you something about yourself!
 
Andy Caldwell is the Executive Director of COLAB and the host of the Andy Caldwell Radio Show weekdays from 3-5 p.m. on AM 1290 News Press Radio and AM1440 KUHL.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Taking Back America’s Moral High Ground
A lot of people avoid speaking out on a number of subjects due to the fact they are controversial in nature, but some controversies present problems too important to ignore. 
 
Few could argue the very basis of our free market capitalist system is being challenged on moral grounds, i.e., that the profit motive is evil and selfish, and that the redistribution of wealth is the right thing for government to impose upon society.  Additionally, the concept of private property rights and the ability to make use of natural resources, including growing food, can now be considered as damaging to the environment!
 
Whereas, many business people don’t feel comfortable debating issues of morality, there is another group of people who could be in the forefront of these debates.  For lack of a better term, I will simply refer to them as the faith community.  Unfortunately, many in this community don’t want to get involved in politics!  So, the business and faith communities forego the debate and the public is led in a vacuum of rational and historical discourse with serious consequences.
 
Historians are clear on one point about the demise of democratic forms of government and that occurs when a majority of citizens realize they have the power to take things away from the minority.  Inevitably, the economy collapses and society implodes.  We are supposed to be protected from this phenomenon as a result of living in a constitutional republic where the law protects the rights of every single person, versus a democracy where the majority rules.  Unfortunately, our courts and politicians have eroded the distinction between these two forms of government.
 
We are at a cross road in American history where a majority of Americans will soon be receiving their succor and support through the government.  These citizens don’t seem to care that our government has nothing to give to them but what it has taken away from some other citizen in the form of taxation, regulation or outright confiscation.
 
A recent example of this phenomenon is the debate about reforming the California Environmental Quality Act.  The local Sierra Club director claims CEQA protects democracy.  He can only make that claim if you define democracy as the ability to take away a person’s rights and opportunities without compensating them for their loss.   CEQA is a bureaucratic morass that has given birth to a cottage industry of lawyers and activists intent on defrauding people of their rights.  
 
Our founding fathers changed the course of history when they settled on a principle of government that challenged the norms of political discourse forever.  Our founding fathers stated in no uncertain terms their belief that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including, but certainly not limited to, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Other rights of men enumerated included the right to free speech, religion, self-protection via the right to bear arms, the right to assemble, and freedom of the press.  Additionally, private property was protected, including the ability to be secure in your home and that your property could not be appropriated without just compensation.  Further, the founding fathers indicated that the only real, genuine purpose of government was to secure and protect these rights and whenever a government fell short, well, it would be time for another revolution!
 
If America is to survive, statesmen need to arise and defend our freedom and our rights and take the moral high ground in the process!  It behooves us all to ensure that such statesmen arise.
 
Andy Caldwell is the Executive Director of COLAB and the host of the Andy Caldwell Show, weekdays from 3-5 p.m. on KUHL AM1440 and News Press Radio AM1290.
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Friday, February 22, 2013
Flies and Fungus vs Jobs and Prosperity
We need to support Governor Brown in his efforts to reform CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act.  CEQA requires that all projects be analyzed to determine if the potential exists for the project to have a significant impact upon the environment.  The devil is in the details!  Just what constitutes a significant impact and what resources are worthy of the protection of CEQA?
 
CEQA was created to ensure that anything defined as a project identify potential impacts to the environment and mitigate the same.  Unfortunately, lawyers and NIMBYs have helped morph CEQA into a bulwark against progress of any kind and projects of all types.
 
CEQA is a deal killer when its provisions are triggered by people who use the tactic of delay to slay a project.  CEQA has become a literal blank check of obfuscation due to the vagaries of its requirements and the insatiable demands and challenges generated under its cover.
 
Things we considered as impacts to environmental resources at one time meant something substantial and truly significant.   CEQA could and should represent the opportunity to ask whether there is a better way to do projects with less harm to the environment, the community and our quality of life, but it has become distorted.
 
Tracing this line of the evolution of CEQA constitutes a trail of tears, financial ruin and economic havoc in the State of California.  There are too many communities and jurisdictions in our State who specialize in exploiting the vagaries of CEQA to prevent growth and development.  Moreover, there are a cadre of activists and attorneys who make their living using CEQA to kill projects.  We don’t need to do away with the law, but we do need CEQA reform, and we need it now!
 
To accomplish reform, we need to eliminate attorney’s fees in CEQA lawsuits, as legal challenges have become a cottage industry.  Relatedly, we also need to set a limit as to what constitutes a resource and what constitutes a significant impact to a resource.  Currently, there is no limit on what can be construed as a resource to be protected, nor is there any limit as to what can be considered an impact to the same.  Any “impact” to any “resource”, no matter how trivial, can be deemed significant. 
           
For example, some years ago, the tag team of CEQA and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) stalled a hospital project out of concern for eight flies!  We now actually have a fly preserve as a result!  CEQA doesn’t always need the help of the ESA, it can kill common sense single handily!  How about the fungus growing on rocks in a field in Santa Barbara that warranted a lichen restoration program!   Flies and fungus!  These are resources worthy of stalling projects?
 
CEQA must be amended to balance its provisions with economic considerations.  Economic vitality and job creation must be considered and appropriately valued in the CEQA process and should be considered an overriding consideration in approving projects. 
 
Limitless appeals and studies on projects that have been thoroughly vetted must cease.  We need a quicker, expedited process of CEQA review.  The obfuscation afforded project opponents is used to bankrupt projects by years of associated delays and expensive studies.  Opponents should have to prove abuse of discretion to prevail. 
 
Governor Brown’s interest in CEQA reform indicates his realization that the evolution of this law has created insurmountable obstacles to economic investment and recovery in our state.  He is personally interested in reforming CEQA for the sake of the California High Speed Rail Project and to implement Smart Growth policies.  We might not agree on the projects we want to move forward, but we can all agree CEQA is no longer helping any of us realize our California dreams. 
 
How this lesson has been lost on some factions of organized labor, who are currently opposing CEQA reform is beyond me.  Labor should be interested in reform as the abuse of the law hinders investment in our economy and growth of our tax base, the ultimate source of  wages and benefits in both the public and private sector.  CEQA is a literal job killer.
 
We need less paralysis of analysis and more jobs and prosperity!  Delay and obfuscation accomplishes nothing for the environment or the economy.  For too long, CEQA has been exploited to rob people of their dreams, communities of their vitality, and California of its ability to plan its future with confidence.
 
Please contact the Governor’s Office and your State Representatives and urge them to adopt meaningful and comprehensive CEQA Reform.
 
Andy Caldwell is the Executive Director of the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business, COLAB, a guest editorialist for The Santa Barbara News Press, and the host of the Andy Caldwell Show weekdays from 3-5 pm on Santa Barbara News Press Radio AM1290 and KUHL AM1440 Santa Maria.   www.colabsbc.org
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Friday, February 8, 2013
Sad Valentine DAZE!
Young people today think they are part of a NEW revolution as they redefine the institution of marriage and even toy around with the definition of love.  But, they are sadly mistaken and in for a rude awakening, because there really is nothing new under the sun.
 
This might be a shock to you, but the 1960's radicals who challenged the norms of our society didn’t have any original thoughts.  Every concept they promoted, all the mores they challenged, and every institution they resisted, had been similarly opposed in other societies in generations and civilizations long gone.
 
The most important thing you need to understand is that all the previously great civilizations who also redefined marriage, opted for divorce in groves, chose to be childless- they did all these things as their civilization was in a state of decline!  They were not progressing or evolving.  They were disintegrating!  And, so is America.
 
There are three types of family structures that last and only three!  There is the tribal/clan structure.  The civilizations who use this structure are somewhat stable but they are always primordial.  That is, they never become great because the individual in the society is never allowed to pursue individual goals based upon individual talents.  The needs of the tribe subsume the vision and talents of the individual.
 
The strongest and most successful civilizations were built upon the foundation of the nuclear family.  One man and one woman sharing their distinct, combined talents to raise their children in a stable home with the freedom and support necessary to realize and fulfill dreams and potential.  The nuclear family has the support of extended family but is not defined or confined by the same.
 
The third type of family structure is not a family at all.  It is the individual living for him or herself.  The overwhelming success of the nuclear family type civilization ends up allowing succeeding generations to eschew the values, instincts, and traditions that made the civilization great in the first place! 
 
Previously, in the Greek and Roman empires, and in Europe and America today, the devolution of marriage is the indicator that we are in a state of decline because the nuclear family is the building block and foundation of a successful civil society.  The familial and societal indicators of decline across thousands of years are always the same.  Increased divorce rates, redefined marriage, and childless unions. 
 
It is not complicated really.  Societies comprised of families that don’t or can’t biologically produce kids cannot sustain their existence.  Birth rates really do matter.  Kids brought up in broken families tend to not value marriage because they have been a victim of a failed union and their lack of interest in the same discourages them from getting married and having children of their own.
 
Compare and contrast what we refer to as the Greatest Generation in America to young people today.  The Greatest Generation were the children of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War Two.  They knew how to tolerate hardship, live sacrificially and within their means, and they valued freedom, family and country above personal comfort, safety and convenience.
           
Today’s generation has not needed to know the meaning of sacrifice, commitment and perseverance.  Our society is so wealthy and so relatively secure, we have raised children whose primary characteristics are narcissism and hedonism.   The individual is all that matters.  But, individuals do not comprise or build great societies or sustain advancing civilizations, families do.
 
Andy Caldwell is the Executive Director of COLAB and the host of the Andy Caldwell Show weekdays from 3-5 p.m. on AM1440.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
What Happens When Rich People Leave California?
Long before Phil Mickelson wondered out loud if higher taxes will force him to leave the State of California, Tiger Woods did just that!  Moving to another desirable coastal state, in Tiger’s case, Florida, saved him millions of dollars per year, as he escaped  California’s ridiculously high income tax.  The fact that California has since raised the top tax rate again, this time to 13%, more top earners are leaving and they are taking their money and all it represents with them.
 
Mickelson’s example tells the story of somebody who was not only earning money in this state, but a man who wanted to reinvest his earnings here.  People who make a lot of money invest their excess earnings in a number of ways in order to diversify and protect their assets.  In the meantime, their investments morph into jobs for other people.  So, the people leaving the state because of high taxes will now be investing elsewhere for the same reason. 
 
We all spend money as consumers, buying cars, houses, and the like.  But now these people fleeing California will also consume elsewhere because most states do not have our high sales tax rates either!
 
California’s once solid gold reputation is now just a cracked gold patina revealing a rust to the core of our former world-class economy.  The industries who are still left here were started when taxes and regulations were more favorable.  They are now referred to as legacy industries.  The truth of the matter is there are no new industry clusters being created in California.  Once a start up is ready to grow, they locate the manufacturing headquarters out of state or in another country altogether. 
 
I personally know a half-dozen people here on the Central Coast who have already moved or are in the course of moving to avoid the government taking most all of their profit in the form of taxes.  One friend has already moved to Washington.  Another to Florida.  They will be able to save tens of thousands of dollars each year, and at the same time, move into a bigger house for less money than what they have here.  Higher quality of life at a lower cost, what is not to love?
 
The problem with tax and spend democrats, like the ones who now constitute a super-majority in Sacramento, is that they think they can make changes in the tax and regulatory codes and business will continue as usual.  But, people make changes in their lifestyle to adapt to changes in their environment all the time.  If it becomes too expensive to live here, well then, those that can will simply move elsewhere.
 
If you are one of the people whose class-envy has been stoked by President Obama and Governor Brown, well, what goes around comes around.  You were part of the majority who decided to stick it to the rich guy, but the rich guy has other options!  You will now not have as many job opportunities available for yourself, and the burdens of our high tax state and huge welfare class will now disproportionately fall on you! 
 
The very rich know a trick that is not available to you!  They can afford to maintain more than one residence.  They will claim their main domicile in a State with no income tax, and only visit their California abode for a limited time each year.  They avoid paying state income tax and now you will be paying their bill at the end of the year!  They did not get rich by being stupid and they won’t stay rich by being timid.
 
Andy Caldwell is the Executive Director of COLAB and the host of The Andy Caldwell Show weekdays from 3-5 pm on AM1440 and AM1290.
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Friday, January 11, 2013
Al Gore and Al Jazeera- America’s Loss is Their Gain!
Al Gore may now be richer than Mitt Romney, but, our nation is poorer as a result!
 
Whereas, Mitt made his money by investing in America and creating jobs in the process, Al has done just the opposite.  As a high priest of the global warming cult, he has lobbied to reduce the production levels of American industry.  He has helped spur the outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries.  And, he has helped to artificially squash our domestic supply of energy and the thousands of jobs that could be created through the production and use of this energy.  Al is no hero, but he is no doubt a shrewd business man.
 
Al Gore’s latest triumph is the sale of the Current TV network he helped create.  This left-leaning media company was so proud of its emphasis on the environment and sustainable lifestyles that it wouldn’t even sell any ads to the oil industry.   Be that as it may, Al and his partners had no compunction selling the entire station to oil magnates from Qatar!  Current TV is now Al Jazeera TV!  But, wait, the story gets worse!
 
Glenn Beck is a conservative author, television host and radio talk show host.  To say he leans right would be an understatement, but he is with no doubt a patriotic American.  Beck reports that his company actually made an inquiry to purchase Current TV, but was told that the owners wouldn’t sell to him because of his politics!
 
Please pause to consider what this means. 
 
Al Gore and company wouldn’t sell ads to an oil company but they are now $500 million richer because they sold the entire network to Middle East oil barons?  Al Gore would not sell to Glenn Beck because of his conservative, libertarian politics, but he would sell to the one mouthpiece that has done more to promote terrorist propaganda throughout the world than any other medium?
 
Speaking of propaganda, if you study the origins of the Global Warming religion, you will discover that it has nothing to do with the environment, but everything to do with redistributing wealth from America and Europe to Third World countries.  We can now surmise some of this redistributed wealth was also directed to Al Gore's personal bank account!
 
The greenhouse gas theory was manufactured by a think tank called the Club of Rome.  I was assigned one of their reports as required reading in a political science class while attending UCSD, over 30 years ago.  The Club of Rome published a series of reports warning that the redistribution of wealth was essential and they came up with the Trojan horse of global warming as the con to get America to agree to give up its standard of living in order the save the planet.
 
The planet quit warming 16 years ago!  All that we are witnessing today in the form of climate change are weather patterns and phenomenon that have all occurred in the past and will be repeated again in the future.  Nothing has changed, except that Al Gore became a very rich man, a true 1%!
 
Andy Caldwell is the Executive Director of COLAB and the host of the Andy Caldwell Radio Show weekdays on KUHL AM1440 and News Press Radio AM 1290.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Communist Pilgrims and Thanksgiving in the Ghetto?
It is Thanksgiving.  Our traditions do not speak about giving thanks to government.  Our forefathers created a unique national tradition whereby we give thanks to God and we remember kindly the Native Americans who saved them from starvation.  Now for a little history lesson and modern day reality check.
 
Most people are not aware that the early pilgrims were socialists!  They crafted their community on the basis of share and share alike!  Well, as is the case in our modern day socialist experiments, the system failed.  It was hard to motivate the less inclined to work if they had a reasonable expectation to share in the bounty regardless of their contribution to the planting and harvest.  Likewise, the most industrious among them became naturally disinclined to work harder than the rest if there was no reward in doing so.  The community as a whole was starving to death as a result.
 
The solution was to carve up the lands and let each family fend for themselves.  The most industrious prospered and others became dependents of the community.  So, what has changed in 400 years?  Not much!
 
I find it incredulous that in ghettos across America, Barack Obama gained nearly 100% of the vote.  It is hard to believe for two reasons.  First, it is hard to believe these neighborhoods are completely devoid of any semblance of political diversity, and second, it is hard to believe these people think Barack Obama and the progressive elite are going to make a difference in their dismal lives.  Democrat President Johnson started the modern welfare program in the 1960's and the only thing that has been accomplished, despite spending trillions of dollars, is the destruction of the family unit, public education and job opportunities in the inner cities of America.
 
We can’t keep doing the same things year after year and expect different results, as that is the very definition of insanity.  It is no secret that the democrats actually work against the best interest of the inner city poor by the policies they promote and the wars they won’t fight with various special interest groups.
 
Democrats will not help inner city kids escape the failed public school system because they are beholden to teacher unions.  Private schools are more successful, cheaper, safer and staffed with better teachers than the average inner city public school.  The right to a good education is a basic civil right!
 
Democrats will not encourage abstention programs, as young girls having babies is the leading poverty indicator, preferring instead to promote abortions and welfare checks.  The cycle of kids being raised without a father must be broken.  It is one of the reasons gangs flourish in the inner city.
 
Democrats will not allow industrial jobs to be created in the inner cities due to their being beholden to environmental groups who are more concerned with overwrought air quality standards as this is more important to them than raising the living standards.  It is impossible to break the poverty cycle without jobs, and high tech jobs are the wrong fit in a community of dysfunctional illiterates where 60% of the kids don’t finish high school and can barely read or write.
 
Andy Caldwell is the Executive Director of COLAB, the host of the Andy Caldwell Show weekdays from 3-5 p.m. on AM1440 and AM1290 and a guest opinion columnist for the Santa Barbara News Press three times per week.  For more information, visit www.colabsbc.org
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Monday, October 22, 2012
Lois Capps Service Built on Trust?
You have heard the saying that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones?  A lesson obviously lost on Congresswoman Lois Capps!
 
Lois Capps has been slamming her opponent Abel Maldonado relentlessly for months because his family’s farming operation has a dispute with the IRS over their tax return.  Abel’s family believes the IRS is wrong and they are suing the IRS accordingly.  Unlike Lois Capps, I will wait to cast stones until after their day in court.
 
In August, residents of the Central Coast learned of Congresswoman Lois Capps’ failure to report more than $40,000 in rental income from her staffer to the IRS for 10 years.
 
But it gets worse…
 
Recently news broke that Capps failed to report over $500,000 of her income.
 
Lois Capps’ actions and statements hardly fit with the “lifetime of service built on trust” she’s made the centerpiece of her campaign.

Capps Failed to Report Over $500K: Representative Lois Capps left more than half a million dollars in income off financial disclosure records for an eight-year period, according to documents required by the clerk of the House of Representatives. – Santa Barbara Independent, 10/16/2012
 
Capps caught again: Congresswoman fails to report over half a million dollars in income: This is not the first time Capps has been in hot water over financial disclosures. In early August, The Daily Caller reported that Capps rented a room in her personal home to one of her congressional staffers, Jeremy Tittle, for years and did not report the income to the IRS for more than a decade, until 2012. Capps also withheld that information from the proper congressional authorities for five years, from 2001 until early 2006. – Daily Caller, 10/18/2012
 
With regard to ballot propositions, I can heartily recommend that you vote NO on all of them, with the possible exception of Prop. 32, which I need to explain.
 
I respect unions too much to tell you to simply vote yes on Prop. 32.  However, I also do believe that unions have a disparate influence on election outcomes and a stranglehold on Sacramento as it affects the real reform we need to get our State going in the right direction once again.
 
Proposition 32 affects the ability of unions to collect money from their members for political purposes without their consent.  If passed, there is a chance that union members themselves would volunteer to forego giving to their own union because they themselves do not agree with the position the unions take in their name and with their money!  Can’t really argue with that. 
 
The California Teachers Association is the worse culprit with respect to this phenomenon.  If Proposition 32 only affected the CTA, I would be walking door to door for your support for Prop. 32!
 
Conversely, I believe that historically union influence overall helps the rest of us in the workplace.  Unions won working conditions, pay standards and rights for all of us and I don’t want to see them crippled entirely!  Because I believe in public safety, I like the fact that public safety unions help keep the pressure on our politicians to fund it accordingly.

Andy Caldwell is the Executive Director of COLAB and the host of the Andy Caldwell Show weekdays from 3-5 p.m. on AM1440.
 
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