Thursday, April 1, 2010
All-purpose rally to address issues
By Andy Caldwell

Two weeks from today, I hope you will join me to protest against Obamacare, a program that threatens to bankrupt our nation.

A worse fate than bankruptcy is actually what I think about when I consider this legislation. The health bill is unconstitutional, and as bad as that is, there is something even more troubling about it.

That has to do with the fact that this health-care plan has been thrust upon us, against our will, by the likes of congressional Rep. Lois Capps.

I understand that people can agree to disagree on an issue, but one thing we had better all agree on is that our government is founded upon a principle of the consent of the governed. This principle goes to the heart of why our nation was founded in the first place, to escape the tyranny of government in the lives of the citizenry.

Every single poll on health care indicates Barack Obama and Congress acted contrary to and without our consent in passing this health-care legislation. And that, my friend, is something to protest.

I invite you to join me for a TEA Party Rally on April 15 at 5:30 p.m. that will be held one block off of Betteravia at Bradley Road, across from the Cross Roads Shopping Center. We are going to take our protest to the streets, as the rally will actually be held at the intersection of Bradley and Auto Plaza Drive, the road that runs between Toyota and Honda of Santa Maria.

We are closing the street to facilitate our protest. I hope you will be there. In the event of rain, we will meet at the Santa Maria Fairpark.

In addition to health care, other issues that need our attention include the growing movement seeking to pressure our government into passing an amnesty bill. I am all for a guest-worker program, but I am dead-set against amnesty.

Too many law-abiding people have been dutifully waiting to get into this country legally for us to grant amnesty to those who entered otherwise.

Another pressing issue has to do with our current state and county budget deficits.
Something has to give. One concept I have been seeking to convey in recent speaking engagements is that the same policies that protected our communities from being overrun with growth in the boom years are now preventing our economy from recovering in this bust period.

At our TEA Party last year, which attracted about 2,000 people, we addressed the job-killer bill, AB 32,  Arnold’s Global Warming Act and the diesel-engine rules.

Well, these job killers are still lurking out there, and we need people to show up and learn about a ballot initiative that will roll back the regulations, at least until our economy recovers. These rules will decimate what is left of our manufacturing, industrial, transportation and farming sectors of the economy.

Furthermore, they will subject us to rolling blackouts and skyrocketing energy costs. If the taxes don’t get us, the regulations and junk science will.

Another topic for our consideration has to do with the ability of politicians to deal with the pension crisis as it affects government workers, when these same politicians have taken huge campaign contributions from the same.

Members of our local Board of Supervisors have taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from the same unions they bargain with during salary negotiations. Talk about a special interest.

Finally, we will focus on the ridiculous rules affecting water that could obliterate agriculture on the Central Coast.

Please, mark your calendar.
Andy Caldwell is executive director of COLAB and a 42-year resident of the Central Coast. For contact information visit www.colabsbc.org
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