Written by Roger Hedgecock, former Mayor of San Diego
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
live in California. If you were wondering what living in Obama's second
term would be like, wonder no longer. We in California are living there
California is a one-party state dominated by a virulent Democrat Left
enabled by a complicit media where every agency of local, county, and
state government is run by and for the public employee unions. The
unemployment rate is 12%.
California has more folks on food stamps than any other state, has added
so many benefits and higher rates to Medicaid that we call it
"Medi-Cal." Our K-12 schools have more administrators than teachers,
with smaller classes but lower test scores and higher dropout rates with
twice the per-student budget of 15 years ago. Good job, Brownie.
This week, the once and current Governor, Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown, had to
confess that the "balanced" state budget adopted five months ago was
billions in the red because actual tax revenues were billions lower than
the airy-fairy revenue estimates on which the balance was predicated.
After trimming legislators' perks and reducing the number of cell phones
provided to state civil servants, the governor intoned that drastic
budget reductions had already hollowed out state programs for the needy,
law enforcement and our schoolchildren. California government needed
Echoing the Occupy movement, the governor proclaimed the rich must pay
their fair share. Fair share? The top 1% of California income earners
currently pays 50% of the state's income tax. CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE
Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula.
But as the week progressed, a developing bombshell story got buried under President Obama’s gay marriage announcement. Not
only is the supposed CIA asset not a CIA asset at all, but the entire
operation was exposed prematurely and the double-agent’s life was
immediately threatened by an intelligence leak that very well may have
come out of the White House for political gain.
It turns out that wasn’t true. The double-agent hadn’t been recruited and placed by the CIA, but by British intelligence, who also managed the operation. In fact, the Americans had only recently been made aware of the joint British-Saudi effort.
As the stillborn investigation into the leaks continues (stillborn,
because if the leaks are in fact traced to the White House, there will
be no repercussions), the zeal with which the establishment media
trumpeted the supposed CIA coup won’t likely be surpassed by the more
important story of how the Obama administration
It's only Tuesday, but it has already been a terrible, horrible,
no-good, very bad week for the Obama campaign. Saddled with increasingly
bad economic data, the campaign has been doggedly trying to change the
subject to anything other than jobs and deficits. We've been treated to a
mythical GOP "war on women", a "debate" on birth control, a "road to
Damascus" moment on gay marriage, an "expose" of Romney "bullying" in
high school, and the burning question of who is a better pet owner.
Unfortunately for Obama and his allies in the media, none of it is