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Betty Arenson: Who are the agendas for anyway?

Posted: November 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

The recent election gave a supermajority to Democrats in California. The Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press have generously reported that this ultimate domination and total power to now “side-step” Republicans could be dicey. They can also overrule the governor. Whether feigned or not, some appear to have a bit of concern with headlines like “Supermajority holds promise, peril for Democrats” and “Power comes with perils.”

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said “We all recognize that we have to use this new power wisely, and we can’t overplay it ... on the other hand ... we also don’t want to underutilize the chance we have to continue to help California grow and thrive.” Look out!

The culprits barely offer a skimpy veil in telling us these actors will right California — their way. They aren’t even close to a wolf in sheep’s clothing; they are simply the wolf.

L.A. Times’ Michael Mishak says, “The party’s liberal allies are urging legislative leaders to aggressively exercise their newfound powers...” including “overhauling” Proposition 13. That means abolish it. Proposition 13 has always been a thorn in Democrats’ side. They have forgotten that it was born out of taxpayers’ outrage that arose from the greed of over-taxation by political tyranny.

Beware. Can you afford your property taxes doubling or tripling? What about the already plunging housing market? How about your kids, your parents, your retired neighbors? Renters will definitely see increases as well.

It only took a few post-election days for state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) to promote tripling our car license fees. How does that math fit your household’s budget?

The unions are “buoyed” by the elections. Democrats are crazed that Wal-Mart is successful without them. Irrespective of the generous tax base stores derived for communities, Democrats and unions demand to butt in and control. Over Thanksgiving weekend, unrelated unions to a Wal-Mart cause again bussed in protesters. Unions are increasing work stoppages in all areas including health care. L.A. Times’ Alana Semuels wrote there were five strikes in 2009 and through 10 months of 2012 there were 13. She adds “unions aren’t done yet.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will again push card check legislation, which is merely taking the right to vote in privacy away from workers. It’s a vehicle to intimidate and threaten workers. It’s a terribly dangerous path. Democrats exhort privacy unless it’s something they want to control. Gary Chaison, industrial relations professor at Clark University, said “The unions are taking a higher profile ... they’ve been energized after the elections.”

Joshua Pechthalt, president of California Federation of Teachers said, “We shouldn’t be timid about our political agenda.” Believe him.

The American Federation of Teachers is a large national labor organization. Undoubtedly it is influential with the CFT and the California Teachers Association. A few years ago former AFT head Al Shanker boasted “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of schoolchildren.”

Irrespective of such transparent agendas, voter insanity got us Jerry Brown’s tax increases with the passing Proposition 30, after again falling for old reliable “it’s for the kids.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites an 11.8 percent (14.8 million workers) union membership for 2011. While the number is puny, unions are a huge special interest super power group. Other special interest groups are AT&T, Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Association to name a few. Within days of the election, these entities and others whisked off California politicians for free fun and frolic to Hawaii, Brazil, China, New Zealand etc., all in the name of working for their districts. They support their antics with offerings like “spending time with lobbyists is part of the job.”

These political operatives will not be impeded by those pesky laws banning taking more than $420 in gifts per year and mandating reporting what gifts are accepted. Those who followed the lead of Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) to AT&T’s lavish soiree claim the protective umbrella of the event being sponsored by the state Democratic Party.

One can only shake their head and wonder what on earth voters were thinking to give Democrats such dominance. The reality of this new unbridled power is unfathomably frightening.

Rest assured: The agendas are not for the betterment of California’s decent, hardworking, citizens who are losing the battle to keep this once-great state solvent.

Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident.

 

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