CORRUPTION UPDATE 4
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Roll In as Laws Flow Out
This article appeared
in the LATimes on August 31, 2006. By Dan Morain, Staff Writer:
vote on hundreds of bills before their session ends, special
interests affected by the measures donate thousands of dollars.
in, Laws out: It's that simple:
feeding frenzy of lobbyist and politician greed kills honest
government in Sacramento.
A feeding frenzy of political corruption has
engulfed our state legislators and special interests as the
legislative session ends. This article gives us a glimpse of the
vast amount of money and influences being exchanged. Mr. Morain
cites “scores of donors writing checks to lawmakers in
the final days of the legislative session.” The facts
of our corruption are truly reported in this story, but the
facts are not enough. Just what do these acts tell us about our
politicians, and our democracy? Bad things, that the story
explores, but does not fully explain.
How do you characterize a legislature that
took in $193,000 dollars last Monday? A legislature that
took in “$3.5 million, in contributions of $1,000 or
more, directly to candidates for Senate and Assembly seats in
the first 29 days of August.” A legislature that held
33 “fund raisers...(in) two days last week” The
explanation offered is that, “All this money is corrosive.
It is eating away at the credibility of democratic government."
What credibility? What democratic government?
Joe Nation, D-San Rafael, seemed perplexed. Mr.
Morain quoted him as saying, “It is the way the system
works, but there is something wrong with the system.” Hey
Joe, IT'S CORRUPT. Joe really does not get it. He goes on to
say,"It creates a perception of impropriety."
No, this is impropriety.
This article becomes inane when it suggests that
contribution caps have caused this corruption. Or maybe it's
term limits. We believe Corrupt Elections and Big Money have
drawn Corrupt People into politics. Is this incisive reporting?
YES! Is this incisive analysis? No! This article reports the
facts without calling them for what they are: CORRUPTION.
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. It's clear the problem has only been
half-addressed by term limits and campaign contributions. These reforms have made our corrupt politicians desperate, and
there's nothing more dangerous than a corrupt, desperate
legislature. The solution is to Finish the Job, to eliminate
all contributions, gifts, luxury events, and any legal basis to
give or receive outside “contributions.”
This article contributes to our knowledge, if
not our understanding, of the corruption that is consuming our
polity. An excellent guide to the headwaters of the rivers of
money that have drowned our polity is included at the end of
this article. All you need to know is that our legislators
took in “at least $3.5 million” in August.
California schools not all measuring up
By Laurel Rosenhall -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 1:56 pm PDT
Thursday, August 31, 2006 in the Bee.
the special interests and Politicians play, our educational
infrastructure has melted away:
just call our schools what they are: Failed Day Care.
This article informs us that 60% of our schools
are below minimum State and Federal standards. The State
and Fed standards are low. The word to describe this is FAILURE.
But this story avoids confronting us with the hard fact that our
schools have been failing for more than 20 years.
While our politicians and special interests,
are, right now, August 31, 2006, having a feeding frenzy of
greed and corruption, our schools, our roads, water and
electrical resources have been completely gutted, and in most
cases, except education, made very profitable for the special
Everybody doing business with the state is
making huge profits, for a tiny investment, while the real
business of the state, the education, health, wealth, and
general welfare of the State of California is being sacrificed
to the profits of the special interests, and the maintenance of
political office by the politicians and their parties. How did
these politicians get their jobs, and what are they doing in our
government? Ask the special interests. How can we turn them
honest, or turn them out? Make Our Initiative law.
More articles on Schools
duplicate in AARP survey
By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer
Last Updated 2:51 pm PDT Thursday, August 31,
THE COMMITTEE SAYS;
Know What You Need:
Stupidity travels along lines of herd mentality
what seems to be an attack of herd mentality, or lack of
mentality at all, Republican candidates copied the party's
talking point into an AARP survey.
being able to think for themselves was instantly taken up by the
Democrats against the Republicans, until they realized they had
not thought for themselves for a long time. Both parties seemed
perplexed by the revelation of their lack of originality, and
promised to get back to us as soon as somebody told them what we
want to hear.
Placentia Official to Pay Fine
By Dan Weikel, LA
Times Staff Writer
August 31, 2006
THE COMMITTEE SAYS;
The same game in your own “small” town. LATimes.
Small town graft mirrors state and
national pattern of corruption.
article cites the fact that “Councilman Norman Z.
Eckenrode admitted violating the state Political Reform Act
during an enforcement action by the Fair Political Practices
Commission, records show.” Wow. To break campaign finance
law while serving your contributors is hard to do, under today's
crime? “Eckenrode admitted accepting a $1,000 donation
from Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc., a Carlsbad firm, on Oct.
29, 2003, seven days after voting on two sanitation district
contracts for the company. The donation went to the councilman's
campaign for an Orange County Water District seat.” How
could this be a crime? If I work for you, you pay me. You can
pay me first, or, more traditionally, you pay me after I do the
beauty of this is how it was reported. If you collect special
interest money within the rules, you can be legally bought. If
you collect special interest money outside the rules, you are
illegally purchased by the special interests. Does anyone else
find something deeply disturbing about buying politicians, on
any terms, but especially by powerful interest that should be
regulated by, and not regulating our politicians? Write us,
write your friends, write your newspapers, and tell them we are
going to change the political system. Then do it again. Bribery
is never cool, but in politics it is especially reprehensible.
5)State flood bills get second chance
100-year protection measure fought by developers
By Jim Sanders -- Bee Capitol Bureau
Published 12:01 am
PDT Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Story appeared on Page A1 of
THE COMMITTEE SAYS;
pretends to revive his honor with revival of flood bill: both
Perata pretends to give the PUBLIC SAFETY
FLOOD BILL life, but he's just creating an appearance of
this is a classic. In the frenzy of influence buying and
selling, within the cynical political reality of wealth and
power in Sacramento, the leader of the California Senate has
gotten a Conscience. It's a political Conscience, mind you, born
out of the embarrassment of the open, legal, payoff received for
the use of power and influence. But at least this small act pays
respects to the corpse of political honesty, though not its'
his “Contributors” need not worry. This is a cover
action, designed to recover some public credibility, while not
performing credibly. These acts will not threaten the
interests of his masters, nor their funding his aspirations for
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