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CA: Scaredy cats - Business fights Prop 90 in self-pity and cynicism (Eminent Domain abuse)
California Political Review ^ | October 9, 2006 | RAY HAYNES

Posted on 10/09/2006 8:38:14 PM PDT by calcowgirl

Scaredy cats
Business fights Prop. 90 in self-pity and cynicism saying it must submit to survive in corrupt, socialist California.

Assemblyman Ray Haynes represents California’s 66th Assembly District.

In 1922, Ludwig von Mises, an Austrian free market economist, wrote: “It is not the business of entrepreneurs to lead the political fight against Socialism ... It follows, therefore, that neither associations of entrepreneurs, nor those organizations in which entrepreneurs’ support counts, are inclined to fight on principle against socialism.”

When I first joined the Legislature, I could not understand why the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Manufacturers Association, the California Taxpayers’ Association, and the variety of other “business” associations that populate the halls and lobbies of Sacramento could not be counted on to fight the left-wing agenda of my Democrat friends in the Legislature.

On the contrary, they were always ready to accommodate their demands. The unions would fight Republicans with all their influence and power, giving 99 percent of their contributions to Democrats. The business groups would (and still do) give 50 to 60 percent of their campaign money to Democrats. I used to complain that in politics, the Democrats married the unions, who have remained faithful partners. Republicans married the business community, and got a partner who slept around. I then read the Mises quote, and knew that if was true in 1922, and still true in 2002, I wasn’t going to change it by complaining. I personally would fight against encroaching socialism in California, and leave the compromising to the Socialists and business lobbyists.

To work, free markets require two essentials: freedom of contract and protection of private property rights. A society that “takes” — steals — private property is either socialist or traveling quickly down the road to socialism. The threat of losing a lifetime of work to the whim of an all-powerful government will often convince even the most principled person to forego his or her freedom of speech.

I joined the proponents of the November ballot’s Prop. 90, the “Protect Our Homes,” initiative because our current system of land use control, involving both eminent domain and regulatory takings, is the key factor underpinning California’s leftist state and local governments in gaining and holding power.

Previous experience taught me not to expect my friends in the business community to support us, but I did not think they would oppose this roll back of socialism in California. After all, why would they actively oppose those of us standing for free markets — their own freedom to make a profit?

Boy, was I wrong.

Showing all the courage, not to mention self-respect, von Mises indicated they could be expected to show, they say they are afraid of retaliation from the government if they don’t oppose the initiative. Local governments are telling business and developers that, if they don’t oppose Prop. 90, they will make their business lives miserable. They are being told that a financial donation to the anti-90 cause will result in their projects being fast tracked. But if they don’t help, they will enter some sort of governmentally-imposed purgatory, finding themselves lost in the bowels of this or that regulatory or planning agency and expecting to emerge about the time the new temple is built in Jerusalem. I am told that they have to oppose us because they just can’t risk it. The truth is, they are being blackmailed because they have indicated time and again to those in power that they can be blackmailed.

That is how far down the road to socialism California has gone. So much of the financial future of our business community depends on government action that the business community trembles in fear of the government officials. And so obsessed with financial well-being have we become that we are willing to submit to this degradation of our human spirit rather than risk losing it. If America’s founding fathers had possessed this degree of courage, we all would still be paying the stamp tax.

California’s ruling class knows a successful Prop. 90 will be their Waterloo, and they are trying to enlist the aid of all of their economic slaves to fight this last battle. The business community, having assumed the position of economic slave to state government, willingly sells out everyone’s freedom to stay in business.

I know von Mises was right; as long as businessmen see themselves as materialistic “entrepreneurs” first and human beings, if at all, second, they will act like a bunch of “scaredy cats.” And I understand why: they have too little faith in anything more than their own wealth and their illusions of power and prestige, transitory as they are, to move them. They comfort themselves in self-pity or cynicism or both, saying they must play ball to survive in this socialist political environment. I am still disappointed.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: cagop; calinitiatives; eminentdomain; martywilson; prop90; propertyrights; rayhaynes

1 posted on 10/09/2006 8:38:15 PM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl
Related:
Marty Wilson, CRP and Prop. 90 Conflict of Interest Hurts Turnout Effort
by Mike Spence,
Flash Report, 10-9-2006

A few weeks ago, the board of the California Republican Party had a teleconference to discuss the mail program of the CRP. Assemblywoman Mimi Walters and the campaign on behalf of Proposition 90 wanted the CRP to include the yes position on all their mailing to GOP Voters. Prop. 90 is a popular issue and will motivate GOP voters to go to the polls.

Some CRP board members agreed and brought this issue up. Enter CRP consultant Marty Wilson. According to my sources Marty was insistent that Prop. 90 could not be on the slate unless they could find $300,000 to fund it. At some point I'm told he was verbally abusive towards the few board members willing to stand up on this.

The board with three dissenters gave carte blanche to Wilson to do as he saw fit.

Now I need to explain, I served on the board of the CRP for six years and I know everyone wants party's help for free and of course that doesn’t always work. Things need to get paid for.

However, we all know the CRP is using Jessica’s Law, Prop. 83 in almost every media communication, not because they helped pay for it, but because it motivates voters. Prop. 90 should be thought of the same way.

Here is the REAL PROBLEM. This year CRP paid Marty Wilson $15,000 as a campaign consultant 4/17, 4/24, 5/08, 6/16, 6/23, 7/28, 8/25, 9/15 and 10K on 4/07 probably more I didn’t see and into the future. (he is also got money in 2005) That’s a nice piece of change.

What the Board and the rest of the CRP membership didn’t know was that four days before the conference call Marty Wilson’s company Wilson-Miller took $15,000 from the No on Prop. 90 campaign for consultanting. So while, Marty Wilson was explaining and berating board members into making sure Prop. 90 was NOT on the CRP mailers, he was on two payrolls at once.

I know I'm not a great speller, But I think it is spelled a conflict of interest.

I don’t know if the CRP is getting their money’s worth in consulting, but the No on 90 folks sure are.

[Attached is a .pdf file showing the $15,000 consulting payment to Marty Wilson's firm on the No on 90's latest campaign disclosure statement.]
Attachment: No on 90 Filing


2 posted on 10/09/2006 8:38:44 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: Carry_Okie; SierraWasp; ElkGroveDan; tubebender; kellynla; forester; dalereed; goldstategop; ...

ping. The enemy within.


3 posted on 10/09/2006 8:44:35 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl
in politics, the Democrats married the unions, who have remained faithful partners. Republicans married the business community, and got a partner who slept around.

Heh heh. Too true.

4 posted on 10/09/2006 8:46:31 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("left unchecked, Saddam Hussein...will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." Sen. Hillary Clinton)
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To: Howard Jarvis Admirer

I forgot to include you in this ping.


5 posted on 10/09/2006 8:53:58 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl
Personally, I think it's time to add another initial to CRP!!! It should go right in between the "R" and the "P" and comes from the very beginning of the Alphabet!!!

I am so pleased to be dissociated from the CRP, the CAGOP, or the CRAP, or whatever any of you Repellican FRiends prefer to call it!!!

6 posted on 10/09/2006 9:50:39 PM PDT by SierraWasp (To be fair, Bill Clinton did more than any other President to protect us from the Branch Davidians!)
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To: calcowgirl; Carry_Okie
"...and expecting to emerge about the time the new temple is built in Jerusalem."

C.O. you should now have a new appreciation for this cute phrase... (grin)

ccg... I think Ray comes as close to my standards of a consistent conservative as can be found in CA's legislature! The fact that he's a lawyer makes that astounding!!!

7 posted on 10/09/2006 9:57:39 PM PDT by SierraWasp (To be fair, Bill Clinton did more than any other President to protect us from the Branch Davidians!)
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To: calcowgirl
The truth is, they are being blackmailed because they have indicated time and again to those in power that they can be blackmailed.

Oh yeah Ray, tell us how Eli Broad is subject to blackmail. Tell us that $18 million developers have given to Arnold is just protection money!

What a load. What he's talking about here is the little guys who are his constituency. Either he doesn't understand the CCoC belongs to the big players who own both sides or he's lying.

8 posted on 10/09/2006 10:02:38 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: calcowgirl

Imagine that.

A double-dipping, backstabbing, utterly self-serving campaign consultant.

Who'd a thunk it?


9 posted on 10/09/2006 11:30:55 PM PDT by absalom01 (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: calcowgirl
Have you noticed all the true socialists are the very wealthy? It stands Marxist dogma upside down. Its not exactly the poor and working class who are for socialism. Quite the inverse is true. Conservatives should pandering to those with a lot of money. Those unwilling to fight for freedom do not deserve to keep it.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

10 posted on 10/10/2006 12:53:19 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: calcowgirl
ATTENTION CALIFORNIA BUSINESSMEN:
WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP.

WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE FARMLAND YOU DID NOT SPEAK UP BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT A FARMER.
WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY YOU DID NOT SPEAK UP, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT A HOMEOWNER.
WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE RENTAL PROPERTY YOU DID NOT SPEAK UP, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT A RENTER.
SO, WHEN THEY COME FOR THE BUSINESS PROPERTY, NO ONE WILL BE LEFT TO SPEAK UP FOR YOU.


BY OPPOSING PROP 90, YOU WILL NOT EVADE DESTRUCTION, YOU ONLY UP YOUR ODDS OF BEING DESTROYED LAST.

YOU TWISTED, SICK, SELF-SERVING FREAKS.

GET BEHIND PROP 90 AND PUSH!!

11 posted on 10/10/2006 12:07:17 PM PDT by HKMk23 (PRO-LIFE: Because a Person's a Person, no matter how small.)
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To: calcowgirl
The average property owner/taxpayer has so many enemies now it is becoming virtually impossible to keep track of them.

Once the enemies are identified, however, we do have very long memories. Business (CA Chamber of Commerce) is a known enemy, and we can now add the CA branch of the Stupid Party, aka the CRP.

12 posted on 10/10/2006 1:07:03 PM PDT by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: goldstategop

Wealth people who are for socialism and government regulations make sense: They have their money hidden overseas (like Teddy Kennedy) and run their businesses here (like Pelosi with non-union labor) but use socialism and regulations to prevent the little guy from competing with them and their businesses. They pretend to be for the little guy but in reality drown his chances of successfully competing with them by using socialism and regulations - leaving them at the top of the heap. Profitable hypocrisy - there is a book written about this called, "Do What I Say - Not As I Do".


13 posted on 10/10/2006 2:12:01 PM PDT by Howard Jarvis Admirer (Howard Jarvis, the foe of the tax collector and friend of the California homeowner)
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To: HKMk23

Bump! You got it!


14 posted on 10/10/2006 2:25:40 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: SierraWasp
Personally, I think it's time to add another initial to CRP!!!

Their are all sorts of possiblities there, SW. The word "Corrupt" seems to have a lot of common letters, as well.

15 posted on 10/10/2006 2:27:13 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: HKMk23; calcowgirl
They're probably afraid they still be pushing it when they're "pushing 90!"

That sure was a hot and loud reply for someone who was questioning the wisdom of the measure on the CA bulletin board originally! What turned your head around so DRASTICALLY???

16 posted on 10/10/2006 6:46:05 PM PDT by SierraWasp (To be fair, Bill Clinton did more than any other President to protect us from the Branch Davidians!)
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To: SierraWasp
Well, to begin with, I didn't need all that much turning; I was already enthusiastically behind 90% of the Proposition, and simply wanted some clarification on SEC. 19 (5) -- the "highest and best use" terminology. Now, even had clarification not been forthcoming, I would likely have voted in favor of the proposition on the basis of all the other strong protections it enacts. So, I wasn't ever set against Prop 90, but I can be just that much more unhinhibited in my zeal for it, now that my trepidations w/resp to the aforementioned portion have been set at ease.

"YES" ON 90!!
Because THIS land was made for YOU and ME.

17 posted on 10/10/2006 7:00:01 PM PDT by HKMk23 (PRO-LIFE: Because a Person's a Person, no matter how small.)
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To: HKMk23
Well, I'm with ya! This one could even err on the side of throwing back the tide of abuse on this subject. Especially over the past 40 years!!!

Business people are the ultimate pragmatists and will throw principles to the wind and settle for anything as long as they can just keep doin more and more BUSINESS!!!

I love 'em, but that's when they act the most whore-like!!! They simply adore manipulating and using the pure force of GOVERNMENT to screw their competition and give themselves a "leg up," so to speak... Sorry to get so graphic, but at least I din't do in in bold-face RED CAPITALS!!! (grin)

18 posted on 10/10/2006 9:46:10 PM PDT by SierraWasp (To be fair, Bill Clinton did more than any other President to protect us from the Branch Davidians!)
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To: calcowgirl

BUMP


19 posted on 10/10/2006 9:55:45 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SierraWasp
Business people are the ultimate pragmatists and will throw principles to the wind and settle for anything as long as they can just keep doin more and more BUSINESS!!!

Hmmmm. Repeating that in RED ALL-CAPS would be most appropriate vis-a-vis our trade relations with China. Nowhere is the whoredom of American business more flagrantly displayed. We're financing the military that will, one day, make an earnest attempt to kill our sons on the battlefield, and we're doing it with a smile that would make a snake oil salesman blush.

20 posted on 10/11/2006 10:33:06 AM PDT by HKMk23 (PRO-LIFE: Because a Person's a Person, no matter how small.)
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To: HKMk23; Liz
Our current Secretary of the Treasury is THE PRIME EXAMPLE of what you speak of!!! You better watch it!!!

Don't forget the second part of the ancient chinese curse that starts out: "May you live in interesting times..." and finishes up with: "... And come to the attention of powerful people!"

21 posted on 10/11/2006 1:22:21 PM PDT by SierraWasp (To be fair, Bill Clinton did more than any other President to protect us from the Branch Davidians!)
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To: SierraWasp

I DO live in "interesting times" and I HAVE, in fact, come to the attention of some EXTREMELY powerful personalities; guys with bigtime name recognition, and the kind of power and presence that makes Libs collapse in terror.

I actually think that it would be a greater curse to live in UNinteresting times, and have the attention of nobody.


22 posted on 10/11/2006 1:31:40 PM PDT by HKMk23 (PRO-LIFE: Because a Person's a Person, no matter how small.)
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To: SierraWasp

That saying might be related to the old Chinese proverb, "It's better to be a dog in a peaceful time than be a man in a chaotic period."


23 posted on 10/11/2006 2:09:28 PM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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To: HKMk23

Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse ME!!! Live it up then, by all means!!! (grin)


24 posted on 10/11/2006 4:49:55 PM PDT by SierraWasp (To be fair, Bill Clinton did more than any other President to protect us from the Branch Davidians!)
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To: Liz

That's as good as one of my favorites: "Ya lie down with dogs... Ya come up with fleas!" (bark!)


25 posted on 10/11/2006 4:51:21 PM PDT by SierraWasp (To be fair, Bill Clinton did more than any other President to protect us from the Branch Davidians!)
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To: SierraWasp
Live it up...

You KNOW I'm workin' on it.

Still, trying to keep things sorta on the down low, fyknowwhattimean; cut a deep groove with no radar sig; stay subsonic. BIG doin's comin'; as in global scope. Not privvy to dates (hey, I said I've got some peoples' attention, but I'm NOT 'inner sanctum'). Suffice ta say, you'll know when ya see, 'cuz there will be a highly reknowned imprimatur on the events, but apparent only to the aware and vigilant. Sheer magnitude will be one telltale.

KEY POINT:
MSM STILL won't 'get it'. They, along with MOST people, will totally misidentify the major players, resulting in a massive, knee-jerk "black is white" disinformation campaign.

Gotta be wiser to see the sun at night.

26 posted on 10/11/2006 6:41:01 PM PDT by HKMk23 (PRO-LIFE: Because a Person's a Person, no matter how small.)
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To: All

Ludwig von Mises BUMP


27 posted on 10/14/2006 10:44:31 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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