On August 30th Mitt Romney officially accepted the Republican Party's nomination for President... earlier Paul Ryan accepted as Vice-President candidate. The New York Times called it "mean- spirited," "aggressive," and "intolerant." The Los Angeles Times reported that it was "written at the direction of Romney's campaign." On national television, the week of the Republican Convention, the Republicans tried to convince voters that the Romney-Ryan ticket is on the side of working class people. One of first actions by President Mitt Romney and a Republican Congress will be the approval of the radical "Ryan Budget" championed at the convention. From Medicare to Social Security, health care to education, this budget will cut to the bone some of our most basic government services, while not asking for a dime more from the wealthiest Americans. President Obama called it what it is "A Trojan Horse". Disguised as a deficit reduction plan, it is really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. Here's just a snapshot of what Mitt Romney's platform calls for: Turn Medicare into a voucher program to buy private insurance, forcing seniors to pay more out of their pockets for their health care costs. Outlaw all abortions without exception for rape or incest. Ban marriage equality and reject civil unions of all kinds. Lose protection of the mortgage interest deduction for middle-class families, if Romney enacts his tax plan, even though the deduction helps more than 30 million middle- class families. Kill investments in clean energy jobs and reject the wind production tax credit, which would cost up to 37,000 American jobs. "Intolerant" and "mean-spirited" sounds about right to me. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are in lockstep with this platform, but pay close attention, as they go and they to sell, their Republican Party platform to the voters. They will be filling their free airtime with false promises and baseless attacks on President Obama. Romney touts himself as a businessman who created jobs and will look out for the interests of everyday Americans. However, as the candidate who proclaimed, "Corporations are people, too!" and as a corporate buyout specialist, Romney gladly cut American jobs, slashed payrolls, sent work overseas, and shielded money in offshore accounts at the expense of the Americans who were served pink slips and taxpayers who had to make up for the loss in jobs and tax dollars. The Republican Party wants nothing short of full control of our federal government. You and I know that America cannot afford to stumble down that path once again. The Republicans ran our government, our economy, and our international standing into the ditch then, and they will do it again if given the opportunity. It is no exaggeration to say that this year's election will determine the course of our Country for decades to come. This year's election will also be historic due to the amount of money that will be spent. Thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which opened up unrestricted special interest support for campaigns, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are poised to pull in a record sum of campaign cash from right-wing special interest groups that are already pouring money supporting the GOP. We must pull out all the stops in our efforts to mobilize, register, volunteer for phone banking, and get our supporters to the polls. Together we can win the majority this November and work with President Obama to move American forward and reignite the American Dream.
[caption id="attachment_4158" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="CCDC member Roger Maxwell and CCDC President Bill Wynn"][/caption] by Sylvia Moore, CCDC Second Vice President On Aug. 25 and 26, the Culver City Democratic Club was proud to participate in the annual Culver City Fiesta La Ballona. At the club's patriotic Fiesta booth, members registered voters, and spoke to people about issues of concern to them and the benefits of joining the CCDC. For the second year in a row, our featured guest was none of than the Commander in Chief himself! Well, not the real POTUS, but his life-sized stand-in, President "Obama." The "POTUS" was a big hit with Fiesta-goers, who took photos next to him. The club also raised over $400 from sales of 2012 campaign merchandise and donations from the public. All proceeds go toward club operating expenses and toward promoting Democratic ideas, issues and candidates. [caption id="attachment_4156" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="CCDC 2nd VP Sylvia Moore and CCDC President Bill Wynn"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4154" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="CCDC member Roger Maxwell"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4152" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Special guest, President "Obama""][/caption]
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "By our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim... we have created an atmosphere in which violence and hatred have become popular pastimes..." With the victims funerals taking place from the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, we must ask ourselves could this have been prevented? The answer is probably, not yes or no but probably. Despite laws, rules, policies, guidelines, and procedures, as we have seen time and time again, if someone wants to get a gun they will get one. Guns are too easy to purchase. In some states buying a gun is as easy as buying a pack of cigarettes. Let's go back to September 13, 1994. Then- President Bill Clinton signed into law the "Federal Assault Weapons Ban" (AWB) (or the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act) which was a subtitle of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a federal law that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms, so called "assault weapons". There was no legal definition of "assault weapons" in the U.S. prior to the law's enactment. The ban however only applied to weapons manufactured after the ban went into effect. So for argument sake, a person could purchase a weapon manufactured on September 12, 1994 or prior. The ban wouldn't apply. The ban only addressed semi- automatic firearms, that is, firearms that fire one shot each time the trigger is pulled. Neither the AWB nor its expiration changed the legal status of fully automatic firearms ( which fire more than one round with a single trigger-pull). Automatic firearms are regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986. The AWB expired on September 13, 2004. The President at this time was George W. Bush. Why didn't he urge the Congress to extend the ban with a waiver? The AWB had a 10 year life. Perhaps intense lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA) had something to do with it. Had it been in effect it probably wouldn't have stopped the carnage of July 20, 2012. The suspect identified as James Holmes passed all the tests to get his weaponry. Now comes word that Holmes will be in custody for almost a year in order to prepare for his trial. This case should be given a fast track and a priority, not get bogged down in bureaucracy, scheduling, or budget cuts. The President has called for the AWB to be brought back into law. With this being an election year, the chances of that happening are very slim. Perhaps we need to do is amend the Constitution to limit the type of weaponry one person could possess. But then the founding fathers never foresaw this type of urban warfare being waged at a public meeting place in this nation. Something for us to think about...
With the starting of the month of July, we are about to begin the second half of the year. A lot has occurred and will continue to do so. So many things are affected by our right to vote and this should keep us tuned in to all the latest news and results. I will do a rundown of some of the most important items that will affect many people. The biggest news in the California Presidential primary election was that the initiative to impose a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes lost. Prop 29, would have raised $735 million dollars a year to be spent on cancer research. A winner by 20 percent was Prop 28, which reduces California State Legislatures term limits from 14 to 12 years. The biggest surprise in the LA County election was that Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey, in her bid to become LA County's first African American and first female District Attorney, will be in a runoff in November against Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson. California Democratic legislative leaders reached a budget deal. Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders agreed to reduce California's welfare rolls and cut back other social service funding. This will enable them to enact a state budget on time and give them time to try to get voters to authorize tax hikes in November. The key provisions in the state budget agreement are that spending on welfare, child care, home care, Medi-Cal, prisons, courts and state employees would be reduced for now. Education is basically untouched. The budget includes more than $1 billion dollars in cuts to Medi-Cal and other state health programs. The bulk of the savings, $663 million dollars, would come from a plan to move 1.4 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities who receive benefits from both Medicare and Medi-Cal into managed care. To try to save billions over the few years, officials want to close a prison and end contracts with private out-of state facilities and cancel some construction projects. They also plan to shift staff to reduce costs, hold inmates in less expensive housing and continue sending low-level offenders to county jails instead of state prisons. The budget aims to cut compensation for 182,000 state workers by 5%, saving $402 million dollars. That includes nurses, engineers, administrative workers and Highway Patrol officers. Governor Brown and lawmakers have chosen to leave the financial fate of the state's public schools, community colleges, and universities to the voters. Brown plans to place an initiative on the November ballot that would hike sales taxes and upper-income taxes. The measure expects to raise $8 billion dollars in the next budget year, according to administration figures, and leave schools relatively untouched. As you can see decisions by our representatives and our votes can have a long lasting effect on all of us.