We have witnessed five years of political grid- lock coming to a head with the recent shutdown of the government as the nation prepares to launch its first nationwide comprehensive health care plan, the Affordable Care Act. This should be a period of great celebration, but it's not. It's a period of grand distortions. When the Affordable Care Act passed three years ago, the middle class and poor people finally got something that says society hasn't forgotten about them. Forty three million uninsured people now could receive care and shop for their provider. That's a major accomplishment, but it has never been recognized as such. The entire time health care reform was debated and legislated, it was mischaracterized and distorted. Politics gets petty like that sometimes. While the President of the United States has tried to ignore the pettiness, he can't ignore the reality. The Republicans have been able to distort the reality of what the Affordable Care Act means and can do for Americans. Since the Republicans can't deal with the truth of the Affordable Care Act passing, they are going to spend every waking hour trying to tear it down, trying to distort what it is, what it will cost, and what it ultimately mean for the people's "quality of life" health care. When you can't fight the truth, you distort the reality, hoping the lie becomes the truth. The Republicans have spent the past three years licking their wounds while trying to distort the reality of what universal health care means to the nation. They have even sought to racialize the distortion by tying it to the President in a way that reminds you who he is and where he came from. You can't separate the health care policy from the man who signed it into law. The Republicans even gave it a name, hoping it would be his downfall in re- election; and that it would cause people to reject it on its face before even understanding what it could do for them. They call it Obamacare. As the January launch comes closer to reality, the Republicans have raised the stakes. Just when you think this Congress can't become more grid-locked than it already is, the Republicans are using the Congressional powers to run the government as leverage points to undermine the funding of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. It is holding up the budget approval process until Obamacare is defunded. The House has already passed an emergency budget bill that only takes the government's 2013-14 funding through December 2013 and it is missing funding for Obamacare. On the Senate side, Senator Ted Cruz is attempting to filibuster a budget that includes the Obamacare funding. The Republicans may refuse to raise the debt ceiling. The last time that happened, the nation fell off the "fiscal cliff" into a forced sequestration. There were massive layoffs and forced government service cuts. Economists are predicting that if it happens again, the recession could return and hurt the American public even more. The Republican's don't care. This is about political survival for them. They don't care how many people they hurt in the process, if it means they get the President. The goal is to try to turn the people against the Affordable Care Act before they can enroll in it, because they know once the people enroll in it they are going to find out it's better than they had been told and the lies were solely for the purpose of political deceit. The funding schedules have been released and it is being reported that the Affordable Care Act will cost less than previously forecast. So, already the lies about Obamacare have begun to be proven false. When the people find out the Republicans lies about Obamacare were untrue, the Democratic Party will go into 2016 on a real high. Particularly when you have the Presidential hopefuls of the other party (Cruz and others) leading the lie. The politics of distortion can only play out for so long before the truth takes hold, and that's generally not long at all. The President knows this, but distortions are hard to ignore. The pettiness can create grand distractions away from more meaning business (like a peaceful solution in Syria).
The Culver City Democratic Club is hosting a free screening of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Haskell Wexler's Occupy-themed documentary, Four Days In Chicago at the Veterans Memorial Building at 7PM on Oct. 9. The film documents the Occupy Movement's demonstrations in Chicago against the 2012 NATO Summit. Following the screening will be a Q&A with the film's editor, Nicholas Golding. Four Days in Chicago is lifelong activist Haskell Wexler's personal look at Chicago over four days in May 2012 -- four days filled with politics, protest and police. The Occupy movement, the National Nurses Union, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink and others converged on Chicago to tell President Barack Obama and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stop the insane spending on wars around the world, and bring the money home for housing, schools and healthcare. The film criticizes Emanuel's decision to bring police in from other states, and spend $27 million in security arrangements to secure the city against citizens speaking out. The protest was a huge event in Chicago, but received no national press coverage, save for sensationalized images of a menacing Black Bloc. Four Days in Chicago raises a key question: is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people -- or is it of, by, and for the 1%? Nick Golding is a Los Angeles native and a second-generation film editor. After studying film at San Francisco State University, Nick moved back home to Los Angeles and was hired as an editor on Forty Deuce, a reality series being made by Golden Globe nominee Zalman King. Over the course of the project, the two developed a strong working relationship. Nick went on to edit all of King’s subsequent projects, most notably the feature films Dance with the Devil and Pleasure or Pain, and the Showtime series Body Language. Nick also edited Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Shane Stanley’s feature film My Trip Back to the Dark Side, a gritty crime thriller which premiered at the 2013 Marché du Films at Cannes. Most recently, Nick has had the honor of working with Oscar winning filmmaker Haskell Wexler. Under Wexler’s direction and guidance, Nick’s work has broadened to encompass themes of advocacy and social justice. The two collaborated on the documentaries Four Days in Chicago and Medium Cool Revisited. Nick’s credits include work for Showtime, VH1, The Speed Channel, E! Entertainment, Bravo, Time.com, and Spike. He has edited films that have screened at SXSW, Chicago International, Cannes, and Woodstock. The event will be held at the Veterans' Memorial Building, Rotunda Room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230. Refreshments will be served.
At the Culver City Democratic Club's general meeting on Sept. 11, a candidates' forum and endorsement vote was held for the Culver City School Board's Nov. 5 election. Candidates Karlo Silbiger and Claudia Vizcarra each gained 60% of the vote of eligible members present to win the club's endorsement. We need all Democrats to support Karlo and Claudia and remember to vote for them on Nov. 5! (If you don't know your precinct, contact the L.A. County Registrar of Voters at www.lavote.net.) Karlo Silbiger for Culver City School Board P.O. Box 4794, Culver City CA 90231 310-202-7255 email@example.com http://karlo4schoolboard.com Claudia Vizcarra for Culver City School Board 4079 Coolidge Ave., Los Angeles CA 90066 firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sept. 17, Holly J. Mitchell swept to victory in the special election to fill the state Senate seat in the 26th District, formerly held by Curren Price. After Holly is sworn in, Gov. Jerry Brown will announce the date for another special election to fill the remainder of her term in the Assembly for the 54th District. In the state Senate, Holly vows to continue focusing on issues important to all Californians: women's issues, health care, the environment, community safety, education, economic development and improving the lives of our children. Congratulations, Senator-elect Mitchell!