Category Archives: Legislation

A Complicated Nation in Search for Simple Solutions

Recent poles show Donald Trump by far the most popular Republican frontrunner for President. Trump presents very straight forward and simple solutions to many of America’s domestic and foreign policy issues. He is well-known for his reality shows as being quick and decisive, the sign of a good leader, at least that is the perception of many of his supporters. He reminds me a little of Ross Perot who ran as an independent some years ago. We like civil war heroes like Grant and Lee who quickly assessed a situation and decisively rallied their troops to victory even though those decisions cost tens of thousands of lives in America’s bloodiest conflict. Continue reading

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Separation of Church and State

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States begins with: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This was the vary first sentence in the Bill of Rights written by the original authors of the Constitution because of its importance. Many people such as the Pilgrims came here to escape religious persecution by the Church of England which was part of the British Royal Crown. The question is how important is the separation of church from state in the context of today’s world as many fundamentalist Christians want their moral and religious values legislated into law. Continue reading

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Legislators Not Doing their Jobs

This election we have five state initiatives on our ballot. There are elections in which we have many more. Some of these initiatives are submitted by our legislature to voters to vote on and are often quite technically complex and beyond the ability of an average literate voter to understand. With all the deceptive political ads by special interest groups constantly bombarding voters they are often thoroughly confused about what they are voting on. There are simply too many problems letting the public vote on legislation. This is largely a problem with legislators who are too lazy to take responsibility of doing their jobs of legislating. Democracy is all about being informed voters. When voters are uninformed or make decisions based upon false or deceptive information then Democracy fails because government no longer represent the will of voters. Continue reading

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Is the U.S. Truly a Democracy or Republic?

So often we Americans refer to our nations as a Democracy. But this is not entirely true. If it were a true Democracy everyone would vote on every law and there would be no need for a legislature. The United States is closer to the true meaning of a Democratic Republic as it is a hybrid between the two concepts. Our founding fathers cleverly took the best of both concepts to devise what they hoped would be a perfect nation. To keep it honest they created three branches of government and divided the power equally among them with checks and balances to limit the power of any branch from overwhelming the others. They also devised elections to be held frequently enough to make it difficult for any one person or group of people to become too powerful. Yet over the years and centuries legislators and those in power have found workarounds in the power limitations designed by the founding fathers. Continue reading

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Immigration Myths

The President would like to see the passage of an immigration reform bill which would allow many undocumented immigrants to gain legal status.  This is strongly opposed by many conservatives and Tea Party members who claim that illegal immigrants take … Continue reading

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Historic Victory for Transparency as California DISCLOSE ACT, SB 52, Passes Senate Floor

Bill providing dramatically increased transparency and disclosure for political ads passes Senate floor on a 28-11 vote with bipartisan support. It now goes to the Assembly for a vote. Continue reading

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Another Victory for Califronia DISCLOSE Act SB 52

The second victory on the road to transparent elections happened on Thursday, as the Senate Appropriations Committee passed SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, on a vote of 5-2. The DISCLOSE Act would force political ads to clearly list the top 3 actual donors to the political campaign. This makes it more difficult for deceptive political ads to fool the public. Continue reading

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Confusing Political Ads – time for “California DISCLOSE Act” SB 52

AB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, would fight back against unlimited hidden spending on campaigns by letting voters know who REALLY is paying for political ads — on the ads themselves. Continue reading

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