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  • What Would A Real War On Poverty Look Like?

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    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the “War on Poverty” (announced in January of 1964) and the “Great Society” (announced 50 years ago yesterday). These were America’s two great experiments in using the power of the federal government to transform and radically improve the country. Fifty years and some 15 or 20 trillion dollars—depending on how you count—is a pretty good test and plenty of time to conclude that it has failed.

    As I have argued elsewhere, the result of the War on Poverty has been to ameliorate some of the effects of poverty, but not to ameliorate poverty itself. In other words, the result has been to “make the poor more secure in their poverty,” which is precisely what LBJ promised not to do. As I pointed out more recently, LBJ’s claim that this would lead to a Great Society of elevated spiritual refinement is—well, let’s say it is even more preposterous now than it was when it first emerged from the lips of a foul-mouthed political opportunist.

    It seems beyond the point to rehash these old arguments, precisely because it has been so long and the results are so clear. If the War on Poverty were going to end poverty and its pathologies, it would have done so already. Since it didn’t, it’s time to move on to something else. For the political right, this means moving on from criticizing the Great Society programs and tackling for ourselves, based on our own principles and our own observations of economic reality, the question of how we can help make it possible for more people to pull themselves up out of poverty and into the middle class, and from the middle class to wealth.

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  • Honor America's Fallen Heroes - Memorial Day 2014

    Memorial Day is the day we honor those who gave their lives in service to our country.  

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    "That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion"

     

    These iconic words delivered by President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg embody the true meaning of Memorial Day:  to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.

    Each member of the Armed Forces swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution.  The unspoken part of that oath is the willingness to lay down one's life to protect our liberty.  Our freedom is not free, and the sacrifices of service men and women throughout history stand as constant, powerful reminders of the price.

    President Lincoln said, "to truly honor these heroes, we must steadfastly resolve to continue their noble fight against all who would threaten our way of life."
      
    Join me in thanking those brave souls who have given the ultimate sacrifice in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

    Best regards,

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    Gary A. Aminoff
    Founder
    Alliance for Liberty




  • June 3, 2014 Primary Election Voter Guide

     

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    Gary Aminoff – Alliance for Liberty

    Election Recommendations

    June 3rd Primary Election – Los Angeles County

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    Official Republican Candidate Endorsements
    By the Republican Party of Los Angeles County

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    Statewide Candidates

    Governor – Tim Donnelly

    Lieutenant Governor – Ron Nehring

    Secretary of State – Pete Peterson

    Attorney General – Phillip Wyman

    Controller – Ashley Swearingen

    Insurance Commissioner – Ted Gaines

    Superintendent of Public Instruction – Lydia Gutierrez

     

    Congressional Candidates

    CD 23 – Kevin McCarthy

    CD 26 – Jeff Gorell

    CD 27 – Jack Orswell

    CD 29 – William Leader

    CD 32 – Arturo Alas

    CD 37 – R. Adam King

    CD 39 – Ed Royce

    CD 43 – John R. Wood

    CD 47 – Andy Whallon

     

    State Senate Candidates

    SD 18 – Ricardo Benitez

    SD 20 – Matthew Munson

    SD 32 – Mario Guerra

    SD 34 – Janet Nguyen

     

    State Assembly Candidates

    AD 38 – Scott Wilk

    AD 43 – Todd Royal

    AD 45 – Susan Shelley

    AD 46 – Zachary Taylor

    AD 48 – Joe Gardner

    AD 49 – Esthela Torres Siegrist

    AD 50 – Bradly Torgan

    AD 52 – Dorothy Pineda

    AD 57 – Rita Topalian

    AD 62 – Ted Grose

    AD 63 – Adam Miller

    AD 66 David Hadley

    AD 70 – John Goya

     

    State Board of Equalization – District 1

    George Runner

     

    Los Angeles County Supervisor

    District 1 – Juventino “J” Gomez

     

    Los Angeles County Tax Assessor

    John Morris

     

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    Other Republican Candidates Recommended By Gary Aminoff

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    Statewide Offices

    Treasurer - Greg Conlon

     

    Los Angeles County

      

    Congressional Candidates

    CD25 – Steve Knight

    CD30 – Pablo Kleinman

    CD33 – Elan Carr

    CD38 – Benjamin Campos

     

    State Senate Candidates

    SD 24 - William Morrison

     

    Assembly District Candidates

    AD 36 Suzette Martinez

    AD 44 – Rob McCoy

    AD 51 – Stephen Smith (Write-in)

    AD54 – Glen Ratcliff

    AD55 – Philip Chen

     

    Los Angeles County Sheriff

    Paul Tanaka

     

    Judicial Candidates

    Office 22 – Amy Carter

    Office 48 – Carol Rose

    Office 54 – Shannon Knight

    Office 61 – Dayan Mathai

    Office 76 – Alison Matsumoto Estrada

    Office 87 – Steven P. Schreiner

    Office 97 – Teresa P. Magno

    Office 107 – Joan Chrostek

    Office 113 – Stacy Wiese

    Office 117 – James B. Pierce

    Office 138 – Donna Hollingsworth Armstrong

    Office 157 – Andrew Cooper

     

    State Board of Equalization – District 2

    James E. Theis

     

    State Board of Equalization – District 4

    Diane Harkey

     

     STATE MEASURES

     

    Proposition 41 - Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act

    NO

     

    Proposition 42 - Public Records, Open Meetings, etc.

    YES

     

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    Discussion about the Los Angeles County Supervisor Race in District #3

     

    There is no Republican running in the 3rd District for County Supervisor.  One of the people running in that race is Sheila Kuehl.  We do not want Sheila Kuehl as County Supervisor.  There are very few people who are farther left than Sheila Kuehl.   As a state senator, Sheila Keuhl was the sponsor of much progressive legislation that was damaging to California and she was a promoter of the public employee unions and their pensions.  She is a big-government statist.  You can Google Sheila Keuhl to know more about her, but you, I am sure, will conclude, as I have, that we do not want her as a Los Angeles County Supervisor.  Here is a blog that has some information on Sheila Kuehl, but you can find much more:  http://www.onecitizenspeaking.com/2013/05/progressive-alert-sheila-kuehl-to-run-for-la-county-supervisor-a-clear-and-present-danger-to-a-systemic-reform-of-a-cor.html 

    There are several Democrats running for the Supervisor position.  One of them is Bobby Shriver, who is also a City Councilman in Santa Monica.  Bobby is a Democrat but not a far-left progressive like Kuehl.  Bobby Shriver is probably the only candidate who could defeat Sheila Kuehl in a runoff election.  He has the funding and the name recognition.  I suggest we all get behind Bobby Shriver and support him in the primary so he gets into the runoff with Sheila Kuehl.

     

     

     

  • Pablo Kleinman Comments on John Kerry

    Pablo Kleinman is a Republican, limited government, pro-business Constitutionalist candidate running for Congress in the 30th Congressional District against Brad Sherman.  I am highly recommending that you vote for Pablo if you live in Brad Sherman's district in the San Fernando Valley.  See more on his website at www.voteforpablo.com.

    Pablo today issued the following statement relating to John Kerry's comments about Israel becoming an "Apartheid" state:
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    I was outraged this week to hear the explosive audio of our Secretary of State equating Israel’s struggle against terrorism to South Africa’s apartheid – and on the very day that people around the world paused for Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

    Besides being offensive to the very real struggles South African blacks had to garner their freedoms, Kerry’s comments suggest a troubling policy coming from the Democratic Party and an adherence to a false, anti-Semitic and delegitimizing discourse promoted by the international far-left. 

    Kerry, after all, was the Democratic nominee for President recently. At the last Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, we saw many of the same anti-Israel tactics. The Democrats may not realize it but one-fifth of Israel’s citizens are Arab and enjoy more democratic rights and freedoms than in any Arab state. Palestinian leaders, however, insist that no Jews will be allowed to settle in “Palestine.” 

    Israel’s struggle against hatred and terrorism is a real struggle that deserves both political parties’ support. 

    If you agree that it’s time to send a message to the Democrats in Congress that Israel deserves our vocal support, and not just during election season, then join me in my fight to send a new generation of leaders to Washington. - please consider making a contribution to my campaign today. With your support, I can be the voice of reform in Congress. You can contribute by clicking here.

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  • Can We Fix Bad Politics With More Politicians?

    I think this happens to be a good idea.  I support it.

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    Can we fix bad politics with more politicians?

     

     One California reform group believes the best way to deal with California’s broken political system is to elect more politicians – thousands more – to statewide legislative office.

    It’s a counterintuitive idea that seems wacky at first, but has surprisingly sound reasoning behind it. Such a measure might even be on the 2014 statewide ballot.

    Since 2011, San Diego-area venture capitalist and former GOP presidential candidate John Cox, chairman of Rescue California, has been pitching the idea of a “neighborhood legislature.” Californians who want to fix the state’s political problems tend to focus on term limits, campaign-finance reform, open primaries and part-time legislatures. Whatever the merits of those ideas, he says, they miss the main problem, which is a lack of representation.

    California has the largest number of citizens represented by the fewest number of politicians. One Assembly member represents 483,000 Californians. In New Hampshire, with the most representative statehouse, one member represents roughly 3,300 residents. In California, there’s little chance to influence or even meet with your own legislator. In some states, a legislator is more likely to be a neighbor than a professional politician and will presumably be more attuned to local issues than the demands of interest groups.

    One doesn’t get elected here by canvassing door to door, but by raising enormous amounts of money, which means currying support from the developers, unions, environmentalists and big businesses that want something in return, according to Cox.

    The idea is fascinating, even if it gets bogged down in the details.

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