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.
Memorial Day is the day we honor those who gave their lives in service to our country.
"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.
Gary A. Aminoff
Alliance for Liberty
Gary Aminoff – Alliance for Liberty
June 3rd Primary Election – Los Angeles County
Official Republican Candidate Endorsements
By the Republican Party of Los Angeles County
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
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
Los Angeles County Supervisor
District 1 – Juventino “J” Gomez
Los Angeles County Tax Assessor
Other Republican Candidates Recommended By Gary Aminoff
Treasurer - Greg Conlon
Los Angeles County
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
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
Proposition 41 - Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act
Proposition 42 - Public Records, Open Meetings, etc.
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 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:
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.Pablo Kleinman
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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.