Jan 262016
 

Don Wagner has rock solid A scores from every major Conservative organization out there. These are a powerful answer to the lemmings that support incumbents regardless of merit. The people that voted to endorse Moorlach may well have been doing so out of fear for their own office or due in part to some sort of Stockholm Syndrome. There is no other way to explain their fealty for a man whose record is not consistent with his reputation and whose egocentric narcissism is on full burn, evidenced by the horrendous turnover of staff in his office.

Worse – start looking at the record of Big Government John Moorlach and the Fun Facts start to turn frightening.

A couple of “minor examples” are as follows – Opposing Local control and supporting gutting term limits.

In 2006 – Big Government John endorsed Measure N, a local measure intended to lengthen Term Limits for County Supervisors. He also worked to pass it. The voters rejected it. Late in his second term, he floated another proposal that his fellow supervisors torpedoed.

John Moorloch opposed a plan by Rossmoor to contract Police Services from the OC Sheriff’s Department. Did he prefer instead to force the residents in to a small un-viable city or worse, was he trying to force their annexation in to a neighboring Big Government?

The problem here is that there is no “perfect” candidate. The anti-Wagner people have chosen to invoke Wagner’s past donations from Public Safety Unions and his support of some candidates some activists think are terrible because they were/are connected to lobbyists they don’t like. But, here is John Moorloch doing very un-conservative things. The record does not lie. He has continued the behavior in the State Senate.

The same alleged outsider tax-fighter is now endorsed by an establishment lemming brigade. Looks like Don Wagner IS the Conservative outsider in this race a la Ted Cruz or Dr. Ben Carson.

The establishment lemming brigade has framed the debate properly – the battle is between a party builder who cares about the duties of his office and a pension spiking has-been whose power is based upon his position and a system rigged to favor incumbents regardless of their abuse or uselessness. It is easier for the lemmings to choose a title.

I value Wagner’s contributions to the State GOP. We all should. But certain parts of Orange County Establishment are apparently content with their numbers that have slipped to a pathetic 56% of the vote for the GOP Prez nominee in 2012.

Amazingly, Scott Baugh, a former Permanent Minority Leader of the Assembly stood up to diminish the value of fundraising and candidate support in an effort to offset John Moorlach’s egocentric narcissism. (aka, not a dime to anyone, ever)

Anyone who truly cares about good Government should value Don Wagner’s over 300K donated to Republican Candidates in recent memory – because despite the alleged flaws in the GOP, our candidates are the best hope we have of stopping the web of control (such as attempting to force the annexation of Rossmoor) of government.

While Big Government John is in Sacramento bargaining away our future and enlarging his government paychecks – many of the very people he has done nothing for voted to endorse him. Perhaps Orange County deserves to turn blue?

To be continued…

Jan 242016
 

That the system is rigged for incumbents.

Many within said establishment are unprincipled and relationships change like Bill Clinton changes mistresses.

Big Government John Moorlach is now the establishment not based on the merits or based on anyone respecting or liking him – rather because he has the title.

Why else would people who used to talk about how bad John Moorlach is stand up to endorse him now? Position power and their fealty to the status quo. There is no other answer.

Perhaps this is why a pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, socialized medicine supporting, isolationist, tax raising loudmouth is dominating the GOP Presidential Primary. The seething rage boiling in an electorate that feel helpless and powerless has tossed logic out the window.

The people at large see a rudderless, feckless, punchless GOP. The GOP many people see are those that only fight to avoid conflict and taking a courageous stand. Why should Orange County be any different?

It isn’t. Rather than attempt to get ahead of changing demographics, the OC GOP has sat by while the share of the vote in the Presidential General Election has slid from 68% in 1992 to 56% in 2012.

John Moorlach has been in office most of that time and has done nothing about it. Apparently, that is what the OC GOP Central Committee wants.

Orange County will be blue by 2020, maybe 2022 and the current leadership have basically said this is what they are comfortable with – because the need to force artificial unity and avoid conflict at all costs trumps everything else.

The most compelling argument in favor of Don Wagner was his donations to several GOP candidates, including 15,000 to the OC GOP in 2013-2014 cycle alone.

How did Wagner get repaid for his largesse on behalf of candidates and the party? One Scott Baugh stood up in public and spoke to diminish the value of Don Wagner’s financial support of the OC GOP and candidates.

Now why would anyone in office ever want to donate to the OC GOP again?

Scott Baugh is a former Assembly Permanent Minority leader for the GOP, he of all people knows that Money is the mother’s milk of politics – yet he had to raise and say what he did, because avoiding conflict is the #1 mission of the OC GOP.

I can draw no other conclusion – because there is nothing in it for any of them standing up for John Moorlach. He will discard them once they have outlived their usefulness. Of all of the lemmings on the OC GOP, Scott Baugh should understand this as he has lived it as an officeholder.

As someone whose first experience in politics was in 1998, I have seen one after another “True Conservative” come out to my group or other groups seeking our support. With few exceptions – I have seen these “True Conservatives” run off the stage at the State Convention in order to avoid conflict, double-deal, ignore past supporters and most of all do nothing for anyone other than themselves.

The generation of self-serving narcissist term-limit babies that live for their next office who only take, not give to the GOP is what I have seen in the 18 years I have been involved. What I have seen from the Orange County GOP is that this is the type of politician they favor and when given a choice between a party builder and a leech – they shun and diminish the party builder in favor of the leech.

… and this does not even start the discussion of Big Government John Moorlach’s behavior in office. The OC GOP should be ashamed of itself – no incumbent deserves an endorsement by virtue of being in office, they have to earn it by virtue of what they do.

Jan 212016
 

Heck – John Moorlach already voted to make sure illegal aliens are counted for reapportionment – so why not tax them, too! Is this one of the reasons why the establishment in Orange County is choosing Big Government John?

Is this why Steven Greenhut wrote of Big Government John, “Moorlach’s not even recognizable as a conservative anymore.“?

Immigration, this is an issue that the GOP has blown chunks on. It is an issue used to hammer the GOP unfairly as racist. Like the Abortion Issue (see also “legitimate rape”) the GOP continues to shoot itself in the head with purely stupid public statements. A certain Presidential Candidate with a borderline personality has made a campaign out of it.

As someone who believes in removing quotas and a path to legalization (not citizenship) so that people coming here can be screened for disease and criminal history first, then a system that actually lets these immigrants work in the light of day instead of hiding, it galls me to see the Racism of both the left and the right on this issue. (in addition to the non-racist stupidity)

Racism? Yes, it is a purely racist statement to say, ” ‘they’ will do jobs others won’t do”. Well, Big Government John has said some bizarre things on this issue himself…

John Moorlach proposed a special tax on Illegal Immigrants.

In a 2/7/2007 Orange County Register Article, John Moorlach proposed another tax, beyond the 150+ the he voted yes on.

Moorlach figures a fine between $250 and $400 per inmate should generate the $3.5 million annual subsidy advocated by the Hospital Association of Southern California to help them recover the costs of providing services.

Local activists were stunned by the idea.

“Truly inhuman,” said Amin David, president of Los Amigos of Orange County. “I just can’t fathom it. I thought I’d heard everything. It just doesn’t stop.”

“I’m not proposing penalizing every undocumented person, I’m just going after those who have been arrested,” said Moorlach. “I’m just using a model that our state legislature has provided.”

State Sen. Lou Correa also slammed the idea.

“Nobody talks about the benefits that the undocumented bring to this economy. It’s sad. These people can’t vote and they don’t have a say, so they’re a target.”

Why is a solution to a societal problem a new tax? How is this conservative? Lou Correa is wrong on one hand and right on another – Undocumented is a BS way of saying illegal. However, even an idiot like Correa gets some issues right with the concept of hanging a target on these people.

Perhaps this IS how an alleged accountant (one who even has a license apparently) handles a problem?

Last time I checked, the County of Orange does not have the authority to set immigration policy. Secondly, what a great outreach message to minorities from Mr. Moorlach. I wonder what further brilliance Mr. Moorlach intends to bring to the GOP if elected… because we know he will sit in office and do nothing to expand the party based on his past behavior.

#facepalm

Jan 192016
 

By now, you’ve read ad-nauseum about evil Don Wagner signing a letter asking Congress to reform immigration. By now, you’ve read about the OC Establishment endorsing Big Government John.

The same man with a lifetime 92% CRA Score (Wagner) that is derided by the hard left as anti-immigrant amongst other things supports (gasp) open borders and measles outbreaks? Set aside the hyperbole – reforming immigration policy and especially enforcement is something 80% of Americans agree with.

There is another problem for the Border, build the wall crowd. Big Government John agrees with Wagner

When Orange County’s overlord Big Government John was shopping for a new temple, he was quoted liberally in the Orange County Register. Moloch has run for Governor, Congress and now State Senate in the last two years.

Let’s focus on this quote:

Moorlach, who emigrated as a child with his parents from the Netherlands to Orange County, said it’s not time yet to discuss his views on issues such as immigration, as that would imply he’s made up his mind to run. However, he said, “I prefer some of the proposals that have been proffered by the Lincoln Club and Sen. Marco Rubio.”

Last year, the Lincoln Club adopted a policy statement on immigration reform that would allow undocumented immigrants to transition to guest-worker status and a pathway to legal residency, not citizenship.

Now that sounds pretty similar to Don Wagner’s stance, now doesn’t it? I wonder what Big Government John is going to say today now that much of his base is riding the Trump build the wall train?

In a 6/21/2013 Column written by Martin Wisckol, the Orange County Lincoln Club tore in to Dana Rohrbacher for taking a hard line on immigration. (I have a paper copy but the link is gone from the register website) The Lincoln Club expressed public support for Marco Rubio’s plan that legalizes 11 million illegal aliens. (Which I support) The Lincoln Club went neutral on the full-blown path to citizenship that Rubio’s plan was bastardized in to by the Reid-Controlled Senate.

This is what Mr. Moorlach said he preferred – the Gang of Eight deal. Now what was the deal about that letter Wagner signed again? It looks like Big Government John went further than Wagner on this issue.

Now Senator Moorlach has indeed shown us all that he is to the left of most all of his base on the immigration issue – voting in favor of a resolution calling for the disenfranchisement of US Citizens in reapportionment. (Which is the current practice)

Now, we are back to all those “lackluster” Republican candidates (Yes that is the defense of Moorlach doing nothing to help the GOP) Wagner has helped elect while Moorlach has been office shopping for himself. Nothing to see here, who cares about Young Kim, Andy Vidak, Janet Nguyen, Marc Steinorth, Tom Lackey, David Hadley and Catherine Baker. (Vidak, Hadley and Baker all hold lopsidedly Democrat districts)

BTW – what has now Senator Moorlach done to help the GOP Caucus? That’s right, still nothing.

It’s ok – the Great Moloch is going to break out the bright shiny Pringle thingy from Main Street Disney in hopes you don’t notice…

Jan 172016
 

As of the writing of this post, the OC GOP has not endorsed a candidate yet. That is being hosted on 1/18/2016 at the behest of Senator Moorlach.

Please note that Don Wagner has given the OC GOP $15,000 in just the 2013-2014 cycle alone. Moorlach? That would be zero.

The SD37 Race in my opinion is cut and dried. Don Wagner – Lifetime CRA Score of 92%

A Rated from Howard Jarvis, Gun Owners of CA, California Pro-Life, etc etc etc

From a Conservative Republican Perspective, what’s not to like?

Dana Rohrbacher, an icon of the right endorsed Don Wagner over John Moorlach in the 2015 special election. The NFIB, a hard-right business group endorsed Wagner over Moorlach as well.

Every single senator and assembly-member that represents part of my home county of Placer endorsed Wagner.

Am I missing something?

When we take a look at Moorlach – there is a man who has a reputation for being a fiscal rock star, but on the other hand has a record of actions and votes that suggest otherwise.

The OC GOP should have a severe problem with a “fiscal conservative” who spikes his own pension, no matter how small the spike is. The ‘it’s part of the pay package’ is no defense. When you couple this with votes to raise his own pay and benefits, this suggests a man who is vested in his office and fiscal conservatism applies elsewhere. I will develop this logic and defend it going forward.

Mr. Moorlach voted several times, literally dozens of times to raise fees. Once – he even was at odds with Conservative Icon Tom McClintock on the Car Tax! (I will back these claims up with evidence later) I even have an article where John Moorlach indicated that a fee was not a tax… a classic talking point of the left.

John Moorlach has made several conflicting statements over the years on immigration that should leave anyone confused. However, his recent statements in favor of Amnesty for 11 Million Illegal Aliens should alarm all OCGOP Members. Now Senator Moorlach backed it up by opposing drawing districts based on citizenship, preferring instead to have non-citizens counted as well thus diluting the voting power of citizens.

Moorlach has been railed on several times by Steven Greenhut, who is also revered by the anti-establishment crowd, for going native. Now Senator Moorlach has continued that pattern with a series of Votes and Non-Votes that would leave any true conservative feeling betrayed.

John Moolach opposed registering lobbyists in Orange County.

He voted in favor of Pot Cards – something regularly abused for recreational use.

There are a lot of things in Mr. Moorlach’s record, documented with articles and his own words that suggest that Mr. Moorlach is not the conservative gold standard he says he is.

The OC GOP should take notice.

With Don Wagner, you have a list of scorecards from Right-leaning organizations with straight-A results. With Wagner, you know what you are getting.

As a bonus – for OC GOP members who care about expanding the party, consider:

Wagner donated to every target race in the last two cycles, often times maxing out. Think of names like Andy Vidak, whose win made national news. Think Young Kim and Janet Nguyen whose victories were pivotal for the taxpayers of California.  Think Catherine Baker, David Hadley, Marc Steinorth and Tom Lackey – four successful GOP candidates, three of whom won dem seats and one of whom defended a severely vulnerable GOP seat in the Assembly.

This is a score of 600,000 to zero. John Moorlach has done NOTHING to help build the GOP in Orange County – and during his career in politics the share of the vote has slid from 65% – 56% in the Presidential Elections. Will the OC GOP reward him for his abuse of the party?

We have suffered through a generation of term-limit babies who have refused to engage in party building. Don Wagner has helped the GOP expand its’ reach.

John Moorlach’s name does not appear on any campaign finance reports except his own.

OC GOP, Please Weigh your decision carefully.