And now for the Latest Labor Union Dirty Trick

 Big Government, California State Budget, Campaign Finance, SEIU  Comments Off on And now for the Latest Labor Union Dirty Trick
Jul 292011
 

The latest is claiming if you sign a petition for a referendum or ballot measure, you could be at risk for identity theft.

The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert just posted a story on a new radio ad being aired by a shadowy group claiming as such.

Now these are the battles we should be fighting.

Excerpting the article:

The spot claims to be paid for by a group called “Californians Against Identity Theft.” The coalition has no website and has not filed a campaign committee with the Secretary of State, though the content of the ad likely would not trigger disclosure requirements because it does not mention a specific measure or candidate.

The group does not appear to have any ties to legitimate organizations dedicated to protecting consumers from identity theft. A spokeswoman for the San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center disputed the premise of the ad.

Later in the article is this gem:
Derek Cressman of government watchdog group Common Cause said he was “hard pressed” think of a situation where signing an initiative petition led to identity theft. He said the ad sounded like an attempt to “provoke a fear” to discourage people from signing petitions.
And then there is the SEIU – imagine that…

Supporters of the so-called “paycheck protection” measure, which would also restrict political contributions by unions and corporations, have reported spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on paid signature gatherers to secure a spot on next year’s ballot. The effort has sparked at least one labor-backed campaign to prevent the measure from qualifying.

SEIU California is dispatching its own representatives to the streets to persuade voters not to sign petitions. The union has sent members a toll-free number to report canvassers circulating petitions for the measure, urging them to dial in “if you see someone trying to fool voters in your community into signing away our rights.”

 

 

 

Latest Sacramento Stupidity – Tax the Internet

 Big Government, Taxation  Comments Off on Latest Sacramento Stupidity – Tax the Internet
May 262011
 

OK, folks – I am not a constitutional scholar, but the interstate commerce clause comes to mind. There are a few bills in the legislature and in the Democrats’ desperation to avoid cutting the ghastly, bloated welfare state – they are scrambling like street junkies to find more money to support their habits.

Solution – let’s shut down every Ebay business in the state. Why? They will be forced to collect taxes and carry a bond (Which is extremely expensive) to indemnify the state that they will do so. Oh, and did I forget to mention the punitive fines?

I had a BofE employee drop in on my office about 6 weeks ago to check and see if my INSURANCE AGENCY had a use tax permit! Why? The BofE is obsessed over internet commerce and trying to track down anything they can tax that may have been bought off the internet.

Quoting the Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert – and note the TEACHER’S UNION is in support of this! Surprise! (Remember, it is not about the kids – it is about six figure salaries and union dues for them…)

Elsewhere at the Capitol, Democratic Assembly members Nancy Skinner and Charles Calderon and Sen. Loni Hancock tout measures they say will level the playing field for California businesses competing with online retailers such as Amazon.com.

The lawmakers will be joined by Bill Dombrowski, president and CEO of the California Retailers Association; Dean Murakami, president of the Los Rios Community College Federation of Teachers; and others at the news conference, which starts at 11:30 a.m. on the Capitol’s south steps.

Skinner’s Assembly Bill 153 and Calderon’s Assembly Bill 155 may come up for a vote Thursday in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Hancock’s Senate Bill 234 passed the Senate 22-17 on May 5 and is now before the Assembly.

Here is the sinister thing – Hancock’s bill passed the State Senate. It is so bad that two of her fellow Dems voted against it. Hancock’s garbage is far less discussed than the Skinner bill… The hope of the Dems is that everyone is focused on the Skinner Bill and that Hancock’s slips through.

Even Better – Hancock tried to write her Internet Tax is such a way as to get around state law. (We’ve already seen Prop 25 circumvented – too bad California, you couldn’t get even with them even when you try…)

Bottom line – Brown will sign an internet tax and the tax will be enjoined, then tossed out by the court. Again, the Democrats kick the can down the street another couple years and the GOP continue to fight over their shrinking slice of the California Pie.

But – the police state is here to stay, if your a business like me… the BofE is watching you.

You can do something about this – never vote for a Democrat again.

P.S. The California Retailers Association apparently is a joke – they shill for left-wing Communists and have done so for years. Don’t let their name fool you.