Dan Walters: Proponents of veterans’ bond issue mislead voters on costs

In the past Veterans Housing Bonds paid for themselves, since the interest on the homes bought paid off the bonds. The 2014 measure headlines Veterans Bonds, it is not the same. This is a social welfare bond for social work for those who are veterans or related to veterans or came within a mile of a veteran. This is a welfare program, not a real housing program. As a Viet Nam vet, I am voting against this fraud by Sacramento—using vets to propose welfare to make more people dependent on government.

““This act doesn’t create new taxes or add new debt to California,” reads the official argument for the measure signed by, among others, former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

That assertion is absolutely untrue. It adds new debt because while the bonds were authorized previously, they don’t become debt until they are sold. Proposition 41 would sell them, thus adding $600 million of new debt to a state already some $340 billion in debt, according to a recent study.

And while the measure doesn’t technically “create new taxes,” retiring the new bonds – unlike veterans’ home loan bonds – would cost taxpayers about $50 million a year, according to the Legislature’s budget analyst. That’s money that would be shifted from other purposes.”

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Photo courtesy Morning Calm News, flickr

Dan Walters: Proponents of veterans’ bond issue mislead voters on costs

By Dan Walters, Fresno Bee, 5/26/14

There are just two measures on the June 3 statewide ballot, Propositions 41 and 42, and both were placed there by the Legislature.

Proposition 42 more or less cleans up a decision by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators to save money by no longer paying local governments for some state-mandated services they provide.

Reacting to criticism from open-government advocates, Proposition 42 would place into the state constitution – as if that document isn’t long enough already – a requirement that local governments comply with open-records and open-meeting laws even if the state isn’t reimbursing them.

Proposition 41, however, is a different kettle of fish.

It purports to be a benign, no-cost way of financing housing for homeless and low-income military veterans by using $600 million in previously authorized veterans’ home loan bonds. But its backers are misleading voters about a very significant shift of housing policy.

The decades-old veterans’ home loan program is, by any measure, a rare government program that pays for itself. The state issues general obligation bonds to obtain the lowest-possible interest rates, then lends the money to veterans to buy homes.

The program costs taxpayers nothing because the mortgage payments cover all costs. Sponsors of Proposition 41 would have voters believe that shifting the use of the bonds would be a minor change.

“This act doesn’t create new taxes or add new debt to California,” reads the official argument for the measure signed by, among others, former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

That assertion is absolutely untrue. It adds new debt because while the bonds were authorized previously, they don’t become debt until they are sold. Proposition 41 would sell them, thus adding $600 million of new debt to a state already some $340 billion in debt, according to a recent study.

And while the measure doesn’t technically “create new taxes,” retiring the new bonds – unlike veterans’ home loan bonds – would cost taxpayers about $50 million a year, according to the Legislature’s budget analyst. That’s money that would be shifted from other purposes.

Steve Smith of the California Labor Federation, another backer, went even further, writing in a recent online pitch, “The measure doesn’t ask voters for new money. It won’t cost taxpayers a dime.”

That’s a strange – and dead wrong – characterization of something that would cost taxpayers $50 million a year.

These statements continue an insidious trend among politicians of treating bonds as free money when, in fact, repaying them costs taxpayers up to twice as much as their face amounts.

The plight of homeless veterans is certainly worthy of attention.

However, helping them is not the cost-free exercise Proposition 41’s sponsors would have us believe. We shouldn’t pretend otherwise.
 

California election: Voter malaise might bring record-low primary turnout

Why vote on June 3? The Democrats stopped meaningful ballot measures on a June primary. In 2012 28 races for November had candidates of the same Party. This year the unions and Munger are buying candidates like a sale at the local farmers market. Business interests are trying to buy Democrat candidates. The Chamber theory is this, “an appeaser feeds his friends to the alligators, hoping they eat him last.”

In San Diego the system is so stacked that only a couple races even have competition. No need to vote on June 3 in San Diego? Oh, third parties have been stopped from having candidates on the November election, so very few third party folks are running this year. Why vote, the fix is in.

“Meanwhile, the top-two primary system and online voter registration haven’t created the bumper crop of new voters their supporters had hoped for, said Eric McGhee, a Public Policy Institute of California research fellow and an expert in voting behavior and political participation.

“I wouldn’t be optimistic,” he said. “People seem to be really jazzed by the competitive contest between the parties, and primary elections don’t really offer that.”

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Photo courtesy of secretlondon123, flickr

California election: Voter malaise might bring record-low primary turnout

By Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News, 5/26/14

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It was a whole different ballgame half a century ago, when an average of 63 percent of California’s registered voters came out to nominate candidates for governor from 1950 to 1966. But a long slow decline that began around 1980 eventually brought the state to an all-time low in 2010’s primary, when only a third of registered voters cast ballots.

Four years later, more and more voters may be sitting out the primary.

“I think this might be an important election but I’m not sure,” said Enrico Howard Sr., 49, of Hayward, noting he usually votes only in presidential elections and hasn’t paid this primary much mind yet. “My ballot is still sitting on my dining room table.”In the Bay Area this year, the race for San Jose mayor and Rep. Mike Honda’s fight to keep his seat are relatively hot contests, but those are just isolated pockets of voter interest. Down-ticket statewide races rarely generate much heat, and this year is no exception; the races for state

Covered CA failing –per the patients

Looks like Covered California is going the way of the DMV, Post Office and the now infamous VA health care system. Plenty of money, lack of ethics, lack of common sense and honesty. Want to wait in line—the above agencies will fulfill your dreams. Want honesty? These agencies cannot spell the word. Bait and switch by car sellers, grocery and retail stores is illegal and those involved get closed down, sued and criminally charged. Covered California gets praise for telling insurance buyers they can get the doctors they advertise—then, find out the doctors want no part of the fraudulent program.

Nearly 1,500 Californians have complained to state regulators in the last four months about their Obamacare coverage purchased through California’s insurance exchange.

New data reveal the biggest category of complaints centers on getting confirmation of health plan enrollment and basic issues such as getting an identification card to obtain care.”

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Covered CA failing
By John Seiler, Calwatchdog, 5/26/14

Just like the Veterans Administration, Covered California — the state’s implementation of Obamacare — is failing its patients. That’s what happens under socialized medicine. The Los Angeles Times reported:

Nearly 1,500 Californians have complained to state regulators in the last four months about their Obamacare coverage purchased through California’s insurance exchange.

New data reveal the biggest category of complaints centers on getting confirmation of health plan enrollment and basic issues such as getting an identification card to obtain care.

Many consumers have also encountered difficulty finding a doctor who accepts their new coverage, as well as frustration with inaccurate provider lists, according to the California Department of Managed Health Care.

“If you have a medical condition and can’t get care that is a very serious issue,” said Marta Green, spokeswoman for the managed healthcare agency. “We are still working to resolve many of these cases.”

Well, what do you expect from a government program that has the efficiency of the post office and the bedside manner of the DMV?

 

Too Many Sex Offenders—So Chop Names From List

Leftists really love criminals. They prefer a tidy computer list of a small number, easy to handle, rather than a complete list of all those that are considered sex offenders. This is the silliest reason yet by the Left to protect criminals. Does it matter how large the list has become? If you are a pervert, caught and convicted of a sex crime, you need to be watched and known. Not sure who is sicker, the pervert or the Leftists that does not believe perverts should be known? Which do you think is worse?

“The California Sex Offender Management Board is recommending to the Legislature that only high-risk offenders, such as kidnappers and sexually violent predators, should be required to register for life, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday. Others could be removed from the registry 10 to 20 years after the offense.

A list of almost 100,000 sex offenders is unwieldy, the board said. California is one of four states that require lifetime registration for sex offenders, regardless of the nature of the offense.”

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Board wants low-risk sex offenders taken off list

List currently contains nearly 100,000 sex offenders

KCRA, 5/25/14

A state board overseeing California’s sex offender registration laws wants to overhaul the registry because they claim it has grown too big and does not help law enforcement or the public differentiate between offenders who pose significant risks and those not likely to reoffend.

The California Sex Offender Management Board is recommending to the Legislature that only high-risk offenders, such as kidnappers and sexually violent predators, should be required to register for life, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday. Others could be removed from the registry 10 to 20 years after the offense.

A list of almost 100,000 sex offenders is unwieldy, the board said. California is one of four states that require lifetime registration for sex offenders, regardless of the nature of the offense.

The result, according to a board report last month, is that California’s registry has many offenders “who do not necessarily pose a risk to the community,” including nearly 900 whose last sex crime was more than 55 years ago.

Some law enforcement officials and lawmakers support the recommendations, but acknowledge that public opinion is not on their side.

“People are very concerned about this. I’m open and willing to be educated on the issue, but I’m not saying now I’m leaning toward it,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore (Riverside County), who has talked to constituents about similar proposals in the past.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat who is chairman of the Assembly’s public safety committee, has previously tried to change registry requirements, said, it’s “a radioactive issue” to a lot of people.

California created the registry in 1947 as a tracking tool for law enforcement. Today, the registry is also used for Megan’s Law, which allows local law enforcement to notify the public about sex offenders who pose a risk and offers the public a searchable website of most registered sex offenders in their neighborhoods.

About 95 percent of solved sex crimes are committed by persons not on the registry.

Many specific aspects of the board’s proposal, including the level of review and oversight, are still being debated, said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, chairwoman of the state Sex Offender Management Board.

“What we are proposing won’t jeopardize public safety or unleash sex offenders who are dangerous in the community,” O’Malley said. “If done correctly and if done in a way that isn’t so broad that no one is held accountable, then the public doesn’t have to fear about their safety or their children’s safety.”
 

The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Replacing Warehouse Workers And Fast Food Employees

Unions are trying to close down McDonalds and other fast food places to force a $15 minimum wage. Unions are trying to help the lowly paid workers—in this case, thanks to robots, the unions are forcing unemployment. Studies have shown a raise in the minimum wage to $10.10 would cost 500,000 jobs. The good news is that robots and call centers will take over their jobs.

The bigger problem is that those robots will be created in the United States but manufactured in other nations—due to American wage rules and regulations.   Also, Amazon is moving toward robots for its operation—no union, no coffee breaks, no picketing—just work. Hire a few folks from Pakistan to maintain the systems and money is saved. The robots costs about $50,000—cheap.

“We see the robot as doing tasks, they could be dull, they could be dirty, they could be dangerous and doing them repetitively all day in a light manufacturing environment,” said Melonee Wise, Unbounded Robotics CEO and co-founder. Those tasks include stocking shelves, picking up objects and assembling parts.

The UBR-1 isn’t designed for small component assembly, but it can manipulate objects as small as dice or a Lego piece, Wise said. Unbounded Robotics is targeting companies that want some automation to speed up their manufacturing process, but can’t afford to fully automate their businesses.”

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The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Replacing Warehouse Workers And Fast Food Employees

By Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse, 5/22/14

There are already more than 101 million working age Americans that are not employed and 20 percent of the families in the entire country do not have a single member that has a job.  So what in the world are we going to do when robots start taking millions upon millions more of our jobs? Thanks to technology, the balance of power between employers and workers in this country is shifting dramatically in favor of the employers.  These days, many employers are wondering why they are dealing with so many human worker “headaches” when they can just use technology to get the same tasks done instead.

When you replace a human worker with a robot, you solve a whole bunch of problems.  Robots never take a day off, they never get tired, they never get sick, they never complain, they never show up late, they never waste time on the Internet and they always do what you tell them to do.  In addition, robotic technology has advanced to the point where it is actually cheaper to buy robots than it is to hire humans for a vast variety of different tasks.  From the standpoint of societal efficiency, this is a good thing.  But what happens when robots are able to do just about everything less expensively and more efficiently than humans can?  Where will our jobs come from?

And this is not something that is coming at some point in “the future”.

This is already happening.

According to CNN, there will be 10,000 robots working to fulfill customer orders in Amazon.com warehouses by the end of 2014…

Amazon will be using 10,000 robots in its warehouses by the end of the year.

CEO Jeff Bezos told investors at a shareholder meeting Wednesday that he expects to significantly increase the number of robots used to fulfill customer orders.

Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love Amazon.  And if robots can get me my stuff faster and less expensively that sounds great.

But what if everyone starts using these kinds of robots?

What will that do to warehouse jobs?

PC World has just done a report on a new warehouse robot known as “UBR-1”.  This robot is intended to perform tasks “normally done by human workers”…

The UBR-1 is a 4-foot tall, one-armed robot that could make warehouses and factories more efficient by performing tasks normally done by human workers.

Unlike the industrial robots widely used in manufacturing today—usually large machines isolated from people for safety reasons—this robot can work alongside humans or autonomously in a workspace filled with people.

This little robot costs $50,000, and it can work all day and all night.  It just needs a battery change every once in a while.  The creators of this robot envision it performing a vast array of different tasks…

“We see the robot as doing tasks, they could be dull, they could be dirty, they could be dangerous and doing them repetitively all day in a light manufacturing environment,” said Melonee Wise, Unbounded Robotics CEO and co-founder. Those tasks include stocking shelves, picking up objects and assembling parts.

The UBR-1 isn’t designed for small component assembly, but it can manipulate objects as small as dice or a Lego piece, Wise said. Unbounded Robotics is targeting companies that want some automation to speed up their manufacturing process, but can’t afford to fully automate their businesses.

To many people this may sound very exciting.

But what if a robot like that took your job?

Would it be exciting then?

Of course you can’t outlaw robots.  And you can’t force companies to hire human workers.

But we could potentially have major problems in our society as jobs at the low end of the wage scale quickly disappear.

According to CNN, restaurants all over the nation are going to automated service, and a recent University of Oxford study concluded that there is a 92 percent chance that most fast food jobs will be automated in the coming years…

Panera Bread is the latest chain to introduce automated service, announcing last month that it plans to bring self-service ordering kiosks as well as a mobile ordering option to all its locations within the next three years. The news follows moves from Chili’s and Applebee’s to place tablets on their tables, allowing diners to order and pay without interacting with human wait staff at all.

Panera, which spent $42 million developing its new system, claims it isn’t planning any job cuts as a result of the technology, but some analysts see this kind of shift as unavoidable for the industry.

In a widely cited paper released last year, University of Oxford researchers estimated that there is a 92% chance that fast-food preparation and serving will be automated in the coming decades.

It is being projected that other types of jobs will soon be automated as well

Delivery drivers could be replaced en masse by self-driving cars, which are likely to hit the market within a decade or two, or even drones. In food preparation, there are start-ups offering robots for bartending and gourmet hamburger preparation. A food processing company in Spain now uses robots to inspect heads of lettuce on a conveyor belt, throwing out those that don’t meet company standards, the Oxford researchers report.

Could you imagine such a world?

When self-driving vehicles take over, what will happen to the 3.1 million Americans that drive trucks for a living?

Our planet is changing at a pace that is almost inconceivable.

Over the past decade, the big threat to our jobs has been workers on the other side of the globe that live in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.

But now even those workers are having their jobs taken away by robots.  For example, just check out what is happening in China

Foxconn has been planning to buy 1 million robots to replace human workers and it looks like that change, albeit gradual, is about to start.

The company is allegedly paying $25,000 per robot – about three times a worker’s average salary – and they will replace humans in assembly tasks. The plans have been in place for a while – I spoke to Foxconn reps about this a year ago – and it makes perfect sense. Humans are messy, they want more money, and having a half-a-million of them in one factory is a recipe for unrest. But what happens after the halls are clear of careful young men and women and instead full of whirring robots?

Perhaps you think that your job could never be affected because you do something that requires a “human touch” like caring for the elderly.

Well, according to Reuters, robots are moving into that arena as well…

Imagine you’re 85, and living alone. Your children are halfway across the country, and you’re widowed. You have a live-in aide – but it’s not human. Your personal robot reminds you to take your medicine, monitors your diet and exercise, plays games with you, and even helps you connect with family members on the Internet.

And robots are even threatening extremely skilled professions such as doctors.  For instance, just check out this excerpt from a Bloomberg article entitled “Doctor Robot Will See You Shortly“…

Johnson & Johnson proposes to replace anesthesiologists during simple procedures such as colonoscopies — not with nurse practitioners, but with machines. Sedasys, which dispenses propofol and monitors a patient automatically, was recently approved for use in healthy adult patients who have no particular risk of complications. Johnson & Johnson will lease the machines to doctor’s offices for $150 per procedure — cleverly set well below the $600 to $2,000 that anesthesiologists usually charge.

And this is just the beginning.  In a previous article, I discussed the groundbreaking study by Dr. Carl Frey and Dr. Michael Osborne of Oxford University which came to the conclusion that 47 percent of all U.S. jobs could be automated within the next 20 years.

47 percent?

That is crazy.

What will the middle class do as their jobs are taken away?

The world that we live in is becoming a radically different place than the one that we grew up in.

The robots are coming, and they are going to take millions of our jobs.

 

Confused Guv Brown: Need Tax Dollars to Propagandize Citizens With Junk Science

Last week our very confused Guv announced that climate change was going to cause LAX (Los Angeles Airport) to be under water! His people had to back track on that stream of consciousness. Al Gore has said the polar bear is gone, though we have more now than ever before—glaciers are going to melt—but they are growing. Junk Science, used to control jobs and citizens needs money for the people to understand, per Guv Brown. This is the man that calls a $10 billion cash deficit a surplus.

California has the highest taxes in the nation, the most poverty, AB 32 killing jobs, but Brown has the answer. He wants to use tax dollars meant for education, roads and public safety to promote junk science—so we can lose more jobs and make the California Depression.

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Investing in climate change is a long-term sales project, says governor
by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent, Central Valley Business Times, 5/25/14

•  The need to capture the public’s imagination

•  “We’re tying all this together in an integrated plan to reduce the carbon emissions”
Climate change requires different political values and hasn’t yet captured the public’s imagination, California Gov. Jerry Brown told the University of California Gianni Foundation of Agricultural Economics Climate Change conference in Sacramento last week. The next day the San Francisco Chronicle ran a page one article telling how fruit growing in the Central Valley is in jeopardy as the tule fog seems to be slowly disappearing over the past 30 years, according to a UC Berkeley study.

In 1980 there was an average of 37 foggy days in Fresno, but this past winter, there were only two foggy days. Stone fruit trees, like the peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines that are a major industry in the Valley need the cooling fogs of winter.

“This is really a complex set of pressures that aren’t that easy to talk about in a sound bite or bumper sticker or one liner,” Mr. Brown said. “Nonetheless, the people as a whole have to be able to support a series of moves over a long period of time. This is a path that must be pursued today, the next day, and the next 100 years. It is something as of yet to capture the public imagination. They are still gripped in denial.”

““There will be an inevitable increase in sea level. That increase in sea level will have impacts on water quality and agricultural practices in exposed areas,” Mr. Brown said. “We we’ve got to get to work on it. We’ll take action to reduce climate change and then action to adapt and change the infrastructure, use of water, crops, and everything else.”

He added that he hoped people in the audience would come up with some good long-term solutions.

“Of course we have AB 32, which is the most far-reaching measure to deal with climate change of anyone in the United States,” he said.”

He told his audience that the temperature is rising and the soil is dryer, making easier for wild fires to break out and rage uncontrolled, much like last year’s Rim Fire that was one of the largest in the state’s history.

“We’re seeing that now. We have twice the forest fires in California this year than normally. It means that there is constant danger in urban areas, grasslands, and agricultural areas,” Mr. Brown said. “The fire season is 70 days longer than historically, so that means we need fire crews on all the time.”

The fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Assessment, recently released, says climate change bodes ill for states like California, the governor noted.

“There will be an inevitable increase in sea level. That increase in sea level will have impacts on water quality and agricultural practices in exposed areas,” Mr. Brown said. “We we’ve got to get to work on it. We’ll take action to reduce climate change and then action to adapt and change the infrastructure, use of water, crops, and everything else.”

He added that he hoped people in the audience would come up with some good long-term solutions.

“Of course we have AB 32, which is the most far-reaching measure to deal with climate change of anyone in the United States,” he said.

AB 32 states that the California Air Resource Board “shall prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from sources or categories of sources of greenhouse gases by 2020.”

The scoping plan, approved by the CARB Board in December 2008, provides the outline for actions to reduce greenhouse gases in California. The approved scoping plan indicates how these emission reductions will be achieved from significant greenhouse gas sources “via regulations, market mechanisms and other actions.”

Mr. Brown said there are now 70,000 electric vehicles in California and the toughest building standards. “We’re tying all this together in an integrated plan to reduce the carbon emissions,” he said, adding that carbon emissions in California are close to 450 million tons a year with the goal is to reduce them to 425 tons by 2020. “By the time we get to 2050 we’ll have reduced it to something like 75 tons,” he predicted.

The governor notes that there are 32 million cars in California that travel 332 billion miles a year. “We’re on track to add another 25 billion miles by 2020,” he continued, “a huge demand for gasoline and oil products, unless we reduce the miles traveled and substitute renewable energy in place of fossil fuels.”

He said while there is a transition, it won’t happen overnight.

“That many vehicles and miles are almost a billion miles every day. It’s going to take political will, investment, and support of the people of this state and the country. And California is not acting alone. We’re signed agreements with Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and will meet with Mexico in July to seek he same kind of agreements to work on collaborative efforts to reduce the heat trapping gasses,” he said.

Mr. Brown said agriculture is a key area of climate change focus. “We’re working through the conflicts of agriculture north and south, fish habitat, and the total system. It’s not like one side gets the wind. We’re in a interdependent kind of system where we’re both competitive and independent,” he said.

“It’s not us against them. It’s us in the environment taking account of the complex demands of being part of something called the eco-system. You can be sure we will be steadfast in California to do everything we need to do to make agriculture work and use our water as carefully as possible,” the governor concluded.

Outside, in front of the California Museum Auditorium, before the Governor entered the building, approximately a dozen people from the Center for Biological Diversity were walking the sidewalk chanting and singing anti-fracking messages like Climate Leaders Don’t Frack.

“His power to ban fracking presents a great opportunity to fight climate change,” said Hillary Aidun, the organizer for the frackers from the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco.

The below 14 minute, 57 second video opens with that scene, as well as Governor Brown’a keynote speech.

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks to U.C. Giannnini Foundation on climate change May 19, 2014 from Gene Beley on Vimeo.

 

 

Covered California ILLEGALLY Recruited Illegal Aliens to Enroll in Program

Even the Washington Democrats agreed to disallow illegal aliens from participating in ObamaCare. In California the law means nothing, just as citizens voting for initiatives means nothing to the Democrats or the courts. The Covered California folks were more interested in numbers than the law. They decided to put out literature telling illegal aliens to apply, don’t worry about the law.

“”According to the laws and implementing regulations,” the website says, “the information provided by individuals for coverage cannot be used for purposes other than ensuring the efficient functioning of the insurance market ( Covered California) or administration of the program, or to verify certain eligibility determinations including verification of the immigration status of these people.”

Democrats Yee, Calderon and Wright are crooks. Covered California is a corrupt operation—how much money are they illegally spending, how many illegal aliens did they sign up—what can be done to reverse this open corruption by a government agency—approved of by our confused Guv Brown?

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Obamacare Recruiting Illegals in California

by Joel B. Pollak, Breitbart, 2/14/14

In 2009, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) apologized profusely to the White House for shouting, “You lie!” as President Barack Obama told Congress that Obamacare would not cover illegal immigrants. Now it would appear that the White House owes Wilson an apology, as Covered California–the flagship of state Obamacare exchanges–is recruiting illegal (“undocumented”) immigrants to sign up for the program, regardless of their eligibility.

The Covered California website includes a special page entitled: “No temas si eres indocumentado/a y quieres inscribir a tu familia en un seguro médico” (“Fear not if you are undocumented and want to enroll your family in health insurance”). The website goes on to explain that information shared with Obamacare cannot be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It does not explicitly warn that illegal aliens are ineligible.

“According to the laws and implementing regulations,” the website says, “the information provided by individuals for coverage can not be used for purposes other than ensuring the efficient functioning of the insurance market ( Covered California) or administration of the program, or to verify certain eligibility determinations including verification of the immigration status of these people.”

As Bloomberg News notes, Latinos have been slow to sign up for Obamacare, partly because of problems with the Spanish-language version of the Obamacare website, and partly because some immigrant families are afraid of providing information to the government or using public assistance, among other factors. Covered California is devoting additional resources to recruiting more Latino enrollees before the deadline at the end of March.

Obamacare has been under greater pressure to produce impressive enrollment numbers as the program comes under more intense scrutiny from politicians and the public, providing a possible motive for recruiting illegal aliens to enroll. Earlier this week, the federal government announced that 3.3 million people had signed up nationwide, but that included people who had not yet paid, and actually represented a slowing rate of enrollment, with too few young people joining the program.

 

Tax Dollars for IRS ($23.4 Million) Subsidizing Unions

I bet you thought IRS workers worked for the government and the people of the United States. Most actually belong to a union, and work for the union, first. Then I bet you believe that government salaries go to workers to work for the government—wrong again. Over $23 million dollars is spent on union activities—and the Feds do not demand the unions reimburse the government. In other words your tax dollars are used against you.

You should also realize that UNIONS have access to your tax records—did you really think they are private? The IRS/Lois Lerner scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. Someday, in the distant future we will find out how corrupt the IRs has been—and how politicians use it as a way to get the best of their opponents.

“The IRS paid union officials for 521,725 hours though they were working for the IRS union the entire time.  That’s the equivalent of over 260 full-time employees, yet the IRS claimed that only 201 employees were paid by the IRS.  If the IRS claim is true, then these union officials likely received overtime for “working” on union projects and likely received paid vacations while exclusively working on union projects not their official federal government duties.”

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U.S. Taxpayers pay $23.5 Million to Subsidize Politically Active IRS Union

By Don Loos, National Right to Work Committee, 5/25/14

The IRS paid union officials for 521,725 hours though they were working for the IRS union the entire time.  That’s the equivalent of over 260 full-time employees, yet the IRS claimed that only 201 employees were paid by the IRS.  If the IRS claim is true, then these union officials likely received overtime for “working” on union projects and likely received paid vacations while exclusively working on union projects not their official  federal government duties.

This taxpayer-funded union activity goes by the misnomer: “official time” so as to imply an official purpose, yet officially there is no federal government purpose for the activity.   Taxpayers are funding private employees and officers of labor unions who are doing no work for the taxpayers’ money.

The fact is that there are numerous federal employees, who are also union officials, work ZERO hours for the federal government, yet are paid full-time, given bonuses, raises, paid vacations,  and promotions.  But, this can’t be so according to the IRS union’s top boss.

The IRS union’s National President Colleen M. Kelley claims that  “By statute, official time cannot be used for any purpose not directly related to the representation of bargaining unit employees in matters concerning conditions of employment, such as bargaining contracts or agreements. Official time cannot be used for internal union activities or for any political purpose. ”

It is unrealistic to believe that  these union officials who work full-time for the union are meeting the statute guidelines as describe by Kelley above.

Even if we suspend reality and assume that these taxpayer-funded union officials are not working on politics, that still means that taxpayers are freeing-up $23.5 million that the union would have spent paying its union officials. The union could have used all that $23.5 million of savings on politics, and they likely do use much of it for politics.

It also may not surprise you to know that the IRS union is the most partisan of all unions with almost 100% of its political expenditures going to Democrats.

And, it is worth noting that during Obama’s re-election year IRS union officials gouged taxpayers for an additional 52,000 taxpayer-paid hours over the non-federal election year 2013 (573,319 hours in 2012 over 521,725 hours in 2013).

No getting around it, Taxpayers are funding Big Labor’s political operations and it happens in just about every state as well. SEIU is even subsidized right here in Fairfax County, Virginia.

From the Washington Examiner:

The Treasury Department has revealed to the House Ways and Means Committee that Internal Revenue Service employees spent over 500,000 hours on union activities last year. They estimated the cost to taxpayers at $23.5 million in salary and benefits.

Officials told Secrets that the exact hours IRS members of the National Treasury Employees Union dedicated to labor activities was 521,725 in fiscal 2013, which ran from October 2012 to September 2013. That was slightly less than the 573,319 hours in fiscal 2012, according to the IRS, but the spending was significantly above that year’s total of $16 million.

The agency came under fire last year when it was revealed that they had 201 workers, some earning $100,000 a year or more, dedicated to union activities.

 *note:  Colleen M. Kelley’s quote also came from the Washington Examiner article cited above. 

Bodies of 28 Veterans At LA County Morgue Will Finally Receive Proper Burial

President Obama has allowed dozens of veterans die in the VA medical hospitals nationwide, just waiting for an appointment. To show he “cares”, Barack spent yesterday in Afghanistan—while in Los Angeles, after more than a year, it was agreed to bury 28 dead vets held onto for more than a year. But, there may be more than 60 such vets. It took a local TV station to dig this up. If Obama is so “respectful” of our military—why not a decent burial for those that served?

As a Viet Nam veteran, I am appalled that fellow vets are treated like orphans to a nation that has a Commander in Chief that has demolished the General Staff, cut the troops to the bare minimum and shown by his lack of concern for five years about the fate of our veterans using the VA for health care.

“On Friday evening, KCAL9′s Stacey Butler reported the LA County Morgue and the Veteran’s Administration were blaming each other for the mistake.

Butler reported from the National Ceremony where the bodies are scheduled for burial.

She spoke to citizens who were outraged at how the deceased vets were treated.

“I think its incomprehensible,” said Richard Burns, a Marine veteran.”

Photo courtesy Morning Calm News, flickr

Photo courtesy Morning Calm News, flickr

Bodies of 28 Veterans At LA County Morgue Will Finally Receive Proper Burial

CBSLA, 5/23/14

The bodies of 28 veterans at the L.A. County Morgue were finally moved Friday for burial to the Riverside National Cemetery.

CBS2/KCAL9 pressed the L.A. County Coroner’s Office Thursday to find out why the bodies had not yet received a proper burial after a source indicated there may have been as many as 60 veterans at the morgue for the past year and a half.

The morgue says the bodies were unclaimed and they don’t know how long the veterans were there.

The law states veterans are supposed to receive a proper burial.

The Veterans Administration says they were never notified the bodies were processed and ready to be buried.

More than two dozen bodies were transported to the Riverside National Cemetery Friday afternoon and more could be moved as they are identified.

On Friday evening, KCAL9′s Stacey Butler reported the LA County Morgue and the Veteran’s Administration were blaming each other for the mistake.

Butler reported from the National Ceremony where the bodies are scheduled for burial.

She spoke to citizens who were outraged at how the deceased vets were treated.

“I think its incomprehensible,” said Richard Burns, a Marine veteran.

“It’s kinda sad that these people don’t get the proper care that they deserve,” Burns said. “Even after death.”

Every Wednesday morning, Butler reports former Marine Corporal Burns goes to the Riverside National Cemetery and volunteers to lead memorial services for the unclaimed and often indigent vets.

Often Burns and a handful of volunteers are the only people in attendance.

By email, a spokesperson for the LA County Morgue pointed the finger at the VA.

They wrote, “…there are about 60 decedents of probable veteran status that have awaited disposition for about a year as a result of a personnel change in the Veterans Affairs office and stringent identification/eligibility processes required by the VA.”

Cindy Van Bibber, a VA spokesperson said, “There’s personnel changes every day but that certainly doesn’t take away from the service that we provide any veteran.”

She says “at no point” did the City Morgue contact the VA and tell them about the bodies piling up there.

“We definitely weren’t contacted or we would have had a service for the veteran,” she added.

Van Bibber said the process to get a proper burial should take about three days, not a year and a half.

 

Calif. license plate trackers raise privacy concerns

You better have good relations with your police department and Sheriff’s department. Almost every law enforcement agent in the State now has the ability to track you, see where you are going, where you have been. Your privacy does not exist. Make an enemy of a cop and you will find yourself in trouble—especially if you are involved with a married person or doing even the slightest that can be held against you, if known.

You would think that having these car license trackers crime will go down dramatically—not so—it is just an invasion of privacy by government—using your tax dollars.

“High-tech cameras focus on the license plates of every car that passes, taking upwards of 2,000 images per minute.

The high-tech cameras zero in on the license plates of every car that passes, taking upwards of 2,000 images per minute.

The photos are instantly sent to national databases that log each vehicle’s exact location, along with the date and time it was there.”

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Calif. license plate trackers raise privacy concerns

CBS, 5/24/14

If you’ve been behind the wheel lately, odds are your trip has been tracked by small cameras called “automated license plate readers.”

They’re often mounted on law enforcement vehicles and street poles, and used by police to catch criminals. But in California, lawmakers are debating whether this technology needs restrictions to protect privacy.

High-tech cameras focus on the license plates of every car that passes, taking upwards of 2,000 images per minute.

The high-tech cameras zero in on the license plates of every car that passes, taking upwards of 2,000 images per minute.

The photos are instantly sent to national databases that log each vehicle’s exact location, along with the date and time it was there.

More than 70 percent of the nation’s police departments use this technology to find vehicles associated with crimes.

“If a vehicle comes into the area, it’s instantly recognized,” said Captain Ed Palmer with the University of Southern California Department of Public Safety.

There are 62 cameras that take photos of every car on the Los Angeles campus.

Last year, L.A. police chased and arrested a man in a reported stolen car after a camera on the USC campus took a picture of its plate.

“It’s a force multiplier,” Palmer said. “You can’t be everywhere at once. So it enables us to get a look at almost every vehicle that comes through here.”

But now, private companies have built their own databases, and are using these cameras, too — cruising streets and parking lots and sharing billions of hits of data not just with law enforcement, but with anyone willing to pay, including private investigators, insurance companies, and lenders looking to repossess vehicles.

“They can track you around the country through these databases,” said California State Senator Jerry Hill.

Hill wants to regulate the technology. He’s pushing a new state law (S.B. 893) that would keep license plate cameras off private property, and ban public agencies from sharing their camera data.

“What we’re trying to do with the legislation is create some safeguards so the public’s rights and privacy are secure,” Hill said.

The California Senate will vote on the new law next week.

In the meantime, license plate cameras and the data they collect remain unrestricted.