Astonishing Waste on Homeless Programs by San Francisco

I had to read the story in the San Francisco Chronicle twice to let the facts sink in.  Over the last three years, The City has budgeted and spent $821 million in public funds on programs to address homelessness.  My thought, and also the question posed by the piece, was that the problem must have surely improved.  But the answer was no!  “(D)espite all the money and effort, reality on the streets hasn’t improved.   In many ways, homelessness in San Francisco is as bad as ever,” said the story.  My God!

So, I decided to look a little deeper and ask the question, just how many homeless people live in San Francisco anyway?  And the astonishing answer was also on the pages of the Chronicle, which has nobly established a “homeless” project to track, research and comment on programs serving the homeless and their degree of success.  According to the newspaper, there are 6,686 homeless on the streets in San Francisco pursuant to a point-in-time count conducted in January 2015.  The newspaper calls city efforts to address the problem “a disgrace.”

And that is an understatement!  $821 million divided by 6,686 equals $122,793 per homeless person.  If you divide that sum by 3 to account for three fiscal years of spending, the total is $40,931 per homeless  person.  In other words, just San Francisco (remember there are also federal and state programs that fund homelessness assistance) has been spending over $40,000 a year, for several years, on every homeless person in the city, and is not making any progress at all in helping to get this troubled community off the streets!

While San Francisco’s liberal politicians are squandering huge sums of money on ineffective homelessness programs, and continuing to raise taxes by claiming deficits and rising needs, one thing is for certain.  They are darn well NOT going to give in to that awful President Donald Trump and cooperate with federal authorities on enforcement of immigration laws against criminal illegal aliens like the one they released from jail, who famously murdered Kate Steinle with a stolen gun.  Oh, and they aren’t going to give up their lawsuit either to make sure they are paid the federal grants they say they are due for helping to enforce federal immigration laws, even though they won’t help enforce those laws.  Go figure.

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“Jerry Brown vs. Donald Trump!” – Trevor Carey and Jim Lacy on Fresno Radio

Here is a link to a radio broadcast discussion on 1/25/17 on Jerry Brown’s “State of the State Address” and “California vs. Donald Trump” on the Trevor Carey Show on Power Talk FM 96.7, Fresno.  California Political Review publisher Jim Lacy starts a long segment with Trevor at the 21 minute mark.  Enjoy!

http://powertalk967.iheart.com/media/play/27633841/

 

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California Presidential Vote Shows Huge Disconnect With Nation

CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla has certified the final Presidential vote in California and Hillary Clinton swamped Donald Trump here with close to 62% of the vote and nearly a 4 1/2 million vote victory margin.  While President-elect Trump won 30 states and a landslide in the electoral college, Clinton ended the campaign with a lead of 2,833,000 votes nationally.  Yet if California is backed out of the national popular vote totals, Trump would have a substantial 1,677,000 vote lead nationally.

Thus, the CA vote proves just how “out of touch” California voters are with the rest of the nation.  Hillary won 48.3% of the vote nationally only if you factor in the extraordinarily good showing in CA.  In fact, Hillary’s CA results stand in stark contrast to the predictions prior to the election: while few polls showed Trump winning in the important swing states of Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and he ended up winning them all, the last poll in California before the election pegged Hillary at 53% – far below her actual victory margin here.  In fact, Hillary, almost inexplicably, won about 900,000 more votes than Barack Obama did in 2012, and finished with an even higher percentage of the vote than Obama in that election.

California Democrats increased their representations in the State Legislature and came close to knocking off an additional Republican Congressman or two.  They are firmly in control in California, and going forward, when they brag about California being the 6th largest economy in the world, it will be impossible for them to blame California’s 24% poverty rate based on cost of living on Republicans.  If California is indeed the 6th biggest economy in the world, then this means it also has the highest poverty rate of the top six in the world, and that is nothing to brag about, Democrat friends!

California however is not exactly an unimportant state in Presidential politics.  Up to the point of the Indiana GOP primary election on May 3, just about a month before the California primary, it was apparent that Trump and Ted Cruz would be headed for a bruising finale in the Golden State, and because of a terrific campaign in which CA consultant Tim Clark played a key role, Trump was ahead in the polls and looking to our state as a “firewall” to win the nomination.  But when Cruz was knocked off by Donald Trump in Indiana, he soon dropped out of the race and Trump “cruised” to a big win with over 75% of the GOP vote.  California, with its largest delegation to the Republican National Convention, will indeed continue to play an important role in support of Donald Trump’s re-election in 2020.

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All the polls were wrong.  One of the polls had Donald Trump at 32% in Utah with a narrow, two point lead.  But he won the state with over 50% of the vote and more than a 25 point lead.  Wow.  That was a bad poll!

Here is another “wow” from the media, a headline from a column by Clarence Page in the Chicago Tribune: “Donald Trump is insulting his way down a losing path.”  Page wrote on August 12, “At least, the man — who proudly declared, “I’m so tired of this politically correct crap,” to a cheering crowd in South Carolina last September — may be learning the hard way that manners still do matter in politics. You can’t insult your way to the White House, Jeb Bush told Trump in a primary debate, but Trump is still trying.”  Hindsight now may reveal to Page perhaps a different reality.  That was no losing path…

Because Donald Trump tapped into an understandable anger shared by 75% of the electorate that the nation is moving in the wrong direction.  With so many Americans yearning for a change, why shouldn’t Trump have won the election, as the representative of change?

Trump’s vote, even in victory, was probably suppressed by a biased media.  The fact is the mainstream media did much to try to “rig” the election unfairly against Donald Trump.  Wikileaks and other disclosures revealed again and again the transgression of journalist ethics: CNN’s Donna Brazile gave debate questions, twice, to Hillary Clinton in advance.  CNBC’s John Harwood, a debate moderator, coordinated his reporting with John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman.  Steve Harvey gave questions for his program to Hillary Clinton in advance.  It went on and on and on…

Nevertheless, we have a new Republican President, who has the benefit of Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, and a chance to remake the Supreme Court for decades to come.  Liberals will shudder, but there is no more gridlock in Washington, D.C.  That is President Trump.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Just Say “No” to the California Tax Hike Industry

Successful Californians must pay over 50% of their income at the top marginal rates in state and federal income taxes.  That’s right – Obama’s tax hike created a 39% top Federal income tax bracket, and combined with California’s top of the nation 13% plus, our state’s most successful citizens aren’t working for themselves anymore, they are working for the government when they hit the top brackets.

But the “California Tax Hike Industry” isn’t satisfied.  In the upcoming election, they want even more taxes.  They want to keep California’s sales and income taxes the highest in the nation by urging voters to vote “Yes” on Proposition 55.  They want even more “consumption” taxes on cigarettes by urging a “Yes” vote on Proposition 56.  And more sinisterly, the California Tax Hike Industry has qualified about 200 local measures that ask voters to raise their property taxes (“for the kids”taxes but really for the California Teachers Association who already benefit from high wages and great pension plans), raise and extend sales taxes (claiming the funds will fix roads, roads that should have been fixed in the first place but for overpaying civil servants and overly generous pensions), raise hotel taxes, raise parcel taxes, you name it, the professional tax raisers are really at it in this election.

Californians must simply say “No” to all these taxes!

Californians are already among the most heavily taxed citizens in the nation.  Should Prop. 55 pass, that will continue, and things will only get worse should all the other local tax measures pass, driving up local sales taxes and property taxes even higher.  Already considered an inhospitable place for businesses to locate and for successful people to live in (other than for the fine weather and lifestyle – if you can afford it), all these new taxes will guarantee that California continues to have the highest poverty rate in the nation, as it has for the last two years, when cost-of-living is factored.  And can you imagine what successful people in California (the people who create jobs) will pay in taxes if Hillary Clinton is elected, and hikes yet again the Federal marginal tax rate above the Obama levels?

In the upcoming election, we may not have clear choices on many of the candidates on the ballot, but one thing is for sure: the last thing California needs is more taxes!!  Just say “No” to them!!

“Middle Class Crushed in Hillary Clinton’s America” – New Trump TV Ad – see VIDEO here!

“Two Americas – Economy” – New TV advertisement from Trump for President.  See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4obk0P2YCFg&feature=youtu.be

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Trump releases first TV ad with near $5 million buy in battleground states – see it here!

The Trump campaign has just spent nearly $5 million on its first television advertisement of the campaign focusing on immigration, a major issue for Trump.  The advertisement will start airing immediately and for the next ten days in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida.  You can see it here:

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Trump Up +2 in Rasmussen Poll, 50% disapprove Obama

The polls this season have been as much a seesaw as the Presidential campaign itself.  Of course – because the polls reflect the changing dynamics of voter attitudes; and the polls are showing Donald Trump is trending back into the lead of the race right now.  On Friday July 8, the highly respected Rasmussen Reports released their new poll showing Trump at 40% nationwide, followed by Clinton at 38% and the third-party candidate, Johnson at 9%.   While the poll has a margin of error of 3%, it suggests Trump is trending back towards the first place position in the race and that Clinton’s prior weeks’ leads have been erased, perhaps because of negative reaction to the recent disclosures of mishandling of sensitive national security information regarding her email scandal.

Rasmussen also reported a decline in President Obama’s job approval, with 50% of the public now disapproving his actions as President and 49% approving.  Polling occurred July 5-7 and before the tragic police shootings in Dallas so public opinion of Obama on that is not reflected in the latest Rasmussen Report, but the disapproval rate on Obama is consistent with an Economist poll taken July 2-4 showing Obama had a 51% job disapproval rate and a 45% approval rate.4_p063016ps-0515

California Trump Delegates to Meet

California’s delegates and alternates to the next Republican National Convention, all of whom will be Trump delegates as a result of his big statewide victory in the presidential primary, will meet on Saturday, June 25 near Los Angeles International Airport to organize themselves before the Cleveland convention.  The convention will occur at the downtown Quicken Arena from July 18-22.  California will send 172 delegates and the same number of alternates to the Republican Convention, and will be the largest single delegation to the event.  Delegates all serve as volunteers and are responsible for their own hotel and travel expenses.  The complete list of Trump delegates from the California Secretary of State’s website can be seen here near the end of the document: http://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov//statewide-elections/2016-primary/republican-delegates.pdf

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Trump May Add Bay Area, Sacramento, and Los Angeles to CA tour next week!

Donald J. Trump, who has just clinched the nomination of the Republican Party for President, is actually barnstorming California!  In a state where Mitt Romney lost to Obama in 2012 by 24 points, and where John McCain lost in 2008 to Obama by 23 points, Trump is within 10 points of Clinton in California in a recent PPIC poll and Trump says he will contest Clinton here!  And Clinton, who may lose her own primary to Sanders, has not even been forced by Sanders to defend her email scandal!  The Trump campaign will likely add new locations for more rallies in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Sacramento next week.  You can watch for final schedules and register for tickets to the events here: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/

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