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The feds and state haunt us

Posted: November 2, 2013 1:09 p.m.
Updated: November 2, 2013 1:09 p.m.

What a month! Was it good for you?

For California, the Democrat super-majority gave us the following samplings:

n Illegal immigrants get driver’s licenses. Democrats assert that we’ll all be safer and the new licensees will responsibly buy insurance; (AB 60) signed by governor.

• Illegals are allowed licenses to practice law. That’s ironic. The person in the country illegally will make legal citizens abide by the laws; (AB 1024) signed by governor.

• Non-physicians will perform abortions. Is that a War on Women?; (AB 154) signed by governor.

• Headline; “Law allows more than two parents.” Apparently, it does “take a village”; (SB 274) signed by governor.

• Gov. Brown has further restricted hydraulic oil fracking, a continuing bolster to keep America dependent on the treacherous Middle East; (SB 4) signed by governor.

• Prosecutors can now treat heroin and cocaine charges as misdemeanors; (SB 649) vetoed by governor. (Don’t worry; I’m sure they will bring it back next year.)

• Minimum wage will increase 25 percent by 2016, a continuation of California’s wholly unfriendly business climate; (AB 10) signed by governor.

On a national level, some true conservatives actually performed as promised in their campaigns. The attempts to quash them were disdainful.

The partial government shutdown ended with middle-class taxpayers getting zip while remaining saddled with all of the Obamacare provisions. However, the Washington ilk and corporations are not.

The major media should have been focused on bureaucrats spending too much money, causing trillions of dollars of debt (numbers no one can sagely comprehend) and a national Democrat-driven health care system that will be the demise of everyone but the wealthy, the politicians and their chosen ones.

Another component was the 800,000 non-essential federal employees who had varying degrees of work suspensions. As was predictable, they will all get back pay; thus they receive paid time off.

Why? When middle-class families are thrown into joblessness due to union strikes they didn’t vote for, they do not get back pay. The risk is considered part of the job.

That irregularity went unreported.

Major media outlets maintained their usual mode of operation shilling for the Democrats and turning all of the negatives to Republicans.

They repeatedly reported that Obama was steadfast in his “no-negotiation” stance, yet it was the nasty Republicans taking down the country — in spite of a dozen attempts by Republicans to pass legislation to fund and operate various governmental departments.

It’s Negotiation 101: Go item by item on the list of what can be agreed upon.

We did, however, get a brief peek at the opinion of Harry Reid, D-Nev., on funding health departments to save kids stricken with cancer. He said, “Why would we want to do that?”

We also witnessed the chilling lack of due respect for our veterans on behalf of this president and his administration.

The amount of effort and money spent, by orders from the administration, on federal policing to shut out visitors and taxpayers from national monuments, including the open-air ones, was abominable — a travesty.

At culmination there were some winners. Not most Americans, but many bureaucrats and sycophants hail their victories.

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Harry Reid and a few others went behind closed doors and emerged smiling that a “deal” had been made ending the shutdown.

It certainly had. Pork barrel earmarks at their finest.

McConnell garnered $2.918 billion for a dam project that was originally $775 million.

The “Kentucky Kickback” was encouraged by Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman and ranking member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, and also benefits Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

It’s a clear repeat of former Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson’s $100 million “Nebraska Kickback” to vote for Obamacare in March 2010.

Propaganda about Obamacare abounds.

A recent Democrat-written commentary I read must be called out on the never-failing and predictable lack of truth. It said that Republicans helped pass Obamacare because many of them voted for cloture. That’s pure fallacy.

On Oct. 8, Harry Reid sponsored “S1569 — Default Prevention Act of 2013.”

The cloture failed with ALL Republicans and one Democrat voting against it. That Democrat is Harry Reid (

Absolutely no Republican voted for Obamacare in March 2010. It stands purely as DemoCare.

I once thought Halloween was the scariest part of October.

I’ve learned many real ghouls and goblins reside in the federal and state capitals and haunt us all year.

Betty Arenson lives in Valencia. “Right Here, Right Now” appears Fridays in The Signal.


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