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The governor provides a welcome surprise

Uploaded: Oct 5, 2023
Gov. Gavin Newsom provided a surprise over the weekend when he vetoed a bill that would have given unemployment benefits to striking workers after two weeks on the picket line.
The measure, Senate Bill 799, reached the governor’s desk after the shameful legislative practice of stripping a bill that passed one house of its original content and replacing it with new language. It allows the bill to skip the normal committee vetting process and instead end up on the floor for a vote. Given the Democrat dominance of both houses (super majorities) and their fealty to their unions who provide much of their campaign funds, it sailed through.
The governor, perhaps considering the state’s shaky finances (big deficits are projected in the next couple of years and would be sharpened if the state falls into recession), opted instead for economic prudence. The state unemployment fund, which comes from taxes on employers, owes the federal government $18 million, a number that Newsom cited in his veto message. That stemmed from all of the former employees collecting benefits during the pandemic.
Employers are on the hook for paying back the federal loan, although the state is picking up the interest payments-- $362.7 million to date with another $302 million due this month.
The last thing Newsom needs is for the state’s business climate to get worse.

The other weekend news was his appointment of Maryland resident and former California labor leader Laphonza Butler to fill the remainder of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s term after she died in Washington D.C. at the age of 90. Butler has never run for elected office, but certainly meshes with Newsom’s brand of progressive politics. She had been leading Emily’s List, the political action committee designed to identify and support women candidates who back abortion rights.
Sadly, as has become way too common in Democratic appointments, she was identified as a black, lesbian woman, notching more “firsts” for Newsom’s appointment. When he appointed Alex Padilla to replace Kamala Harris after she was sworn in as vice-president, Padilla was the first Latin senator from California.
Newsom worked himself into a corner during the recall campaign last year when, under political pressure after the Padilla appointment, he said he’d appoint a black woman to replace Feinstein should she not finish her term.
It’s straight out of President Joe Biden’s playbook who found himself cornered with his stated intention to select a woman of color as his running mate and to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court. Remember his choice, appellate court judge, Ketanji Brown Jackson, declined to define a woman during her confirmation hearing.
And Harris has proven an abject failure and has lower approval numbers than the president’s awful poll numbers. She did so poorly during her presidential campaign in 2019 that she didn’t even make it to the first primary.

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Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Jensen Tract,
on Oct 5, 2023 at 8:56 am

Rich Buckley is a registered user.

Unions for hospital based Health Care staff are antiquated and unnecessary... being a remnant of corrupted union bosses, captured by their own union boss narcistic personality disorder... wanting power and what end?

Referring to just hospital staff, not car companies, not manufacturers or other corporations... each of which may be a separate consideration. Leave the hospital patients alone! The staff and the hospital have the same moral code as the no harm. "The oath, the physician pledges to prescribe only beneficial treatments, according to his (his, as quoted) abilities and judgment; to refrain from causing harm or hurt; and to live an exemplary personal and professional life."

Consider this: The doctors in control of the hospital, form an Employee Benefits Committee (EBC) with rotating volunteer lay members of the staff on the committees. The EBC would have no union bosses in need of being appeased.

Do you think these EBC's would fail to produce a non-disruptive clamant?

I think we would never again hear from these personality disorder union bosses disrupting hospital staff and antiquated hospital picket lines. These bosses are remnants from an archaic system. For those employees of the hospital staff that need to express themselves, let them do it in an EBC... raise hell with the doctors inside the privacy of the EBC's, but leave the patients alone.

Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Oct 5, 2023 at 9:01 am

Rich Buckley is a registered user.

climate not clamant

Posted by Mark Healey, a resident of another community,
on Oct 5, 2023 at 1:14 pm

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Good call on Governor Newsom's part because strikers voluntarily choose to strike and should not be rewarded for walking the picket line. It is a protest for higher wages and benefits. If anything, the unions should have a trust fund to assist strikers.

As for Governor Newsom's selection of Laphonza Butler, he fulfills his promise of selecting an interim African American replacement for the late Senator Feinstein while acknowledging the political presence of the LGBTQ+ community.

California on the whole is far more open-minded than the conservative red states where I once resided and for that I am grateful.

Having re-situated from Tulsa to El Paso to Berkeley, I can vouch for the cultural and intellectual differences.

Posted by Kevin Wong, a resident of another community,
on Oct 5, 2023 at 3:02 pm

Kevin Wong is a registered user.

Cultural and intellectual differences aside, it is nteresting how most of our global technological advancements starting with the discovery of fire have occured in regions above 31 degrees latitude.

The United States seems to have its own latitude differentials as well as 42-44 degrees seems to be a cut-off point when it comes to various political alliances.

In continental states where the weather is colder, the political climate tends to be more blue while the southernmost states are predominantly red.

Geography can teach us a lot about American political science.

Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Jensen Tract,
on Oct 6, 2023 at 8:32 am

Rich Buckley is a registered user.

Oct 6, 2023: The Kaiser Hospital strike is now front page, with all the intellectual talking heads implying there's nothing but "Big Gain" opportunities for other workers in other industries... "Be Bold," join the picket lines... get out there and protest! This narrative is fed by mainstream media...a dying corrupt industry supporting everything the DC-Beltway Endless War lobbyists and compliant elected officials propose.

But the country may not be broken or lost in spite of these antiquated, narcistic idiots in charge.

Elites are being called to task everywhere. Billionaires are becoming the hunted not the true worshiped. Their motives are not surviving the economic inflationary sniff test. Greatness works deep behind the scenes, not out front gathering God-Status credit from normiees (hard working busy souls). As the Federal Reserve Debt Dollar dies (FED-Debt$) normiess are questioning why are we spending hundreds of billions on a totally corrupt Ukraine when Ukraine has nothing to do with our National Security. Better that we refocus on Fortress America rather than Global Empire... like protecting our boarders for one urgent example... Web Link or rebuilding the homes for the fire victims murdered in Lahaina by their own government.

Stock up as best you can...and do the right thing... listen to your intuition. Namaste

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Oct 7, 2023 at 9:40 am

Malcolm Hex is a registered user.

Loony Tunes alert! And this, from Rich Buckley who stated the following:

“...rebuilding the homes for the fire victims murdered in Lahaina by their own government."

When folks like Buckley spout off by saying the government of Hawaii intentionally killed its own people, I can't help but question the thought process. Egads! To think a group of people in Maui got together to discuss how best to kill off their citizenry is truly frightening. So frightening in fact that the story must be fiction! But I would like to lend a hand and bring Mr. Buckley back to reality.

To help Mr. Buckley on his journey back to sanity, I submit the following:

First degree murder: The PREMEDITATED, unlawful, intentional killing of another person.

Second degree murder: The INTENTIONAL, unlawful killing of another person, but without any premeditation.

To get a reality check about regarding the premeditated and intentional killing of people, Mr. Buckley, check out what's going on in Israel today.

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