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>Reigning In Spending: Have California’s Liberals Seen The Light?

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July 8, 2010

Sometimes a Great Reversal

After World War IIEuropean Social Democrats — the heirs of Karl Marx’s delusional vision — broke with their heritage. They rewrote their political principles, compromising. No longer would they go for socialism whole hog; they abandoned its key feature,the replacement of markets with total government control.
This was a great moment for modern civilization. It bequeathed Europe (and, perhaps, America) a clunky and intrusive (and unsustainable) welfare states, sure . . . but that’s far, far better than Communism.
We may be witnessing a similar groundswell of ideological shift in America’s stronghold of the status quo, the media. This week the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times endorsed budgetary rules that would take power and unlimited budgetary discretion from California’s out-of-control legislature:

It’s unfortunate that automated budgeting is necessary. But it is necessary. The state must continue to invest in the social welfare of its people, but we must do it in accordance with California’s projected growth so that we do not repeatedly yank from the young, the elderly and the poor the very services that we provided only a year or two before.

This may not sound revolutionary. But, as Tim Cavanaugh put it on Reason magazine’s Hit and Run, the Times — long an opponent of spending limits — has “acknowledge[d] clearly and publicly that out-of-control spending, not insufficient tax revenue, is suffocating the Golden State.”
And that is revolutionary. Not American Founder-revolutionary, but Social Democrat-compromise-y revolutionary.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
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>Why Is It The Mormons Who Are Being Called Down?

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Church Issues Statement on
Proposition 8 Protest


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The Church issued the following statement today:

It is disturbing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being singled out for speaking up as part of its democratic right in a free election.

Members of the Church in California and millions of others from every faith, ethnicity and political affiliation who voted for Proposition 8 exercised the most sacrosanct and individual rights in the United States — that of free expression and voting.

While those who disagree with our position on Proposition 8 have the right to make their feelings known, it is wrong to target the Church and its sacred places of worship for being part of the democratic process.

Once again, we call on those involved in the debate over same-sex marriage to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility towards each other. No one on either side of the question should be vilified, harassed or subject to erroneous information.

>Obama Must Like Same Sex Marriage

>ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

While Barack Obama says on the one hand he opposes the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in California, he somehow doesn’t like same-sex marriage. If this is the way he deals with problems, America faces a long, hard four years of liberality if he’s elected.

The man would rather let stand a California court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage. Since the ban is the only feasible way to overturn the judge’s decision, one must conclude that Obama, a sit-on-your-hands democratic liberal, likes same-sex marriage. Actions speak louder than words.

This has become a national referendum, though the voting will only be in California. Observers believe that the outcome of this debate and vote will play a huge role as to what happens in other states.

Both Sides Spending Big on California’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in California has been drawing large contributions from proponents on both sides of the issue.

The amendment, which will appear on the November ballot, was introduced following the California Supreme Court’s May 15 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The amendment states: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” But its outcome will affect all of America in one way or another.

The gay rights group Equity for All and a related organization raised about
$2.6 million in the first half of 2008 to fight the amendment, Proposition 8, according to an analysis of campaign fundraising by the San Jose Mercury-News.

That’s about $300,000 more than the amount raised by the major backers of the amendment, Protect Marriage and the National Organization for Marriage-California.

The amendment’s largest boost before June 30 came from James Dobson’s Focus on the Family organization, which gave $250,000 to Protect Marriage.

Focus on the Family spokeswoman Monica Marti told the Mercury-News that Dobson’s organization believes the outcome of the vote on Proposition 8 will affect the rest of the country as well. California does not require couples to be residents to marry there.

Donations have continued to pour in since the end of June, and much of the money has been coming from outside California. The Mississippi-based American Family Association gave Protect Marriage $500,000 on July 21.

“The rest of the nation is watching,” said Protect Marriage spokeswoman Jennifer Kerns.

Equality for All recently received $1.05 million from a political action committee of the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, and $250,000 from the Gill Action Fund, a gay rights foundation in Denver.

Both sides believe they can raise between $10 million and $15 million by Election Day.

Back in 2000, a proposition declaring that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California” passed with 61 percent of the vote.

The Supreme Court ruling struck down that statue, meaning the constitutional amendment is needed to ban same-sex marriage.

Barack Obama opposes the initiative, calling it “divisive and discriminatory,” but he remains opposed to same-sex marriage and supports civil unions and domestic partnerships.

His presidential rival John McCain announced his support for the amendment in June

>California Blazes Still Raging

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SAN FRANCISCO – There is no relief in sight for California firefighters, as they fight more than 1,400 blazes including the massive, stubborn fire in the Big Sur region.

Fire crews have surrounded more than 1,420 blazes, according to the state’s office of Emergency Planning, but the end is still not in sight. Some 364,600 acres — or almost 570 square miles — have burned.

The Associated Press said Monday morning that a “red flag warning” — meaning the most extreme fire danger — was still in effect for Northern California until 8 a.m. EDT Monday. And the weather in the coming days and months isn’t expected to help efforts. Click the link below for the full story:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080630/ap_on_re_us/wildfires

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