I’m sorry, but this mayor thing in Santa Clarita is just a joke to me, and believe it or not, from what I hear around town, I’m not the only one who feels this way. The headline read: Council names Weste mayor for 2018. Now, I hope it’s just a coincidence that Laurene is up for re-election to the City Council in 2018 and she didn’t think this would give her an advantage. Also, I would like to think that the picture in The Signal showing her surrounded by “loved ones and city dignitaries” was not a photo-op for thousands of voters to see, but maybe that’s just me. (Or is it?)
What really bugs me is the fact the council voted her in, not the voters of Santa Clarita. I know, I know, the city’s government is not set up to elect a mayor and the mayor position is just ceremonial and doesn’t have any extra power attached to it. But, if it’s just ceremonial and doesn’t affect anything, then why wasn’t TimBen Boydston given his chance to bang the gavel?
Why is there apparent maneuvering as to when and who should get the title if it doesn’t matter? I agree with Carl Boyer, who was quoted in this newspaper as saying it should be strictly done on a rotating basis. That would eliminate politicking by the very folks who are selecting among themselves with a seemingly big ol’ conflict of interest.
Why can’t we elect our mayor? Why can’t we adjust the city charter to allow the position to have more teeth? I’m not informed enough to know those answers, but I just can’t help thinking that the American way is to vote for our leaders. Why should this city be any different?
One argument I’ve heard is that what happens if someone gets elected and is a terrible mayor and we’re stuck with her or him for four years? If that happens, so be it, let the cycle of the election process take care of it. If the elected mayor is that incompetent, then a recall can be implemented. That’s how our democracy was set up to function.
When I was in high school and something went badly for us, my buddies and I would say, “Life sucks and then you die.” Now I’m saying, “This state sucks and will ‘til we die!” (For more evidence of this, see Alan Ferdman’s column on the preceding page).
As seen on page 7 this week, the state of California is absolutely sticking it to employers across this not-so-golden state. This is the love letter we received from our payroll services company on December 7.
We received notice that the state (California) was not able to pay back the loan to the federal government for the unemployment insurance fund. The deadline has passed.
As a result, the FUTA tax (an employer tax) will increase 2.1% retroactive to January 1, 2017. This is 2.1% on each employee’s wages up to $7000.00. That is a maximum of $147.00 per employee.
In order to pay that tax on your behalf, we will need to debit that with payrolls that are scheduled to run December 11th through the end of the month.
This is total crap and it hurts! This unexpected purging of cash automatically deducted from a business’ coffers and moved to the state’s coffers is a tough pill to swallow for many companies. Of course it will have an impact on the economy, as businesses will halt as much spending as they can to recover from this financial highjacking at the hands of their own state. Oh, and what is the first thing they usually cut out? ADVERTISING, which is this newspaper’s lifeblood (see what I mean about life sucking and California sucking too?).
Why California didn’t make payments on this loan like every other state in the union is baffling, bewildering and reeks of total mismanagement. Why our local representatives didn’t give us a heads-up on this is a mystery to me and it wouldn’t be a surprise to me if the powers-that-be hid it from them. Now that the damage is already done, I urge Scott Wilk and Dante Acosta to push hard and fast for legislation to stop this travesty from happening again next year. But, my guess is, just like the solar panels that grace the hill above Canyon Country, ain’t nuttin’ gonna change.
A Deeper, Stinkier Swamp than D.C.
The swamp that is the government of California cannot be described in printable words on this page. High taxes and fees on everything, for everyone, and any entity that resembles a business is beyond comprehension. Then, because of their inability or unwillingness to make payments on this loan to the Feds, they dump it on employers, knowing it would hurt and even devastate them to the point of shutting down. It should be a crime.
But, as long as the voters of this state keep electing these dozens and dozens of left-wing, idealistic people who don’t understand the value of a thriving economy for even their constituents, we will be in deep (business-wise) trouble. Someone who is intimately involved in the goings on in Sacramento told me the Democrats in the Assembly and Senate perceive all business owners (large and small) as being rich and they need to make sure they don’t get any richer for the benefit of the state.
Until somehow, someway the voters of this state realize the error of their voting ways, business owners will continue to choke on the crap that is shoved down their throats from Sacramento. But being the realist I am, I’m afraid this state will continue to suck, much to the detriment of all of us inmates, I mean citizens.
I’m sorry to say, but I wish a Republican would run against Congressman Knight next year. Maybe I’m delusional, but I want a gal or guy who will shout from the rooftops as to what really concerns us conservatives these days. His newsletters convey everything but those concerns, in my opinion. The one that arrived in my email this week included, “Assisting the Venezuelan people, Standing with Israel, Listening to immigrants’ concerns, Remembering Pearl Harbor, Growing young professionals, Grand opening in Simi Valley,” and “Preventing postal theft.”
All worthy subjects to be sure, but compare those to these issues from Representative Mike Gallagher’s (Wisconsin) newsletter: “Gallagher Calls for Permanent Extension of Historic Tax Credit (HTC); Gallagher Takes Action to Protect Higher Ed Access & Financial Assistance in final version of tax bill; ‘Congress must pass a budget deal to rebuild America’; Gallagher Calls for Elimination of Congressional Sexual Harassment Hush Fund.”
While Steve Knight is an intelligent, good and decent man, I’m just not sure he is the right guy to fully represent conservative interests in Washington, unless he can start communicating his thoughts and efforts in key areas of concern to us, his constituents.
Quips, Quotes & Headlines:
“It’s Here: America’s Next Big Bankruptcy” (Headline)
“If these pay-outs for settling sexual harassment suits by congressmen keep going up, the country is going to go broke. Wait, we’re already broke, but no one thinks it’s much of a problem, just like the congressmen didn’t think it was a problem to use our money to clean up their bad boy messes.” (Me)
“The U.S. is going to have a really high unemployment rate if everyone who ever said anything inappropriate at work is forced to quit or is fired.” (Facebook post)
“See last issue’s rant and this week’s ‘letter to the ranter’ about my new paranoia.” (Me)
“Trump Drinks 12 Diet Cokes a Day” (CNN Headline)
“(At) 8:45, more than an hour after the pipe-bomb story broke, CNN was busy with Trump’s diet Coke.” (Yossi Gestetner)
“CNN is simply and utterly MESSED UP! They could CARE LESS ABOUT AMERICA or REAL NEWS. There (sic) ONLY Agenda is to degrade POTUS by any means necessary. They are DISGRACE to ALL MEDIA!” (online reply to Gestetner’s quote)
“If the battle for civilization comes down to wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.” (Thomas Sowell)
“Does this apply to Jeff Sessions vs. Robert Mueller or President Trump vs. Kim Jong-Un?” (Me)
“Everyone needs to chill out, go back and read all the incredibly damaging, totally false stories the media reported that could have ended the Obama presidency — oh wait, that never happened. Not even once.” (Buck Sexton, news personality)
“Southern California’s Uncanny, Inevitable Yuletide Fires” (Headline)
“Many think Palmdale/Lancaster is an ugly place to live, but I don’t recall those folks having to flee for their lives or watch in agony as a firestorm blows through and burns hundreds of homes. I guess there is a trade-off for just about anything.” (Me)
Letter to the Ranter:
Re: 12-7 Rant. Once again. BEST RANT EVER !!! You are not alone on any of the matters you wrote. In fact I’m glad you came on board and realized our Great POTUS only used the Republican platform to execute his vision on how to Make America Great Again. Drain the swamp, regardless of political party. We love the Metallica and Eagles reference. You got good taste in music Man.
My wife enjoins you in confusion on being PC about relationships with the opposite sex. Heck anyone nowadays. Be yourself Doug. Follow the Ten Commandments. That’s all you can do. You will be alright. There are and always will be people looking for confrontation in any matter. As good standing people we don’t fall into their drama pit. I’m making this short. We Love You Man. We enjoy reading YOUR rants. Merry Christmas to All. Tim