Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 11, 2018

A Call for Righty Writers:

Once again I cry out for a conservative or two to submit columns to The Signal. The number of liberals on their opinion page is kicking Santa Clarita conservatives’ butts. Wednesdays have been their “Call to Port” series (what that has to do with Democrats, I don’t know) featuring left-wing writers. This past Tuesday there was a “Democratic Voices” piece.

It baffles me that with the number of conservative bloggers in this community that grace the pages of Facebook, not one of them will take the time to submit their thoughts to the local paper to offset the onslaught of the consistent liberal writers. Come on, right-leaning guys and gals, please show the readers of The Signal a different perspective!

Lo and behold, after I wrote this, Wednesday’s Signal included a column by Steve Knight regarding the Net Neutrality deal. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard much concern from conservatives or liberals on this subject, and his feelings on it lean towards the left side of things.

It would be really good if Rep. Knight would have been writing pieces over the years in The Signal as to what his thoughts were on many of the pressing issues since he’s been in office. He could have been (and still could be) a nice right-leaning voice in The Signal to help take care of the shortage of conservative contributors. Ranter’s Note: Please see the “Who Knew” portion later in this rant.       


 Short-Term Memory Drain:

Jonathan Kraut’s “Democratic Voices” column in Tuesday’s Signal was entitled “Short-term gain, long-term drain.” Mr. Kraut’s premise of the dangers of the national debt ring loud and true like conservatives were proclaiming during the period of time Obama ran it up by $10 trillion, which was about $1.25 trillion per year. The possible debt ramification from the tax reform bill is $1 trillion over 10 years, which works out to $100 billion per year (if my math is correct). Is it just me, or isn’t that quite a bit less than $1.25 trillion per year?

What Kraut failed to mention is that the short-term gain from the tax cuts has already helped many Americans and will continue to for years. Also, no mention of the possibility that increased tax revenue will flow into the U.S. coffers as a result of big economic gains, which just may offset the dreaded increase in debt.

He also failed to mention that the main contributors to the debt are entitlements and those entitlements are something Democrats don’t want to budge on. Where were Jonathan Kraut and all of the other Democrats’ loud and urgent warnings of  the increasing debt from 2009 to 2017?

Now that the economy is vaulting upwards and millions of folks will have more money in their bank accounts, let’s see if the likes of Kraut will beat the debt drum loudly stating the need to reform Welfare and the Food Stamp programs, Medicare and Social Security. If not, their cries of a debt crisis have no teeth.

Who Knew?

Conservative Review, a news media company, keeps a score card of the voting records of Representatives and Senators as to the percentage those votes are conservative. There are several that score in the 80-100 percent range with their voting, including the likes of Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse, Jim Jordan, Louie Gomert, Rand Paul and Tim Scott.

Steve Knight comes in at 35 percent, which is considered a failing grade and not much better than some Democrats. To be fair, Knight keeps company with other well-known Republicans that appear to fall into the RINO (Republican in name only) category with conservative voting in the 30 percentile range: Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, to name a few.          

 I’ve ranted my displeasure regarding Knight’s apparent disregard of communicating his thoughts on crucial matters to his constituents and now we may know the reason why. This is the conundrum, though: Is he better than the Dems who are trying to take his seat? Even as a Tea Party type conservative, I regretfully think he is still a better choice.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

“Now, as to the Wolff book, I learned over the weekend that I’m mentioned in this thing. It’s not a big mention, but it’s totally false. And I’m just gonna throw my experience of being in this book in the column of ‘it’s fake.’ I mean, it is so untrue, it’s not even close. There’s not even a single word in this reference that is anywhere near the truth.” (Rush Limbaugh)

“Wolff’s Trump book referenced Maria Bartiromo, but didn’t clear it with her” (Headline)

“Democrats eye Trump impeachment as midterm election strategy” (Headline)

“The talk is they’re going to use the book ‘Fire & Fury’ as part of their evidence. Now, that’s good, solid legal ground to stand on, right?”  (Me)

Trump is still better than Hillary, despite all his chaos.” (Michael Goodwin, Fox News)

“I will add, better than Obama, Clinton and even both Bushes, for that matter.” (Me)

“Now that Steve Bannon has carried his political jihad to its logical conclusion, martyrdom never looked so meaningless. A bright and talented man has sacrificed himself over nothing more significant than anger and vanity.” (Michael Goodwin)

“Trump staffer has confrontation with CNN’s Jake Tapper on and off camera” (Headline)

“The Trump staffer is Stephen Miller and I love the way this guy handles the press; the dude has it going on. They should have him fill in for Sarah Sanders once in a while; it would be great entertainment to see him go at it with the White House reporters.” (Me)


“Who’s Crazy? Trump or the Anti-Trump Shrinks?” (Headline)

“I love the so-called experts that are diagnosing President Trump as mentally unstable even though they’ve never met the man.” (Me)

“Climate change may have helped spark Iran’s protests” (Headline)

“Oh really? The $150 billion Obama gave them that was supposed to go towards helping the Iranian people had nothing to do with it?” (Me)

 Letters to the Ranter:

 Hi Doug,

Read your comments in the Jan 5 – Jan 11, 2018 paper. I just want to let you know that I agree 100% with your comments.

 I just don’t get (other than votes) why the Democrats are so strongly pushing to protect people who come here illegally, even those who have committed crimes, to the detriment of US citizens? Don’t they understand that with several millions of these illegals in our state that every time they flush a toilet and take a shower they are using our precious water resources? Water resources that you and I were forced to cut back on due to the “drought.”

Question: Have any of these Democrats ever taken economics 101?  

Question: Have you ever seen a Democrat or Democratic Administration cut taxes for anyone? I have lived in California 76 years, and don›t ever remember them cutting taxes, have you?

 Question: When wages and taxes are increased on businesses, do the Democrats understand that these increases are just going to be passed on to the general public? 

 Question: Why do most of the local media newspapers, and those in the rest of the state, say they want things to be better in Sacramento, or in Washington, and then support almost every Democrat running for office who is going to vote right down the party line for every socialist idea that is proposed? 

 Question: Why do these newspapers and their columnists complain about the California Public Employees Pension System that the Democrats put in place and then continue to support the Democrat running for State wide office, State Assembly or Senate and US Senate and US Congress?  

 Note: It was the Democratic Governor Gray Davis who put in place the pension system that gives 90% retirement to public safety employees (police and fire). Also, teachers and school employees can actually get over  100%  of their pay if they work long enough. (Multiply years worked, times 2.5% at age 62 and if you worked 40 years guess what, you get 100% of your pay.) That means anyone who began working at age 22 for various public agencies can earn 100% of their pay. Not to bad, right? So why wouldn›t you and your family vote for the give away Democrats.

 Of course, now some of the Democrats wring their hands and publicly say something has to change, but it never will because of all the money the “Democrats” get from the public employees unions. Millions and millions!  

 Question: How can newspapers like the Daily News and Signal (I don’t count the LA Times because they so far left that Karl Marx would be considered a conservative Republican) allow the false comments by Gary Horton and Josh Heath go unchallenged? And, of course that pure partisan Democrat, Lois Eisenberg and her absolute hatred of anything Republican, be constantly published in the letters to the editor sections without stating what her affiliation with the Democratic Party is? I also believe Lois is a retired teacher and what kind of socialist clap trap did she teach to our kids?

Thanks for letting me rant!


It has been now 2 months since I wrote my letter to Steve Knight requesting help with the Forest Service to clean out Bouquet Creek so water can again be released from Bouquet Dam. I did get a call from on my voice mail from a staff member which I will follow up on and will let you know any results.

I expect I will continue to be bombarded with the usual communications from Knight (about 10 per week) asking for bucks. Will let you know. Where is Buck McKeon when you need him?


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Doug Sutton is the publisher of Santa Clarita Gazette, Canyon Country and Pet Me Magazine. Doug is active in Rotary Club of Santa Clarita, Heart of the Canyons Church, and a past board member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Doug and Jeannie have been married for 34 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

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