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									    Democracy In California




―All legislative actions on revenue and budget
   must be determined by a majority vote.‖
                Dr. George Lakoff
              Ellis Goldberg
• President & webmaster TriValley Democratic
  Club
  – Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore
• Delegate 15th AD
• Associate Member Contra Central Committee
  – Issues Committee
  – Committee for Democracy In California
• Troublemaker
 Majority rule = democracy = 50%+1

In grade school we elect the class
president by majority rule; it is the basis
of democracy.

Majority rule is more democratic than
minority rule.
Minority rule
        = tyranny
        = protection of loopholes & freeloaders
        = 33.3%+1 veto

The current 2/3 requirement allows a 1/3 plus 1 minority of
extreme legislators to sabotage the state budget and hold the
state hostage in order to extort concessions from the
majority, resulting in budget cuts passed down to local
governments throughout the state.

Extortions include off shore oil drilling concessions & not
collecting revenue on wine exported from California.
                  Government that fails to
                empower and protect citizens
                   = dysfunctional state

The California State Legislature and government at all levels have
responsibilities, to empower and protect its citizens. Empowerment means
education, infrastructure, buildings, and highways. Protection means health,
safety, police, fire and consumer protection. The legislature determines how
and whether these responsibilities are met through providing revenues and a
budget. Revenue is needed for government to do its job.

    Revenue is economic air. California is being slowly
    suffocated and prevented from protecting & empowering
    Californians by a minority of legislators protecting
    loopholes for freeloaders.
   Fair revenue in a wealthy state
   – revenue lost to loopholes & freeloaders
   = extreme budget cuts
   + lost pay for state workers

California is the only dysfunctional state that stumbles from
one fiscal to the next on a regular basis. California is wealthy.
Why don’t we have the money to run the state?

    Loopholes used by freeloaders to
     circumvent paying a fair share.
       Minority rule/veto loophole =
      all the loopholes minority rule
           prevents from closing
The biggest loophole is the minority veto that 1/3 plus
one of the legislators use to protect those taking
advantage of the loopholes from being required to
pay a fair share.
                     Loopholes
Not paying to extract            Loss carry-backs: allows
  California oil as in all the     corporations to get
  other oil producing states.      refunds for taxes already
                                   paid to the state when the
                                   business takes a loss 2
                                   years later. If the state’s
                                   economy declines and
                                   corporations take a loss,
                                   they will be able to get a
                                   refund for prior taxes just
                                   when the state is in worst
                                   shape.
                        Loopholes
Elective single sales                 Credit-sharing: allows a
   factor: allows multi-state and        corporation which cannot use
   multi-national corporations to        all the credits they have
   choose how much income they           received to share those credits
   want to attribute to California.      with parent or affiliated
   Companies can choose every            corporations in order to shelter
   year which formula they want          the income of the
   to use—sales only, or sales,          affiliate. Multinational
   property and payroll—in order         pharmaceutical companies are
   to determine the amount of            likely to benefit most from this.
   profit they made in
   California. So they can
   attribute more losses or less
   income, depending on their
   yearly position, to their
   advantage and the detriment of
   the state.
        More loopholes http://caltaxreform.org/


Elective single sales factor, Credit-sharing & Loss carry-
backs were never discussed and never made public until
they were passed as part of the budget agreements in
September 08 and February 09. Taken together, they lose
$2-2.5 billion in revenue. They also open up opportunities
for endless manipulation of tax liabilities by accountants
and attorneys.
        Minority ruled California =
only fiscally dysfunctional state in the US
 Two other states have a minority rule situations
 but they don’t experience California’s
 dysfunctions.
 In California freeloaders find that supporting
 legislation and electing legislators to protect
 freeloader loopholes is much less costly than what
 would happen if the loopholes closed.
Budget control alone = a workable solution
 Marketing guru Tom Peters says "under promise and over
 deliver" keeps customers satisfied. If a ―majority for budget
 only proposition‖ passes; the voters (customers) will expect
 an end to the fiscal gridlock from the Democrats since this is
 what the Democrats asked for.
 However without ―majority rule for revenue‖ the Democrats
 can't deliver California from gridlock.
 "Over promise and under deliver" is the formula for
 disaster for Democrats.
        Suggested Timeline for a Ballot Initiative
  September 25, 2009 - submit measure to the Attorney General.
  November 17, 2009 - begin circulation of the petition
  April 16, 2010 - Last day to file the petition
  April 28, 2010 - Last day for elections officials to complete raw count
  May 7, 2010 - Last day for SOS to receive raw count total
  June 21, 2010 - Last day for elections officials to verify & certify results
  June 24, 2010 - SOS determines if 100% signature verification is
   necessary. At this point, if a 100% signature verification is necessary, it
   would not qualify for the November 2, 2010 ballot.
Source http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/suggested-initiative-deadlines/2010-suggested-
   initiative-deadlines.pdf
   Another analysis says the submission to the Attorney General should be at a
   minimum 371 days before the election. That puts the drop-dead date for
   submission on October 27 2009.
Who will support the campaign?
•   Unions
•   State worker furloughed 3 days/month
•   Environmental groups
•   Those hurt by the cuts
    – Friends
    – Family
• Parents, students
• The empathetic, responsible & courageous
    – Is that you?
  What YOU can do now!
Speakers Bureau
 – Find speakers who will be trained to make
   presentations to various sympathetic groups
   to enlist aid in getting 700,000 verified
   signatures.
   • Target 1 million
 – Find those sympathetic groups and the
   names of people to contact in order to
   arrange to have a speaker meet with them.
         HELP US RAISE $35,000 TO GET
        GEORGE LAKOFF'S MESSAGE OUT!

The Democracy in California & CA Majority Rule campaign are dedicated to
   making this happen. This is your chance to change California history!


  In order to run an effective campaign, we first need to
     conduct a public opinion poll to aid in our message
   strategy. George Lakoff has drafted questions and we
       are in the process of hiring a reputable polling
     company. We need to raise money to conduct this
                         unique poll.

www.actblue.com/page/georgelakoffmajorityrulepoll
      You = Game Changer
                    Take action!
                    SIGN UP at
          http://www.camajorityrule.com/
     Facebook group Democracy In California
                        Visit
www.trivalleydems.com/DemocracyInCalifornia.htm
  for information on the progress of the initiative
  With your help fiscally dysfunctional California can pass a ballot
        measure authored by Dr. George Lakoff that says,
   ”All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be
                 determined by a majority vote.”
Please consider:
Majority rule = democracy = 50%+1
In grade school we elect the class president by majority rule; it is the basis of democracy. Majority rule is more
democratic than minority rule.

Minority rule = tyranny = protection of loopholes & freeloaders = 33.3%+1 veto
The current 2/3 requirement allows a 1/3 plus 1 minority of extreme legislators to sabotage the state budget and hold
the state hostage in order to extort concessions from the majority, resulting in budget cuts passed down to local
governments throughout the state. Extortions include off shore oil drilling concessions.

Government that fails to empower and protect citizens = dysfunctional state
The California State Legislature and government at all levels have responsibilities, to empower and protect its citizens.
Empowerment means education, infrastructure, buildings, and highways. Protection means health, safety, police, fire
and consumer protection. The legislature determines how and whether these responsibilities are met through providing
revenues and a budget. Revenue is needed for government to do its job. Revenue is economic air and California is
being slowly suffocated and is prevented from protecting and empowering Californians by a minority of legislators
protecting loopholes for freeloaders.

Fair revenue in a wealthy state – revenue lost to loopholes & freeloaders
                                        = extreme budget cuts & lost pay for state workers
California is the only dysfunctional state that faces fiscal crisis on a regular basis. California is also wealthy, so why
don’t we have the money to run the state? The answer is loopholes used by freeloaders to circumvent paying a fair

Minority rule loophole = all the loopholes minority rule prevents from closing
The biggest loophole is the minority veto that 1/3 plus one of the legislature uses to protect those taking advantage of
the loopholes from being required to pay a fair share. Loopholes include not paying to extract California oil as in all the
other oil producing states.

Minority ruled California = only fiscally dysfunctional state in the US
Two other states have a minority rule situations but they don’t experience California’s dysfunctions. Freeloaders find
that supporting legislation and electing legislators to protect freeloader loopholes is much less costly than what would
happen if the loopholes closed.

Budget control alone =/= a good solution
Marketing guru Tom Peters says "under promise and over deliver" it keeps customers satisfied. If a ―majority for
budget only proposition‖ passes the voters (customers) will expect an end to the fiscal gridlock from the Democrats
since this is what the Democrats asked for. However without ―majority rule for revenue‖ the Democrats can't deliver
California from gridlock. "Over promise and under deliver" is the formula for disaster for Democrats.

You = Game Changer
Sign up at http://www.camajorityrule.com.
Visit www.trivalleydems.com/DemocracyInCalifornia.htm for information on the progress of the initiative. Join our
Facebook group Democracy In California. Once the petition is qualified 700,000 verifiable voter signatures will be
needed. A statewide educational effort is required to take the message to the voters. You can take part in this game
changing effort.

We took back our country last year; it’s time to return democracy to California.
     “All legislative actions on revenue and budget
         shall be determined by majority vote.”
                                Dr. George Lakoff




                                                      Return Democracy to California
                                                            With Majority Rule

                                                                End Minority Rule
                                                               And Budget Gridlock

                                                     Protect & Empower Californians
                                                      Through Fiscal Responsibility
We must end the tyranny of the minority!
     Right now a conservative legislative minority of 1/3 plus 1 is ruling California.
     The 2/3 requirement for revenue or budget means that a minority can stop sane state fiscal management.
     Whether it is 2/3, 60%, or 55%, they all mean minority rule – rule by 1/3 plus 1, 40% plus 1 or 45% plus 1

Every voter knows that democracy means majority rule!
      If you ask voters if democracy means majority or minority rule, they will say majority rule.
      If you ask voters if they prefer majority or minority rule, they will prefer majority rule.
      If you ask voters if they approve of present minority rule and the gridlock it imposes, they will not approve.

Take the loopholes away from the freeloaders!
      Government’s responsibilities are to empower and protect. Empowerment means schools, infrastructure,
        buildings, highways and more. Protection means police, fire. consumer protection and more. Revenue is
        needed for California’s government to fulfill those responsibilities. California is the only dysfunctional state that
        stumbles from one fiscal crisis to the next. California is rich but does not have sufficient revenue to fulfill
        responsibilities.
        Freeloaders use loopholes to avoid carrying a fair share of California’s load. The biggest loophole is the veto
        conservative legislative minority of 1/3 plus 1 uses to protect the freeloader’s loopholes.
        Have the courage and good sense to do what’s right!

                                                 Support Majority Rule

        Statewide Sign up at www.camajorityrule.com               Democracy In California Facebook Group
        Visit www.trivalleydems.com/DemocracyInCalifornia.htm for campaign information
        Committee for Democracy in California a committee of the Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central
        Committee Co- Chairs: Ellis Goldberg 925 451 4303 EllisG237@aol.com & Sally Sweetser
        Sally.Sweetser@sbcglobal.net . We are creating a Speakers Bureau and a list of organizations to make
        presentations to. Please contact us with speakers and organization info. Once the petition is qualified 700,000
        verifiable voter signatures will be needed. A statewide educational effort is required to take the message to the
        voters. You can take part in this game changing effort.

								
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