Don Polson The way I see it: Politics Here, there and everywhere

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Don Polson has called Red Bluff home since 1988, is a past president of the Tehama County Association of Realtors, licensed since 1994.

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Mike

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I find it quite hypocritical that a movement that supposedly is against higher taxes, and bigger government has gained momentum at a time when the tax rates are at the lowest they've been since the VERY early 19th century.
The huge government deficits that have piled up in recent years are a direct result of taxes having been lowered too much under Bush, while simultaneously cutting regulations, and starting 2 unnecessary wars. Relaxed regulations and not enough tax revenue are what got us here, not "big government".
The Constitution as originally written is wholly insufficient to govern our modern society, and the changes that have been made were made because they are necessary. We are not a rural agrarian economy with 99% of businesses and people living their lives at a small local level, which is what the Constitution was designed for; rather we live in a more global economy and society where small controls at only local levels would result in chaos and ultimate collapse.
People that want to "Take our Country Back" need to realize that the only constant is change, and the time for those antiquated ideas have passed and are obsolete in today's world. Besides, in order to move time back, Obama would have to double the tax rate, because that's where it actually was in the "good 'ol days", a LOT higher than it is now. A fact that it seems makes a lot of your "Patriots" seem VERY hypocritical.
Mike Collins

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Problem is to much spending, not that revenue (taxes) are to low. I have to live within my income, why not the government? Oh I forgot, the government can get more income, just raise taxes. I guess that's the answer. Take more from the working and give to those that don't.
Save America

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Don is right on. Vote NO on Prop. 25. It will require a simple majority to pass the Democrats' budgets. It is hogwash to think that it will retain a two-thirds majority to raise our taxes. They have already tried to stop this once, and you KNOW they will try it again with some other activist Democratic Judge. Their objective is to have a simple majority to pass the budget and a simple majority to raise taxes. Vote NO on Prop. 25 for the working man and woman.
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The California budget process is clearly broken and needs to be altered so decisions can be made in a timely fashion and our representatives are motivated to meet their deadlines. Prop 25 does exactly that, and those that oppose it are standing in the way of effective governance, irrespective of their party affiliations. We can no longer affort doing nothing about this wasteful deadlock where a small minority can hold the entire state of California hostage to their partisan whims and special interests. VOTE YES ON 25 for the sake of effective governance.
Don Polson

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We R 1 wrote:
The California budget process is clearly broken and needs to be altered so decisions can be made in a timely fashion and our representatives are motivated to meet their deadlines. Prop 25 does exactly that, and those that oppose it are standing in the way of effective governance, irrespective of their party affiliations. We can no longer affort doing nothing about this wasteful deadlock where a small minority can hold the entire state of California hostage to their partisan whims and special interests. VOTE YES ON 25 for the sake of effective governance.
This is the argument from proponents of 25. I really can't speak to their motives or knowledge of the issue except to point out that, just as I wrote in my column, it is designed not to further governance by the parties and philosophies agreeing to compromise, but to allow the Democrats to steamroller their wishes into law, and marginalize the Republicans. If you who support 25 think that is a good thing, why not be intellectually honest and admit you just like the idea of the Dems ruling with an iron fist like they have under Nancy Pelosi (which ends when the next Republican-led Congress takes control). Why not admit you like the idea of Democrat politicians in Sacramento simply raising taxes and fees as they wish under this proposition's "majority rule"? Why not admit that rather than opposing all "whims and special interests", you actually are comfortable with Democrat "whims and special interests". I suspect the above would describe Mr. Mazzucchi's actual orientation on the subject.
Respectful effort

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Oct 12, 2010
 
Mike wrote:
.... at a time when the tax rates are at the lowest they've been since the VERY early 19th century.....
Perhaps you can qualify this statement upfront rather then have us assume that what you're stating is correct.

On it's own it doesn't make any sense at all. And that leads me to believe that there are massive amounts of spin and enron type trickery from the sources you base this statement on.

A few years ago tax independence day was in the spring, now it's in the late summer. And BOTH are a very long way from the Whiskey Rebellion.
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Oct 12, 2010
 
Mike wrote:
.... at a time when the tax rates are at the lowest they've been since the VERY early 19th century.....
Perhaps you can qualify this statement, as it doesn't make any sense at all.

And if it doesn't make any sense it leads me to believe that the source that you are basing this statement on contains a tremendous amount of spin and ENRON type accounting to substantiate this claim.

Tax independence day only a few years ago was in the Spring, this year it came in mid to late summer.

And yet both of those and your statement are a tremendous distance, both time and numerically, from the days of the Whiskey Rebellion.
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Oct 12, 2010
 
Pardon the double post as this site took several minutes, including a log off and back on to display the first post.
Lush Rimbaugh

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Don Polson wrote:
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This is the argument from proponents of 25. I really can't speak to their motives or knowledge of the issue except to point out that, just as I wrote in my column, it is designed not to further governance by the parties and philosophies agreeing to compromise, but to allow the Democrats to steamroller their wishes into law, and marginalize the Republicans. If you who support 25 think that is a good thing, why not be intellectually honest and admit you just like the idea of the Dems ruling with an iron fist like they have under Nancy Pelosi (which ends when the next Republican-led Congress takes control). Why not admit you like the idea of Democrat politicians in Sacramento simply raising taxes and fees as they wish under this proposition's "majority rule"? Why not admit that rather than opposing all "whims and special interests", you actually are comfortable with Democrat "whims and special interests". I suspect the above would describe Mr. Mazzucchi's actual orientation on the subject.
I find it funny that somebody who is extremely partisan chooses to complain (promulgating unfounded fears is an apt description as well) about a partisan tactic/proposition, when if the political majority / minority in Sac were flipped, Polson most likely advocate a position similar to the initial poster.

Brilliant, as usual.
Lush Rimbaugh

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Oct 12, 2010
 
...as is my grammar.
Don Polson

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Lush Rimbaugh wrote:
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I find it funny that somebody who is extremely partisan chooses to complain (promulgating unfounded fears is an apt description as well) about a partisan tactic/proposition, when if the political majority / minority in Sac were flipped, Polson most likely advocate a position similar to the initial poster.
Brilliant, as usual.
Completely nonresponsive to either my column or my comment above.
Pat Johnston

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Mike Collins wrote:
Problem is to much spending, not that revenue (taxes) are to low. I have to live within my income, why not the government? Oh I forgot, the government can get more income, just raise taxes. I guess that's the answer. Take more from the working and give to those that don't.
Corrupt and inefficient government is expensive. If people and parties would quit fighting each other and go after all the bad politicians, we would have plenty of money to do what needs to be done.
Pat Johnston

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Save America wrote:
Don is right on. Vote NO on Prop. 25. It will require a simple majority to pass the Democrats' budgets. It is hogwash to think that it will retain a two-thirds majority to raise our taxes. They have already tried to stop this once, and you KNOW they will try it again with some other activist Democratic Judge. Their objective is to have a simple majority to pass the budget and a simple majority to raise taxes. Vote NO on Prop. 25 for the working man and woman.
Don is never right. I always try to do opposite of him to stay on the right track!
Lush Rimbaugh

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Completely nonresponsive to either my column or my comment above.
Whether you find it responsive or not, I still believe if the shoe were on the other foot you'd be a proponent of the proposition. And I don't think there's anything wrong with that...but it is responsive. Your major gripe was the partisan nature of the proposition and that goes directly to my comment. Please propose a better solution to the myriad budget impasses that California has experienced in recent times.

...now wait a second - you propagate unfounded conclusions as to the consequences of the proposition in question and I called you on it - that's responsive. "Steamroll" and "iron fist" - yes, let's, once again, dredge up fear in order to promote an agenda. That is something you're very good at, Mr. Polson. Intellectually bereft and unabashedly pompous, yes, but a very Rove-esque quality.
Don Polson

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Lush Rimbaugh wrote:
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Whether you find it responsive or not, I still believe if the shoe were on the other foot you'd be a proponent of the proposition. And I don't think there's anything wrong with that...but it is responsive. Your major gripe was the partisan nature of the proposition and that goes directly to my comment. Please propose a better solution to the myriad budget impasses that California has experienced in recent times.
...now wait a second - you propagate unfounded conclusions as to the consequences of the proposition in question and I called you on it - that's responsive. "Steamroll" and "iron fist" - yes, let's, once again, dredge up fear in order to promote an agenda. That is something you're very good at, Mr. Polson. Intellectually bereft and unabashedly pompous, yes, but a very Rove-esque quality.
Please be so kind as to register your comments on the substance of arguments, as well as inform yourself from sources I used, at the following links:

http://www.no25yes26.com/

"California's Proposition 25 would have "majority rule" on budgets"
By Pamela M. Prah, Stateline Staff Writer
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story...

I simply have no more time for you--have a nice evening.

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Pat Johnston wrote:
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Corrupt and inefficient government is expensive. If people and parties would quit fighting each other and go after all the bad politicians, we would have plenty of money to do what needs to be done.
Had the Tea-Party, clear back at the beginning, concentrated on gathering all people who were interested in eliminating government corruption, today it would be an overwhelming force.
Instead the short-sighted and not so bright leaders of the local chapters couldn't help themselves by involving divisive issues. This was nothing other then politics as usual, the very thing most people are sick and tiered of.

They chose this avenue rather then sticking to an issue that everyone could get on board with. To me it has been a huge missed opportunity and an error in prioritys.

What we have is more of the same, divisive politics, a Republican sub-party, and the government corruption continues.
Mac

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"I simply have no more time for you--have a nice evening."

Hey, Lush, you just got served. Polson gave you the old heave-ho. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. He simply ain't got no time for the likes of you. Don't worry, your in good company. I, and better posters than I, have had gotten the Pompous Polson treatment when he has been challenged. He's got time for you. I know he'll be right there with his venom when you need him. Oh and by the way, talk to the hand.

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