Mansoor Siding With Big Government

MARCH 24, 2011

By STEVEN GREENHUT

I just heard from Assemblyman Allan Mansoor’s office and learned that the Costa Mesa Republican, who had been on the fence regarding ending redevelopment agencies, decided to side with big government and the status quo and vote against eliminating the agencies. Mansoor could have been the next Tom McClintock or Chuck DeVore, a conservative beacon in a land of corporate Republican sell-outs, but decided instead to be the latest in a long line of forgettable Republicans more concerned about re-election than principle.

I’ll give Mansoor some credit. Unlike many of the other Republican Assembly members who boldly  offered lame excuses for not voting to kill local socialism, he at least sought out opinions from conservative activists and others who realize that RDAs are vile creations that destroy property rights, squander tax dollars and run up debt. No conservative could possibly vote to save them.

Mansoor’s staff said that the Assemblyman will not vote to eliminate the agencies because of language that would promote unionization in successor agencies. But those successor agencies have only limited authority. And a Republican analysis distributed by Chris Norby, the only one who voted to kill the agencies, disputes that finding. Per these findings:

“According to SB 77, redevelopment successor agencies would exist to pay off existing bonded indebtedness … . Successor agencies could not change any labor agreement. While SB 77 does not explicity prohibit third-party eminent domain, it does defund it.”

Mansoor sided with eminent domain. He sided with big government. He sided with stimulus programs and debt spending. He is no conservative.

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  1. willey
    willey 24 March, 2011, 15:02

    Mansoor is also the one who authored a bill for limiting collective bargaining for public sector jobs. now this?
    Demopublicans.

    this state sucks.

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  2. larry 62
    larry 62 24 March, 2011, 16:19

    To whom do we conservatives turn? I see no way out of the tunnel of doom.

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  3. ExPFC Wintergreen
    ExPFC Wintergreen 24 March, 2011, 17:08

    None of the republicans in California are conservatives. They are part of the ruling elite nd will fight long and hard to stay there. The republican party is not the place to look for conservativism or small government principles. It is no longer the “party of Reagan” and it hasn’t been that way for many years now. It really is time for a conservative or tea party to emerge as a 3rd party. The GOP cannot be fixed, as it is populated by professional office holders who want to suck up to the media and have not the courage to fight for any principle other than the expediency that might have the possibility of currying favor with the left wing media.

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  4. willey
    willey 24 March, 2011, 17:14

    Wintergreen is right on.
    3rd party would definitely shake up the sacramento hacks.

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  5. Tannim
    Tannim 24 March, 2011, 17:15

    All one has to do is look at the voter reg numbers.

    Since February 2009 (rounded raw numbers):

    Democrats lost 147K
    Republicans lost 90K
    Libertarians GAINED 8K

    Seems to me pretty clear that the big-government parties are losing favor, and small government politics is growing more popular every day.

    The third party sought is the Libertarians.

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  6. Roy Bleckert
    Roy Bleckert 25 March, 2011, 11:01

    Steve- I also thought Allan might pick up the tradition of McClintock & DeVore, that makes Mansoor Siding With Big Government all the more disappointing

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