Will Kamala Harris monkey-wrench CA pension reform — again?

Will Kamala Harris monkey-wrench CA pension reform — again?

unionpowerql4I’ve been following California politics obsessively since 1990, and I simply have never seen an editorial like the Los Angeles Times’ piece Friday exhorting Attorney General Kamala Harris to do an ethical and honest job in preparing a ballot statement for a 2014 pension-reform initiative. Remember, the Times endorsed Harris in 2010 and has been a cheerleader for the San Francisco pol throughout her Willie Brown-enabled career. Now it feels the urgent need to beg her not to be a corrupt tool in the union political machine that dominates California.

“Californians could be faced in November with a proposal to dramatically alter the pension and benefit system for public employees. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has submitted a statewide ballot initiative that would allow government agencies to negotiate changes to current employees’ future retirement benefits, reversing the long-standing principle that once a public employee is hired, his or her retirement benefits cannot be reduced. 

“Public employee unions are already gearing up for a major fight over Reed’s initiative, which he could put on the ballot as soon as 2014 (or as late as 2016) if he gathers the requisite signatures. No matter the timing, voters will surely be inundated with intense propaganda from both sides. That’s why Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, charged with writing the title and 100-word summary for all ballot measures — including Reed’s pension initiative — should play it straight. Give voters clear, factual information, free of spin.

“Last year, Harris took heat for drafting a ballot measure summary — also on a pension reform proposal — that many considered skewed against the initiative’s fiscally conservative proponents. Her summation pushed the limits of interpretation and painted the proposal in the worst light, critics said. She even chose to define public employees as “teachers, nurses and peace officers” — who, according to polls, just happen to be among the most respected of all public employees. She neglected to mention the parking enforcement officers, tax collectors and DMV clerks who would also be affected by pension changes.”

A test for a possible future national candidate

This normally would be a no-brainer for Kamala Harris — write a slanted summary, keep sucking up to unions, keep moving up the CA Dem food chain. But if she wants to be president or vice president some day, and that is what a lot of people are hearing, she has to show she’s not a complete union tool.

Or, as CalWatchdog founder Steve Greenhut put it, that she’s not a “totalitarian.” Here’s what he wrote last year after Harris’ first pension reform monkey-wrenching:

“We expect all sides in politics to fight hard, given the stakes involved, but our system rests on the broad acceptance of a set of fairly applied rules. We know, for instance, that no matter how nasty the coming presidential election becomes, the loser ultimately will cede power after the final count is in. This isn’t a kleptocracy, where the only redress for the losing side is to take to the streets in a violent revolt.

“Unfortunately, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ recent misuse of power to provide a dishonest ballot title and summary for proposed pension-reform initiatives, which she opposes, comes right out of the totalitarian playbook, where those wielding power recognize no rules of decency or fairness.”

We shall see if Harris has a shred of good faith in her. The odds at the Imaginary Politics Gambling House:

— 51 percent chance that she does a completely slanted, outrageous ballot description, as bad as last year’s.

–44 percent chance that she does one that is clearly slanted but that might survive a court challenge.

–5 percent chance that she writes a fair ballot summary.

That’s life in California — just a one in 20 shot that honest democracy will trump union hegemony.


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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 29 December, 2013, 12:02

    She’ll do whatever it takes to make her sugar daddies smile.

    Her ballot summary won’t have any influence whatsoever over whether she gets elected to higher office. None at all.

    If the established Powers That Be and their media lapdogs want Kamala Harris to be a future governor or POTUS it SHALL come to pass. For they are the ones that she must please. Not the voters. The voters simply follow the cues.

    If you don’t believe me – retrace the steps that brought Barack Obama to power. Revisit how the media fawned all over him in 2008 and 2012 – willfully hiding all his warts and moles from the public’s view. But Barack the former civil liberties and constitutional scholar has followed orders admirably by perpetrating war, confiscating civil liberties, superceding his constitutional authority, imposing the largest tax on us in US history (ObamaCare) via lies and deceit, transferring trillions of wealth from Main Street to his owners, and making common Americans poorer as a result, as your bills increase while your wages stay the same or decrease.

    I expect that Kamala Harris will one day be on the stage with the other hand-picked role players in a future Presidential Primary. And what a fine marketing tool she will make! And the sheeple will fall for it once again. We always do! lol.

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  2. billybs
    billybs 29 December, 2013, 14:50

    One thing for certain, she was an entertaining acrobat companion for Willie Brown.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 29 December, 2013, 15:26

      Hey, it was only a 30 year age difference between the young rising political starlet and her senior mentor. Who are we to define what ‘love’ is?

      But the genius playwright, George Bernard Shaw, once said:

      “Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else”

      That definition is probably as good as most.

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  3. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 29 December, 2013, 21:18

    Parking enforcement officers and DMV clerks, and tax collectors served the public and worked for and deserve their pensions too, so there is no shame in mentioning them along with police officers, fire fighters, and teachers. I hope the description of the initiative is without spin too–it should not say how billions of dollars might be saved with its passage, unless it also says that billions of dollars extra might have to be spent. The truth needs to be told–if this dangerous initiatives passes, it will eventually end defined-benefit pension systems in CA, for all eternity. So, let the AG get on with telling the truth about this initiative, without spin.

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 29 December, 2013, 21:28


    Don’t be so gloomed. Your depressing us!

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 29 December, 2013, 22:47

    Not depressing me 🙂

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  6. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 30 December, 2013, 00:21

    Look, Kamala is going to do whatever it takes to pave the way for her political career. She couldn’t care less what Greenhut thinks. Put yourself in her shoes. She’s got a bright future in big government. A good lookin’ minority female and only 49 w/ AG experience and a good line of BS. If she plays her cards right she could be the female version of Barack Obama. Think about the play she’d get from the mainstream media. Wow! They’d have her walking on water. Don’t forget – in American politics it’s not what you actually do while in office, it’s how you look while you’re doing it. This isn’t like the old days when the American people would elect an ugly person with leadership skills and competence to high office. Today it’s all about looks and image and a slick tongue. Trust me. You’ll never see another ugly POTUS in America. Those days are gone. Today it takes that Hollywood image and Kamala’s got it! She needs Brown to announce that he won’t run for re-election so that she becomes top dem candidate for governor. Oh, and she needs Hillary to lose in 2016 so that the dem POTUS primary is wide open in 2020. She’d be 55 and the perfect age to run for POTUS. Dust off the teleprompter and the dems are back in the saddle again! Not sure if Kamala can speak spanish. If not, that should be on the top of her priority list. So she can razzle dazzle the La Raza crowd and secure all those amnesty votes.

    That’s where we are in American politics, folks. Like it or lump it. Whatever Kamala writes for the pension reform ballot summary it will be in the interest of political expedience. That you can count on! You go, girl! lol.

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  7. Queeg
    Queeg 30 December, 2013, 00:33

    Poodle….button up your little white coat and check your meds!

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  8. Queeg
    Queeg 30 December, 2013, 01:09

    Remember……..you have a great pension…you can keep your great pension…period ……and read my lips….

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  9. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 30 December, 2013, 15:47

    I’ve always considered the excessive public pensions a form of intergenerational theft. A way to eat one’s own young and escape responsibility since most of the pension thieves will have died natural deaths by the time the brunt of the damage is felt by our young people and our unborn generations. The WW2 generation would have never imposed such hardship on their grand and great grand children. But for some odd reason the baby boomers don’t care. As if they have no moral conscience. I guess that’s just the natural progression of an empire while on the downward slope of it’s life cycle.

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  10. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 30 December, 2013, 15:50

    Should AG Harris note in her ballot statement that the San Jose model being used as the state model in the initiative has already been found illegal by a trial court, and that the controlling legal precedent for the decision was found in the rejection of the Orange County pension case before that?

    That would certainly seem to be required if the AG is supposed to make an effort at truth in advertising, as Chris Reed and so many others here say they want.

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  11. The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit
    The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit 30 December, 2013, 15:51

    Same old blah blah rehash out here I see!

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  12. Queeg
    Queeg 30 December, 2013, 17:25

    Teddy…the gloomers ripping away the Yule Tide spirit…..stealing hard working teacher and government servants’ kpensions by the usual CWD suspects! Pity.

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  13. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 31 December, 2013, 07:50

    They can’t help it Queeg it’s their nature…

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