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Stephen Kruiser

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February 5, 2014 - 9:06 pm

“Doctor, it hurts when I do this.”

Then don’t do that anymore.

Residents of bankrupt San Bernardino, California on Tuesday voted to complete a rout of the city’s pro-union old guard, electing business-friendly pragmatists who have pledged to try to reduce pension costs and take on vested interests.

As San Bernardino enters into a fourth month of mediation with its creditors, the biggest of which is Calpers, California’s giant retirement system, voters on Tuesday elected Carey Davis as the crisis-hit city’s new mayor.

Davis, a businessman and political novice, ran in part on a campaign to reduce the city’s pension obligations.

When Big Labor is strangling the economy (at any level), electing officials who are in the pocket of the unions just tightens the grip on the throat. Seems simple enough to understand, doesn’t it?

Sad, voters in Detroit couldn’t make the connection. Perhaps the voters of California will before the unions achieve what once seemed utterly impossible: completely destroying California’s economy.

More than half of the municipal and county elected office-holders in the state are Republican, so there is at least a bench from which to draw. The California GOP (don’t get me started) needs to become semi-functional and figure out a way to get these people to the next level.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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"The California GOP (don’t get me started) needs to become semi-functional and figure out a way to get these people to the next level.

The California GOPe does not WANT these people to get to the next level. They would rock the boat!

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The new elected officials in San Bernadino likely will still have the courts to worry about. They can vote to cut their pension obligation, but odds are the union can still find a liberal judge at least at the lower court level that orders the city to continue paying out those lavish retirement benefits.
37 weeks ago
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>>Sad, voters in Detroit couldn’t make the connection.
Voter couldn't/wouldn't make it, but tax-payers did. They left the pit.
37 weeks ago
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"Voter [sic] couldn't/wouldn't make it, but tax-payers did. They left the pit."

That's because when voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the treasury . . . they do; the founding fathers warned us. But as you say, the payers/producers grew tired of being shaken down & vamoosed, as they should have.
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