…it was my lack of a small, cheap potholder that was holding me back.
And yes, that is a democrat pushing his republican approval. After redistricting, there are now two democrat incumbents (Howard Berman and Brad Sherman) going after the same new seat, and after 2010’s Proposition 14 that creates an open primary in which only the top two vote-getters move on to the general election (which, at the time I rightly called a “disastrous measure [that] would destroy third parties, muddle policy positions, and encourage banal, middle-of-the-road statist candidates.”), Berman is now staking the claim as the right-leaner of the two (he often promotes his support of police and defense) who are likely to move on to the general election.
I’ve had nothing but un-flattering things to say about the unspectacularly partly-line statists Berman and Sherman, who have both, at one time or another, been the rat claiming direct authority over “district” in which I’ve lived.
And you would think I’d be off Berman’s mailing list after the snark-tastic letter I sent him last year, among other correspondence, would label me as a waste of campaign funds. But I guess that would presume he’d be organized, efficient, and interested in saving money - which are three things a politician is not.
Howard Berman, congressman for the 28th district of California, is hosting an event to
buy votes keep his constituents in their homes. Here is his email inviting the first lucky 200 (my open letter follows):
As our state continues to dig out of the worst economic conditions seen in generations, many Valley residents are struggling to stay in their homes. The loss of a home can be devastating to a family and the impact of a house sitting empty can harm a local community and bring down area home prices.
If you are one of the many local families facing foreclosure or struggling to avoid it, please know my staff and I are here to help. Next month, on March 5th I am hosting a Homeowners Assistance and Retention Workshop where residents can receive free assistance and guidance from housing counselors. Here are the details, please share them with your friends and family who may also need assistance…
Dear Mr. Berman,
I want to thank you for putting together your “Homeowners Assistance and Retention Workshop” along with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, California Mortgage Assistance Corporation, and other government agencies who promise to use billions of dollars in federal funds to keep people in their homes.
I am so glad that your generosity allows you to take money from my neighbors to keep me in a home that is beyond what I can afford. With a buckling economy and most people tightening their metaphorical belts, it’s nice to know that it’s still a government priority to continue to inflate the bubble that caused the recent market downturn in the first place.
The last thing I want is for market signals to inform developers to provide more affordable housing for the lower- and middle-classes. Or worse, for housing prices to come down low enough for responsible savers to afford. As long as we reward reckless spenders and unscrupulous lenders, and manipulate the system so as to incentivize the poor against lifting themselves out of poverty with voluntary help and without government assistance, we are on the right track. After all, does not our modern-age interconnectedness mean interdependentness?
Before you know it, those money trees we planted will bear fruit and our socialist utopia will be upon us.
L.A. Liberty, a constituent
Howard Berman has been in Congress for nearly three decades. Despite this monumental tenure, he is a relative unknown. But just because the average American doesn’t know him doesn’t mean he’s short on contributors. He is among the top 15% of contributions received in the House.
He votes the Democrat party line 99% of the time! Even moreso than Brad Sherman, he’s nary seen an expansion of government he didn’t like; his own list of legislative “accomplishments” reads like my repeal list. That is not exagerration, lovers of liberty will likely be against every legislation he lists. He voted for ObamaCare, TARP, bailouts, cash-for-clunkers, cap and tax, etc. And he doesn’t just want to take your money and tell you what to do; he also likes to meddle in the affairs of foreign countries.
Berman must go.
The sample ballot that came in the mail listed Brad Sherman. But going online to look up my ballot for reference, I found that I am listed in Howard Berman’s district.
And, apparently, there are people in my building who are (or at least claim to be) part of CA-27 and others who are part of CA-28.