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Electoral Politics and Democracy American-Style In CA
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Green Party Candidate not only not allowed to participate, but arrested when she tried to be part of an electoral debate from the audience! :bandit: The fascist drumbeat gets louder and nearer! :motz: Only The American Business Party Is Allowed to run and the branch most in favor at that moment by the puppeteers will be 'elected' whether they win the vote or not.....all others will be arrested. So tell me...who exactly won and who lost the Second World War?.....but I digress.....

AMY GOODMAN: While Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman debated Tuesday night at Dominican University in San Rafael, the Green Party candidate for governor was being arrested outside the hall. Police charged Laura Wells with trespassing after she tried to get into the debate that she was not allowed to participate in. In 2002, when Wells ran for state comptroller, she received more than 400,000 votes. Part of her platform this year is the establishment of a state-run bank.

Well, Laura Wells joins us here in San Francisco.

Laura, welcome to Democracy Now! So, what happened?

LAURA WELLS: Well, I was—someone who thought that democracy was important in this state had tickets and thought that I should be in the room, gave me those tickets, and—a friend and I. And we were on the steps outside the room of the governor’s debate, to which I had an invitation letter, actually, as a candidate who had won the primary for the Green Party. And suddenly—

AMY GOODMAN: Have you been able to participate in any debate?

LAURA WELLS: None.

AMY GOODMAN: What are the rules?

LAURA WELLS: The rules are, as the—the letter said, "Congratulations on your win. The debates will be happening. Every candidate who gets a ten percent result will be included." And they don’t—in the surveys, LA Times, PPIC, the Public Policy Institute of California, or the field poll. And they don’t tell you what the question is. Now, if the question were, "Do you want a debate with just the Democrats and the Republicans?" which I’m beginning to call the Titanic parties, but the answer would be a resounding, "No, we don’t want that kind of debate here in California." But they don’t tell you the question. A couple of friends of mine did tell me the question, because they were surveyed. The question was, "Who do you prefer? Meg Whitman or Jerry Brown?" They don’t even say "other." And then, when they report the results, it’s something like "Meg Whitman, 41; Jerry Brown, 41; 18 percent undecided." Not even "other." And so, add that to the lack of coverage, which I would forego $140 million if I had the no-cost media coverage and put out our Green Party values, which the Green values are California values.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, Laura Wells, why are you running for governor?

LAURA WELLS: I am running because California is worth it. California is now in a situation where they call it ungovernable. And the candidates, past and current, are not talking about what the real issues are. In 1978, the voters took matters into their own hands about taxes, because the governor at the time, Jerry Brown, was not taking care of business. And people were in danger of losing their homes because of rising property taxes. So they voted for Prop 13 in 1978, and it had the hidden zingers in the back, which is what a lot of propositions do. And that had the flattening of the property tax, which more people know about than the other part, which is the two-thirds majority required to raise income, to raise revenue, to raise taxes. And so, what happened, in combination with a simple majority, to lower taxes. So our legislature was very much encouraged to lower taxes in the boom years, because it comes back to feed their campaign in the form of what the Supreme Court called "free speech" and what I might call "corporate bribes"—corporate campaign contributions. So they lowered taxes in boom years. Now, when we need it, two-thirds is too high a jump.

AMY GOODMAN: What do mean by what you’re calling for, a state-run bank?

LAURA WELLS: A state-run bank—there’s a quote: "Give me control of your money supply, and I care not who makes the laws." If we had control of our own credit—we do with the pension funds and so on. We have a lot of wealth in this state. If we used that wealth to invest in California, not in Wall Street, loosen ourselves from the grip of the Federal Reserve, and behave as one other state in this country, which is North Dakota, and as all the other countries—there are only seven countries that are larger than California—have their own central banks, and partnering with the local banks and the credit unions—those are the banks that made the good loans, those are the banks that want their communities to be strong, unlike the out-of-state banks—partner with the local banks and credit unions and invest in the infrastructure of California, invest—and the interests that would be paid would come back into California. Imagine, the students would have loans, not from, you know, CEO-run companies, where they have private golf courses on their land, but from the state of California, that wants the students to thrive and the universities to thrive. Imagine that. That’s what I’m proposing.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you

[they hate us for our Democracy!] :bird: :five: Confusedhot:
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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Open fascism.

Good.

Time to unfurl le drapeau noir de l'Anarchie.

"The black flag is the flag of strikes and the flag of those who are hungry."
Louise Michel
Ambulance driver during the Paris Commune of 1871
Known as la Louve rouge, la Bonne Louise (the red she-wolf, the good Louise).
"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war
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#3
One look at her platform and it is obvious why someone illegally had her arrested, as she might have asked an embarrassing question or made an even more embarrassing statement during question time. She IS A VALID candidate and had valid tickets to the event - yet she was arrested for trespass!...wanna know why? In her own words:

Quote:California is now in a situation where they call it ungovernable. And the candidates, past and current, are not talking about what the real issues are. In 1978, the voters took matters into their own hands about taxes, because the governor at the time, Jerry Brown, was not taking care of business. And people were in danger of losing their homes because of rising property taxes. So they voted for Prop 13 in 1978, and it had the hidden zingers in the back, which is what a lot of propositions do. And that had the flattening of the property tax, which more people know about than the other part, which is the two-thirds majority required to raise income, to raise revenue, to raise taxes. And so, what happened, in combination with a simple majority, to lower taxes. So our legislature was very much encouraged to lower taxes in the boom years, because it comes back to feed their campaign in the form of what the Supreme Court called "free speech" and what I might call "corporate bribes"—corporate campaign contributions. So they lowered taxes in boom years. Now, when we need it, two-thirds is too high a jump.

AMY GOODMAN: What do mean by what you’re calling for, a state-run bank?

LAURA WELLS: A state-run bank—there’s a quote: "Give me control of your money supply, and I care not who makes the laws." If we had control of our own credit—we do with the pension funds and so on. We have a lot of wealth in this state. If we used that wealth to invest in California, not in Wall Street, loosen ourselves from the grip of the Federal Reserve, and behave as one other state in this country, which is North Dakota, and as all the other countries—there are only seven countries that are larger than California—have their own central banks, and partnering with the local banks and the credit unions—those are the banks that made the good loans, those are the banks that want their communities to be strong, unlike the out-of-state banks—partner with the local banks and credit unions and invest in the infrastructure of California, invest—and the interests that would be paid would come back into California. Imagine, the students would have loans, not from, you know, CEO-run companies, where they have private golf courses on their land, but from the state of California, that wants the students to thrive and the universities to thrive. Imagine that. That’s what I’m proposing.

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"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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To Peter Lemkin...I received an email today from you. I answered
it but it bounced back for some reason. If you resend, make sure
I am able to reply to you.

Jack
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