As expected, KVRM gave right-wing blogger and The Union columnist George Rebane the platform to bash AB32 and put our county supervisors on the spot to support Prop. 23, the initiative that will effectively rescind the landmark global warming legislation.
There was no counterpoint to George’s claims, including that the initiative only is in effect until the “unemployment rate would come down again to a tolerable and more historical 5.5 percent.” Well guess what? We’ve only hit that rate 3 times in the past 30 years. This initiative is an AB32 killer. Details are here.
George also didn’t disclose his own conflict of interest: His family contributed to the campaign of our Congressman Tom McClintock, who is leading the effort to rescind AB32. He also said he has contributed money to the local co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, whose group is supporting Prop. 23.
Shame on KVMR. I have yet to hear them present a cogent argument against Prop. 23. They let George spin them, on the “newscast” no less.
Next up is whether the county board of supervisors will stand up to the “hard right” and their pro-Prop. 23 fervor.
Twice now — in The Union and KVMR — George has been given the platform to pre-announce that very conservative (and outgoing) Supervisor John Spencer will ask the board to support a resolution supporting Prop. 23.
He baits them by saying: “It would be a sad day if the Board ducks the issue using, for example, the lame ploy that resolving to support or oppose Prop23 would violate their ‘relevance policy’. That is one shaky leg they should not attempt to stand on.”
I don’t know about you, but our family is in the middle, and we’re tired of letting the “hard right” — and in some cases, outright “wingnuts” — lead the rest of us around by our noses.
We get labeled “liberals,” even though a family member is a registered Republican. I have voted for both Republicans and Democrats over the years.
Here’s the facts: The county’s demographics are changing. We are becoming more “purple.” The local media won’t provide any leadership (they’re afraid to), so it will take a more aggressive grassroots effort — and some bold elected leadership — to keep us pointed in the right direction.
I’m counting on the supervisors to “do the right thing.” And I think they will.