The August 2011 Co-Presidents Message, Bonnie & John

Obama Campaign Kicks Off in East County
President Barack Obama’s cam-paign for re-election kicked off in East County on July 30, 2011. Carlos Diaz Livingston, organizer for the East County of San Diego, led the gathering of about 100 volunteers in planning grassroots activities. The first official event for the 2012 campaign took place at the Community Center in El Cajon from 2 – 4 p.m.
Linda Armacost, president of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club, and Bonnie Price, co-president of the East County Democratic Club, made comments about their clubs and party events, following opening remarks by Livingston.
The volunteers divided into sec-tors by communities in the area. In each of the groups, plans were developed to reach out to recruit new volunteers, register voters, and conduct campaign activities that would be successful in each area. El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee-Lakeside, Spring Valley-Lemon Grove, Santee-Lakeside, and smaller, rural communities, each had numerous volunteers. El Cajon had the largest turnout with about 20 participants.
Prior to the planning session, volunteers professionals did videotaping sessions with volunteers, who explained why they were joining the campaign. Following the planning session, all volunteers participated in a videotaping session, shouting “I’m In!” and “Promises Kept.” Livingston planned to have the videos posted to the national and/or state campaign web sites.
Livingston reported that he believed that the turnout in Easy County was the largest in the state. Organizing regions were based on congressional districts. Livingston graduated from Monte Vista High School and Washington University in St. Louis. Thereafter, he did a tour in Ecuador for the Peace Corps. He plans to continue his studies in graduate school.
BBP

The July 2011 Co-Presidents Message, Bonnie & John

There’s no doubt about it. Both Medicare and Social Security are in danger of going broke. Trustees of each system recently released reports that Medicare will become insolvent in 2024, while Social Security will be unable to meet its full obligations in 2036. These reports are based on assumptions that nothing will be done to prevent the death of these systems.

Because both programs are valued by the public, governmental officials and citizens alike have offered rescue plans.

One that the Republican-led House of Representatives passed in its version of the budget caps Medicare costs by making it a voucher system to allow the public to buy health insurance. Increasing costs of health care costs would then be borne by individuals instead of the government, since insurance tends to exclude payments for many costs.

Republicans have also endorsed changing Social Security to operate like a 401K plan. This would allow individuals to invest in securities and other financial products to provide for retirement. This plan would also put the burden on the individual; whoever did not make the best retirement investments would suffer the consequences of poverty.

Both proposals fail as measures to ensure that we who have paid for existing programs get what we paid for. And neither requires that high income earners pay the same percentage of their incomes for these programs as those of us who earn less, which is a flaw in our cur-rent systems; currently, contributions from high income earners ends at $106,800. Why not remove this cap, so all pay their fair share?

And, why not have all governmental employees at all levels pay into the national systems instead of the diverse national, state, and local pension plans? These plans are often underfunded by officials or poorly invested in hedge funds and other shaky financial products. Including more workers in the national programs would boost needed revenues.

Furthermore, why can’t the Medicare drug prescription plan control costs like the Veterans Administration by using competitive bidding and bulk purchasing to reduce drug prices? Such practices would make Medicare funds stretch farther.

Needless to say, Republicans are against these alternatives and others as well. Why because their constituents who elected them are not their main concern. Republicans consider banks, insurance companies, Wall Street financial organizations, and big pharmaceutical firms to be more important than those who elected them.

B.B.P.

The June 2011 Co-Presidents Message, Bonnie & John

We can’t trust any of the news media for reporting the real crisis facing us, or the truth about what they are reporting. Let us consider the last four years of how the media have depicted the economic crisis. This was the gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression. We the people have not been the primary participants if we rely on the media depiction of it.

The mainstream press focused on a relatively small number of major story lines about the country’s political and financial capitals. Most of the news was about the bankers and the chairman of the Federal Reserve. We the people had to help the banking sector out of the hole that they dug for themselves,  or our capitalism system would fail. It is bloody capitalism for us and socialism for the rich.

Then the auto industry crisis hit the front pages and we the people had to save this industry from itself. In the case of General Motors (Generous Motors) they have been making lousy cars for years and should be out of business, but we the people had to save it.

Then the Republicans started their smoke screen about the deficit which they created, but refuse to take ownership for creating. The news media jumped in with both feet on this, focusing attention on the current Democratic administration’s responsibility to cut spending.

During the past four years, we have seen very little about the unemployed, foreclosed homes, the effect on education and health care costs just to name a few. We the people just don’t count when it comes to the news media. The only things they want from us are our subscriptions and that we buy from their advertisers so that they can protect their rich owners. Maybe we should have rolling boycotts of targeted news media and their major advertiser, so they will recognize how important we are in making the economy work.

JAM

 

The Democrat Next Door

by Judith Bambace 

Whenever I tell people about my involvement with the Coronado Democratic Club, I inevitably get the question, “Are there really Democrats in Coronado?” I am flabbergasted, not to mention highly insulted. After all, around 25% of registered voters in Coronado are Democrats, which is nothing to sneeze at in this seemingly ultra-conservative burgh. You may, like me, wonder where all these people are and why they are not more visible, outspoken and politically active, especially now. As we have learned from the Republican primaries, this is no ordinary election year. We not only have the Presidency at stake, but also the Senate to keep and the House to gain. There is much to do, and it’s not too soon to rally the forces.

Voter Suppression Must Stop!

It is clear that the Republicans, including the anti-government libertarians, anti- immigration activists, anti-healthcare proponents (deny women birth control coverage — really?) and anti-tax fanatics, are totally divorced from reality. The GOP candidates are spending huge amounts of time and money attacking President Obama. One of the actions you can take immediately to help support President Obama is to debunk Republicans’ claims and make sure others hear about what Democrats have accomplished. I recently signed up to be a member of the “Truth Team” – a web-based resource for grassroots supporters that provides everything you need to know and the tools to help share that information with undecided voters in your life. By learning about President Obama’s record and promises kept, I can intelligently respond to false and negative statements about the President, and challenge the Republicans’ lies about their own records. So the next time someone asks, “What has President Obama really accomplished?”, I will be armed with accurate information. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power. You can access the Truth Team website at http://my.barackobama.com/Truth-Team

Speaking of grassroots supporters, many thanks to those of you who have renewed your membership in the Coronado Democratic Club for 2012. You have a voice in the political process and are making a difference. To those who have not yet renewed, don’t delay. We need you. Collectively, we can hold the Republicans’ feet to the fire and keep this country moving forward. And the next time someone asks, “Where are all the Democrats in Coronado?” I’ll be able to answer, “We are everywhere.”

Fierce Urgency of Now- Get out the Vote!

by Judith Bambace 

With the blink of an eye, it’s 2012. I hope you have had a happy and healthy holiday season, and are looking forward to a new year of renewed hope and prosperity. 2011 was an amazing year in many ways. The Obama Administration made significant gains, in some cases by executive action. Although the Tea Party Congress is still intent on blocking President Obama’s agenda at all costs, the White House has overseen increased regulation of food and water safety; expanded federal aid for students, veterans and the elderly; and implemented the end of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. After a long year of dangerous standoffs led by extremist House members, the payroll tax cut was extended, saving millions of Americans from economic disaster. The Administration also deserves credit for some historic achievements on the international scene: nuclear arms reductions between the U.S. and Russia; the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s dictatorship in Libya; the capture of Osama bin Laden; and the end to U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

It’s been amusing (and in many ways horrifying) to watch the Republican Party implode as the candidates duke it out for the presidential nomination. Some Democrats say it would be a very Happy New Year for President Obama and Democratic candidates everywhere if Newt (with his ersatz intellect, goofy “Big” ideas, and less than stellar history) makes it through the primary gauntlet. Yet, we Democrats cannot get complacent or over-confident. President Obama has considerable challenges, and needs to evoke the “fierce urgency of now.” As we transition into election year, we must take this opportunity to do what Democrats do best by staying focused on the real issues at stake and working, in whatever way we can, to help make real change that will improve the lives of our fellow Americans. Wishing you a year filled with joy, love, peace, health and happiness.