An article in The Atlantic cited a survey of 445 academics. Over 60% of respondents said they would be very or extremely concerned that expressing their views on a controversial topic would harm their reputation if faculty, staff and/or colleagues were present. It went on to say over 50% of those respondents would be very or extremely concerned that their career would be hurt by such a discussion. It's just one example of how speech in America is being stifled.
Stifling free speech is a tool used to avoid criticism and retain or increase power. It's damaging to the less powerful and suppresses imagination, solutions, compromise, progress and the truth.
James Madison wasn't just some guy back from a hunting trip when he wrote the 2nd Amendment. He helped liberate a nation from government tyranny.
The far left's increasing slide towards socialism, their disdain for liberty, their anger towards those with differing views and their efforts to silence conservative speech are a constant reminder of our need to protect the 2nd Amendment.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." - Ronald Reagan
Economic freedom is a measure of how easy it is to produce, sell or buy goods and services. It matters because states and countries with a low economic freedom index make it expensive to do business. California's policies are why we rank 48th in the nation in economic freedom and have the 3rd highest cost of living.
A high cost of living has little affect on the ability of more affluent families to save, invest and build wealth. It's oppressive to poor and lower income families. It's one reason why over 35% of Californians live in or near poverty despite us having the 5th largest economy in the world.
Paternalistic politicians have dominated California politics for over 60 years. Our low economic freedom ranking and high cost of living are the result of their policies.
Solutions will not be found in slogans like "The wealthy need to pay their fair share." The wealthiest Californians already pay the highest personal income taxes in the nation and the 8th highest corporate taxes. The solution is in electing leaders at all levels of government that appreciate the value of economic freedom. They'll govern in a way that reduces our cost of living and makes it easier for low income families to build wealth and rise from poverty.
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California's median home prices and rents are nearly the highest in the nation. Restrictive zoning codes, a tortuous planning process, high government fees and other government regulations are the problem according to reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the California Legislative Analyst and others. Housing policies for more than 60 years have been dominated by politicians and bureaucrats that have micro managed the development process. They pick winners and losers with targeted rules that favor special interest groups over housing creators and consumers.
Less affluent Californians are forced to make tradeoffs including paying a larger share of their income for housing, commuting farther to work and living in neighborhoods that are less safe. Most can't afford to purchase and face ever increasing rents. They can't afford to live in the best school districts.
Home ownership allows the more affluent to enjoy the benefit of home prices that appreciate at artificially high rates while insulating themselves from rising housing costs. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer under the housing policies of California's ruling class.
California desperately needs more housing of every type, especially rental housing. The solution is to reduce government red tape and fees so we can build more homes and apartments. California's poor and nearly poor need leaders that will enact policies that allow builders to build the housing we need.
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Asians have the highest median family incomes. They are followed by whites, Hispanics and African Americans in that order.
A high cost of living is a hidden tax. It leaves poor and nearly poor families struggling to make ends meet. The negative impact of this hidden tax affects African Americans and Hispanics disproportionately because they are over represented among the lower income groups.
A high cost of living isn't just an economic issue, it's also a health issue. A quarter of American families skip their doctor visits for money reasons.
It's an education issue. Lower income families can't afford to live in the best school districts. "Housing costs an average of 2.4 times as much ... near a high-scoring public school than near a low-scoring public school."
California deserves leaders that understand the importance of economic freedom and its ability to protect and lift up the poor.
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Americans want guaranteed access to health care, real choices and lower costs.
Market based healthcare systems put patients, in consultation with their doctors, in control of their health care decisions. These systems give consumers the "all in" cost of procedures. They allow patients to compare outcomes between providers.
Price conscious consumers use high deductible health insurance plans combined with health savings accounts (HSA's) in market based systems. Their price shopping forces providers to compete. Lower health care costs and better outcomes for everyone are the result.
We support the return to the states their historic role of regulating local insurance markets, limit federal requirements on both private insurance and Medicaid, and call on state officials to reconsider the costly medical mandates, imposed under their own laws, that price millions of low-income families out of the insurance market.
To guarantee first-rate care for the needy, we support proposals to block grant Medicaid and other payments and to assist all patients, including those with pre-existing conditions, to obtain coverage in a robust consumer market.
We support proposals to make health insurance portable and to allow insurers to offer coverage across state lines.
Every child deserves a world class education.
Delivering on that promise requires a system that is centered on students. It strives to help every student reach their full potential regardless of whether that is in the arts and sciences or in a technical field. It focuses on teaching basic competencies and critical thinking skills, rewards great teachers and invests in proven learning resources.
A world class education system's curriculum respects the role of parents as the primary educators of their children. It gives them the ability to choose the school that best meets the needs of their children. No child should be trapped in a failing school because of their income or the neighborhood they live in.
Protecting public safety is essential to the proper working and prosperity of our communities.
We support elected leaders in their efforts to promote public safety but caution against the loss of liberty that comes with micro-management. Government governs best when it governs least.
We support our law enforcement officers. We acknowledge that some changes must be made and police officers who cross the line should and must be held accountable. Having said that, we are ever thankful for their continued work in deterring crime, arresting and prosecuting criminals while respecting the liberty of all. Those are among the bedrock principals of good governance.
Cronyism is inherent in the progressive vision of the administrative state.
Government distorts the free market and erodes public trust in our political system when it uses taxpayer funding and resources to give special advantages to private companies, industries and labor unions. It multiplies opportunities for corruption and favoritism by enlarging the scope of government and placing enormous power in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats. Lobbying by corporations, trade associations and labor unions in Washington D.C. is now a three and a half billion dollar industry.
Cronyism is the enemy of reform in education, the workplace, healthcare, health insurance and housing policies. It gives us financial regulation that protects the large at the cost of the small. Crony capitalism gives us special interest tax breaks, custom-designed regulations, and special exemptions for favored parties. It creates both subsidies and restrictions to tilt the market one way or the other. By putting the weight of government behind the status quo, it leads to economic stagnation.
We applaud the members of Congress who have taken the lead in fighting crony capitalism and urge others to rally to their cause.
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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL featured an opinion by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Williamson M. Evers titled "California Leftists Try to Cancel Math Class" (5/19/2021). It’s both an illuminating and sobering look into California’s educational system.
Mr. Evers noted that California's Instructional Quality Commission is in the process of reviewing a new math curriculum. The new curriculum repeatedly recommends that teachers use "A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction: Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction" as an instructional manual. The manual includes this course description;
"The framework for deconstructing racism in mathematics offers essential characteristics of anti racist math educators and critical approaches to dismantling white supremacy in math classrooms by making visible the toxic characteristics of white supremacy culture with respect to math."
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