By all measures, Chad Mayes appears to represent the worst of the GOP. Not because he appears to have an evangelical background or graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Government from Liberty University, and certainly not because he appears to be a “professional politician.” But, because he appears to be the type of representative who appears to make nonsensical deals. In essence, to “go along to get along.”
In “post partisan” rhetoric reminiscent of President Barack Obama, a self-described conservative, Chad Mayes (R - Yucca Valley) conveys additional power and legitimacy to the progressive socialist democrats who “rule” California with an iron hand and progressive policies.
Assembly GOP Leader Chad Mayes Nominates Asm. Anthony Rendon as next Assembly Speaker
Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, of Yucca Valley, today worked across party lines to nominate Asm. Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, to serve as the 70th Speaker of the California Assembly. Rendon was elected by a vote of the full Assembly on Monday, and will formally take office in March.
The prepared text of Republican Leader Mayes’ remarks are below:
Thank you, Madame Speaker.
Members, I rise as the Assembly Republican Leader and a proud conservative.
And I rise to nominate Anthony Rendon for Speaker of the Assembly because, today, we are Californians first.
Doing so is contrary to a practice that goes back decades and I’ve taken heat for doing so.
But it’s time for a change.
Today isn’t about partisan politics. It’s about electing a Speaker and demonstrating that we can govern as adults.
Make no mistake, our policy differences are sharp and will continue to play out on this floor.
We will have disagreements and vigorous debates highlighting them.
But those are fights for a different day.
Today is a day to act as a unified body, to be Californians first.
When Assemblyman Rendon asked me if I would consider nominating him, I asked him to give me a day to think about it.
He was respectful. He said he’d understand if doing so would cause me political problems.
My immediate reaction was to say “yes” but I wanted some time to think about why I felt this way.
After reflection, it comes down to this.
We are about to begin a new chapter in the history of the Assembly.
Why would we want to make the very first action in this new era an empty partisan exercise?
Doing so would not serve the house or the state well. It would just be more of the same.
I say it’s time to do things differently.
I challenge the majority party to join me by setting an aspirational and bipartisan tone for how we should run this house.
Members: Today, let’s agree to agree.
Let’s also agree that when we disagree, we will do so with respect.
And let’s agree that all voices in this chamber – and, by extension, the millions of Californians we represent – will be heard and respected.
This is what the public craves and deserves.
It’s time to start anew.
Assemblyman Rendon is committed to making this house run in such a manner, and I commit to helping him do it and holding him to it.
It is in this spirit – and with this hope – that I rise to nominate Anthony Rendon to be the 70th Speaker of the California Assembly.
And ye shall know them by their fruits …
How many times have I heard this in the election cycle from Ted Cruz, a smart, well-credentialed, well-spoken, constitutional conservative? So let’s look at a current example of what I am dis-Mayed.
Gov. Brown’s Latest Tax Increase May Have Republican Support
Despite California’s highest-in-the-nation taxes, a couple of Assembly Republicans have allegedly agreed to vote for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax on health plans in the State of California.
Even if Brown is able to convince health insurers, he needs a two-thirds majority vote from the Legislature. And this is where Republican votes come in. Currently, Democrats do not have a supermajority, and need to peel off a couple of Republican votes for tax increases.
Predictably, Brown has been trying to convince Republicans his health plan tax is really “tax reform.” “This is not a tax increase, no matter what anyone tells you,” he said during his State of the State address.
“It will be pretty easy to tell if this is a tax increase, or some sort of revenue neutral swapping of one tax for another,” said Jon Fleischman, publisher of the Flash Report. “If the bare number of GOPers necessary to pass it go up — tax increase. If it a sweeping, broad vote of Republicans — tax reform.”
Following Brown’s address, Assembly Minority leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, told media he had not ruled out his caucus’ support, but said he wants assurances that the taxes would not be passed along to customers through their health insurance premiums.
“We will not support a tax that hurts consumers,” Mayes said in a statement.
Yet Wednesday, rumors were flying at the State Capitol that Mayes and a fellow Republican Assemblyman had agreed to vote for Brown’s tax increase after meetings with Brown. Calls to Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes’ office were not returned, despite requests to dispel or confirm that Mayes has been identified as potentially supporting the tax increase. And offers for an email response late into last evening also did not result in a response.
The singular most stupid utterance in the above story is that Mayes “wants assurances that the taxes would not be passed along to customers through their health insurance premiums.” Is this professional politician delusional. Expenses are passed along to the consumers, if not in outright premium increases, then in reduced service levels and longer wait times. By fiddling with co-pays and the details of the coverage limits. It is a zero-sum game – somebody has to pay and it isn’t coming from executive bonuses or shareholder returns as those too come from the insured. Insurance is a business and even in a non-profit scenario, there are big bucks at play for select individuals and vendors.
Bottom line …
It is one thing to talk conservative – like a Tom McClintock or a Rand Paul – but it is a far different thing to be an effective advocate for constitutional conservatism.
Pretty much why the GOP establishment is trying to paint themselves conservative as their world crumbles and falls to constituent anger. People angry enough to elect a false prophet like Trump or Rubio to carry on business as usual as they strike “deals” with the progressive socialist democrat devil.
Today, with our state and nation in peril from the progressive socialist democrats, we can no longer afford to simply slow the progressive train down from 100 mph to 70 mph – we need to derail it and re-track it in the opposite direction. And, using the train metaphor is not a coincidence or a simple turn of a phrase – how the hell can you justify a billion-dollar train to nowhere when we need dams and improved water and electric distribution in the state? How many fare-paying people want to spend hours going from Anaheim to San Francisco and then renting a car to finish their journey?
We are so screwed and it appears that leaders like Chad Mayes are supplying the lubricant.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius