Like Ron Paul and his son Rand Paul, Tom McClintock is well-informed, speaks fluent conservative, but is just another back-bencher politician operating in his own self-interests …
My dislike of Tom Cruz came in two stages. One, when I found out that he did not live in Thousand Oaks (California) and apparently used his parent’s home as his official residence – while living in Northern California and collecting his per diem payments. And two, when I wondered why McClintock was backing legislation to allow Indian gaming casinos to self-report tax revenues without audit and prepare their own environmental studies – learning much later that he was the recipient of massive Indian gaming money.
Critic of spending accepts tax-free per diem
State Sen. Tom McClintock, a fierce critic of government spending, has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax-free per diem payments from the state that are meant to help legislators who, unlike McClintock, live far from the capital. The Republican lawmaker said he is entitled to the $170-a-day payments because his legal residence is a family home in his Senate district of Thousand Oaks, where he is registered to vote.
McClintock and his family live year-round in Elk Grove, 14 miles from the state Capitol. He moved to the Sacramento suburb in 1996, when he was elected to the state Assembly, and he bought a five-bedroom, 4,090-square-foot home in 2004. His children attend Elk Grove schools and his wife works at a Baptist church there.
The intent of the payments is to help defray the living costs of lawmakers attending the eight-month legislative session far from their homes. State records show that McClintock flew at state expense to Southern California 14 times last year for a total of 36 days spent in the district. <Source>
California Proposition 94, 95, 96, 97 - Indian Gaming Compacts
What the Casinos get...
- Casinos get to triple or nearly quadruple their number of slot machines (Pechanga goes from 2,000 to 7,500)
- Casinos are no longer subject to the California Environmental Quality Act. Any expansion must be backed up by an environmental report that the Indian tribes can conduct themselves.
- Casinos no longer have to have an impartial auditor count the slot machine revenues; they'll be able to audit them on their own.
- Casinos will receive a "fail safe" guarantee that punishes the State for permitting non-tribal gambling operations. That is, if an organization other than an Indian tribe receives a clearance to build a gambling establishment, the Indian casino will be allowed to reduce its taxes to the State, or eliminate them altogether.
What the State gets...
- Casinos will now pay taxes to the State General Fund. Previously, casino taxes were paid to two tribal funds (RSTF and SDF) that the State distributed to smaller tribes, and tribal administrative bodies. The General Fund is spent on all Californians.
- Casinos will now pay more money than before, almost double than under the current compact agreements. But as mentioned above, the Indian tribes will now get to audit their own revenues for the purpose of deciding how much money goes to the State. Under the current arrangement, an impartial auditor is used. So, it's not exactly clear how much more money California will receive. <Source>
Casinos Bet on Bustamante and McClintock
Most of the tribal campaign spending has come from the Pechanga band and three other tribes that control major Southern California casinos. They have bought large chunks of television time -- nearly $3-million worth of ads to run about two weeks -- for ads praising Bustamante or encouraging conservatives to cast their ballots for McClintock.
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians, which operates a sprawling casino on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, paid for $2-million worth of television time last week for commercials on McClintock's behalf. That is more than triple the sum McClintock spent on television and radio spots through Sept. 20, the cutoff date for candidates' last complete campaign finance filings before the election.
McClintock suggested a strong free-market approach to the tribal casino industry, which experts predict could eventually overtake Las Vegas in scope and annual revenue. He said the current state compacts already cover the effect of casinos on the environment and local government services. And federal law prohibits taxing tribal casinos as a general revenue source, he said. <Source>
I drank the Kool-Aid and apparently overlooked the fact that McClintock did little or nothing legislatively for Californians and the fact that he was so unpopular, not only among his colleagues, but among Californians, as to lose California’s Lt. Governor spot although he ran with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
As you can see from this video that is being circulated in California, he is a professional politician, and a hack that belongs on the back benches with the likes of other small-time grifters like Ron and Rand Paul. Articulate voices for conservatism, but ineffective ones.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
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“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"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
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell