DeMaio called the tax a fraud – “The fraud is known,” DeMaio said – “They know we’ve been paying the second highest gas tax for years, and yet we have never gotten the road repairs.”

Editorial –

Finally – Someone is Sayin’ what I’ve been Sayin’ for 20 Years – We Paid All the Fucking Gas Taxes – DVM Fees – Special Assessments – and Never Got Any  Road Repairs – So Fuck Off.

Instead We Got a Bunch of  Fat Fucking Overpaid Cops – Firefighters – Teachers and Public Employees – Who Think they’re Gonna Live Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous on their Fat – Bloated and Spiked Pensions – Double Dippin’ Until They Drop Dead.

It’s All Bankrupt – My Friends – and You’re Gonna Get a Really Short Pension Haircut.

This is their Hail Mary’: California GOP bets on gas tax repeal

By CARLA MARINUCCI and JEREMY B. WHITE

07/05/2018 06:55 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — California Republicans are banking on a ballot measure this fall that the embattled state party believes can stave off a Democratic wave in November — and perhaps even spark a GOP revival in the run-up to 2020.

Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego city council member, announced this week he’s raised more than $1.1 million online for his campaign to repeal the 12-cent-a-gallon gas tax backed by Gov. Jerry Brown — and polls suggest it may be heading for a November victory.

DeMaio, now a San Diego radio talk-show host, insists he’s seized on a “kitchen table” issue that has energized voters across the spectrum. California is home to the highest average gas prices in the nation, according to a recent study.

The repeal effort — known as Proposition 6 on the November ballot — has also attracted backing from state and national Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. They are counting on it to energize enough voters to save a handful of endangered California GOP House members — which could prevent the House from flipping Democratic.

To date, DeMaio’s “Reform California” super PAC — which backs the California Gas Tax Repeal ballot measure — has scooped up checks from more than 25,000 grass-roots donors, with an average contribution of $37, according to the latest fundraising numbers, released Monday.

Republicans insist Reform California — which helped gather 1 million signatures to put the repeal measure on the November ballot — has seized on a uniquely “unifying issue.” That has helped it amass “the biggest grass-roots donor database” of any GOP effort in California, with over 380,000 subscribers, says GOP consultant Dave McCulloch, who is advising DeMaio’s digital fundraising effort.

“My hope is that the gas tax repeal will provide a template on how the GOP can be relevant again in California,’’ DeMaio told POLITICO, alluding to the withered Republican Party’s slide to third-party status in the state. “It’s a deep-blue state, and it’s going to be a long journey back to any sort of power. But the first milestone is making yourself relevant — and putting up ballot measure that cost the Democrats support. And it’s been a long time since the GOP has tapped that.”

Steve Maviglio, a Democratic consultant who has been involved in legislative efforts to preserve the gas tax, insists there’s “no evidence that the gas tax repeal is doing anything to rebuild the GOP.”

“Registration is down, coffers are nearly empty, and there’s no surge in volunteers,’’ Maviglio said this week.

Roger Dickinson, a former Democratic assemblyman who’s now executive director of a pro-gas-tax outfit called Transportation California, says the state GOP’s campaign — while wrapped in the gas tax protest — is really a front for the national party’s bigger political goal.

“It hasn’t been disguised that their interest is trying to get people to the polls in November to protect their vulnerable members of Congress,’’ said Dickinson, referring to seven California GOP House members who represent districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“We’ve known this was a partisan effort from the beginning,” Dickinson said, predicting that is “why they’ll lose it in the end.”

Brown himself recently tweeted that “this flawed and dangerous measure pushed by Trump’s Washington allies jeopardizes the safety of millions of Californians by stopping local communities from fixing their crumbling roads and bridges. Just say no.”

GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox, a wealthy businessman who has run unsuccessfully for office a half-dozen times in Illinois — and who remains largely unknown to many state voters — has made the gas tax repeal a linchpin of his campaign to defeat Democrat Gavin Newsom and succeed Brown as the state’s next chief executive.

Brown last year led the charge for the gas tax hike, which would raise $5.4 billion a year to pay for infrastructure repairs and expansion to the state’s roads, bridges and transportation systems — popular items in a state where urban areas are increasingly hobbled by round-the-clock gridlock. But polls also show that paying for the items with a tax is unpopular with the public.

“The gas tax repeal definitely looks like a winner for the GOP,’’ says Southern California-based Republican consultant Matt Cunningham. “On one hand, you hear Democrats bragging that the state is in great shape and that we have a budget surplus, but at the same time they’re saying we need to raise your taxes,’’ he argues. “So, OK, you’ve got all this money — and you need more?”

With a 20-year gap since Californians saw their last tax cut, Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen, who has advised former GOP Gov. Pete Wilson, says the GOP leaders are hoping there’s “a sweet spot in the middle of California’s politics to push the tax issue.”

But Whalen also cautions that despite the potency of a tax repeal, Republicans will have to first get past Brown — who is not only driven to preserve a legacy as he leaves office, but “has the luxury of $15 million” in a campaign war chest to invest in one of his key legislative wins.

California Democratic Party chair Eric Bauman insists that DeMaio’s super PAC fundraising take isn’t nearly enough to push the measure to success in a state in which Democrats outnumber Republican voters by 15 percentage points.

“They might have had a million and a half dollars — I’ve got more than $10 million in the bank right now and I haven’t started fundraising for the fall yet,” Bauman said. “This is their Hail Mary, to try to use this repeal of the road-repair measure to light a fire under their voters … but here’s the reality: They don’t have any voters.”

DeMaio says Democrats didn’t take the prospect of his gas-tax repeal measure seriously enough, and now they’re scrambling on how to respond. “They can say whatever the hell they want — but the gas tax repeal is a persuadable issue,’’ he said. “Even Democratic voters want to see it gone.”

His long-term goal for the state GOP, he said, will be to build on this measure.

“If you want to be a true opposition party, you have to mount a true opposition, and up to this point, Republicans have not been able to do that,” he said. “My hope is that that infrastructure will then be utilized to go after something else.”

In addition to a road-repair ballot measure for a future ballot, DeMaio says he’s already looking ahead and planning to use his growing database to reach voters and get a measure on the 2020 ballot that could incite powerful labor unions into a pricey megabattle — an effort to rein in what he calls bloated government pensions.

“That’s going to be a big fight in the wake of the Janus decision” from the Supreme Court, he says, referring to the recent decision denying labor unions the ability to collect “fair share” dues from members and use them for political purposes.

DeMaio says that if the gas tax measure has proved one thing, it’s that California Republicans can learn from Democrats’ admittedly effective use of social media, voter databases and one-on-one outreach to get out their message.

“My message for California state elected officials and the GOP leader is: If you lead, people will follow,’’ DeMaio said. “But you need to lead.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/05/this-is-their-hail-mary-california-gop-bets-on-gas-tax-repeal-694790

If the Chapel is Free – How Do they Pay Their Bills – “There is no deeper of a snake pit of false doctrine than the Praise the Lord show on TBN and Jentzen Franklin will be promoting it”

Editorial –

The God Business has Always Fascinated Me – Because the Purveyors of All that is Holy – and Who Claim to have Special Connections and Privileges –   “Don’t Like Competition”.

The “Faithful” as Evidenced by this Person’s Blog I Stumbled Onto from a Google Search – Also Have No Shortage of Opinion on this Subject.

I’ve Been Driving By the “Free Chapel” in Irvine on Jamboree road for Years Now and have been – well – Curious About All of this.

If They Ever Go Out of Business – I Will Try and Lease the Building – put a Replica Flying Saucer on Top of the Roof – and Name it – “The First Church of the Returning Extraterrestrial” – Blue LED Lighting and All.

Remember as I Always Like to Say – “Bank Robbers Don’t Call the Police on Other Bank Robbers “.

Amen! –

Jentezen Franklin, and his false teachings on fasting.

There are many churches today participating in the current fad known as The Daniel Fast. This is a man-made so-called spiritual activity that is supposed to automatically draw you closer to God by eating things that are on a list and not eating things that are not on a list.

If you partake of this fast, other benefits mentioned on The Daniel Fast website are winning the battle over the flesh (hard to do when we are still flesh when the fast is done), losing weight and healings from diabetes, allergies, arthritis and cancer. Another benefit is said to be putting our spirit in charge of the other two parts of us, the soul and the body. It must be news to the Holy Spirit that we can put Him in charge of things. (source). Here is what others have experienced by fasting along with Jentezen Franklin: healed relationships, spiritual growth, physical healings, financial breakthroughs, and other blessings. Wow.

“If that is the case, you have to wonder what blessings aren’t being released, Franklin writes, what answers to prayer are not getting through…what bondages are not being broken…because we fail to fast.” The Word-Faith crowd always makes a point to say that we will lose out on something if we don’t do it their way. This is an example. Fasting is a voluntary activity we engage in at the prompting of the Spirit or when we feel we need to humble ourselves in grief or repentance, or to focus on Jesus in a more pointed way. More on fasting in previous post.

Jentezen Franklin is the guru of fasting. He has written two books on it and is the one who championed The Daniel Fast. His statements about why we fast include fasting to get a blessing, to earn God’s favor, to get a public reward, to get our greatest breakthrough, to “release” a hundredfold return. (source).

So the lesson from The Daniel Fast and Jentezen Franklin is that we fast to get something. I do not believe we fast to get something, and I do not believe we should expect something and I do not believe we have the power to cause God to do something if we fast. More on what fasting is all about in the previous post.

Secondly, if we fast, Franklin says, it causes God to “release” these things into our lives. My understanding is that fasting is a private expression of a deeply felt spiritual need and a way to humble myself before Almighty God.

All this elevates fasting to an importance the bible does not give it nor did Jesus give it. So who is this Jentezen Franklin?

Franklin is pastor of a Holiness church in GA but he is also pastor of a Holiness church in CA. How does he do it? This article from Charisma Magazine explains:

“Every Sunday, Franklin arrives at Free Chapel in Gainesville (GA) by 5 a.m. for prayer, preaches two sermons and shakes hundreds of hands before boarding a private jet at 2 p.m. with his family and two staff members. They arrive at John Wayne Airport, located five minutes from Free Chapel Orange County (OC), and by 6 p.m. Franklin is in the pulpit. The next day is filled with Orange County staff meetings, and the group returns to Gainesville on Tuesday. “This may sound like a crazy schedule, but it is actually exhilarating,” Franklin says. … “My family comes first, and what shows me that this is of God is the way they can be with me more now than ever,” Franklin says. “The school systems have actually worked it out that my children can be off the two days so they can be with me.”

Is this a biblical model of pastoring? Pastor means shepherd. How can he shepherd his flock if he has one pasture in Judah and one in Persia? He can’t. It is not a biblical model of shepherding. As for his family, is taking his children out of school for two days a week the best, most stable life for them? Is his ambition so great he plunks his children in the middle of his “crazy schedule” so he can enjoy the ‘exhilaration’? And a private jet??? He had a choice to stay in GA. He chose the jet set lifestyle. Is this the proper Christian pastoring and fathering model we want to buy into? It isn’t for me, and I refuse to spend money buying his book.

His friends tell us a lot about who Franklin is. This weekend he is preaching from the pulpit of false preacher Joel Osteen’s stage at Lakewood Church! (source here and here). There is no worse false church in America than Lakewood. There is no worse false preacher than Osteen! Osteen denies the Gospel in favor of becoming a motivational guru to have “your best life now”. The only way you’re having your best life now is if you’re going to hell. (that was John MacArthur’s wit). This Jentezen Franklin will be preaching from Osteen’s stage for two days. That should tell us a lot.

FALSE PASTOR ALERT.

If that is not enough, after this weekend Franklin will be hosting the “Praise the Lord” show with Jan and Paul Crouch on TBN. There is no deeper of a snake pit of false doctrine than Praise the Lord show on TBN and Franklin will be promoting it. (source)

Franklin should be excised from any bible-believing church on these bases ALONE.

But wait, there’s more.

As for his teachings, they are false doctrine too. He said in one sermon as he appealed for money, lots of it for over ten minutes, over sentimental music blared from loudspeakers, “I’ve never come to Hillsong Conference where I haven’t sown at least a $1000 seed…”

Yet the bible says, “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” Mt 6:2

and Franklin goes on, “$1000 seed…into this place, because if I sow now, the rain of now will fall on my life.” NAME IT CLAIM IT! Tithe big, you get big. And what is “the rain of now” for heaven’s sakes? His hands were fluttering down as rain, and the audience looked up as if expecting manna or Armani suits or money to fall from the sky right then.

He is a Word-Faith preacher and we know those are false. The Word-Faith crowd is big on “if you do this, you get this.” “If you do this it will cause God to move.” They talk about ‘releasing’ power into your life, but in fact the only thing we have the power to release is a fart after dinner. He elevates to us more power than we have and diminishes Jesus in the process.

“It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of ministry,” he says. “It’s dangerous to have a growing ministry and a shrinking passion for God; something gets out of whack. When I find myself becoming mechanical in my preaching, even a one-day fast fine-tunes me and makes my heart sensitive. For me, fasting is the key.”

Fasting is not Jiffy Lube. It is the Word fine-tunes you. Sigh.

But most telling, is the following:

He said, “When I feel myself growing dry spiritually, when I don’t sense that cutting-edge anointing, or when I need a fresh encounter with God, fasting is the secret key that unlocks heaven’s door and slams shut the gates of hell. The discipline of fasting releases the anointing, the favor, and the blessing of God in the life of a Christian.”

Don’t gloss over this.

It is the most abhorrent statement imaginable. It is sacrilege. Jesus has the key to heaven and hell. Nothing we do unlocks it. How sacrilegious to say that any activity we do unlocks heaven or shuts hell. This is wrong! On just that statement, he should be booted from every bible-believing pulpit, our churches, and our bookshelves!

And why is fasting characterized as a “secret”? It is not, at least not to anyone who reads the bible. And what is a ‘cutting edge anointing’? Is it different from a regular anointing? Franklin distinguished the “normal seed” from the “precious seed” in one ‘name it claim it’ sermon I’d listened to. I guess I am missing out on the “cutting edge” anointing and I just have to settle for the regular anointing we get when we’re saved. (1 John 2:20).

See, that is the dangerous heresy in Word-Faith preachers like Franklin, they subtly elevate themselves and their teachings above what the bible says, making everything else seem humdrum by comparison by using sexy words like cutting edge, fine-tune, heart sensitive, breakthroughs, hundredfold return, precious seeds…. it is all very exciting in Franklin’s world, exhilarating, even. By comparison, the staid old faith, prayer, service, obedience seems dry as yesterday’s toast.

The Word-Faith doctrine “puts confidence in the nature of faith rather then in the object of faith. It assumes that there’s something inherent in believing that enacts [or “releases”] something when it isn’t true at all. It is not the nature of faith that is effective, it is the object of faith. It is my faith in God that gets results not my faith in my faith.” (source: A biblical answer to the prosperity Gospel)

Franklin Jentezen is a jet setting, TBN hosting, Osteen partnering Word-Faith prosperity preacher who has no business being in any biblical church. He is a wolf. Avoid Jentezen Franklin and The Daniel Fast. Rely on the Holy Spirit to direct your steps. Pray, fast when the Spirit prompts you, read your bible so you will have the discernment to spot a false teaching when you come across one. Go have a good lunch, and don’t forget to thank the Lord for it!

https://the-end-time.blogspot.com/2011/11/jentezen-franklin-and-his-false.html
http://www.freechapel.org/irvine/

Outcry over firefighters making up to $400,000 – Despite ever-tightening budgets, hefty paydays are actually becoming the norm for a lot of firefighters

Mar 4, 2017

SAN RAMON, Calif. — Despite ever-tightening budgets, hefty paydays are actually becoming the norm for a lot of firefighters.

In 2015, some firefighters with the San Ramon Valley Fire District were making as much as $400,000 a year in total compensation, CBS San Francisco reports. More than half of the full-time employees at the department make more than $300,000 in total compensation a year, according to data collected by the watchdog group Transparent California.

“Does it make sense that a battalion chief in San Ramon should earn $300,000 when our governor only earns $180,000 a year in compensation?” said Jack Weir, president of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association.

But one department said that paying out a lot of overtime is actually saving taxpayers money.

San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Paige Meyer says the $300,000 figure doesn’t tell the whole story. That number includes pension and benefits, so in reality, he says, firefighters take home about half of their total compensation.

“So, if someone makes $1, we ending up close to spending 90 cents for their pension, so that’s $1.90, roughly,” Meyer said. “And then we also have the costs of healthcare.”

Meyer said pension and healthcare obligations can mean it’s cheaper to pay a firefighter overtime instead of hiring someone new and adding an extra set of benefits costs.

“Saving can be upwards of 25 to 30 percent,” Meyer said.

Firefighters are guaranteed about 70 percent of their income after retirement in their 50s. In San Ramon, firefighters contribute close to 25 percent of their income to their pension.

Weir believes the system won’t work in the long run.

“It’s unreasonable, it’s unaffordable and most importantly, from a taxpayer’s perspective and from the perspective of the firefighters, it’s unsustainable,” Weir said.

But Meyer says San Ramon is an example of a fire district doing things right.

“We have a very sustainable system,” Meyer said. “We’re paying all of our unfunded liabilities. We’re actually one of the only agencies that I know of in the United States that pays extra money toward our unfunded liabilities in retired, medical and pension costs.”

Meyer also says a starting firefighter in San Ramon would make about $90,000 in salary alone.

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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/san-ramon-california-firefighters-making-up-to-400k/