Lee Rogers And An Eternal, Shared American Dream
While the Republicans squabble among themselves, though, Rogers is moving ahead with his own positive campaign and introducing himself to more voters throught-out the district, which encompasses the Santa Clarita Valley, most of the Antelope Valley and much of Simi Valley. This week, Rogers seemed to avoid Inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom that insists voters have no interest in detailed and substantive policy discussions. A prominent nationally-known surgeon and a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, Rogers is a thorough details man. Most DCCC-backed candidates send out e-mail blasts that read-- literally-- like this: "We can win if you send me money and we will stop my evil Republican foe who is up to no good. I love you." This was Rogers' blast this week:
Want to know what life is like for some undocumented residents? Check out Morgan Spurlock from CNN's Inside Man from this past Sunday. Spurlock experienced the job of an immigrant citrus picker for one day. Admittedly, it was the toughest day's work he's ever had.
Some in Congress have voted for extreme policies like making illegal immigration a felony, limiting education for immigrant children, or the deportation of 800,000 DREAM Act eligible young people. Some have used insulting slurs in reference to immigrants.
California's 25th District is the 9th most Latino district in the United States currently represented by a Republican. While Latinos care about other issues-- like affordable healthcare, quality education, and good jobs-- immigration policy affects many families. We need a strong advocate for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Congress, one who will fight for a reasonable path to citizenship. Comprehensive Immigration Reform will improve our economy, reduce the deficit, and result in a more livable wage for immigrants, while simultaneously improving the security of our country. The Congressional Budget Office found that reform would reduce our deficits and add $450 billion in tax revenues over the next 10 years. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy showed that legalizing 11 million undocumented residents and giving them the opportunity to work legally, would boost tax revenue-- not create the financial drain some predicted.
Congressional opponents to immigration reform are doing it purely out of intolerance or for political reasons-- because the myth that it will hurt our economy has been busted!
I need your help to get to Congress to give our district something it lacks, a representative who is a supporter of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Can you contribute $25 today to help send me to Congress so I can make sure we all have the chance at the American Dream?
Thank you!Dr. Lee Rogers
McKeon has a dream too-- personal wealth and a political dynasty-- and he shares it with his family and closest cronies. Yesterday SantaClarita.com reported that David Mckeon won his battle to head the Las Vegas GOP.
Running as the establishment-backed candidate, McKeon ousted Cindy Lake, who was the favorite of the Ron Paul faction of Vegas Republicans. Within minutes, naysayers were connecting McKeon to Veneitan owner and GOP mega-donor Shedlon Adelson.
David McKeon's name last surfaced in the SCV when it was revealed that the Buck McKeon campaign was making abnormally high payments to companies controlled by David McKeon for some minor website work.
With no apparent qualifications apart from his last name, McKeon joins his mother, cousins and uncle as beneficiaries of the family business while the boss plans his exit strategy. Unclear if David shares the same "family values" that his dad is famous for.
• More than 4,600 seniors in the district received prescription drug discounts worth $5.3 million an average discount of $500 per person in 2011, $580 in 2012, and $810 thus far in 2013.
• 67,000 seniors in the district are now eligible for Medicare preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductible.
• 190,000 individuals in the district-- including 53,000 children and 69,000 women-- now have health insurance that covers preventive services without any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductible.
• 237,000 individuals in the district are saving money due to ACA provisions that prevent insurance companies from spending more than 20% of their premiums on profits and administrative overhead. Because of these protections, over 39,000 consumers in the district received approximately $2.9 million in insurance company rebates in 2012 and 2011-- an average rebate of $71 per family in 2012 and $65 per family in 2011.
• Up to 48,000 children in the district with preexisting health conditions can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers.
• 251,000 individuals in the district now have insurance that cannot place lifetime limits on their coverage and will not face annual limits on coverage starting in 2014.
• 103,000 individuals in the district who lack health insurance will have access to quality, affordable coverage without fear of discrimination or higher rates because of a preexisting health condition. In addition, the 47,000 individuals who currently purchase private health insurance on the individual or small group market will have access to more secure, higher quality coverage and many will be eligible for financial assistance.
UPDATE: The Chairman of The Drone Caucus Strikes Again
While Hagel cuts Pentagon jobs to save money, the greedy and corrupt GOP slime-bucket from Santa Clarita, is guaranteeing himself and his sleazy family some personal wealth by forcing the military to buy unwanted drones, $2.5 billion worth of worthless Global Hawks from McKeon's second biggest campaign donor, Northrup Drummond ($173,500).
It came at a cost. Northrup’s political action committee dumped $500,000 into the reelection committees of members of the House Armed Services Committee. This includes $135,000 to Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), who recently wrote a letter to Hagel demanding Northrup be paid.
“Congress directed the Air Force to obligate previously authorized and appropriated funds to procure the remaining three Global Hawk Block aircraft,” Moran and McKeon wrote in their May 13 letter. “Yet, as recently as May 9th... the Air Force has continued to ignore clear Congressional intent and has not obligated these funds.”
“We encourage you to …ensure that the Air Force is in compliance with the current law,” they added.
The drones are manufactured in McKeon’s district, while Northrup is headquartered in Moran’s.
The letter was effective. According to an Air Force spokesman, Northrup will be paid for the drones that no one except Congress wants.
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