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Elected representatives unresponsive

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From page A8 | April 28, 2014 |

The following is the second of a series of topical column titled “The Right Stuff” to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our country at every level of government.

Have you tried to communicate with your state or federal representative lately? How has that worked out for you?

Rep. John Garamendi always responds to this writer with a form letter to tell me of his personal accomplishments, but has never answered specific questions posed. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer usually responds with evasive comments on my questions and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein seldom responds at all.

I do not expect the representative to personally prepare answers to each question, but taxpayers provide unlimited funds for staffers who can prepare reasonable answers for the boss’s signature. I am not speaking from inexperience. Whether I received in my earlier life a complaint from a senator or a complaining customer, the complainer always received an answer to the point prepared by my staff and reviewed by me. For the quality of answers I have received, I can only judge my representatives as incompetent managers or as being intentionally deceptive.

For direct meetings with representatives, the ratio of office holders to constituents is a growing problem. How does the office holder ration time between direct business and meeting constituents? The result is frequently an overly protective staff or a defensive office holder. Examples are state Sen. Lois Wolk, who started glancing at her watch three minutes after our meeting started, and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, who indicated interest but never provided any feedback.

An Environmental Protection Agency local issue indicates that the inability to obtain appropriate corrective action is, in part, a result of unresponsive elected representation. (The issue with EPA will be explained in detail in a subsequent column.) The Solano County Taxpayers Association spent three years researching this issue, which is expenditure of $150 million by Vacaville as mandated by environmental agencies without adequate scientific data.

Though the Vacaville waste is given as the example, the larger issue is that every city in the country is subject to similar mandates as stated by members of the Central Valley Water Control Board. Five factors have been identified as leading to these costly EPA decisions and the first two require congressional correction.

I presented this situation to Garamendi at a Dixon Town Hall nearly three years ago. Since then I have provided written documentation and made repeated verbal and telephone requests to his staff for the congressman to meet the Taxpayer Committee to review the problem. Despite alleged support, that meeting has never occurred.

The founders of this nation expressed concerned whether the citizens would be educated enough to maintain good representation. Those citizens met their responsibility. European leaders, particularly those who suffered for 40 years under communism such as Vaclav Havel of Czech Republic, have seriously questioned the American public for their choice of elected officials.

Members of the U.S. Congress have a higher re-election rate than representatives to the Russian Duma. When our legislators vote on measures without knowing the content, when they approve bills public polls measure the citizens to oppose by 65 percent, when they give their dismissive self-serving responses to your thoughtfully prepared letter, why do we re-elect them to office.

Ask yourself this: Are you a responsible citizen when you re-elect an incumbent who has strapped your grandchildren with national debt by approving expenditures that have no measured value?

Earl Heal is a Vacaville resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at [email protected]

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  • mike kirchubelApril 28, 2014 - 7:44 am

    Wow. You guys are every week? Combined with the usual right wing columnists every day, i'd say that's a bit of overkill. Earl, do you have a computer or smartphone? Keck was absent from the conversation after his article last week. The first thing i'd like to say is that our representatives don't have "unlimited funds for staffers..." With thoughts like that, it is no wonder you are irritated.

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  • StillBarfingApril 28, 2014 - 8:39 am

    What Mikey means is he just can't stand for anyone else to be able to say anything in the Daily Republic. And as usual, he ends his rant with a personal attack on the intruder into his playpen.

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  • Mike KirchubelApril 28, 2014 - 9:08 am

    it's not a personal attack so much as I difficulty understanding why people would vote and propagandize for the wealthy, when they aren't. If it's as simple as a misunderstanding over how much representatives get for staffing expenses, then I'm happy to help.

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  • Michael Why do you never protest George Soros?April 28, 2014 - 10:32 am

    Very selective on who you criticize? We are so far gone, in this country, so controlled, Get right with Jesus people... READ REVELATION IN THE BIBLE...

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  • Mike KirchubelApril 28, 2014 - 10:53 am

    what did he do?

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  • WARNING THE MOST SATANIC EVER IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRYApril 28, 2014 - 10:56 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfED1DDmB-8

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  • rlw895April 28, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    Revelation is the most misunderstood book in the Bible. Maybe that's why it's one of the most popular.

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  • Danny BuntinApril 28, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    You say why not post about George Soros. The main reason is because he does not have a end game for profit or to observe his religious beliefs. He does not start astro turf organizations to cheer for his best interests.

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  • Todd (Fairfield)April 28, 2014 - 9:02 am

    Very happy to see real life issues addressed in the news. Its about time the whole truth is told. Thank you Mr. Heal

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  • Mr. SmithApril 28, 2014 - 9:11 am

    I have to agree with Mr. Heal. My efforts to communicate directly with our elected congressional representatives have thus far generated only form letters that in some instances were not even remotely connected to my original query. Of course, the knee-jerk defense of these people by a political hack like Kirchubel is to be expected.

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  • Joseph D. JoyceApril 28, 2014 - 9:58 am

    I put in an online request for a meeting with Garamendi just last week. We'll see how that works out. Did you make it over to his open house last week at his local office? I did and he was more than happy to discuss everything I asked. I can't speak for the others. Thanks for writing this! Joseph D Joyce

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  • TammyApril 28, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Thank you Mr. Heal and thank you for your efforts in researching these costly water mandates. Mr. Heal has worked a long time on this issue and not given up trying to work with these people... Mr. Heal is a Superman! ( but believe me people 9/11 was an inside job with Democrat help ).... The Obama Administration is trying to reduce us to a one Party Country... Listen to Infowars today....Please?

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  • rlw895April 28, 2014 - 10:35 am

    What a missed opportunity to talk about what other states do and past proposals to improve our representation in California. Check out how many people state representatives have in their districts in other states compared to California. Plus as the country grows, the number of people in each congressional district increases. The Senate is set up to be a little crazy, with senators from the largest state--ours--representing nearly 40 million compared to the small states of under 1 million. But despite all that, Earl is right that our problem is being worthy of the government the Founders gave us, not it being worthy of us. We ARE "it."

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  • Born into it, or inducted as a lesser?April 28, 2014 - 11:00 am

    ?

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  • A kind of asexual, bloodless type are you?April 28, 2014 - 11:05 am

    ? I dislike people with no sense of humor.

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  • Do not make me angry or I will submit you to the rigors...April 28, 2014 - 11:19 am

    Be forewarned..... Shakin' all over?

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  • Led Zeppelin-Shakin' All OverApril 28, 2014 - 11:24 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrSzi8oKFWs

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  • ?April 28, 2014 - 11:36 am

    ???? Before the Oath is administered it is said -- a sword is pointed at the breast:....."Shouldst thou become a traitor or perjurer, let this sword remind thee of each and all the members in arms against thee. Do not hope to find safety; whithersoever thou mayest fly, shame and remorse as well as the vengeance of thine unknown brothers will torture and pursue thee."...... Then in the Oath which follows he swears:........................... ". . . Eternal silence, and faithfulness and everlasting obedience to all superiors and regulations of the Order. I also renounce my own personal views and opinions as well as all control of my powers and capacities. I promise also to consider the well-being of the Order as my own, and I am ready, as long as I am a member, to serve it with my goods, my honour, and my life . . . If I act against the rules and well-being of the Society, I will submit myself to the penalties to which my superiors may condemn me . . ."....................... "In the name of the son crucified (i.e. the Pentagram, the illuminated man), swear to break the bonds which still bind you to your father, mother, brothers, sisters, wife, relatives, friends, mistresses, kings, chiefs, benefactors, and all persons to whomsoever you may have promised faith, obedience, and service. Name and curse the place where you were born, so that you may dwell in another sphere, to which you will attain only after having renounced this pestilential globe, vile refuse of the heavens! From this moment you are free from the so-called oath to country and laws: swear to reveal to the new chief, recognized by you, what you may have seen or done, intercepted, read or heard, learned or surmised, and also seek for and spy out what your eyes cannot discern. Honour and respect the Aqua Tofana (i.e. an imperceptibly slow poison) as a sure, prompt, and necessary means of purging the globe by death of those who seek to vilify the truth and seize it from our hands. Fly from Spain, Naples, and all accursed land; finally fly from the temptation to reveal what you may hear, for the thunder is no prompter that the knife, which awaits you in whatsoever place you may be. Live in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.......................(The Trinity of Illuminism -- Cabalistic and Gnostic. The Father -- the generating fire; the Holy Spirit -- the Great Mother Nature, reproducing all things; the Son -- the manifestation, the vital fluid, the astral light of Illuminism)."

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  • Google.... The Revolution Will Not Be WebcastApril 28, 2014 - 11:59 am

    Freedom of expression is often regarded as America's distinguishing liberty. "That's what's great about this country and all free countries: freedom of speech," Neil Young told CNN six weeks ago. "That's what makes us different from everybody else." Though it's suffered multiple paper cuts from the Patriot Act, it's still the go-to characteristic for those who choke on Nazi analogies. (Bush isn't Hitler, runs the argument, because you have the right to call him Hitler.) But it's also the cheapest freedom rulers can afford, when popular expression is cut off from the means of effecting popular change. Nothing is risked by allowing people to say what they feel, so long as it's understood they cannot act upon it outside of the unresponsive and compromised political system. But when the elections are rigged, and most politicians of prominence are beholden to the same security apparatus, what do you do then?..........America is a free-speech zone, and Americans remain fenced within it so long as they mistake risk-averse expression with direct yet non-violent action. It's the difference between shouting slogans on a sunny afternoon and Tiananmen Square. And so much of the ineffectual sloganeering now takes place only in the cocooned and virtual America, where the empire obligingly hosts its chat rooms of dissent for political deviants. It has no worries, so long as everyone keeps talking. I don't think I like paperless revolutions anymore. It seems the more sophisticated our means of communication, the more illusory our ownership of the media, and the greater the disconnect between our words and our words' implications. Under the Nazis, hand-cranking the press in the basement took courage. Under the NSA, posting online may take nothing more than naivité.

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  • Google...The Revolution Will Not Be WebcastApril 28, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Freedom of expression is often regarded as America's distinguishing liberty. "That's what's great about this country and all free countries: freedom of speech," Neil Young told CNN six weeks ago. "That's what makes us different from everybody else." Though it's suffered multiple paper cuts from the Patriot Act, it's still the go-to characteristic for those who choke on Nasty analogies. (Bush isn't Hitler, runs the argument, because you have the right to call him Hitler.) But it's also the cheapest freedom rulers can afford, when popular expression is cut off from the means of effecting popular change. Nothing is risked by allowing people to say what they feel, so long as it's understood they cannot act upon it outside of the unresponsive and compromised political system. But when the elections are rigged, and most politicians of prominence are beholden to the same security apparatus, what do you do then?

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  • continuedApril 28, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    America is a free-speech zone, and Americans remain fenced within it so long as they mistake risk-averse expression with direct yet non-violent action. It's the difference between shouting slogans on a sunny afternoon and Tiananmen Square. And so much of the ineffectual sloganeering now takes place only in the cocooned and virtual America, where the empire obligingly hosts its chat rooms of dissent for political deviants. It has no worries, so long as everyone keeps talking......................... I don't think I like paperless revolutions anymore. It seems the more sophisticated our means of communication, the more illusory our ownership of the media, and the greater the disconnect between our words and our words' implications. Under the Nastys, hand-cranking the press in the basement took courage. Under the NSA, posting online may take nothing more than naivité.

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