I know from all of the movies and FBI propaganda I have seen all my life that FBI agents are supposed to be tough G-men, unyielding guardians against ethical pressures and able to deal with controversy, strain and pressure like an unbending length of rebar. Think Kevin Costner in “The Untouchables” (although he played a Treasury Agent) or Tommy Lee Jones in “The Fugitive”—although that was a federal marshal.
What I saw during the Comey hearings last Thursday was the Stay Puft Marshmallow man of FBI directors, a director, who, although about as tall as an NBA star was, when faced with pressure from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch or current President Donald Trump, melted into a lump of goo.
“Why didn’t you just say no?” he was asked about why he didn’t push back when Lynch ordered him to call the investigation of Hillary Clinton a “matter” instead of an investigation, or when Trump hinted that he wanted him to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn, and instead of standing up and saying that such a suggestion was inappropriate, he instead wrote himself a memo. How Nancy Drew-like. Did he lock his memo book with a heart shaped lock?
Asked to explain himself, the talkative former director said, “I don’t know,” and suggested that perhaps cowardice played a part.
Where are the men made of sterner stuff who stand up to authority and say, “Not on my watch?” Instead we have men who melt like ‘Smores roasting on an open fire.
Making Houses Affordable
Earlier this week the Board of Supervisors announced several initiatives aimed at easing “affordable housing shortages” across the region, aiming to provide places to live for low income seniors, families and other at risk populations.
I kind of wonder where the Board of Supervisors has been for the last couple of decades as the County built up a collection of regulations that have helped make San Diego one of the most expensive counties to build in a state that is one of the most expensive states to build.
So now, when the fruit of their regulations and anti-growth policies have created a housing market where the average house costs more than half a million dollars—now the supervisors are worried about affordable housing. Give me a break!
Repeal the Gas Tax Hike
A battle is going on in the Golden State to repeal the 30-cent gas tax that the majority party in Sacramento passed a couple of months ago. Local radio talk show host Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, is spearheading an effort to gather enough signatures to give the voters of California to repeal what may be the most unpopular legislative action in decades.
Here’s a quote from an editorial in The Sacramento Bee, certainly not a bastion of the alt-right:
“California voters overwhelmingly oppose a recent tax and fee package pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-dominated Legislature to pay for road repairs, a new poll finds.
“The gas tax law, which ushers in a 10-year program to raise more than $52 billion for transportation projects, is so unpopular it could backfire on Democrats in upcoming special elections….
“Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, has begun an effort to put a repeal of the gas tax on the statewide ballot.
“A ballot initiative on this toxic issue would surely strike fear into the hearts of every California Democrat running in 2018; vulnerable incumbents Ami Bera, Salud Carbajal, Raul Ruiz, and Scott Peters in particular…”
Like I’ve said before, it is a very good idea to scare the living daylights out of our elected representatives from time to time. The ruling party in Sacramento is entirely too comfortable and needs to have a firecracker exploded under its comfortable collective Lazy Boy.