Clean up the sugar
I am the chair of the Santa Clarita Valley Fair Elections
committee, formerly known as SCV Clean Money for Better
Government. Recently at a City Council meeting, I addressed
my concerns over remarks that Councilman Bob Kellar made at
a Minuteman Rally about being a "proud racist."
I share his concerns about our lax immigration system. I do
not believe we should have open borders. We should have a
well-funded system that actually controls who comes into
But Kellar reminds me of the old lady who came into her
kitchen to find a swarm of invading ants. Furious, she
stomped on every one of them. The next morning there were
even more, and the next even more.
Frustrated, she tried everything - plugging up the holes,
putting out traps, spraying - but still they came. Then one
day her visiting granddaughter came into the kitchen and
said, "Grandma, I think they keep coming because you have
sugar on the table."
Kellar is looking the wrong way. He needs to look at who is
putting the sugar on the table. The primary reason people
risk their lives to come here is for work.
The largest employer is our gigantic agribusiness, that
pays our politicians handsomely not to adequately fund our
Citizenship and Immigration Services and border patrol
Why? Because they want cheap labor and they want to put the
subsequent costs of cheap labor onto the public for school,
health care, etc. It is a classic example of how they
"privatize the profits and socialize the costs."
It's a bargain for corporations to contribute to
politicians to make sure they have their ready supply of
cheap labor. And they encourage Kellar and groups like the
Minutemen to keep their eyes on the ants.
To solve this problem, we must attack the real problem -
the hijacking of our democracy by special-interest money,
primarily the bankers and big corporations.
Last week, the Supreme Court made a decision to eliminate
any restriction on corporate money being used in federal
elections. This decision spells the end of our democracy
unless we can work quickly to put laws in place that will
temper the consequences.
Our campaign finance reform committee has been working on
this issue for five years.
I would like to invite the public and the City Council to
our next SCV Fair Elections meeting, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at
Caruso's (18340 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country), to learn
about the California Fair Elections Act proposition for the
November ballot, and get involved in cleaning up the sugar
on the table.
If passed, anyone wishing to run for the Secretary of
State's office can use public campaign financing rather
than take money from outside sources or use their own
This is a vital piece of the puzzle if we are to temper the
influence of gigantic international corporations and banks
on our electoral process.
See the article on Santa Clarita Valley Signal website