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|Political Philosophy for Sean White|
First of all, I would like to thank the League of Women Voters for creating the Smart Voter website, where all candidates have an even playing field, regardless of money.
Sean's main platform this election season is to further expose the effects that money has on politics and to offer an alternative choice to politicians that survive by accepting legalized bribes (campaign contributions) from those who expect favors back once they get elected.
Here is a list of some of the sources of the bribes:
1) Developers looking to have an edge over the average citizen 2) Refineries looking to make record profits again 3) Lawyers 4) Real Estate Executives 5) Unions 6) Contractors (I am a contractor)
I do not blame these business for taking advantage of the system, nor do I blame the politicians for using the system to stay alive, however I challenge the voters in this community to be smarter than the junk mail/side of the road sign slogans and to vote for a candidate with real solutions to the political problems that we face today.
I suggest that we have an even the playing field where 1 person gets 1 vote as was intended by our founding fathers, rather than the $1 one vote system that has developed, especially with the Supreme Court Decision Citizens United, which decided that money was free speech.
Money in this society is becoming more and more scarce among the average person and more concentrated among the fraction of a percent CEO's of multinational corporations who are sending the jobs offshore, along with their Swiss and Cayman Island bank accounts.
We have seen during this "great recession" banks getting bailed out, homeowners losing their homes to the banks and hard working people losing their jobs, benefits, pensions, tuition and standards of living. All the while, the super-rich mega millionaires and getting richer at a faster pace than ever and claiming that we aren't giving them enough, so that it can trickle down better. They say that their mega millionaire tax brackets, which are lower than any time in history are not low enough for the trickle down effect to kick in.
All the while these mega millionaires are making sure that the politicians are working for them through the ever loosing campaign finance system, which was given to them by one of the most famous 5-4 Supreme Court decisions in history.
Want to make a difference? Vote for Sean White for Contra Costa County District 2 Supervisor June 5, 2012.
Sean will work hard to expose the underhanded ownership of politicians by those that finance the junk mail that you are too smart to fall for any more.
See the digital images of the candidates campaign contributions go to the Contra Costa County Candidate Services website. www.cocovote.us and click on the first word under important links to see which organizations are influencing the decisions that are made in your county.
The Contra Costa Times, just endorsed a candidate and I wrote a response, which was censored, other responses that are in favor of the candidate are visible. I spent some time writing my response and am going to post it here:
Here is the article:
Here are my censored comments:
Since I have been accused here of muddying the waters as a spoiler, I will give my response. I am a serious candidate and very serious about fixing a system that is broken due to the undue effect that money has on politics. This campaign is part of a bigger picture than just the CCC Board of Supervisors. It is about educating "we the people" and giving us a solution to having a system where money rules politicians. I am accepting no special interest money in this campaign. When I ran for this office in 2000, I tried soliciting a few campaign donations and just could not in good conscience ask others for money knowing that they would want political decisions in their favor back. It was very embarrassing asking for campaign contributions and I stopped after $300. It made me feel like I was selling my soul. We all know how campaigns are financed and I am offering a solution to backroom deals being made over checkbooks in the backroom campaign finance world. I am not taking big money from developers, refineries, unions and other politicians. I offer a solution to the real problem. I am also accused of causing the other candidates to spend more money, which I find humorous. It is their choice to spend special interest money in the first place. Does this mean they will owe more backroom favors too? This money is all about access and when you are reading a sign on the side of the road or one of those expensive glossy fliers, read into what paid for that expensive piece of paper. Read deep into who is paying for the Google or Facebook advertising. When you see that advertisement, think of the person writing the check to the candidate and what they expect to get back, don't just think of how pretty the colors are. Understand that the people financing the campaign are going to have a direct line to their candidate and that normal people, such as you and me are going to be standing at the back of the line behind many corporations, unions, attorneys and other not so special interests. If anyone has a better idea about how to take money out of politics, please let me know and I will join you. In the mean time, help me make a statement and if enough of the citizens can follow the money trail, then it will make a big difference.
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