DeVore-Spitzer Debate – Surgery, or Increased Dosage?
interview of a different kind
Posted By CotoBlogzz
Margarita, CA - Let’s be clear :
Orange County in general and the Third District specifically
are fortunate to have Chuck DeVore and Todd Spitzer contend for a Third District Board of
Supervisors seat in 2012. We
cannot recall a time when Orange County residents were asked to choose
a supervisor from two as qualified as Mr. DeVore and Mr. Spitzer
Usually the selection criteria has come to the “devil you
know,” or the “least worst.”
In this case, pick the cream from the cream.
County cannot loose. Orange County will not loose,
regardless of the outcome
Both have answered
the questions de rigueur,
such as why are you running? and what do you see as the most
critical issues facing the county?
To date, the how has been largely missing
often hear that politicians go to Washington to change things, and
instead, it is they who are changed.
We also hear that power corrupts.
We rarely hear why this may be so.
To be clear, power is more seductive than any mind-altering
drug available, and there is a pantheon of caught politicians to prove
it, and others slippery enough to not have been caught
we would like to try a new spin-less type of interview.
This piece is not intended to promote one candidate over
the other, as much as it is intended to as a trigger mechanism to kick
start debate over substantive issues.
Because of certain reasons stated below, instead of trying to
interview each candidate individually, we though that perhaps we would
raise the issues, then have each side either respond, or not.
careful about what you do not say – what you do speaks louder than
what you do say
reference, we have been following both candidates for quite some time.
We have seen their views evolve and or adapt to the political
reality. For instance,
not more than two years back the argument was that “earmarks is such
a small percentage of the total budget we should not even discuss
it…” to now,
“read my lips, no more earmarks”
consider Mr. DeVore and Mr. Sptizer. very similar in style and in
substance – Almost like twins.
Both typify the
clean-cut All-Orange County image.
Both seem intelligent, both are driven, goal-oriented and uber-competitive.
Both can be brash and prone to go on tangents.
It is widely known
that politicians like to control their message and are usually
reluctant to speak to the media for fear their comments may be taken
out of context or twisted. Yet
during the 2010 elections, Mr. DeVore easily veered off message and
focused instead on personal attacks.
have provided credence to the slogan, “It is so easy to donate to
a candidate’s fund that a caveman can do it.
It takes a lobbyist to reach that candidate once he is elected.”
Take for instance the case of Joseph Morabito, a most
successful Orange County entrepreneur, characterized as a
“disgruntled voter,” by Mr. Spitzer
some three years ago:
an isolated instance you
say, or even irrelevant? In
that case consider Mr. Spitzer’s
interest in a 2008 Trabuco High Schools “student-led” coalition
who sued Princeton,
N.J.-based Educational Testing Service over invalidation of 690 AP
exams, accusing the company of not adequately investigating
allegations of cheating and improper proctoring on the May exams and
demanding a "good faith" investigation.
We characterized Mr. Spitzer’s fight then as an attempt to
defend the indefensible, particularly given the overwhelming evidence
about cheating in the classroom.
On the other hand, a lobbying group can command a
politician’s attention as opposed to a single “disgruntled
You may argue that the "caveman can do it, but it takes a lobbyists approach" to politics is just an artifact of the democratic process, but it does not need to be so. Companies use mass customization technology for micro-targeting and enhanced customer satisfaction. The same technology can be used by politicians post-election, to communicate with and address voters concerns efficiently and without having to resort to lobbyists.
clincher however, is that both Mr.
DeVore and Mr. Spitzer's have government experience, both claim
it as a benefit, but if not handled properly, it can be a big
albatross. The benefit is
that both know how the system works..
A skeptic will argue that both have been nourishing a broken
system, both have developed
tunnel vision and hence both are now part of the problem, and not the
solution. A form of self-bounded rationality, if you will
instance the annexation issue discussion
between OC LAFCO, the OCBOS, RSM and other elected and or
appointed local officials. When
an agreement was not promptly reached, it was blamed on
miscommunication. Sergio’s response? Hire
a communication’s consultant at taxpayers expense! How about instead a Trump approach: Do your
job, or you are fired!
convincing enough? Try the 2005 Wall
Street Journal study, which examined
how malpractice insurance premiums for anesthesiologists have
decreased over the past 20 years because they have focused on
improving patient safety rather than legislation that would pay the
darn insurance premiums and keep doing the same thing, over and over
again. No different from how California has been governed for
the last 20 years or so. Increase parasitic bureaucracies and
take for instance
Allen West’s H.R. 1246 bill which
the House of Representatives.
H.R. 1246- which will cut the Department of Defense printing
and reproduction budget by 10 percent passed by unanimous
vote of 393 to 0.
“H.R. 1246 helps us keep our promise to the American
public that we will cut wasteful government spending and
spend taxpayer dollars more efficiently.” West said.
That is, the Colonel, has accomplished what the Democrats and
the Republicans in Washington DC have dialed to do.
the 2010 mid-term election,
Mr. DeVore ran on a strict fiscal conservative platform, fighting to
the last second. A month
earlier however, the CotoBuzz Journal had called the election for the
California Women: Hutchens,
Fiorina, Whitman and Walters. The
point is that although it is a good idea to fight to the end, it may
be a good idea to be realistic and walk the talk.
As soon as the elections results were announced, Mr. DeVore
sends a money bomb asking for donations to retire a campaign debt.
Do you see the irony?
during the 2010 elections we asked Mr. DeVore
what he would do about CA’s Triple Threat:
Unions, 2) Lobbyists and 3) Bureaucracies.
He did provide a response about public unions but otherwise
offered no substantive response.
Now, the latest fad amongst local political junkies is what to
do to about RDAs We posit that the RDA argument is simply the tip of the
iceberg. While most, including RDAs, LAFCO, EEOC, CLRC, SEC, EPA and so on ad
if not all bureaucracies are well intentioned, their intrinsic
parasitic nature soon take over soon, the benefits are soon
overshadowed. California's Triple Threat: 1) Unions
2) Parasitic bureaucracies and 3) Lobbyists have a symbiotic
relationship that in order to stop requires major intervention. Dealing with one is sort of like treating cancer with pain
killers. While the pain
may temporarily go away, the cancer quickly spreads and kills the
For instance, we have
been advocating a bureaucracy realignment and closure initiative, not
unlike the military base closure initiative. We posit that you
can eliminate and or merge 80% of California's bureaucracies and not
miss a beat. This is somewhat analogous to what we had been
proposing for GM for the last 20 years, and guess what happened to GM
and what it ended doing with all its parasitic brands?
for Mr. Spitzer and Mr. DeVore
the supplied antecedents, the following open questions are for Mr.
DeVore and Mr. Spitzer. While
it would be ideal if both camps responded directly to this forum, it
is not required, nor expected.
do you define success for your next OCBOS term?
In other words, voting Yes to support your initiatives, or No
to defeat the initiatives counter to your principles is necessary, but
if you fail, then it does not much matter. Almost analogous to the
President voting Present when he was in the legislature,
to avoid making the tough decisions.
Given your political experience, seems like you have decided to
be a career politician, not unlike Governor Brown, and given our
assertion that power is more seductive than any mind altering drug,
what can you do to stay grounded and responsive to Joe the homeowner?
3. Boldness –
Experience in many cases is a very powerful creativity buster
as described above. Additionally consider the politicians who are
currently dominating the national debate such as
Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christie and others,
relatively inexperienced in their news posts.
Now consider Governor Brown’s proposals to resuscitate
Audits: What bold initiatives can you advance?
For example, we have been trying to follow the money contracted
cities pay to the county for sheriff services but continue to
encounter obstacles. The
county apparently does not have the necessary tools.
The state is supposed to conduct audits to make sure everything
is in the up and up. However,
the California Department of Justice and the Chief of Public Affairs
of the California State Auditor's Office have confirmed
that no audits of the sheriffs department have been conducted
in Los Angeles, San Diego and or Orange County, at least over the last
ten years. Will you be willing to sponsor a request the
Legislative Audit Committee schedules an audit of the Orange
County Sheriff’s department. Not
necessarily because there is something wrong, but because if you
cannot measure it, you cannot manage it.
Further, law enforcement officials and Governor Brown are
asking for a tax increase. Does
it make sense to have a tax increase when we cannot trace how the
public safety dollar is being managed?
B. The Triple constraint: Are you willing to consider an Orange County bureau realignment and closure initiative, whereby 80% of the bureaucracies should either close or merge – initiative patterned after the military closure initiative. If successful, the notion can be a prototype that can be exported to other counties and the nation.
Conclusion: Again, we are thrilled to have two most qualified candidates. The question is how to solve problems: Do we continue to do the same thing and just increase the dosage, or do we have bold initiatives?
on ANDRES BOCELI - Rancho
Santa Margarita, CA- Candidate
Obama rightfully demanded that words must mean something.
parses words not
unlike the infamous "it all depends on what is is".
Politicians regularly use the terms accountability and transparency,
but when pressed as to what they are ready to do, they deflect, deny
or ignore, perhaps even lie - that is, the political game of DIDL.
Triple Threat - Rancho Santa
Margarita, CA - We
assert that the sucking sound you hear are all the jobs California is
losing to Nevada, Texas and Utah, in large measure do to what we refer
to as California's
Triple Threat: 1) Public
sector organized labor, 2)
un-checked parasitic bureaucracies and
Freedom and the Triple Constraint
view of Senator Obama Using a Disgruntled Homeowner Prism
the Future Moment, or Simply: WTF?
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