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The Washoe County School System

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , on September 16, 2014 by authorcarloscardoso

The Washoe County School system has recently undergone changes, controversy, scrutiny and bizarre unexplained reversals of decisions and statements by members that leave many unanswered questions. The series of public events began with Superintendant Martinez inexplicably firing Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras, a 20 year veteran of the force and the Chief for the past 12 years. Followed soon thereafter by Washoe County School Board President Barbara Clark announcing the immediate dismissal of Superintendant Martinez in a hastily scheduled press conference after a closed door meeting. The Board came to this decision under the advice of Counsel, even though two members, Trustees Aiazza and Rosenberg had been involved in cases where the State’s Open meeting Law had been invoked to reverse one similar action with significant financial repercussions and the other case was questioned but wasn’t overturned since it was a briefing and not a personnel decision. Barbara Clark quickly back pedaled and said the Superintendant was not terminated but had been relieved of his duties and placed on Administrative Leave with pay but the damage had been done. Trustee Estella Guttierrez, Superintendant Martinez’s only supporter at first claimed that she was not informed or part of the decision only to later reveal that she had been called during the proceedings.

 

What followed was a WCSD meeting held in the afternoon when most working parents were unable to attend at which the Board was attacked for their decisions by a majority crowd of Hispanic supporters of Superintendant Martinez. The statements in support of Mr. Martinez in essence focused on his unique perspective and qualification to lead because of his Hispanic heritage while claiming the decision to remove him was somehow based on race. That argument on its face was racist in claiming he was better qualified to lead the district because he served as a role model to the minority Hispanic community while calling the Board’s decision racist with no proof whatsoever. This position was echoed by Governor Sandoval’s wife who also spoke of the possible loss of federal funding again based strictly on conjecture and no facts to support her position. Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey also strongly supported Mr. Martinez and went so far as to show his statist position when he called for legislation allowing the appointment of members to the WCSD Board which is a local, duly elected body. This would in essence be allowing the State to control a local body over which it has no jurisdiction.

 

The Board in the face of all this criticism has backed down and not called for a public meeting to discuss the allegations and circumstances which led them to try and get Mr. Martinez to accept a separation package before the press conference was called to relieve him of his duties supposedly over his being a CPA. Meanwhile the WCSD and School Board members have been sued by Mr. Martinez. The WCSD and School Board members should not give in to intimidation by Mr. Martinez’s lawsuits, his vocal Hispanic supporters and their threats to recall them or the public support of powerful politicians such as the Governor. The public deserves the opportunity to hear what the allegations of wrong doing the Superintendant has been accused of are, and await until the findings of a full and thorough investigation have been completed to ascertain the facts of whether any laws or actions by Mr. Martinez not only warrant his termination but any further legal actions are required in the case of possible criminal actions. The allegations of racism being used so by so many including the Reno Gazette Journal makes one wonder what they are trying to hide by discrediting his detractors.

The President and the Failure of the Super Committee

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

The failure of the Super Committee to come to a deficit reduction deal goes back to the debt ceiling deal. The extension of the Bush tax cuts through 2012 agreed to because of the fragility of the economy certainly still holds true today. The economy is so bad Mr. Obama is running away from it by blaming it on the Republicans protecting the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Interesting how he along with former Speaker Nancy Pelosi quickly embraced the movement that espoused their position on raising taxes, the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Interestingly enough while they demonized the true grassroots movement, the Tea Party. specifically Congresswoman Pelosi had expressed concern about their rhetoric leading to violence. Neither backed away from the Occupy Wall Street movement which Americans watched on their network news turn to lawlessness and violence. The Republicans offered some tax increases trying to reach a compromise but the Democrats wanted a trillion dollars in tax increases out of $1.2 Trillion they were required to cut from the deficit. This poisoned the atmosphere while the Committee was working.

The truth is the failure in Washington can be traced directly to our President who has done nothing but waste trillions of dollars on ventures for those who financed his campaign, while blaming Republicans as he has been the campaigner in chief. The President has done more to polarize this nation than any other president in our history to setup the backdrop of his own re-election campaign. He will run against obstructionist Republicans who have passed over a dozen bills only to be blocked from reaching the Senate floor for a vote. President Obama and his big government Democratic allies are willing to allow innocent Americans to suffer so he can run away from his record. This is not only a failure of leadership but a deliberate effort to allow this President to escape all accountability for his myriad of failures. President Obama is fiddling while the country burns around him. This while he actively is creating an atmosphere of class warfare knowing that his policies are destroying the economy creating more people dependant on the government for aid in the hope that they will vote Democratic.

Tea Party Blamed For Debt Deal Debacle

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

The article begins with a baseless and offensive attack against conservative Americans in its title, “Tea party has engaged in economic terrorism”. The truth is that the Obama administration and the super majority in both houses of congress gave the Democrats the ability for 2 years to raise the debt ceiling to whatever level they wanted to finance all their spending plans and failed to do so. The President offered no vision, plan or any sense of urgency on resolving the issue until the Treasury Department declared the country would default on its obligations to pay our debts unless the debt ceiling was raised by August 2, 2011. This statement was misleading and began to cause concerns in the markets. They should have assured the world that the US would not default on any loan payments. The federal government could have begun looking at non-essential government workers and beginning to implement a furlough program to extend the government’s ability to pay for all essential services.The federal government didn’t do what all local, county and state governments did when faced with that dilemma, cut government spending. No they proposed allowing them to spend more. They needed to find unnecessary bureaucracy and cut the size of the federal government. The Tea Party wasn’t the irresponsible group in this fiasco, no it was the Democrats who refused to consider significant spending cuts when they knew this path of spiraling debt is unsustainable especially in this weak economy. The author who is nationally syndicated could have debated her points without resorting to calling those who disagree with her, “economic terrorists and equating their actions with that of Al-Qaida. Then she went on to call them” ignoramuses” again degrading and slandering her opponents because she cannot win in an honest and open debate on the issues without resorting to name calling. The Tea party which is an ideal shared by many American citizens who understand that we must fix our economic situation if we are to regain our place as the leader of the free world.

This country is at a crossroads and the choice has never been clearer, do we want a government that believes that taxing, spending and borrowing, leading to unfathomable amounts of debt is the proper course for our nation to take? Debt that our generation will not be able to pay to leave to our children and grandchildren to pay is unconscionable. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Then I say the earth belongs to each of these generations during it’s course, fully, and in their own right. The 2d. generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the 1st., the 3d. of the 2d. and so on.”Or do we want a limited government that can live within its means. The Wall Street crash and downgrading of our nation’s credit rating prove the debt must be addressed now. How sad is it for our country to have to listen to Vladimir Putin of Russia call the United States a parasite on the world because we can’t live within our means. China has said the good old days of borrowing are over.

The stock market has been plummeting since the debt ceiling debate showed that this administration had no intention of significantly cutting spending any more than they had to. They also showed their hypocrisy when they continued to talk about revenues, meaning tax hikes after they agreed to the idea that the economy was too weak in the lame duck session of congress to raise taxes and they agreed to extending the Bush tax cuts until 2012. This President has the ignominious honor of being the first President to lose the country’s triple A credit rating and having more people receiving government assistance than ever before in history. All while unemployment remains above what he said it would in spite of the stimulus package that needed to be passed immediately to avert a possible depression. Now with our credit in question, our economy in shambles, unemployment and foreclosures up and the housing market severely weak, here come rising interest rates and further devaluation of the dollar to further weaken our economy. The President needs to take responsibility for the economy and his role over the last two years through the effects of his policies. He also needs to use his influence to end the toxic atmosphere in politics by calling for an end to the bashing of his opponents and toning down this incendiary rhetoric.

Senator Rubio Calls Out the Lack of Leadership

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

Senator Rubio eloquently and clearly laid out the situation facing our nation. The time for fiscal responsibility and the end of name calling is now if we are to save our great republic.

Contact President Obama and Demand Leadership on the Debt Ceiling Debate

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

President Obama used the bully pulpit to call out to his supporters to call and email the Republicans to presssure them for their role in this crisis. Unfortunately this is a word this administration has used often but their responses or lack thereof depends on what fits their agenda. I would urge any American who has come to terms with the idea that our curent form of government has grown unsustainable to call the White House and demand leadership not the partisanship and divisiveness that this President has worsened. The contact information can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact. Below is an example you could view and use if you agree. It is time to hold the President accountable for his actions and or lack thereof.

President Obama,

With all due respect to your office, I find your comments from your press conferences on the debt ceiling debate to be more about political posturing than actual leadership. This crisis is just another example of a trend we’ve seen under your administration. You let things simmer failing to act little less lead, until positions harden then announce the need to get it done quickly. You wait until the last possible moment and declare an emergency. Then out you come portraying the role of the statesman who gets congress to work together. You excel at playing the blame game instead of leading. You were in charge of an undivided government for 2 years and didn’t feel the need to sufficiently address this issue at all, why? You weren’t willing to pay the political price to own this issue with your fellow Democrats. Now you have your scapegoat, someone to blame for your own ineptitude, those intransient Republicans. You ran for the office you hold to lead. Forget about your political future when considering making the hard choices. Follow your oath and do what is right to lead this nation back to prosperity. Present the American people with your plan, detailing your positions and how you intend to achieve them.

You speak of a balanced approach with spending cuts and additional revenue to not chance harming the economy. However it is your policies which have accelerated and even helped to create the mess we are in. The American economy needs jobs; this can only be accomplished by creating an atmosphere where our free market, capitalist system is encouraged to invest in America and her bright future. I’m sure you also realize that spending cuts alone will not solve our problem. The trade deficit incurred by our country for energy is also a threat to our long term fiscal strength. The obvious answer is to expand our efforts for domestic production, refining and use of our natural resources to lower both energy prices and unemployment. Increased workers being hired across the country will lead to increased revenues for the government and improve America’s long term financial health.

We owe it to our children to leave them with a clean slate and a fresh start to pursue their dreams. The deficit must be addressed and our debt paid down. Failure to do so is immoral and will define the lack of leadership on your part and your legacy. Stop trying to scare people into acting hastily in a manner they may later regret. Plan, prepare and react in a timely manner to issues that arise so the American people can watch the actions of our elected officials. You promised transparency and yet all we see is legislation being passed without lawmakers even having the opportunity to review it. Yet you promised us the American people would have access to critical legislation through the internet far enough in advance for us to review it and to allow our thoughts to be heard. This is one of many broken promises made by you on the campaign trail. You seem to lack substance when it comes to governing. Campaigning and governing are separate and distinct functions. You have yet to show much of an appetite for the latter. Stop trying to act like a leader and actually be one.

You asked the American people to contact their elected officials and share their views hoping to pressure your opponents to give in to your demands. I pray this is just one of many voters holding you personally accountable for this mess and contacting you. This is your mess, no more passing the buck or the blame. Time for you to stand up and fix things now before it’s too late. You wanted the job now get out there and do it right, be the leader you aspired to be and millions thought you capable to be. This is a historic moment and history will judge you by your actions and or inactions at this time of great uncertainty. Present us with a plan with specifics. Do your job and lead.

Respectfully.

The Gang of Six Deficit Reduction Plan

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

The proposal put forth by the Senate group of six including, Democratic Senators; Dick Durbin from Illinois, Mark Warner from Virginia and Kent Conrad from North Dakota as well as Republican Senators; Tom Coburn from Oklahoma, Saxby Chambliss from Georgia and Mike Crapo from Idaho must be opposed. This plan is a recipe for disaster and doesn’t do enough to address our immediate need to enact serious spending cuts. It is time we consider ending deficit budgets with budgets that not only don’t add to our debt but begins to pay down what we owe. $500 billion in cuts does not come close to accomplishing that.

The only true path to getting our fiscal house in order is to cut government spending and also looking to removing regulatory obstacles to job creation. Additional revenue in these circumstances can only come from private sector investments in American jobs. Our fiscal house will never be in order when we can’t afford our government, have continued high unemployment, a still damaging housing crisis and a trade deficit. We must rebuild our economy and declare energy independence from foreign sources. Explore and use our latest technology and huge natural resource reserves to lead us back to prosperity. We must end the reckless policies of the Federal Reserve and restore the integrity of our dollar. Only these concrete steps will lead us back to our position of preeminence in the world and ensure that we can regain the future for our children and their children. We must fix what we can and recapture the imagination of the world. The beacon of freedom and liberty must shine brightly as the darkness of evil spreads across the world. We are once again called to action and true leadership to ensure our vision and values of freedom and liberty is spread throughout the world.

President Obama and the Debt Ceiling Debate

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

President Obama has exhibited his now familiar style of leadership, brinkmanship, painting his opponents negatively and political posturing as he continuously acts like a candidate not a real leader. This is Mr. Obama’s way, he votes present, takes no stand and certainly does not lead through actions. He puts things off until there is no time for debate and then last minute deals are struck behind closed doors. He takes the high ground by basically doing nothing and then putting the blame on his opponents for fighting his well-meaning policies. It is a tactic of blame, posture, campaign instead of govern. His recent press conference is filled with examples of his tactics and lack of a politically viable solution available to him to the huge difficulty we find ourselves in.

First he begins by saying,”All the congressional leaders have reiterated the desire to make sure that the United States does not default on our obligations, and that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved. That is a good thing. I think we should not even be this close to a deadline on this issue; this should have been taken care of earlier. But it is encouraging that everybody believes that this is something that has to be addressed.” Whose fault is it that we are here now? The Democrats had control of both houses of the congress with veto proof majorities and the presidency from Jan 2009 until Jan 2011 and did nothing on this issue or even pass a budget. So he tries to blame the Republicans for being obstructionist for our current dilemna which is mendacious. This situation has gotten here because of his policies of accelerating our deficit spending and also by his lack of policies to deal with America’s current problems.

He goes on to say,”And for the general public — I’ve said this before but I just want to reiterate — this is not some abstract issue. These are obligations that the United States has taken on in the past. Congress has run up the credit card, and we now have an obligation to pay our bills. If we do not, it could have a whole set of adverse consequences. We could end up with a situation, for example, where interest rates rise for everybody all throughout the country, effectively a tax increase on everybody, because suddenly whether you’re using your credit or you’re trying to get a loan for a car or a student loan, businesses that are trying to make payroll, all of them could end up being impacted as a consequence of a default.” Well his first public comments were directed at senior citizens trying to scare them about their social security checks. Knowing full well the concern this would raise was fear mongering. Now he says everyone would be hurt, sounds like more of the same on a larger scale. I still see no leadership in the form of a specific plan on his willingness to compromise just another measure to frighten the American people who may not be fully informed on the facts in this case.

Then he says, “Now, what is important is that even as we raise the debt ceiling, we also solve the problem of underlying debt and deficits. I’m glad that congressional leaders don’t want to default, but I think the American people expect more than that. They expect that we actually try to solve this problem, we get our fiscal house in order.” This from a man who proposed a 2011 budget with a projected $1.3 trillion deficit so outrageous he couldn’t even get it through the lame duck session of congress. Now he tries to lay claim to the moral highground of bringing back fiscal responsibility. His actions again bring into question his sincerity on this claim.

He goes on to say, “Now, what that would require would be some shared sacrifice and a balanced approach that says we’re going to make significant cuts in domestic spending. And I have already said I am willing to take down domestic spending to the lowest percentage of our overall economy since Dwight Eisenhower.
It also requires cuts in defense spending, and I’ve said that in addition to the $400 billion that we’ve already cut from defense spending, we’re willing to look for hundreds of billions more.
It would require us taking on health care spending. And that includes looking at Medicare and finding ways that we can stabilize the system so that it is available not just for this generation but for future generations.” How we get there not a clue but defense spending we can look at additional cuts. This while he unconstitutionally involves us in a civil war in Libya. Only the Congress has the power to declare war and the President has ignored all calls to explain to Congress and the American people why we are there, what our objectives are, our national interest in this affair, what the risks and cost are. Ending this mission now would certainly save us some money. He also mentioned bringing the budget down to 1960 level under Dwight D. Eisenhower which is ludicrous. The budget was $92,191,000,000 17.8% of GDP with a surplus, he proposed a budget of $3,800,000,000,000 and a $1.3 trillion dollar annual deficit. Sounds great, again where’s the plan?

His next statement is incredulous given that he said that the Bush tax cuts just a few short months ago had to be extended because of the fragility of the economy and the high unemployment across the nation. Nothing has changed to suggest our economy is on the mend when we are told we are on the verge of financial collapse. He said, “And it would require revenues.” That means tax hikes which again is the wrong approach in this economic climate. Revenues can be raised by revewing regulations that inhibits use of our nation’s abundantly blessed energy reserves and new technologies. Unleashing American companies to invest, create needed infrastructure to build energy independance with American jobs would lead the American economy to prosperity, freedom and liberty.