Questions the Moderator should ask DeSaulnier at the DeSaulnier/Meuser Debate

DeSaulnier and Meuser debate this week. Here are some questions about DeSaulnier's voting record.

This Tuesday DeSaulnier and I will debate the issues that are important to the 7th senatorial district. Here are some questions that the moderator should consider asking Mr. DeSaulnier about his voting record:

  1. How can the people of California trust you to reform public pensions when you raised public pension benefits to unsustainable levels in Contra Costa County while serving as its county supervisor?
  2. How do you explain that according to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association you have the worst voting record of raising Californian’s taxes?
  3. How do you explain, according to the California Chamber of Commerce, that you have the second worst voting record on business issues in this state, including numerous votes that are specified as job killing votes?
  4. Why did you decide to drive up California’s budget deficit by voting to create wasteful and unnecessary boards and commissions like the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority?
  5. What have you done to reverse your self-admitted “mistake” of making it harder for cities to declare bankruptcy?


The DeSaulnier/Meuser debate will be held at Scott's in Walnut Creek, 1333 N. California Blvd. Debate starts at 7:00 am and will be over at 8:30 am. Cost for this event will be $15 and will include a buffet breakfast.

Mark Meuser is a candidate for State Senate District 7. You can follow him on Facebook.

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Marc Chagall October 15, 2012 at 09:48 AM
You've said this before.
Voter with an ID October 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
You enjoy your drugs, summer hemp-hill. Don't worry about what it's been doing to what's left of your brain cells. I look forward to more of your "weapons of wit and wisdom'' misfiring as you descend into an incoherent state. We'll be tracking your progress through these blogs to watch your slow demise. Please be careful not to drool so much on the keyboard...you could start a fire......adios, muchacha.
Eastofthehills October 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM
lol "weapons of wisedom of wit !!!" I'd imagine they're quite dull. Have another puff and hit that sword against a rock again.
Marc Chagall October 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Here, fishy, fishy. Summer is clearly trolling and snagged three bites. Who's the fool? The troll or the fish?
Californicated1 October 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Most of you folks probably aren't going to like this but when I voted and mailed in my ballot on Friday, I cast my vote for Mr. Meuser in this election. Why? Because he was not a Democrat running for a national seat and that there were too many Democrats sitting up there in Sacratormento as it was. One of the biggest problems we seem to have is when we have lopsided majorities of one party or the other to the point that we have bad legislation (such as the "(D)ream" Act and High-Speed Rail) getting ram-rodded through with very little oversight. I hope that if more of the opposition candidates from any party are elected, it would counter the "rubber-stamp" approach that a party with a super-majority seems to bring with it. We can't have a party dictatorship any more than we can have a strongman-type dictatorship in any level of government. So that's why I voted the way I did, here. It doesn't mean I support Mr. Meuser in any way, just that if he is elected, he really needs to work on countering the actions of whatever a "rubber-stamp assemblage" wants to do. For state offices, I wound up voting in GOP Candidates out of spite, whereas in previous elections I used to vote for Democrats out of spite. But until we have more parties in that government both diluting and sharing the power and representing the true and diverse beliefs of the people, we will always have this problem, no matter which party has a super-majority.
Andrew October 15, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Government governs best when all parties are stakeholders in the process.
Marc Chagall October 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Why would we care for whom you voted? We don't know you. A stalker is anyone from an anonymous forum who would take your vote personally or assign it any weight. If you find such people, you should report them.
Marc Chagall October 15, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Government governs best when it has been abolished.
Californicated1 October 15, 2012 at 04:46 PM
And that should include those who take their names from dead Soviet painters, too.
Californicated1 October 15, 2012 at 04:47 PM
And you seem to be no Bakhunin.
Californicated1 October 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Most Democrats that I know have their own wallets, too, and probably don't want government out there trying to get more money out of them the same way they are trying to get money out of the rest of us.
Marc Chagall October 15, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Except I don't put my ballot selections out in the public domain because I'm not arrogant enough to assume that anyone gives a rat's butt.
Marc Chagall October 15, 2012 at 04:57 PM
A tad obsessed Californicated1. The arrogant ones normally are.
Californicated1 October 15, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Instead, Mr. Chagall, you just seem to want to be a fecal futzer first and foremost, deciding that since they don't have anything substantive to contribute on their own they will go ahead and denigrate what others have or want to say. I have seen your type coming and going before. If you don't like what others have posted, it doesn't mean that you should attack and repel. Instead, contribute to why you don't like their opinions in the first place, not why you hate the poster and perhaps you might get a little further in your arguments.
Californicated1 October 15, 2012 at 05:29 PM
And "arrogance" seems to be a theme with Mr. Chagall, when it comes to my posts. Instead of trying to attack the poster themself on the grounds that you seem to not like the poster, go after their positions and arguments and point out the flaws in those. All you get when you attack the poster is just an attack right back.
Marc Chagall October 15, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Again, with the arrogance. Why would I like or dislike you? I don't know you. You take things personally. Never a good thing in an anonymous forum.
Marc Chagall October 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM
My goodness. The arrogance continues. Are you always so bossy?
Californicated1 October 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I am just as "bossy" as you are annoying, Mr. Chagall. Unless you have something other than personal attacks and accusations to level at me, you really should move on and pester somebody else. Perhaps they would find your rantings about their personality more appealing, where I find them very vapid. Just because I post does it mean that it is an open invitation to launch accusations and attacks. Sometimes it means that I am saying something and that is about it. So instead of bickering with me on your petty issues, perhaps you should go to an art gallery, especially one that has Chagall's work on display and go admire them. Perhaps you may meet a like-minded soul there and discover that the two of you have more in common than your appreciation for Chagall and spend more time with them than here in these pages looking for somebody to pick on because you did not like what they had to say and made it into a personal attack. Now unless you want to comment further about how "bossy" and "arrogant" I seem to be, or that I spend way too much time, effort, energy and even photons at this point to give you such a response, you really need to move on beyond this petty dispute you seem to have, here. It's your choice. Because I can always disengage, just as you can, Mr. Chagall, but I prefer to disengage on positive notes and on high ground and from what I have seen in your posts not only to me but to others thus far, you seem to go a different course.
Californicated1 October 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
And neither is attacking other posters for the qualities you seem to find in them and hate, Mr. Chagall, which is also never a good thing in an anonymous forum. So why don't you disengage from this thread and go on with the rest of your life? It may make you happy or perhaps even happier if you did so. Otherwise you may find yourself flooded with text and because neither one of us seem to want to disengage from this spiral, it may make for a bad experience for the rest of the posters on this page. And considering the beatings I have received thus far in these pages and on these forums, and that I am still here and still posting, you might want to know from what I have written so far that I stand up to bullies and call them out on their bullying, just like I'm doing here, Mr. Chagall. If all you have are personal attacks, then perhaps what the moderator of this thread needs to do next is shut it down and let the posters engaged in such petty bickering "cool their heels" and consider how their actions got this thread shut down in the first place. "It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions." --Mark Twain
Marc Chagall October 15, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Cali, you are funny.
Tom October 15, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Can I get the last words in here? Blah, blah, blah.
Californicated1 October 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM
It better be more than "blah, blah, blah". Make it something memorable.
Tom October 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I am a sucker for Charlie Brown......
Californicated1 October 16, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Frank Mockery October 16, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Vote for State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D) because if any Republicans get elected we'll all be the 1's fornicated in Cali !!! Vote for the candidate that believes that who gets screwed is nobodies business but their own,the candidate of consenting adults Democrat Mark DeSaulnier !!!
Californicated1 October 16, 2012 at 05:50 AM
We are already quite "fornicated", California-style and otherwise, with the current regime in the state goverment being controlled by a majority of "democrats" (who seem to be "democratic" in name only these days). As a result, political power in this state is lop-sided because one party does control everything. And until the current regime is done away with, we need to work on diluting the power base, not only with Republicans, but also other parties so that political power is shared, not monopolized or duopolized. And that is why I voted for Meuser on my Livermore ballot. And I voted for other Republicans, too, even though I normally don't vote for Republicans these days. I still threw my vote for President away on Roseanne and Cindy, and wrote in my candidate for US Congress because there were only "democrats" on my ballot and to make matters worse, the registrar didn't even both to put in a section on my ballot for a write-in candidate, so "a pox on everybody's house" who made that decision. I even voted for a Republican instead of Feinstein, who like Stark in his seat, has probably been in her Senate seat way too long. In addition, I voted my standard "no" on every ballot initiative, because you can never tell what else is in the "small print" on the wording of those measures. Sorry, Tom, I was pulling for you for the last word, but Mr. Mockery up there had other ideas.
Summer Hemphill October 18, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Don't be a loser,vote for a proven winner !!! Vote for State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D) on November 6th !!!
Tom October 18, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Summer is this how you debate people? Calling those who have a different point of view a loser? How enlightened you must be....or maybe you are a public employee union member or party official. You and Mr. Putin seem to have some things in common. The voice of dessent should always be valued in a free country dont you think? Or should we only allow democrats to even run for office here?
Summer Hemphill October 18, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Mark Meuser will lose by double digits & has never run for public office ! Mark DeSaulnier will win by double digits (as he always has) & is presently a State Senator ! There's no debating those facts,nor was I attempting to start a debate about a matter that's a foregone conclusion (even the conservative BANG newspaper's editorial staff have said Mark Meuser isn't qualified for this office). If you want to be a winner you'll vote for the winning candidate Mark DeSaulnier & if you're a loser the line forms on the "right" behind conservative extremist Mark Meuser !!! The fact that there are many races in the East Bay where Republicans are so uncompetitive that they couldn't even qualify a candidate for the General Election ballot is just another indication of how marginalized & out of step their agenda & their party has become !!! I hope you found these comments concise,factual & as enlightening as I intended,because you either lack a grasp of the situation or on reality or both !!! You should stick to casting your ballot & leave the casting of stones to those who have a real talent for it & relish the opportunity to do so !!!
David Mills (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 12:32 AM
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