Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and
He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to
Assembly Member Haynes
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A Real Club For Growth In California...
two reasons why people get involved with politics: (1) the
of money and power; and (2) the pursuit
of a political agenda related to personal beliefs about the role
of government. There is also a dilemma in politics—the
candidate or officeholder cannot pursue a political agenda based
on principle unless he or she acquires campaign money and power.
A candidate or officeholder whose only interest is the personal
acquisition of money or power, however, oftentimes cannot win
office unless he or she hides that ambition with some form of
rhetoric about political principles, since most voters dislike
a politician who is obviously motivated by personal ambition.
To the average voter, therefore, everyone who runs for office
says they have principles, and all pursue power. It is very hard
to discern whose decisions in office are actually motivated by
principle and whose are motivated by the desire for power, because
each decision can be justified by principle. It is an endless
battle for the everyday voter.
The other problem for the politicians is that almost everyone
who gives money to campaigns does so to obtain some sort of personal
advantage from government. Whether it is a business or business
organization, unions, trial lawyer or trial lawyer organizations,
the overwhelming majority of them want something, usually money
or power themselves, from the government. Some business organizations
do want government off their backs, but there are a lot of businesses
that want government contracts, or a regulatory edge over their
competitors, and they give a lot of money. Trial lawyers and
public employee unions can only exist if government gives them
money and power, either from their members or from the courts.
All of these groups will cloak their pursuit of government money
and power with some veneer of principle as well, but, in the
end, they are just looking for money. Politicians who help them
get that money get more in contributions from those groups.
So—it is always interesting to find a group whose only
interest is getting rid of government money and power. And—if
that group is organized to funnel money to candidates whose only
interest is lessening the power of government, a real player
for liberty is born.
an animal is the Club for Growth at the national level. Stephen
the Club’s leader, says that the
Club for Growth has two meanings. A club is a group of like-minded
individuals pursuing a common goal. A club is also a large object
with which to beat someone over the head. The Club for Growth
is both—a group of like-minded individuals who use their
group to beat politicians into promoting individual and economic
liberty. They are not seeking anything from the government. They
just want less government.
The group has been very successful in Congress. They have challenged
big government politicians and installed those who support lower
taxes, limited government and free enterprise. The group can
discern between those who want power and those who believe in
principle. They are fighting for the age old simple American
belief in liberty. And they are winning.
is about to get its own version of Club for Growth, and it’s about time. Too much of California’s
politics has become dominated by people whose only desire is
to use the
power of government to obtain a larger piece of the economic
pie. Encourage them in their effort, write them at email@example.com,
and ask them to fight for liberty. We need the help here in Sacramento. CRO