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Shawn Nelson Congress Email Detail

Matthew Leslie

Shawn Nelson is one of three elected or formerly elected Republicans running to fill the 39th District U.S. Congressional Seat that will become competitive with the retirement of incumbent Ed Royce, Jr. In a recent email crowing about his endorsement by the California Republican Assembly, he reveals that he is running for Congress to, among other things, “protect you from the threat of illegal immigrants.” In a year when the biggest question Republican candidates face across the country is whether to run with or away from national disaster Donald Trump, Supervisor Nelson has wasted no time in giving us his answer.

Unregulated immigration is without doubt an issue that needs to be addressed, but in a systemic, humanitarian way that seeks to correct the underlying causes of the desperate poverty that drives the phenomenon. Beginning a list of three reasons for a congressional run with “illegal immigration,” and preceding the term with the word “threat” is an unveiled, direct appeal to a voter base that responded to similar language used by Donald Trump, who may have lost California in 2016, but had significant support in parts of the 39th Congressional District. In the race against undistinguished one term Assemblywoman and Royce protegé Young Kim and retired State Senator “Aloha” Bob Huff, the Nelson campaign has left little doubt about how it will position its candidate in the coming months.

Shawn Nelson Congress Email

Ed Royce on CNN

Congressman Ed Royce on CNN

Matthew Leslie

The “Democratic Wave” that swept recent elections earlier this month in other areas of the country does not seem to be of great concern to 39th District Congressman Ed Royce (R-Fulllerton). Though he faces up to half a dozen challengers next year for the seat he has held comfortably for two decades, Mr. Royce nonetheless evidently felt politically secure enough to vote in favor of a tax overhaul that would, in the long term, largely benefit the wealthy at the expense of middle class voters in his district.In a press release, Mr. Royce characterized H.R. 1 as “not perfect,” but a “good start.”

Like his vote earlier this year for a slipshod bill that recklessly tried to overturn the popular Affordable Care Act without providing alternative health care, Congressman Royce’s support for the Republican Party’s massive corporate tax cut reveals once and for all that his loyalties lie with the economically elite of this country, and not with ordinary working families.

To rationalize his support for a tax plan the will create a $ 1.5 trillion deficit, Ed Royce’s explanatory press release attempts to assure his constituents that he is “committed to ensuring the final product works for Californians.” Maybe it will work for Californians like Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., but there is no real reason to think that cutting cooperate taxes by 1/3 will actually draw money back into the domestic economy. It’s an out and out gamble that more jobs would somehow be created in his district as a result of this massive gift to multinational corporations, and not a chance that any responsible elected official would take without the sort of solid economic backing that is nowhere to be found behind H.R. 1.

Asserting that “It’s been 31 years since we last reformed our tax code,” Ed Royce conveniently ignores the utter failure of Reaganomics to stop the ensuing and continuing deterioration of the middle class in this country a generation ago. Corporate growth does not automatically equal better living standards for Americans. A plan so bad that it caused even Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) to balk should not have been supported by Ed Royce either.

Congressman Ed Royce, (R-Fullerton) stuck to his guns and voted “No” on a measure to temporarily raise the debt ceiling and fund the federal government this week. House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged that Republicans had lost, but said they had “fought the good fight.” Unlike many of his fellow Republicans, who joined Democrats in voting to end the government shutdown, Mr. Royce stayed true to his course, refusing to abandon his position that cutting off funds to the federal government was better than delivering health care to poor people.


Double down!

And why should he? Ed Royce knows what the National Rifle Association knows. When faced with a seemingly insurmountable wall of public opinion against your position, don’t  compromise. Instead, double down! Hold on to your position for dear life and run with it as long as you possibly can, even if it looks like you’re running straight toward a cliff. It worked for the NRA. Even after school children were slaughtered in their classrooms, the NRA defeated measures to control dangerous weapons by threatening lawmakers with primary challenges in the next election cycle.

Ed Royce, who received an “A” rating from the NRA, surely noticed that giving in to reasonable public sentiment was not the way to victory in the end. His funders, real estate, financial services, defense, and petroleum industries, know that he’s a better bet for them than anyone likely to challenge him (that would be no one). They will surely congratulate him for not giving in to the defeatist thinking that seduced some of his party to restore government funding to, among others, those who regulate their businesses.

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