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High-Speed Rail: Incompetent & corrupt bureaucrats

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The California train-to-nowhere has proven once again that incompetent bureaucrats run California. In a recent article by the Fresno Bee, these incompetent bureaucrats have to tear down a bridge that they are building due to safety issues. And the Fresno Bee rightfully states:

how do we know if anything it has built is safe?. If the rail authority can’t build in the flat lands of the valley, how can they be expected to build safely in the seismic areas of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area?

This could have been prevented, and one person that could have stopped this boondoggle is the incumbent Controller and my opponent Betty Yee. Unfortunately, Betty Yee is not interested in protecting taxpayers but protecting her political backers that have filled her campaign war chest with over a million dollars in contributions.

The Controller must protect the taxpayer, and that is why the Controller has independent audit authority and can cut funding when a project or program doesn’t comply with the law; which the HSR project doesn’t comply with Prop. 1A funding parameters requiring 1/3 from the federal government, 1/3 for private investment, and 1/3 from the state.

As Controller, I will investigate and audit this project to expose the waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption and will stop payments until the project complies with the law.

Almost four years in office she has done nothing to protect taxpayers. She has failed to do her job, so much so, that the federal government has begun an audit investigation into this project.

We can’t afford four more years of Betty Yee. It is time to replace her and elect Konstantinos Roditis as California’s next State Controller.


Konstantinos Roditis is a candidate for California State Controller. You can learn more about his campaign at cacontroller.com, and you can follow him on Twitter & Facebook.

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  1. Jeff Hardoin

    June 27, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Wow! Talk about a politically motivated editorial. The Fresno Bee quote is actually from a letter to the editor, not an article in the Fresno Bee. How this issue relates to the Controller’s job is beyond me. The bridge was built without High-Speed Rail’s knowledge. It is the builders fault and that is why it is being torn down. The builder did not use the proper materials as agreed upon in the construction contract. It was noticed upon inspection after it was built. It will be re-built at the builder’s expense. Too bad Mr. Roditis tried to use this to further his campaign and not use the facts!

    • Konstantinos Roditis

      June 27, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Well, it is related to the Controller’s job because she has refused to audit this crazy train. It does not comply with the will of the voters. We approved Prop 1A and we expected the train would be funded by 1/3 the state, 1/3 the federal government, and 1/3 private investment. No private investment, the feds stopped funding and are auditing this boondoggle, and should have cost around $35 billion and now it could cost up to $98.1 billion. That includes making large portions of the track not high-speed but only up to 110 mph. From 800-miles of track to 520 miles. Completion date from 2020 to 2033. This does not comply with the will of the voters and Prop 1A, and the Controller should stop payment immediately until it complies with the will of the voters and Prop 1A. But Jeff, I wouldn’t expect you to agree with me since you happen to work for the HSR. Next time don’t use an IP Address that comes up, remote.hsr.ca.gov. We should rather dump this and actually look at technology that isn’t from the 1970s and by your estimations will only help traffic congestion by 1%. We can examine HyperLoop technology that actually has private funding or better yet skyTran technology that can actually help with traffic congestion, reduce pollution, and not need endless government subsidies. You see Jeff, as an actual CEO and CFO in the private sector, I look at how to do things better, faster, and cheaper. I’m not a lifelong bureaucrat like Betty Yee.

      • Public Citizen

        June 27, 2018 at 9:33 pm

        I agree with most of what you say but I would characterize what you term as “the will of the people” as the ~mandate~ for the project to move forward, being the constraints under which the directors of the project were instructed by the Voters as conditions and restraints for the very purpose of preventing the multi-billion dollar boondoggle that the project has morphed into.
        As for looking at alternative technologies, lets take a hard look at a transportation system that has been in daily reliable operation for more than 50 years and can easily be tweaked with current commercial level engineering and technology to meet the specifications laid down in the measure approved by the voters. I have in mind the Allweig Monorail System which made its demonstration project premiere in the USA in the early 1960s.
        Politicians and those with limited imagination have dismissed the system as simply an amusement park ride since the demonstration system was first built as an attraction at Disneyland. The system has proven its reliability, economy, and flexibility by being used as the principal means of transportation at Walt Disney World, connecting multiple hotels to the widely scattered attractions of the area.
        We can no longer allow those with limited vision or imagination outside of the area of skimming the maximum amount from a public project for their own private pockets, which a comprehensive audit of the Cal. HSR Project will demonstrate

        • Konstantinos Roditis

          June 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm

          I live in Anaheim and was a City Commissioner in the city and there was a discussion on the monorail here but I think there is better technology out there that will even work better. So far, I think skyTran is the best solution out there and requires no ongoing public subsidies and is extremely cost effective. Here is the link, check it out:

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Blue Collar Logic: How the left is acting like a villain who wants to be caught

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Blue Collar Logic How the left is acting like a villain who wants to be caught

There are many ways to look at the unprecedented lurch to the left the Democratic Party has been experiencing over the last couple of years. Some, particularly the radical progressives leading the charge, see it as a natural evolution of ideas as their delicate sensibilities blossom. Establishment Democrats see them as a backlash against losing so inexplicably with Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Many Republicans don’t see much of a difference other than a more vocal expression of what they’ve held in their hearts for some time.

The folks over at Blue Collar Logic have a different take. They’re seeing the strange actions and hyper-leftist lurching by the Democrats as a transition into a criminal mindset. Whether consciously or subconsciously, they’re throwing out ideas that make very little sense even when compared to what they’ve said in the past. Like a criminal that wants to be caught, they’re leaving clues that they know what they’re doing and saying is wrong, but they feel compelled to do them anyway.

The clearest example to me is the notion that abortions can and should be a consideration even after an “unwanted” baby is born following a botched abortion. Even in the most evil levels of consciousness, there has to be a sense of wrongdoing in the way they’re describing the events as they can hypothetically happen based on what’s being proposed in some states today, but they continue down this road as if they’re unaffected by logic or compassion. The push for “women’s rights” has so superseded their thinking when it comes to abortion that the most extreme version of abortion must be the one that they embrace.

As we approach the 2020 election season, let’s keep a close eye on the rhetoric and radical policy proposals candidates are throwing out. Just because it’s on record doesn’t mean enough voters will hear them. We need their ideas to stick to them like evidence in a murder case.

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Trump hits Biden on China connections

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Trump hits Biden on China connections

One thing has been made clear by recent events as they pertain to China: They are dying for someone to beat President Trump next November. In many ways, they’re banking on it.

This should make every American, including Democrats, concerned because even more than Russia, China has the capabilities to get in and change the hearts and minds of Americans, hack the 2020 election, and set in motion events that will benefit them. We’re talking about a country with nearly unlimited resources when it comes to cyberwarfare and social engineering. If Russia was ever a real concern to Washington DC, China is the true 800-lb gorilla in the political influence room.

The President called out former Vice President Joe Biden for his and his family’s involvement in China. Speaking to Steve Hilton on the Fox News show, The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, the President pointed to alarming facts about the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

The threat from China is far greater than that from Russia, both economically as well as geopolitically. They have been a stirring giant for years. For the 2020 election, their stirring may turn into game-changing action if we’re not watchful.

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How Alabama’s abortion law sets President Trump up to be a pragmatist

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How Alabamas abortion law sets President Trump up to be a pragmatist

One of the favorite tactics for both major political parties is to paint opposing candidates as extremists. This is particularly true when it comes to presidential candidates; if you don’t recall, every Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan has been painted as a bigot by Democrats. But whether or not the people fall for the extremism play is usually based, at least to some degree, on reality.

That may not be the case in the 2020 election as both media and the expressions of the people seem to be favoring extremism as a reality rather than just a label. The President is a far-right bigot in the eyes of Democrats while every Democratic candidate (with the possible exception of Joe Biden) is a far-left socialist in the eyes of Republicans. Meanwhile, mainstream media is engaged in confirmation bias to appease their audiences. One need only look at coverage of the Mueller report to see how this is unmistakably true.

On the issue of abortion, the Democratic candidates have made no attempts to appeal to the middle. As each is either asked for or volunteers their perspective on abortion, invariably they are pushing no restrictions whatsoever. This is a far cry from the days when the Clintons thought abortions should be safe, legal, and rare. Today, abortions are to be embraced as far as Democrats are concerned, and any attempt to push for adoption or to fight for the rights of the child in the womb is considered bigoted. One by one, every Democratic candidate is adopting abortion extremism as their stated stance.

But President Trump did something yesterday that makes sense from a political perspective. I may disagree with his stance, but it’s a winning strategy for his reelection campaign. He said he is pro-life with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. This stance was once considered to be an extreme position for the right, but with the Alabama abortion bill removing exceptions for rape and incest, the President has the luxury of being closer to the middle than any of his opponents (again, with the possible exception of Biden – we’ll find out soon enough).

Thankfully, the President of the United States has very little they can do when it comes to abortion other than pick pro-life judges and act as the leader of their party. Executive orders on abortion would be certainly struck down regardless of what they say, so it comes down to ideological purity. With Democrats taking on abortion-on-demand as their stated radical stance, it’s hard to argue that the President is the extremist when even he doesn’t directly support the Alabama bill. He didn’t call it out, but by stating his personal position he established that he’s not as far to the right as the Democrats are to the left.

Today, the Democrats must embrace their primary voters, many of whom are the radical progressives “shouting their abortions” and pushing for a socialistic Dystopian future for America. Meanwhile, the President has the luxury of being more pragmatic with his approach since he’s already in general election mode. He doesn’t need to appeal to his base very much because they either stand behind him out of adoration or they fear the Democrats too much to consider going against him. Even most #NeverTrumpers are having a hard time reconciling their hatred for the President with the current batch of hardline hyper-leftists vying for the Democratic nomination.

We can argue the nuances of being pro-life and having exceptions, but as long as the Democrats are all onboard for on-demand abortions, the President’s less extreme stance on abortion will help him next November.

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