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Marin, Sonoma County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
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Peter J. Mancus
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member of the State Assembly; District 10


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. How will you prioritize the budget choices the Legislature must make to align the state’s income and spending?

1. Make difficult decisions realistically based on sound policy arising from excellent reasoning, not "compassion" that is calculated to pander to groups that demand more entitlements that help to bankrupt the state; 2. Say "No" to powerful unions to break their control of state government; 3. Drastically cut wasteful spending and programs that do not work; 4. Promote "tough love", namely, instead of making the poor comfortable in their poverty by giving them "fish" [entitlements/welfare], teach them how to "fish" [develop a marketable skill] and created incentives to motivate them to work for a living. 5. Create cash incentives for anyone who discloses an excellent true solution for wasteful spending or wasteful practices.

2. What types of changes or reforms, if any, do you think are important to make our state government function more effectively?

1. Relentlessly and loudly demand that the Calif Attorney General and the local District Attorneys prosecute approximately 1,800 of California's 1,900 state judges who have committed felonies by accepting illegal extra compensation, which amounts to bribes, in violation of Article VI, Section 19 of California's Constitution, and repeal SBX211 which unlawfully granted these crooked judges retroactive immunity for their felonies. When the judiciary takes bribes and is crooked, when the Legislature gives them retroactive immunity, when the Governor signs immunity into law, and when the Attorney General and District Attorneys refuse to prosecute crooked judges, in violation of their duties [Calif. Constitution Art. 5, Sec. 13],there is no "checks and balances" and there is a 100% breakdown of constitutional California state government. We now have government by and for public serpents, which is intolerable. Our courtrooms are no longer "Temples of Justice". They have become viper pits presided over by crooked judges who should be pulled down from the bench. 2. We need to elect "statesmen" type candidates who will say "No!" to powerful public employees sector unions that have their hooks into most Democrat lawmakers so these new "statesmen" candidates will replace "politician" types who have sold out to the powerful unions and put the unions' memberships' interests before the public's. 3) We have to be extraordinarily serious about balancing the budget and spend taxpayer revenue wisely and stop relying on "smoke and mirror" gimmicks to claim we have a balanced budget when we really don't. 4) We have to repeal many forms of "immunity" for government officials who make horrible decisions and then hide behind their "immunities". Immunity for public officials encourages negligence, incompetency, malicious behavior, and corrupt behavior. It is absurd that an official who is required by oath to support the Constitution enjoys immunity when he/she violates the Constitution. 5) We need a state level "Department of Bill of Rights Enforcement" to do what is legally required to deter and to stop governments' agents from violating citizens' rights which will hold rogue government agents who violate citizens' rights accountable. These reforms are necessary to hold governments' agents accountable, to make government obey its own rules, to secure citizens' rights, to make government responsive to citizens' rights, to restore confidence in government, and to promote respect for the law.

3. Fees for public higher education have gone up dramatically and funding has been cut. Is this a priority concern, and if so, what measures would you propose to address it?

Yes. Making higher public education much more affordable is a major concern. I am a product of the Univ. of Calif, undergraduate and law school. It was much more affordable in the late 1960's and early 1970's. We must invest in higher education because that is a major gateway, or barrier, to upward social-economic mobility and much of California's future depends on how well educated our children become and are. One major step to make higher public education much more affordable is to return to how the state budget was handled in the 1960's and 1970's, when there was a lot less wasteful spending and a lot less "entitlement" government handouts. We have to encourage citizens to think in terms of them being self-sufficient and less dependent on government, waiting for their monthly entitlement check(s).

4. What other major issues do you think the Legislature must address? What are your own priorities?

I incorporate here what I stated earlier about the imperative need to stop and to eradicate entrenched corruption in this state. We do not have to tolerate corruption. We must not tolerate it. The stark, sobering, truth is this: Most of California's state judicial officers [judges] have been accepting unlawful extra compensation, which is a felony, which, if the real law was obeyed, makes them ineligible to remain on the bench. Yet, the California Legislature, Governors [Republican and Democrat], and California's Attorney General and District Attorney's have given these crooked judges a free pass that is itself unlawful. I do not believe in "too big to jail". I believe in "No man is above the law." On my campaign Internet site,, I have posted my critical analysis of the 2012 California Republican Party Platform and the 2012 California Democrat Party Platform, plus, I have posted a long opinion-editorial about what would be my major legislative goals if I am elected. I discuss, in substantial detail, approximately 18 major legislative goals. I urge voters to go to and read what I wrote that is posted there for their edification.

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