President's Message

   Meet President DALE THOMAS    Dale has been a member our club since its inception in 2001. She was "bitten by the politics bug" when she worked as Finance Direcor for the re-election campaign in 1994 for Congressman Ken Calvert (43rd district). She claims, however, that her Republican roots go back as far as her grandmother's campaign efforts for President Dwight Eisenhower and her Air Force family's close friendship with Senator Barry Goldwater.  She grew up in the Washington D.C. area and worked "on the hill" for various congressmen during summer breaks.  Most recently, Dale retired from her position as Vice President of Development for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. This 45 year-old organization, with more than 4,000 members, is well known for the high profile events it holds for such high profile speakers as Prime Minisiter Tony Bair, Senator John McCain and many other foreign leaders and dignitaries.  Dale lives in Oak Park with her husband of five years, Bob Thomas.  She has two grown children, Brad Cowgill and Brooke Cowgill.

Meet President DALE THOMAS

Dale has been a member our club since its inception in 2001. She was "bitten by the politics bug" when she worked as Finance Direcor for the re-election campaign in 1994 for Congressman Ken Calvert (43rd district). She claims, however, that her Republican roots go back as far as her grandmother's campaign efforts for President Dwight Eisenhower and her Air Force family's close friendship with Senator Barry Goldwater.  She grew up in the Washington D.C. area and worked "on the hill" for various congressmen during summer breaks.

Most recently, Dale retired from her position as Vice President of Development for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. This 45 year-old organization, with more than 4,000 members, is well known for the high profile events it holds for such high profile speakers as Prime Minisiter Tony Bair, Senator John McCain and many other foreign leaders and dignitaries.

Dale lives in Oak Park with her husband of five years, Bob Thomas.  She has two grown children, Brad Cowgill and Brooke Cowgill.

President's Message

At some point during the last two years I totally lost hope that there is any sanity left in the liberal government of California.  Between illegal immigration, early prisoner release and God knows what else, the democrat majority who are running our state have clearly done everything in their power to destroy it. Our education system is ranked among the lowest in the country and our cost of living ranks among the highest.  Our homeless situation is out of control and gangs and drugs run rampant. We pay among the highest state taxes and gas prices in the country. So what is it that convinces me that we have gone completely around the bend? Proposition 6. Who in their right mind would vote no on Prop 6?

On the November ballot there is a yes or no vote on Prop 6. Yes to repeal the gas tax bill SB1 which Governor Brown signed early this year.  Just to be clear -

“SB1 will raise the base excise tax on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon, bringing it to 30 cents, starting Nov. 1. Another variable excise tax will be set at 17 cents. The excise tax on diesel fuel will jump 20 cents per gallon to 36 cents per gallon on Nov. 1. The sales tax on diesel will go up 4 percentage points from the current 5.75% to 9.75%. Electric car owners will pay a $100 annual fee in lieu of gas taxes, starting in 2020. The measure also creates an annual vehicle fee ranging from $25 for cars valued at under $5,000 to $175 for cars worth $60,000 or more. That fee kicks in Jan. 1, 2018.”  A typical family of four will pay more than $700 a year more in taxes.

 

The politicians have also inserted automatic tax hikes into this measure. By 2021 Californians will be paying close to $2 more a gallon extra because of taxes, fees and other government mandates – that’s $40 extra each time you fill up your car. In other words, more for the state and less for your family to live on.  These funds are reportedly to be used to repair state roads and bridges- and you can trust Governor Brown to do just that.  Huh? Not a single sentence in the gas and car tax measure requires that a single cent be spent on road repairs or maintenance. The politicians can spend the money any way they want.  Your yes vote on Prop 6 will repeal this tax and stop Sacramento from draining our wallets to fill theirs.

Governor Brown is selling us a bill of goods packaged in road safety issues to divert attention and funds away from infrastructure projects and into his bullet train to nowhere.  Does he seriously think that anyone in their right mind is going to vote not to repeal his gas tax hike? He is actually playing right into our hands. If this doesn’t drive Republicans to the polls in droves in November, I am not sure what will.  That is what the most important job for Republicans is right now. We need to get out the vote and make sure that sanity once again reigns in Sacramento.

If we don’t we better learn to balance our groceries on the back of a bicycle!

God Bless!  

Dale