This is a black-tie fundraising event, hosted by the CSU Stanislaus Foundation.Needless to say, news of Governor Palin's appearance didn't go over too well with certain members of the not-so tolerant, left-wing California educational establishment. We all know what great proponents of free speech leftist college students are these days. An organized faction of CSU students has already set up a Facebook group in "protest" of her selection. I know, shocking isn't it. Another group of radical leftists are angry that Governor Palin talks and wish that she would just "shut up." Amateurs...
The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a five-course dinner and then dancing... Proceeds from this black-tie event will benefit the University.
The second highest ranking Democrat of the California State Assembly, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is also rather bothered by free speech and is stepping in to, at least make sure Governor Palin's speaking fee is publicly disclosed. Yeah, because that's not on ongoing political attack against Sarah Palin or anything, THANK YOU certain bloggers.
Yee said the CSU Stanislaus community is "still reeling from a wave of state budget cuts and student fee increases -- deserves to know what the foundation is spending on speaker fees."
Matt Swanson, president of the foundation's board of directors points out the major problem with Yee's premise. Swanson stated that all the money to fund the event would come from private donations, adding: "We don't use university money or public money for anything, not just this event." Not to mention the fact that the event is a FUND RAISER, intended to RAISE FUNDS. I'm sure the university will benefit greatly from the gala.
My beautiful state is home to one of the most inept, corrupt, and ideologically stupid governments in the country. Watching the California State Legislature conduct it's business is probably a lot like watching drunken teenagers with a stolen credit card and Dad's car. The last letter I sent to my state representative was to voice my displeasure with her and the others for taking a group trip to Europe to "see how Europeans govern." I kid you not... That was awhile back but I realize that speaking my mind to these people is akin to telling Nancy Pelosi that you don't like Obamacare. They could care less about your opinion unless you are handing them large stacks of cash or big blocks of voters they can hook with some sort of entitlement. I am neither, so I rarely 'contact my representative,' it's a waste of time, frankly.
Senator Yee didn't make the trip to Europe. Instead he and another state senator headed off to Asia at that time, to... I'm not sure, the reporter from the LA Times didn't ask. It matters not, the taxpayers picked up the tab and nothing was gained by the State of California, as far as I can tell.
I found it entertaining that the man known for his four year crusade to place the letter "M" on video game boxes, missed such a key, yet widely known detail of the foundations event before he went running to the press with his version of 'Palin Gotcha.'
Perhaps Senator Yee has been spending too much time cruising for prostitutes in the Mission District of San Francisco to make sure his staff covered all of their bases. Maybe he was too busy figuring out new ways to mandate mind-reading for store clerks that not only did he accidentally shoplift a bottle of "Tropical Blend Tan Magnifier oil" but he also forgot to check the California State University Stanislaus' foundation event policies.
I'm not sure... I do know that Senator Leland Yee is the wrong person to pick a baseless political fight with a giant like Sarah Palin. This state is in serious trouble and it's jokers like this that got us to this point. Solutions to the financial crisis, the over-crowded prisons, the ridiculous environmental policies, the enormous taxes, the unemployment, all of the problems this states residents face daily are never addressed in the legislature. Instead, we have the second most powerful member of the assembly, who is not a good man by any stretch, addressing speaking fees at a university gala. Is there any wonder why California is such a mess?