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Inside job … on us

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From page A5 | November 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

EDITOR:

If I were king, I’d immediately end the revolving door between government employment and any industry previously regulated by said government employee. Name an industry, name a regulator: You likely have your favorite doing insider trading and corruption. And vice versa: No private sector employee should ever pretend to regulate the business sector where she made her fortune.

Or in the case of Ted Gaines, where he inherited his fortune. Our conservative, small-government state senator, Ted Gaines, inherited the family insurance brokerage from his father. Now, when he gets termed out, he will run in a statewide election for state insurance commissioner. Thankfully, his lovely wife Beth will still be an elected legislator; she can bring home the government paycheck while he works on his conservative bona-fides.

Neither Ted nor Beth refused the salary increase recently enacted for our legislators. Why should they? They have safe districts, and conservatives will vote for them no matter what, just like liberals voted for Obama no matter what.

I believe Ted Gaines’ motives are in stark divergence with his espoused political beliefs.

FRED ROUSE
Placerville

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  • cookie65November 18, 2013 - 6:43 am

    Fred, you get my vote. They are all crooks. I have heard numerous quotes from the gaines that illustrate they are just part of the public trough helping themselves to as much slop as they can get their hands on. Put in office by the "vote against" principle. Which means the other candidate was even worse. Do you suppose the founders had a point that is worth reviewing on what happens without strict enumerated limitations on government?

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  • Bill E.November 18, 2013 - 9:04 am

    In a word, NO. This is actually a good position for Mr Gaines as he knows the good and the bad of the industry. An industry that is highly regulated and yet is being taken over by the government because of it's failures. Hmm. More likely a failure of regulation but let's not split hairs. Now politics should not be a family enterprise and I do take issue with the couple approach to representative government. One per household is plenty.

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