Wednesday, July 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Whitman for governor

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October 25, 2010 |

Republican Meg Whitman may be squishy — as Congressman Tom McClintock noted — on Proposition 23, a ballot measure that will suspend the global warming law until the jobless rate hits 5.5 percent instead of the current 12.6 percent. But everywhere else she is right on the money about what is needed to bring back California’s economy. Jerry Brown, on the other hand, may as well be on the dark side of the moon when it comes to ideas about the economy.

Whitman at least would put a one-year moratorium on implementation of the job killing global warming act, Assembly Bill 32. Better yet she would impose a one-year moratorium on new business regulation, cut taxes for businesses and business formation and provide a $10,000 tax credit for buyers of new and existing homes.

Every economic plan Jerry Brown proposes is going to cost the taxpayers money. Whitman’s plans will temporarily reduce revenues, but will induce business growth that will later boost state revenues. Brown’s will not increase revenues now or ever, but only hike the bill to taxpayers.

He wants to place solar panels along state highway and on state property. That’s a multi-million if not multi-billion dollar scheme for which that the taxpayers will be billed. Brown also wants to make new homes and businesses be “zero net energy.” The Building Code just made home and business construction even more expensive by adding in “green building” regulations, whatever that is. Piling on “zero net energy” and forcing people into on-site renewable energy sources is not just a job killer and new home construction killer but it is just plain loopy.

Brown may sound persuasive with his claim of “no new taxes without a vote of the people,” but his plan to shift more to local government sounds more like a plan to give local government more responsibility for paying for things that state can’t afford.

Jerry Brown already served two terms as governor. The key takeaway on his administration is that he is smart, glib and appointed amateurs and crackpots to run major government agencies. We are still paying the price of his past gubernatorial stint — stultifying  and excessive environmental paperwork and public sector unions that now are a de facto shadow government.

Here is what Meg Whitman accomplished in the private sector: She took an online auction business with a low stock price and built a corporate giant out of it, making the stockholders richer and leaving the employees with an average salary of $100,000 a year. Now that’s economic stimulus.

And here are some Whitman plans for the state that sound pretty darned smart to us: Cut 33,300 state jobs,  require welfare recipients without high school diplomas to get a GED, change the Legislature back to part-time.

Meg Whitman has sound plans. Jerry Brown has a record of appointing capital punishment opponents to the courts and drastically shrinking highway improvements. Our highway system has yet to recover from his past administration. Our endorsement goes to Meg Whitman as the next governor.

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