My first real job was at a local supermarket in Stockton. The manager was a guy who moved very fast, spoke faster and ran a tight ship. On my first day the manager gave me some pretty good advice.
He said, “I’m not interested in your excuses, I’m interested in you doing the job you were hired to do. If you do it well, you will be paid. If you do it poorly, I will personally fire you.”
I was 15 years old and had a clear understanding of what was expected.
This thought came to me the other day while listening to Governor Jerry Brown talk about how the recent tax increase had solved our problems in California. He did not mention the money owed by the State. He did not talk about the unfunded retirement funds. The Governor did not mention the number of businesses leaving California. The Governor did not talk about the high-speed rail project, the Cap & Trade Bill or the overbearing regulations which discourage business in the once Golden State.
What the Governor did was offer an excuse for having pushed to raise taxes, make California less competitive with other states and offer us a declining future for our state.
Governor Brown has offered excuses, but he has not done the job. It is time we start talking about firing the governor and refusing to pay him for a lousy job.
Why have we allowed ourselves to become heavily taxed and held hostage within a state run by Progressives and Public Sector Unions for Progressives and Public Sector Unions? If their ideas had worked, we would be wrong to question what is happening. But with high unemployment, high taxes, and high regulation there can be no doubt; despite the Progressives high-minded ideals, they are a proven failure at leadership.
California has been a leader in the U.S. for my entire lifetime. We led in culture, we led in business and we led in lifestyles. This state is full of people who left Ohio, Kansas and elsewhere. We have a huge population of immigrants. These people journeyed to California to earn their fortune. It’s not just Hollywood, it’s not just the Silicon Valley and it’s not just the Rose Bowl.
This is the home of the people who have shaped American thought in the last 50 years. We have the sunshine, the mountains and the ocean which we can enjoy almost every day of the year. Despite this, we no longer lead the nation in opportunity.
Far more important than any item listed above, California has vast resources. We have the countries best farm land in the San Joaquin Valley. Yet, the courts have cut the water supply to a great deal of that farmland, and it is going to seed.
We have the best timber supply in the Sierra Mountains. Yet, the environmentalists slow the income from this vital resource.
We have more untapped oil than almost anywhere in the world. We were once the largest oil producing state, we are now fourth.
We have better, and more diverse, hardworking people than any other state. With all of this, why are we the laughing stock of the U.S.?
Our state is broke. This latest budget is a sham. Our schools are lousy. Our business climate is rated among the worst in the country. We ignore possible income from our natural resources. How has this happened?
The Progressives in this state have done a better job of selling their second-rate, low-growth, high-debt nanny state ideas than have the Republicans with their idea of creating an environment of individual growth. The Progressives have led us to the largest divide between the wealthy and the poor in our history.
This morning I listened to Dave Heineman, the Governor of Nebraska, talk about his plan to remove its state income tax. Governor Heineman said Nebraska wants businesses to relocate to his state. He was also talking about not taxing the Corporations in the state. He made the point that competition for business, if successful, could raise the state’s economic future.
Nebraska may be a great place, but let’s get real. California has more resources, a better climate and a lifestyle other states can only dream about. While all this is true, true, businesses are leaving the state for places like Texas where there are no personal income taxes. Nebraska is moving toward a successful model while California resides in the waste basket of wishful thinking.
Yes, it is time to fire Jerry Brown.
It is also time to fire those who have been in our State Legislature and led this decline. It is time to move away from the ideas that trap people into a lifetime of government dependence.
It is time to get rid of Public Sector Union Power and elect practical demonstrated leaders who, despite their political affiliations, can produce real results that will save our State.
We’ve had more than 40 years of listening to the elite tell us how we should live our lives. We have abandoned common sense for unproven ideas presented by dreamers without any real world experience. It has been quite an experience, but it’s time to return the State to adults with proven formulas for individual growth.
It was all a myth, there is no free lunch.