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Monday, October 4, 2010

Meg Whitman's Pledge to California

Back in 2003, California voters were so desperate for reform that they recalled Governor Gray Davis in a special election and elected Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger to the state's highest office.

He promised to turn California around and radically cut wasteful spending from its budget, going so far as to say:

"Every governor proposes moving boxes around to reorganize government. I don't want to move the boxes around; I want to blow them up."

Six years later, and nothing has come of the new governor's brash statements. California's budget deficit continues to climb, and its unemployment rate is 12.4%.

Like the House Republicans, Meg Whitman's policy agenda offers only an attempt to move toward a balanced budget, not an actual balanced budget itself.

And while both public policy documents start off with an admirable assessment of the problems that need to be solved, they also both consist of weak and sometimes even potentially counter-productive "solutions."

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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