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California Democrats scramble on the economy
Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/2/11 | Dan Walters

Posted on 09/02/2011 8:57:49 AM PDT by SmithL

It's the economy, stupid.

Those words, coined by James Carville as he was managing Bill Clinton's campaign for the presidency in 1992, encapsulate a basic axiom of practical politics, to wit: When the economy is hurting, it preoccupies voters, and politicians ignore it at their peril.

And that, in a nutshell, is why California's Democratic politicians are suddenly and publicly pledging concrete steps to improve the state's business climate.

California remains mired in its worst recession since the Great Depression, with its 12 percent unemployment the second highest in the nation, with well over 2 million idled workers, and with a drumbeat of complaints from business that it's hostile to job-creating investment.

Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a proposal for business tax breaks that he said would restore business confidence. Thursday, the Legislature's two top Democrats stood with business leaders to announce legislation that they said would make regulatory rule-making more relevant and transparent.

Darrell Steinberg, the president pro tem of the state Senate, said it would "send a message to investors and employers that California is serious" and "put an end to the drumbeat that California is not friendly to business."

Not likely.

Republicans denounced it as tokenism and slapped Democrats for killing GOP business climate bills, while business executives saw it as merely a first step.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: goldenstate; jobkillers; rats; yourtaxdollarsatwork

1 posted on 09/02/2011 8:57:53 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Stop the illegal education Bill now. You can’t continue to spend money that you don’t have. No more spending Bill’s should be approved until the unemployment gets down to 4%.


2 posted on 09/02/2011 9:00:57 AM PDT by RC2
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To: SmithL

Democratic politicians are suddenly and publicly pledging concrete steps to improve the state’s business climate.

When does the deporting start?.


3 posted on 09/02/2011 9:06:50 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SmithL
Actions speak louder than words. If they were truly serious, stuff like this would be jettisoned:

Nanny State? Calif. May Force Parents To Pay Babysitters Workers’ Comp, OT

4 posted on 09/02/2011 9:08:21 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: RC2

The ONLY thing that will SAVE California is if a 15 on the Rechter(sp?) Scale Earthquake hit Sacramento and KILLED the ENTIRE State Government Appperatus, then California could start over. Other than that it’s HOPELESS!


5 posted on 09/02/2011 9:09:00 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: SmithL
California remains mired in its worst recession since the Great Depression, with its 12 percent unemployment
If unemployment is at 15% in CA by Election Day, the second Tuesday in November, I wonder what might be the chance that CA could go Republican in the Presidential Election? It went for Reagan in '80 (but he was from CA).
6 posted on 09/02/2011 9:10:22 AM PDT by no dems (No matter who it might be, when I find out a person is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: SmithL

Jerry Brown and his fellow Marxists do not care about private sector jobs. In fact they hate private sector corpoprations. As long as the gubmint sector union members get their paychecks, the welfare class get their handouts, and the illegal aliens get their freebies everything is cool.


7 posted on 09/02/2011 9:15:37 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: SmithL
Publically pledging to 'not rest until businesses begin hiring again and then going ahead with job killing legislation - in other words baldfaced lying - is the democrat way.

What else does anyone expect with a butt-kissing media standing guard at their rear ends?

8 posted on 09/02/2011 9:17:07 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: no dems

“I wonder what might be the chance that CA could go Republican in the Presidential Election? It went for Reagan in ‘80 (but he was from CA).” NOT A CHANCE! California is NOT the same Place as it was as recentley as 1990. Too many givers have given up and left the once Great state to the takers. SAD!


9 posted on 09/02/2011 9:17:17 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: SmithL
California Student: I know Harvey Milk, Ru Paul and Richard Simmons

Texas Student: I know Calculus, Physics and Statistics...now please add fries to my order

10 posted on 09/02/2011 9:21:47 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: no dems
I wonder what might be the chance that CA could go Republican in the Presidential Election?

Slim and fat.

11 posted on 09/02/2011 9:23:39 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: SmithL

It’s a TRAP!

More “relevant”? Yeah, what’s “relevant” right now is the need for cash and Sacramento is watching the cash flee to other states with the businesses that are leaving.

Who cares about transparency in their regulatory process? If the damn processes aren’t changed to unburden business owners, what good does it do? None.

Idiots, but then that’s redundant because we’re talking about democrats.


12 posted on 09/02/2011 9:24:32 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I don’t know why Democrats in California feel any *politcial* imperative to do anything about the economy. With government employees, people getting free goodies from the government, and culturally liberal snobs on their side, the Dems have California locked up.

The Republican Party in the Golden State is brain dead, controlled by a bunch of yuppie politcal consultants on the corporate payroll.

The voters in Detroit and DC kept on electing incompetent and corrupt Democrats even though their cities were rapidly decaying and declining. Californians will do the same.


13 posted on 09/02/2011 9:30:47 AM PDT by feralcat
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To: SmithL
From 2007...people of color represent 73.4% of babies born in California.

It will soon be 80-90-then 95% in the next 20 years.

You are breeding a third world petri dish where our own generous rules are being exploited by foreigners and willing Leftist politicians hungry for votes and power.

By 2025, the State will be primarily a eerie Balkanized mishmash of competing cultures inhabiting the 1900’s infrastructure of the long-gone Anglos.

Drive North past Magnolia up Lankershim Avenue in North Hollywood, you will see the future of America. California will never, ever be the same. It is completely and absolutely pulled cultural and political suicide with the worst possible scenario...guilty, insane Green Marxists with power and the purse strings of 38 million people's taxes and a steady stream hungry, poor peasants and refugees all hopping on the dole.

14 posted on 09/02/2011 9:31:25 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: wac3rd

And all the white liberal Dems who voted for all this S**T will soon be PRIMARIED by “people of color”


15 posted on 09/02/2011 9:43:38 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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To: SmithL

This is too funny, they are in the process of passing a baby sitter/nanny law that will make it almost impossible for any one to hire a baby sitter. Some of the requirements? You must provide workman comp and a break every two hours where you provide a back up baby sitter. What happens if you don’t? Well they can sue the pants off you and collect lawyers fees so you’re looking at $10-20K right off the top! Ya that will improve the business climate here in CA! We’re doomed here and on the fast track to becoming Detroit with a warmer climate. Sucks to see this happening but what else can you do the parasites are the majority and keep electing these brain dead libs to office.


16 posted on 09/02/2011 9:49:27 AM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: SmithL

California = Dust Bowl. Oklahoma will leave the lights on for you...


17 posted on 09/02/2011 10:13:38 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: US Navy Vet

This is the California I knew as a Child...

:(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QB2Ck00YZ8&feature=fvst


18 posted on 09/02/2011 10:14:59 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: no dems
If unemployment is at 15% in CA by Election Day, the second Tuesday in November, I wonder what might be the chance that CA could go Republican in the Presidential Election? It went for Reagan in '80 (but he was from CA).

None. The state is much more Hispanic now and they vote overwhelmingly Democrat. Californians are also much more wedded to the social welfare state, and they won't vote for anyone who threatens to curtail it. Cali's unemployment rate could reach 25% and it would still vote Democratic.

The next Republican president is going to have to assume that states like California and Illinois will be a hopeless drag on the economy. The best we can do is prevent any more state aid or bailouts from going to those broken blue states. Business and productive people will migrate out and boost other states anyway.

19 posted on 09/02/2011 10:34:39 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: TaraP
This is the California I knew as a Child...

I was born in Monterey, California in 1953. I grew up in the California you remember.

Six years ago, I packed up my family and my small business and headed to Texas, never to return. Paraphrasing Ronald Reagan, I didn't leave California, California left me.

20 posted on 09/02/2011 11:27:42 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: ken5050

I wonder that when my son and daughter are adults (they’re babies now - under 5) when the state is 25% Anglo, will they be able to push to the head of the line at UCLA or Stanford...or be part of the protected classes afforded for 40 years by the former majority to then minority?

LOL!

There was a story about young black kids in Los Angeles or Dallas (can’t recall) but they were literally 5% of a school of 1,000 Latino kids, nearly all from Mexico. They said they felt weird, left out and looked down upon as the teachers (mainly Latino) who favored them in class and they were excluded as many activities, both school and social, were in Spanish.

In about 20 years, those mean old KKK crackers that Van Jones and the Jackson-Lee/Sharpton crowd loves to hate will look awful good compared to their new Aztec majority.

We will be out of here in 5 years or less. Good riddance, freaks!


21 posted on 09/02/2011 12:45:38 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: wac3rd
I actually think that California CAN be saved..but first the state has to hit rock bottom, and hard, and fast...it really hasn't penetrated the Dems in Sacramento that there are NO more funds coming from DC.

Cal will need the equivalent of bankruptcy..ALL of those insane pensions and medical benefit deals to retires will have to be cut..by 40-50%...there is NO alternative...

22 posted on 09/02/2011 1:26:09 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: Windflier

I’m late to this thread but can identify with your story. Calif.-born around the same time as you, and the wife and I now talk about Texas, Missouri, etc.

Here’s hoping Texas worked out well for you and yours.


23 posted on 09/02/2011 3:53:29 PM PDT by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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To: SmithL

You’d think they could find a better looking person for this topic...or at least not show his crappy photo.


24 posted on 09/02/2011 5:24:25 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: US Navy Vet

What about 2 simultaneous earthquakes one in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco that would each be 15 on the Richter scale, wiping out millions and millions of the blood-sucking liberals and the brain-dead morons on the dole. California would be cleansed and could start over.


25 posted on 09/02/2011 5:27:24 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: SmithL

bttt


26 posted on 09/02/2011 5:30:19 PM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: trapped_in_LA
You just wrote the truth.

“California, Detroit with a better Climate”

The latest and greatest bumper sticker.

27 posted on 09/02/2011 5:32:54 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now.)
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To: WashingtonSource
I live in South Orange County, so I really can't support your Earthquake wishes. #;^)
28 posted on 09/02/2011 5:41:45 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Orange County would be miraculously saved in my imaginary scenario.


29 posted on 09/02/2011 5:45:15 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: WashingtonSource
Thanks for that. LOL

We're only 15 miles North of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, or as we affectionately call it “The Perfect Pair”, so things could get a little dicey.

BTW - Can you spare The Pantry, Tommy's Burger and Philippe’s French Dip in your Earthquake scenario? I would really appreciate it.

30 posted on 09/02/2011 5:54:54 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now.)
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To: Windflier

I left the Golden State in 1993...my siblings still suffer there in pergatory.


31 posted on 09/02/2011 9:09:21 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: ken5050

California is not at rock bottom yet? The state is broke!!!

Or are Californians just as brain dead as Joe BiteMe in declaring they have to spend more money to save the economy?

California needs a Scott Walker or Chris Christie, not a retread moonbeam...


32 posted on 09/02/2011 9:12:30 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Kali’s been broke for a long time. It just siphons money from the rest of us through the Fed to keep the party going.


33 posted on 09/02/2011 9:23:13 PM PDT by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
I left the Golden State in 1993...my siblings still suffer there in pergatory.

Same for all six of mine, both parents, and my entire extended family. Of course, they're all libs, and don't see anything whatsoever wrong with the state.

Six years after the move, and they're still asking me, "So, why did you move to Texas?"

34 posted on 09/02/2011 10:41:21 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Six years after the move, and they’re still asking me, “So, why did you move to Texas?”


You should tell them “To live free of tyranny comrade!”


35 posted on 09/03/2011 6:30:25 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
You should tell them “To live free of tyranny comrade!”

Oh, I have, but they usually twist their heads sideways and give me that "huh?" look. They're really quite hopeless.

36 posted on 09/03/2011 9:01:48 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Then you should tell them IF socialism is so great, then why did the former Soviet bloc countries throw off the shackles of socialism in late 80’s/early 90’s after 40+ years of “OPM”, other people’s money?


37 posted on 09/03/2011 12:55:35 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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