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Real issues missing in California recall

Thursday, October 2, 2003

Won't it be refreshing when the television news is not dominated by the recall election in California? It seems that the most important element of daily life in this country - according to the network news people - is the upheaval in California. That coverage has far eclipsed the 10 Democrats scurrying around trying to raise money and votes to run for president. How could that happen?

Well for starters, California is unlike any other state in so many ways. And to me at least, most of those ways are bad. If California is indeed a glimpse into the future of this nation then Canada isn't looking too bad as an eventual destination.

Once the talking heads on television dim their fascination with Arnold and Cruz and Gray, the coverage will fall into a more predictable pattern. And for the rest of the nation, that will signal a return to normalcy.

Have you noticed what is missing in most of this debate? Well I have. Gray Davis is facing a recall because of a massive deficit in state spending. So how did California - our most prosperous state - arrive at a position where they face a $35 billion deficit? That portion of the issue is strangely missing.

Immigration issues are costing California billions of taxpayer dollars. High taxes on business are driving many companies out of the state. Environmental regulations that are at best unrealistic are costing consumers untold billions. In short, California has managed to provide everything for everybody and, in the process, bankrupt the state.

But you won't find this discussion on the television. Those fine folk are more interested in the quirky nature of the candidates, the obvious star power and the showdown toward next week's election. But they fail to focus any attention on how and why and where and when. That's sloppy journalism.

Arnold Schwarzenegger or any of the other wannabes can do little to solve the problems of California until the legislature and the people demand a return to common sense and spending within their means. Given the immigration formula and the attitude in California, I doubt anyone will solve their problems.

And if that is the portrait of our future, we're in for a bumpy ride.

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