Can anyone run this state?
Re “Three peas in a pod,” Editorial, Sept. 21
As a lifelong Californian, I recall that about every time a candidate has run, he (more lately she) has promised to rid us of “government waste, fraud and abuse.”
Now that I’ve passed age 60, it must just about all be gone, right?
Thomas D. Penfield
Cardiff by the Sea
California voters should remember what happened when our current governor first ran for office. He was a political outsider who, like Meg Whitman, had not voted for a good portion of his adult life, and like Whitman, made grand promises and proposals, few of which ever became reality.
In the real world of politics and economic realities, he couldn’t solve the problems facing California.
We have job insecurity for state employees, uncertainty of fire, law enforcement and other public services, a poor credit rating and, as of this writing, no state budget.
I don’t know anyone who says our current governor did a good job. Why let the state continue to deteriorate? All partisan politics aside, Whitman is a risk I won’t take.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 22% approval rating suggests people do not like his performance or his ideas.
If Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman are very similar to him, we probably need new candidates with different ideas.
I disagree with your assertion that these three politicians’ ideas on public employee pensions have been identified as necessary steps to improve the state’s fiscal health.
Solving the state’s problems by punishing workers is not the solution. Asking people who are well-off is.
Do any of these politicians have the courage to ask those with money to make a contribution to keep the state in good shape?
San Luis Obispo
The editorial hit the nail on the head. No one running for governor is going to change things as long as we have the same legislators.
Does Whitman think she can come in and change the Legislature into a part-time body? She has no experience in the political world.
I don’t like either candidate, but I think I’m leaning toward the one who has at least had a background in California politics, knows how things run and how to get things done and might be able to do the most.
And complaining that Brown is “suing the city of Bell” as a political maneuver is even more ludicrous — isn’t he our elected state attorney general? Isn’t this part of his job?
The bottom line here is that whichever candidate we put in that position has a tough job ahead.
It has become obvious to me, and hopefully to everyone else by now, that in a state whose greatest issue is and has been our budget, Whitman’s recordsetting $119-million campaign outlay is a poor example of fiscal prudence and indicates a willingness to solve problems by throwing money at them.
Brown’s minimalist campaign spending, on the other hand, speaks volumes about minimal spending. His approach to campaigning suggests he is far better prepared to do what is necessary to bring economic responsibility to government here.
Gerald G. Schwanke