It’s the holiday season and my wife reminds me that my personal newsletter to you should be cheerful and positive. So I will not mention the near $26 billion deficit that years of legislative inaction, overspending, over-regulating and just plain bad management has heaped on all of us – Republicans, Democrats, Independents and those who won’t even vote because they are so darn mad. After all – It’s Christmas, so let’s at least have a few weeks of good times and good will before reality comes crashing down in the State Capitol.
Okay… That’s enough good time. Let’s talk Christmas turkey.
We have a new Governor who is going to be sworn into office in early January. Okay, he’s not really new. Really, in California, he would be more properly titled as “recycled”. So in the holiday spirit – let’s wish him well. Let’s cheer him on when he holds our feet to the fire and says that we have to cut up the credit cards and live within our means. Let’s raise a toast to him when he says that California needs to be a place where businesses can flourish, be profitable and hire more employees. Let’s say “Thank You Governor” when he tells regulators and bureaucrats that they work for the people of this state – not the other way around. Those are nothing but a Christmas Wish you say? You bet. A wish, a prayer, a goal, and a hope. All of the above, because I’m not giving up during my last two years.
I briefly met with our new Governor last week. He was candid, unscripted and had no staff in the room to whisper in his ear. He was direct and listened to our concerns and our hopes. In short, we are in for some really tough times with regards to our state finances. While I did not support him at the ballot box, I am, in fact, hopeful that he will turn out to be the right man at the right time. California needs a very strong-willed and focused Chief Executive Officer to help us climb out of our financial abyss. Anything less will be a disservice to every Californian who wants a state they can be proud of.
And speaking of proud, please remember that we have thousands of Californians in uniform serving in hostile foreign environments. These men and women will not be home for the holidays. They will not be home for a big family dinner, nor to open any gifts with family. Let’s keep them in our prayers and thoughts.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.