Unless the House or Senate comes down to a one-seat margin, we have to assume that the most important race in America is the one for the statehouse in Sacramento. The reason is simple: America’s economy cannot begin to grow at the rate we and the world needs until its engine in the Golden State gets the huge overhaul it needs.
If Meg Whitman wins, the reforms California needs so desperately have a chance of occurring. The state would gain a leader with genuine, successful executive experience of the sort that is so obviously in short supply for so many years. Massive restructuring has to occur, and quickly. Deep cuts in the size and scope of government have to take place in a rational, planned fasion, or default and haphazard slicing and dicing wil follow. The coalition in Great Britain has been going about the work there that is necessary on America’s West Coast. The new governor will have to invoke emergency powers and will have to use them.
If Jerry Brown wins, the collapse of the Golden State’s finances is only a matter of time, and the exodus of businesses and producers from the state will accelerate. What serious business leader with options will keep his or her operations in a state “run” in a three-way partnership by and between the grid-locked legislature, the unions and Jerry Brown?
My Washington Examiner column today deals with the old media’s absurd handling of the Whitman-Brown contest, but not even MSM’s terminal case of deep-blue bias can divert attention of the voters from the stakes.
In a townhall I moderated in Van Nuys today between Whitman and Rudy Giuliani, the vast majority of the questions concerned jobs and growth or education. This focus is shared by voters of all stripes across the state, and it is why I remain very optimistic about Whitman’s chances, and about Carly Fiorina’s as well in her race against hyper-lefty Barbara Boxer.
Voters know the state is on the edge of fiscal collapse and a talent and business defection on a scale that dwarfs everything that has gone before. Even liberals know that the public employees’ unions domination of the state’s government must end.