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March 19, 2014 The Julian News 13 California Commentary What the Best Governors Look Like Suppose you pick up your typical California newspaper and see headlines like, "State Unemployment Far Below the National Average" and "State Running Healthy Surplus; Gov. to Return Money to Taxpayers." You just might find yourself paraphrasing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, "Sutter Brown, rve got a feeling were not in California anymore." (For those not acquainted with Sutter Brown, he is California's charming First Dog, who sometimes joins Governor Brown at press conferences.) No, we certainly would not be in California where the unemployment rate is far above the national average and, although we are running a modest surplus, the only plans coming from Sacramento are for more government spending paid for by yet higher taxes. Californians are telling pollsters they are not feeling either secure or confident. Two surveys taken late last year by the Hoover Golden State Poll found twice as. many Californians reported being worse-off financially (33%) than better off (17%) over the last year; 2 out of 3 Californians predicted their state tax rates will increase this year, while 1% predicted a decrease; and only 1 in 7 Californians are "very confident" they can afford both higher taxes and ether pocketbook expenses. And the fact that over a million Californians have voted with their feet -- by moving to Texas, Nevada, Florida and other states not hostile to economic growth -- is well documented. Governor Jerry Brown has declared for reelection -- his fourth term -- promising more of the same, while his two declared Republican opponents are struggling to energize broad based voter enthusiasm. (In all fairness, neither is likely to generate the kind of financial support even close to that of Brown's bankroll given his close ties to public sector unions). But if California had a more level political playing field, what kind of gubernatorial leadership provides the best model? Interestingly, a governor who, not long ago, was viewed as very polarizing, is now garnering by Jon Coupal favorable attention for bringing fiscal sanity to his state. Even though its weather can't match California, let's consider Wisconsin and Governor Scott Walker. A January Marquette Poll shows 54% of Wisconsin voters see their state headed in the right direction, while 40% disagree. While this may not seem like an overwhelming vote of confidence, it must be considered in light of the ongoing public employee union jihad against Walker, who significantly restricted collective bargaining for government workers. This war on Walker has included an unsuccessful recall election that received tens of millions of dollars in union support from across the nation. Still, Wisconsin has the advantage over California where we have the highest paid government employees in all 50 states. Walker has shown willingness to stand up to government unions, and is committed to cutting taxes and creating jobs. Contrary to the liberal spin machine, Walker confronted the unions, not out of spite or meanness, but because he realized that the very survival of his beloved Wisconsin was no longer assured given the sure path to bankruptcy it was on. What is truly "Oz" like in the comparison between California and Wisconsin is the knee-jerk assumption by pundits in the main stream media that the sort of Republican policies advanced by Governor Walker help only the "wealthy." These policies, we are told, only increase the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots." But let's look at where good, middle class jobs are being created. Not surprisingly, it doesn't include California. Indeed, our hostile tax and regulatory climate has turned the central valley into a combination third world country and dust bowl. No, real leadership would compel the governor of California -- whoever that may be -- to pursue those policies that eschew corporate cronyism (e.g., High Speed Fail) and are proven to grow an economy: reasonable taxation and a modest regulatory HOMES o LAND. RENTALS . PROPERTY MANAGEMENT o VACATION RENTALS I www.julian-realestate.com Wynola Estates Well maintained home on 4.11 oak studded, parklike acres in prestigious Wynola Estates, easy access, very low water rates. Reduced to $469,000 6.14 acres Vacant land in Julian Estates At A Great Price! Vacant Land 1.16 acres with 850 ft well and septic layout. Views, trees, hiking nearby. Solar Home - on 9 Level, Usable Acres. 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 2700 sq.ft, with 2 attached 2 car garages, Barn, RV Pad, Wrap Around Deck, Hot Tub, 2 Zone Heating and Air Conditioning. Many Custom features. 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