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John Campbell

John Campbell (R-Irvine) is an Assemblyman representing the 70th District in Orange County. Mr. Campbell is the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. He is the only CPA in the California State legislature and recently received a national award as Freshman Republican Legislator of the Year. He represents the cities of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods and Lake Forest. He can be reached through his Assembly website and through the website for his California Senate campaign. [go to Campbell index]

Gray Davis & John Kerry
Empty at the core
[John Campbell] 10/14/04

Last Friday evening, my wife and I were at a friends' house enjoying wine and watching the Presidential debate. I don't often comment on federal politics or policy, but some of what John Kerry said nearly made me choke on the fine California wine I was drinking.

Over and over again, Kerry took positions that were either unintelligible, or directly in contrast to the way he has voted for 20 years in the Senate. It was stunning to see a guy who has voted for dozens of tax increases to suddenly say that he wouldn't raise any tax on anyone making less than $200,000 per year. One of the points that the tax raisers, like John Kerry, always fail to point out, is that the tax the rich schemes will never work because even if he could confiscate the top 1% of all incomes, he would still not get the revenue he needs to spend what he wants to spend.

But it was all strangely reminiscent for me of Gray Davis. Both of them are tall. Both are Democrats. Both have perfect hair. Both served in the military in Vietnam and made a big deal about it. But more importantly, both seem to be able to take any position on any issue for the purpose of political expediency. It's what happens when you are pure ambition. It's what happens when you have no core beliefs.

It seemed that Gray Davis was a person so consumed with being Governor that it was an end in itself. Once he achieved the goal, he didn't do anything with the job except to try to retain it. We in California have seen the disastrous results of such an executive as he parsed decisions to not upset anybody and to please his contributors. John Kerry feels like he is on exactly the same path as our former Governor.

But one of the most disturbing policy positions that Kerry outlined in the Friday debate was when, in response to a question about Iran's nuclear weapons program, he said that we cannot ask others to reduce their weapons if we are still building them. Basically, he said we should be reducing our military capabilities to convince other countries to reduce theirs. How dangerous a policy is this? Is his hero former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain who, in 1938, emerged from a meeting after he and the French cut a deal to appease Hitler and declared that we would now have "peace in our time"? Hasn't history taught us that peace through weakness does not work? Doesn't he see that the reason we won the last 3 wars so convincingly and with historically low casualties is because we have continued to develop new weapons systems, not because we stopped doing so?

Republican or Democrat, I admire those who have core beliefs, stand by them, fight for them, and are consistent with them. Beware the politician who seems to stand for nothing but his or her own ambition.

And don't let them spoil a great Cabernet. CRO



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