California governor enters an alternative universe...
[Ray Haynes] 1/9/06
not a trekkie, but I do remember a Star Trek episode in which
several members of the crew of the starship Enterprise entered
an alternative universe. That universe was the mirror image
of the “normal” universe, that is, it was exactly
like the normal universe, but everyone in it had the exact
opposite character of the people in the normal universe
We have entered
that alternative universe in California.
I know that
term limits and the recall have substantially diminished the
experience in Sacramento, but anyone paying even the smallest
attention to history can tell that Gray Davis lost his job
because he (1) greatly expanded the government sector of California’s
economy, (2) greatly expanded government debt, and (3) greatly
expanded government authority over the private sector in the
years 1999-2001. Those two years led to the energy crisis of
early 2001, the collapse of the private economy (after a five
year record growth) in 2001 and 2002, and the fiscal crises
that led to the recall of Governor Davis. Governor Schwarzenegger
got elected campaigning against these expansions, and promising
to “clean house” in Sacramento.
Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside
and Temecula. He serves on the Appropriations and
Budget Committees. [go to Assembly Member Haynes website
at California Assembly][go to Haynes index]
In the alternative
universe, as seen on the “Mirror/Mirror” episode
in Star Trek, Schwarzenegger would be expanding government,
expanding government debt and intruding on the private sector.
And, indeed, he is.
look back in California history. In the late 1980’s,
Governor Deukmejian, in order to get prison and freeway funding,
gave away some very serious concessions to the leftists, vastly
expanding state spending and increasing worker’s compensation
benefits. In 1991, to accomplish his agenda, Pete Wilson was
forced to increased taxes. The ensuing collapse in California’s
economy was precipitous. From the Great Depression to 1992,
California’s general fund revenue went up every single
year. In the 1992-93 fiscal year, for the first time in modern
history, California’s general fund revenue dropped in
real terms, from $42.1 billion to $40.9 billion.
then repealed the upper income tax rate, cut other taxes, reformed
worker’s compensation, reduced regulations, and the economy
and state general fund revenue exploded, from $40.1 billion
in 1993-4 to $79 billion in 2000-01. In 2000 and 2001, the
state increased fees and regulations, increased workers’ compensation
benefits, substantially increased the size of government, increased
the minimum wage, increased environmental and workplace regulation,
and did everything it could to interfere with the private economy.
As a result, in the 2001-02 budget year, once again, general
fund revenue dropped substantially, from $79 billion to $66
billion, leading to the largest budget crisis in the history
of the state. Two years later, Gray Davis lost his job.
Schwarzenegger, in light of his recent loss at the polls, and
his sagging popularity, thinks that he needs to do something
different in his job, so he has chosen to increase government
debt and government regulation on business. He has already
demonstrated a penchant for increasing environmental regulations.
An increase in work place regulations, like the minimum wage,
and an increase in government debt, is the next step down the
road to economic collapse—again.
Schwarzenegger looks back to Pat Brown as the builder of the
California dream. Except Pat Brown did his building with little
borrowed money, and Ronald Reagan defeated Brown because Brown
was a big spender. I am concerned that now that we have entered
into this alternative universe, some Democrat is going to assume
the Ronald Reagan role, move to the right of Schwarzenegger
on spending issues, and carry a broom to sweep him out of office.
Trek, Kirk returned to the Enterprise when Spock was able to
reverse the glitch in the transporter that sent Kirk and some
of his crew to the alternative universe. Our problem isn’t
caused by a transporter glitch. How are we going to get out
of this universe? -CRO-
Haynes is a California Assembleyman representing Riverside
and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.