McClintock is an expert on matters of the State budget and fiscal
discipline. He is a Senator in the California State Legislature
and ran for Controller on the Republican ticket in 2002. His valuable
website is found at www.tommclintock.com
Hour Has Come
McClintock Speech to Recall Rally July 26
[Tom McClintock] 7/31/03
I want to
salute Ted Costa—whose foresight and courage
began this effort while the pundits laughed. Howard Kaloogian
and Sal Russo who instantly stood up to join the effort. Darryl
Issa whose devotion and generosity accelerated the drive and
who has borne the attacks of Davis and his henchman. And all
of the radio hosts across California who have sounded the call
You have brought us to this moment in history.
and Gentlemen, the hour of California's redemption has arrived—IF
we are ready to fight for it.
I believe this is the historic turning point that can restore
our state's public works, bring its bureaucracies back under
control, and roll back the regulations and taxes that are choking
our economy. To do so, we must have a Governor who knows every
crevice of this government and is willing to challenge, to confront
and to defeat the spending lobby that controls it.
Let me tell you what I will do in the first hour of this new
The moment I have taken the oath of office, I'll sign the order
to rescind the illegal tripling of California's Car Tax. If this
governor can claim that he has the authority to raise the car
tax by fiat, then by God I'll claim the same authority to lower
it right back down by fiat.
I'll then sign a stipulation to the Superior Court in Pasadena
in the case I filed last year to void the $42 billion of outrageously
priced electricity contracts that Davis approved. Those contracts
were negotiated under a clear legal conflict of interest by Davis'
chief negotiator. This governor won't stipulate to these simple
facts because it would require him to admit wrongdoing. I'll
certainly admit Davis has done some things wrong!
Then I will
sign a third document, calling a special session of the legislature
to deal with our Workers Compensation insurance
crisis. They will have 30 days to enact Arizona's Workers Compensation
law—slashing workers comp costs by 2/3. And if they fail
in 30 days, I'll take it to the ballot and let them explain
to the people why they refused to act while our job market
three documents—and a governor with the will
to act—we can reduce taxes by over $4 billion, dramatically
lower electricity prices, and roll back the costs of Workers
Compensation that are destroying jobs in our state.
And all that
And the rest
of the day, I'll spend personally de-funding every state agency
that duplicates local or federal jurisdictions,
or overlaps other state agencies or that is performing functions
that the private sector could and should do anyway.
We can do this. Last fall, I received more cross-over Democratic
votes, more independent votes and more total votes than any other
Republican on the ballot. Running for Controller, I received
103,000 votes more than our candidate for Governor. I believe
the hour has come.
moved our family to California in 1965. They came here seeking
a better future for their children. My Dad had
been out of work for over a year; my Mom was a homemaker. And
yet they came here that summer and immediately found good jobs
and a home of their dreams. On a modest income, they bought
a 4-bedroom ranch style home with a 40-foot swimming pool and
a third-acre fully landscaped. They bought that home for $35,000.
was indeed the Golden State. Taxes were low. Jobs were plentiful.
The highways were the finest in the world.
My Dad commuted 40 miles to downtown Los Angeles every morning—about
a 45-minute drive in rush-hour. Our hydro-electric and nuclear
plants were making electricity so cheap, that electricity meters
were supposed to become obsolete within ten years. Our water
storage was so immense that many communities didn't bother
with water meters. Coming from Westchester County, New York,
where the schools were supposed to be the best in the country,
I had to scramble to catch up with California's schools.
that state. I lived there. It was real. It's been taken from
us. Ladies and gentlemen, don't you think that it's
high time that we took it back?
my parents bought for $35,000—if it were new—should
be selling today for $180,000 with inflation. But the homes in
that neighborhood—now 40 years older—now cost more
than twice that.
wouldn't have been able to even think of affording that house
today. They wouldn't have been able to find work,
either. We lost more than 200,000 jobs last year. And if they
had found the work, they couldn't have gotten there—Downtown
Los Angeles is now TWO HOURS from Thousand Oaks in rush hour.
have afforded their taxes either. That year, the state spent
a little over 6-dollars from every hundred that
people earned. Today, Davis is spending a record of nearly
10-dollars out of every hundred you earn.
If my family—and
every family like ours—came looking
for a better future for their kids today—they wouldn't
find it in California.
today look at our state, with its bountiful resources; with
the most equitable climate on the entire continent; with
every blessing that God could possibly bestow upon a land—and
they're finding a better place to live and work and raise their
families out in the desolation of the Arizona and Nevada deserts.
act of God could ever wreak such devastation upon our state.
Only government could do that. And it has.
And the good
news of this election is—WE CAN CHANGE THAT.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have the chance to make our state over
One by one,
Californians are realizing that their decision comes down to
fight or flight. Many are fleeing. But many more know
that this state is worth fighting for.
Gentlemen, in the next 74 days, this generation of Californians
has the historic responsibility to restore to
our children the GOLDEN STATE that our parents gave to us.
Are you ready? Then let's roll!