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 Governor in the 2003 recall
election. His valuable website is found at http://www.carepublic.com/blog.html
has a spending problem. As State Senator Tom McClintock likes
to point out, population and inflation combined have grown at
a rate of 21% the past four years; revenue has grown 25%. Yet
California government spending has grown 40%. The result is an
unprecedented state budget deficit expected to exceed $35 billion. - Thomas Krannawitter 5/2/03
The Perils of Perfection...
by Tom McClintock [politician] 10/25/07
The True Cost Of The Global Warming Farce
by Tom McClintock [politician] 10/22/07
Budget Comes Home to Roost…
by Tom McClintock [politician] 10/12/07
We've Heard this Song Before...
by Tom McClintock [politician] 10/8/07
Failure To Launch...
by Tom McClintock [politician] 10/4/07
Return To Our Principles
by Tom McClintock [politician] 9/11/07
We Don’t Need No Secret Ballots…
by Tom McClintock [politician] 8/29/07
A Small Victory And A Big Risk
by Tom McClintock [politician] 8/22/07
Floor Speech: McClintock v. Budget
by Tom McClintock [politician] 8/22/07
Cooking The State's Books
by Tom McClintock [politician] 8/20/07
How Can GOP Work Alone On Budget?
by Tom McClintock [politician] 8/17/07
by Tom McClintock [politician] 8/3/07
The McClintock Budget
by Tom McClintock [politician] 7/26/07
Fool Me Twice…
by Tom McClintock [politician] 7/20/07
When Science Becomes "Treason"
by Tom McClintock [politician] 7/17/07
Now Substituting for Mom and Dad…
by Tom McClintock [politician] 7/9/07
The Man Behind the Curtain…
by Tom McClintock [politician] 7/5/07
Fred Thompson The One?
by Tom McClintock [politician] 6/4/07
Arnold Can't Give Us 'Green' Cement
by Tom McClintock [politician] 6/4/07
A “Fantastic” Budget
by Tom McClintock [politician] 1/22/07
the Poor in One Easy Step
More hurtful help from government…
[Tom McClintock] 4/27/06
Is Worth Fighting For
Speech to the California Republican Party Convention...
[Tom McClintock] 2/8/06
I can do is protest..."
Remarks before the Senate Transportation Committee
[Tom McClintock] 2/3/06
Amassing pointless debt…
[Tom McClintock] 12/21/05
to the Los Angeles Republican Party...
[Tom McClintock] 11/23/05
Senator's thoughts on the special election...
[Tom McClintock] 11/14/05
[Tom McClintock] 8/5/05
didn't deliver - again...
[Tom McClintock] 7/8/05
Gray Davis Kind of Budget
act as if spending $5 billion more than you take in is responsible
[Tom McClintock] 6/27/05
Another "Balanced" Budget
Remarks prior to Wednesday's Senate vote..
[Tom McClintock] 6/20/05
Debate for California’s Soul
Remarks at the California Club for Growth PAC Annual Conference...
[Tom McClintock] 6/8/05
Union's Funny Numbers
To understand education budget, start with math...
[Tom McClintock] 5/18/05
Ails California: Spending Havoc
Voracious state agencies do less with much more
[Tom McClintock] 2/23/05
Five, Big Mistake
Power play trumps state's constitution...
[Tom McClintock] 2/15/05
on the Propositions
What the Senator thinks...
[Tom McClintock] 10/30//04
Why does the state pay to send illegals to college?...
[Tom McClintock] 5/7/04
Comp: A Step Forward
Floor remarks on bill passage...
[Tom McClintock] 4/19/04
By Our Promises
Address to California Republican Assembly...
[Tom McClintock] 4/8/04
the Pledge of Allegiance Matters
Simple words that are at the heart of our country...
[Tom McClintock] 3/26/04
Party of Freedom
A Lincoln Day speech to the Alaska Republican Party
[Tom McClintock] 3/12/04
on More Debt
The state is $6.5 billion more in the red...
[Tom McClintock] 3/10/04
California's Finances in Order
Fixing the damage done...
[Tom McClintock] 2/13/04
Schwarzenegger 'blow up boxes'?
Yes, contract out and overhaul bureaucracy...
[Tom McClintock] 1/23/04
Advice for the Governor's State of the State...
[Tom McClintock] 1/6/04
Rein in the spending...
[Tom McClintock] 12/18/03
A speech delivered to Young America's Foundation...
[Tom McClintock] 12/16/03
The state's financial health means tightening the belt...
[Tom McClintock] 12/5/03
(Very) Last Refuge of a Scoundrel
Hiding behind tragedy to make a tax grab...
[Tom McClintock] 11/6/03 [CaliforniaRepublic.org]
McClintockThe Candidate Who Won't Back Down
[Steve Lawrence] @SD Union Tribune
[the Editors] @National Review
Speaks for the People?
In California it's a question Republicans about to gather
for their weekend convention will ignore at their peril.
[John Kurzweil] @American Spectator
and the Absentee Voter
Why time is running out for Schwarzenegger.
[Andrew Peyton Thomas] @National Review
has no gray areas
For this Republican recall candidate, sometimes his own
party is too far to the left. State Sen. Tom McClintock
Martin Wiskol @OC Register
[Jospeh Farah] @WorldNetDaily
Shouldn't Shy Away From Core Values
California conservatives are being advised to muzzle
our core beliefs in order to elect a Republican to statewide
[Jim Patterson] @Fresno Bee
A conservative tries to become California's next governor.
[John J. Miller] @National Review
Lays Out His Plans For California
[David Freddoso] @Human Events
Conservative Who Would Be Governor
Tom McClintock is running third in California, but
he may be the one who determines the outcome of the race.
[Bill Whalen] @Weekly Standard
Sees Recall Election as Historic Moment
[Daniel Weintraub] @Sacramento Bee
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 to action. | You have
brought us to this moment in history. | Ladies 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 administration.[more
the Bureaucracy : See, this guy’s always got a plan…[
Senate Bill 9 by State Senator Tom McClintock (R-Thousand Oaks)
was approved yesterday by the California State Senate by a vote
of 36 to 0. The bill sets up a Bureaucracy Realignment and Closure
Commission (BRAC) to identify, downsize or eliminate obsolete
state government bureaucracies. | The legislation is modeled
after the federal military base realignment and closure commission
which successfully closed 90 obsolete military bases, saving
$20 billion per year. Senator McClintock's legislation, SB 9,
applies the same mechanism to a similar problem: how to identify,
downsize or eliminate obsolete bureaucracies in state government.
| The difficulty in conducting such a review - and acting upon
it - is that every program has a highly motivated constituency
that jealously and expertly guards its budget. | Faced with the
long overdue need to close obsolete military bases, the federal
government confronted the same paralysis caused by interest group
pressure. Ultimately, Congress broke the gridlock when it took
the task of reviewing bases out of the political arena and gave
it to an independent panel of management experts that returned
a comprehensive recommendation for a single up-or-down vote.
| SB 9 will empanel an independent commission of management experts
to examine state bureaucracies to determine which ones perform
obsolete or duplicate services. The plan will then be presented
to the Legislature for a single yes or no vote. |"I think
we all agree that this government could operate a lot more efficiently," said
Senator McClintock. | The bill next moves to the California State
If California Republicans have any sense (always a long shot), they'll
rally around Tom McClintock.
[George Neumayr] 7/25/03 | ...The recall law was
written to clean up messes like this one. The Republicans, for the good of the
state, must run a serious candidate to replace Davis. If they dribble the ball
off their knee again, Californians will find it hard to forgive them. | One
promising development is Tom McClintock's announcement to San Francisco broadcasters
Rodgers and Melanie Morgan that he will run in the recall election. He is
the most credible and principled of the Republicans considered for the race.
Known as a budget hawk -- precisely what the state needs at the moment -- state
senator McClintock was the one bright spot in the Republicans' dismal showing
last year. Though badly outspent by his multimillionaire opponent, McClintock
came within a hair of becoming the state's controller. | What
good would the recall do if it merely meant the replacement of a liberal Democrat
with a liberal Republican, or one frivolous pol for another? McClintock's
hardheadedness is the pledge of seriousness the Republicans need in order to
show that the recall is not sour grapes, power politics, or an exercise in vanity.
The recall is above all about a self-inflicted budget crisis, and McClintock
is an authentic budget cutter. Many California Republicans are just tax-and-spend
Democrats in slow motion. McClintock is not one of them. Long before it was fashionable
to decry Davis's budget-busting, McClintock drew attention to the 37% spike in
state spending. He was a champion of the discarded Gann amendment that restricted
increases in state spending to increases in population and inflation. Had Davis
heeded his calls, the state would be awash in surpluses not deficits. Having
resisted tax-and-spend Democrat budgets of the past -- while many of his Republican
colleagues caved to them -- McClintock has authority when he says that he would
use his executive powers to reverse the car tax Davis has tripled and slash the
mounds of fat in Sacramento. [more at American
[Tom McClintock] | Illegal taxes are what
political revolutions are made of. Just ask King John, whose illegal taxes produced
a taxpayer revolt that ended
with the Magna Carta.
Or George III whose illegal taxes provoked the American Revolution. California’s
Royal Governor could profit from their example.
Shadow Governor vs. Car Tax: Tom McClintock
leapt to action yesterday when the trigger was pulled on the
Car Tax - which he called "absolute
horse manure." In the Ventura
Star [Within an hour after the decision was made, McClintock filed two
proposed initiatives with the Attorney General's Office. One is a one-sentence
initiative statute that would set the annual fee at $1. The other is a more
complex constitutional amendment that would abolish the fee and at the same
time guarantee that local governments would receive a like amount of revenue
from the state General Fund. / It takes 373,000 signatures to qualify an initiative
statute for the ballot. A constitutional amendment requires nearly 600,000
signatures. / McClintock said he is confident he can meet the lower threshold,
but said he will strive to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment for
the November 2004 ballot.]
Car Tax Estimate
posted at OC
you bought a new Toyota Camry in October 2000 for $20,360.
how the new vehicle license fee will
You paid this in
You’ll owe this in October
X. Winter] 7:03 am
On McClintock: Almost a hat tossed in
the ring for the guy we call the “Shadow Governor.” From Daily
Bulletin [State Sen. Tom McClintock, a Southern California
Republican, said in an interview Wednesday he might run for
governor if the effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis qualifies
for the ballot. / McClintock lost the race for state controller
by a razor-thin margin, and was arguably the most successful
Republican candidate for statewide office in 2002. The winner,
Democrat Steve Westly, outspent McClintock by more than five
to one, but won by less than 1 percent of the vote. / "From
what I've been told, the larger the field, the better I do," McClintock,
of Thousand Oaks, said.]
Search of the Enron Accountants
by Tom McClintock 6/10/03 | Gov.
Gray Davis' May budget revision at least answers one question: Whatever
happened to Enron's accountants? By every indication, they're alive
and well and hard at work on the state budget crisis. [more inside CaliforniaRepublic.org]
To My Wife
McClintock takes on duties of managing the family budget and decides to use the
principles as the Governor.
Reaction to Mr. Davis' "May Revise"
first installment is now due for the Governor's four year spending
binge. He promises to triple the car tax - while calling it a
spending cut. He unconstitutionally borrows nearly $11 billion,
which will cost Californians twice as much to repay in principal
and interest. He increases proposed spending by $2.2 billion beyond
his January budget and calls it frugality. |
"There are two ways to balance the budget. You either cut
state spending, which has ballooned 40 percent in four years,
or you cut family budgets by raising their taxes. Families have
already cut their budgets - the state now spends a larger portion
of their earnings than at any time in our history.
| "I renew my pledge: within an hour of the Controller
acting to increase the car tax, I will file the initiative to
abolish that tax completely." -Tom McClintock
Defense of Proposition 13
Mount Vesuvius of Misinformation
Repeat Wilson's Mistake
“The policies that turned a $9 billion surplus to a $24
billion deficit in just 18 months are continued and expanded in
a state budget which, though just three weeks old, is already
unraveling before our eyes." -Tom McClintock
So Go Ahead.
Make My Day.
to Solve the Budget Crisis in Three Easy Steps
on the Car Tax Increase
Dimensions of the Disaster