Re: “Former Jarvis aide now advises governor,” published in The Star March 28:
The looming referendum vote to save California from stagflation and decline is not wishful thinking or an exaggeration as Tim Hodson, director of the Institute for California Studies, proposed in The Star article. Nor is it a miscalculation; the people of California are smarter than that.
It is more like a grass roots effort to help Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger defeat the “Goliath” unions, who, in planning his demise, vow to overspend his efforts by a ratio of 10-to-1.
No, consider this November’s “duel in the sun” as a realistic response to the probability of taxing and spending California into oblivion.
The citizens of this great state have spoken and are supported, not only by large commercial concerns, but also by the myriad “Davids” of small business.
Quoting an excerpt from the California Chamber of Commerce can give us some perspective:
“Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy. State Employment Development Department data shows that approximately 96 percent of all businesses in the state are small businesses, and most of these (79 percent) have fewer than 10 employees. Small businesses generate nearly two-thirds of all new jobs. But California small businesses face a number of new laws and regulations that increase costs and regulatory burdens.”
When the unions complain about the overwhelming forces of business supporting Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plans, we know the heart of their lament. Therefore, let’s be fair and include, as the real soldiers in this battle, the “mom and pop” enterprises who underpin the entire edifice.
— Ronald L. Lyons, Thousand Oaks