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California Business Roundtable Insults Voters

Monday, 16 June 2003 12:00 AM

"California needs its principal public officials to be focused fundamentally on restoring vitality to the economy and stability to the state’s budget and financial position. Doing so will provide an incentive to new business investment resulting in the creation of jobs that are desperately needed by our citizens.

"We all should devote our energies to efforts that will positively benefit our citizens,

Well, there you have it, California. A respected organization representing some of the state’s most prominent businesses is telling you, the voter, that your support for the recall of the worst governor in California history "will have no positive productive results," while negatively impugning the efforts by stating that we are bypassing "the accepted process for selecting our State leadership."


We are in fact exercising our constitutional right to remove public officials by the instrument of recall. Since CBRT seems to have little awareness of what the state constitution says, let’s help:

Article 2, Section 1: All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their protection, security and benefit, and they have the right to alter or reform it when the public good may require.

Article 2, Section 13: Recall is the power of the electors to remove an elective officer.

Got it? So thanks but no thanks, CBRT. We’ll be the judge of what’s "desperately needed."

The CBRT statement seems to be directly contradictory to its own findings. Did somebody get to them? According to the Charlton Research Company’s 13th Annual Business Leaders Survey (April 2003) that included the California Business Roundtable and the California Chamber of Commerce, the following conclusions of 400 business leaders surveyed showed that:

If the CBRT is indeed concerned about the principal focus of public officials, let’s ask the governor himself.

George Skelton of the LA Times spoke with Davis last week and asked him what he thought of the recall. Davis replied: "Well, that's fine. They can take a shot. Then they'll get their ass kicked. Folks have been underestimating me for a long time. Don't worry about it, man. I've won five elections in this state. And I'm not going to lose one."

Perhaps these cowering business leaders have encountered the standard Davis tactic: intimidation.

Is there any end in sight? Judges overturning laws millions have worked hard to pass. Businesses escaping the state to regain their mental and financial sanity. Psycho legislators in Sacramento ignoring the fiscal meltdown to impose their sexual orientation on companies doing business here. And now the California Business Roundtable.

According to the CBRT Web site:

"Since 1976, the Roundtable has provided essential leadership on high-priority public policy issues. Through its "big picture," proactive focus on key business issues, combined with the prestige and influence of its members, the Roundtable is a powerful and compelling advocate for a strong economy and a healthy business climate in California."

Really? Sounds like the Roundtable is one big sellout. Essential leadership? Big picture? Proactive focus? Are they aware that statewide unemployment is at its highest level since 1983? Do they read the Wall Street Journal, which in a national poll of 2,000 business leaders last year ranked California the worst business climate in the country?

If this is what a "powerful and compelling advocate for a strong economy" believes, sign us all up for a straitjacket.

Why is the Roundtable now against the recall? Will we next hear them issue a boycott against the truth? This conclusion should naturally follow their decision to tacitly endorse retention of a governor who has had a devastating impact on our state, the economy, our budget, our schools, our environment, and our roads and highways.

This writer is not an ideologue. I could care less if the governor who replaces Davis is a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, a Green or, for goodness sake, a Martian. We need financial accountability and we need it immediately. A top-down audit of expenditures, revenue streams, programs that are succeeding, programs that are failing. Money coming in, money going out.

The public is entitled to know who is paying for services it receives, and who is receiving services it does not pay for.

That’s what good business, and good government, should be about. How could a family survive if it managed its fiscal household this way? Or would we prefer that we continue to get (in his words) our "ass kicked" by a governor who cares more about his ego than he does about his constituents?

But don’t bother asking the California Business Roundtable to answer that question. You already know the answer.

Patrick Mallon has appeared on programs such as "The Al Rantel Show" (KABC-790 Los Angeles), with Melanie Morgan and Lee Rogers (Talk Radio KSFO-560 San Francisco), George Putnam’s "Talk Back" (KPLS-830) as well as "American Breakfast" with Phil Paleologos.

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