Los Angeles — California is in a bit of a pickle. Vulnerable to bankruptcy, the Golden State’s schools are declining, California’s unemployment rate is more than 12% and “according to Bloomberg News, California’s debt is seen by investors as riskier than Kazakhstan’s.” Kazakhstan is the developing nation with only 15.7 million people. Indeed, California is in dire straits and is in need of some good leadership. More importantly, the state is in need of who has the best interest of the people in mind.
The 2010 primaries will take place on June 8. In 2010, incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger will have met his term limit. Some of the top Republican candidates vying for his position include Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman. Jerry Brown is the front running democrat.
According to her website, megwhitman.com, Meg Whitman is a Harvard Business Graduate and former CEO of eBay. Indeed, she is highly regarded in the business world but what about her qualifications for governor. In 2008, she was the National Finance Co-Chair for Mitt Romney and later held the same position for the McCain-Palin ticket. As for the issues, Whitman wants to secure our borders, provide “job creating tax cuts” and “direct more money into the classroom.” It is important to note, according to California Pro-Life Group Takes on Meg Whitman Over Taxpayer-Funded Abortions, that although she may call herself a “Reagan conservative,” Whitman “supports taxpayer-funded abortions.”
Poizner is another successful business professional. Additionally, since 2006 he has been the CA Insurance Commissioner. On his website, stevepoizner.com, it says, “since assuming office, Steve has permanently cut the operating budget at the Department of Insurance by 15%.” Also, Steve Poizner says that he stands for “conservative values.” This means he wants to eliminate abortion, protect traditional marriage, and opposes the legalization of marijuana. Like Whitman, he wants to secure our borders. In addition, he wants to end sanctuary cities, give local control to school systems and “cut rates in every major category of taxation.”
According to jerrybrown.org, Jerry Brown is a leader for shutting down loan modification companies who are fraudulent. As California’s attorney general he reduced Oakland’s crime rate by “over 30% in serious crimes.” The Democrat also wants to fight the deceit in the health care system, fight for worker’s rights and protect the environment. Brown is also tough on crime and passed the “Use A Gun Go To Prison” legislation. He is pro-choice and according to a youtube.com video, a strong supporter of abortion rights. This is not the first time Brown has run for Governor. In fact, he “was elected Governor in 1974 and reelected in 1978.”
According to a recent Rasmussen Report, Brown has 44% of the support while Whitman’s numbers have dropped to 38%. If Poizner becomes the GOP candidate then the report says, Brown gets 50% of the vote and Poizner has 32% of the support.
As a California resident who comes from a family of teachers, I am seriously concerned about the state of education in California. I have seen many teachers get pink slips this year. Also, funds are being drastically cut for schools every year. Additionally, I am concerned about the values in California. I want someone who will help reduce the staggering amount of abortions in California each year. Finally, I want someone who can help stop the spending.
Who do you want to see in the general election this year? Who can help dig California out of its ditch?
Election 2010: California Governor Rasmussen Report
Ryan McCarthy California’s Debt: Now Riskier Than Kazakhstan’s – And A Bigger Worry Than Greece Huffington Post
Steven Ertelt California Pro-Life Group Takes on Meg Whitman Over Taxpayer-Funded Abortions lifenews.com
State should extend abortion access: Q&A with gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown youtube.com