California is broke.  The poor are worried about losing benefits. California companies don’t want to pay more taxes. Someone has to lose for the other to win, right?


The media likes a good fight, and the bell has rung in Sacramento for a heavyweight bout. In this corner, greedy businesses get tax breaks and in that corner the poorest and most vulnerable citizens are denied healthcare.  But the question is: Will the policy choices at the end of this cage match make us a better and more successful state?

The other night, I heard a father tell his screaming, red-faced child: "Take a breath, buddy, take a breath."   We have become that child.  Let’s take a breath.

Policymakers have daunting decisions to make. We need to be guided by deep analysis to make strategic value-driven decisions. We don’t need the media to perpetuate the notion that this should or will be decided simply by who has the strongest lobby in Sacramento.  

Sadly, this notion was perpetuated in a San Jose Mercury non-editorial piece this week that in so many words, and with limited retort, stated that the poor will lose because of back room deals that gave business $2.5 billion dollars.

Readers and voters should be afforded more than this.  Let’s face it, after the recent May 19 "elective yawp" on taxes and the budget, the voters have finally become very real pressure points for our policymakers to make decisions.  So let’s give them the entire picture.

Here are some point/counterpoints to consider for the article:

Let this blog be CMTA’s virtual breath going into understandably difficult and engaging times.   We’ll do everything we can to temper the conflict that the media is spawning, making a difficult situation worse for our policymakers.   That breath will unveil principles and facts that help our policymakers find ways to grow the economy, employ our workers and, according to the aforementioned lobbyist’s website, "improve public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians."