Cross posted at calwatchdog.com.
One of the weird things about the last gubernatorial debate is that Jerry Brown was more sensible on Prop. 23 than Meg Whitman.
Meg’s position doesn’t make any sense at all. As she explained, she opposes Prop. 23, which would suspend AB 32 until unemployment dropped to 5.5% for a year. AB 32 is, of course, the Jobs-Killing Act of 2006
She insists that, as governor, she would suspend AB 32 for a year and "fix" it. But what if she doesn’t become governor? And even if she becomes governor, there’s no way she’s going to get any change at all past the jobs-killing obsessives who run the Democratic Party that has almost a two-thirds majority in the Legislature, and will next year too.
Jerry, at the debate, pointed out that "suspending" AB 32 for just a year would only create uncertainty. As Meg the businesswoman should know, a year is nothing to a business. Unlike governments, which only think about how much they can steal before the next election, businesses plan for the long term. All her program – defeat Prop. 23 and suspend AB 32 for a year – would do is create more uncertainty.
If Prop. 23 loses and Jerry becomes governor, at least businesses will know how they stand. Many will leave. But those that stay will have made the decision to stick it out, and will try to survive.
As I’ve said before, Meg should have embraced Prop. 23 and used it as a battering ram to smash Jerry and win the election. Instead, she listened to her puddin-headed advisers, whom she paid millions, and got only bad advice.
After she loses, she should ask her advisers for her money back.