Chamber launches ‘California Comeback’

Aug. 31, 2012

By Joseph Perkins

Here’s an ad:

“California is struggling … badly.  Two million people out of work… Huge deficits… High taxes… Over-regulation…” 

“Instead of creating jobs, politicians increased spending $30 billion since 2008. And bureaucrats put $37 billion in hidden unaudited accounts.

“We can fund our schools and make government work … By cutting waste and creating jobs.

“Check the facts at the California Comeback.com.”

When I caught this ad this week, I thought it must be the brainchild of a California industry group, lamenting the impediments to growing a business here in the Golden State.

But I was mistaken. The spot is actually sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has just launched its “California Comeback” campaign.

“America’s economy cannot fully recovery,” says Thomas Donohue, the Chamber’s President and CEO, “unless and until California recovers.” And that is only going to happen, he said, “if the state breaks its addiction to excessive government, while acting decisively to reverse a serious erosion of its business reputation.”

As it is, chides the Chamber, echoing a stinging editorial published this past spring in Investor’s Business Daily, our troubled state is “The Sick Man of America.”

And lest the state’s various apologists protest too much, a Chamber report offers prima facie evidence:

“California’s jobless rate is the nation’s third-worst. The percentage of residents that can be considered middle class has fallen below 50 percent. We are the nation’s biggest welfare state, in real terms, with one-eighth the nation’s population but one-third its welfare recipients.” 

“Nearly 1.5 million people fled our state the past decade, withCali’s out-migration ranking second in the country. Our state ranked dead last in 2010 in creating new businesses, after years of ranking first or second.

“We have the nation’s fourth-highest foreclosure rate, as the dream of homeownership has become a nightmare for many Californians. The state’s share of the nation’s exports shrank to 11.4 percent in 2008 from 15.4 percent in 2000.

“And only 22 percent of our state’s eighth-graders passed a national science test, ranking them fourth-worst in the country.”

“California is not going to soon recover from its seeming across-the-board economic decline. Yet, the U.S. Chamber is optimistic that a California comeback is possible. 

That is, if the Sick Man of America heeds the Chamber’s worthy advice:

“Get runaway spending and unsustainable pensions under control. Establish a competitive tax system. Ease the state’s regulatory burden. Unleash the state’s energy potential. Rebuild the state’s roads, ports, airports and other infrastructure. Restore excellence to California’s schools. Fix the state’s broken legal system. And expand international trade and tourism.” 

“If,” says Donohue, “the Golden State can break out of the vicious, failed cycle of tax, spend, borrow, regulate, and sue, then there is no question that we will see a California comeback.”

And, who knows, maybe we’ll also see the swallows miraculously return each spring to San Juan Capistrano.

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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 31 August, 2012, 09:08

    What a flaming crock!

    Another recruiting tool to fatten their coffers for Monte Cristos with aeoli at Montage in Laguna Beach.

    Chardonnay anyone?

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  2. Bob
    Bob 31 August, 2012, 09:28

    The Chamber of Commerce is a joke.

    Where I live the head of the local chamber was pushing for a sales tax increase and is a former gummit bureaucrat with a 6 figure pension.

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  3. Paul
    Paul 31 August, 2012, 10:00

    Just more liberal lunacy. They could care less about the citizens of California……Plain and simple

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  4. Hondo
    Hondo 31 August, 2012, 10:29

    This article is the only reason why Obama may lose this election. If Kalifornia had the unemployment rate of, say , Colorado (which is run by some reasonable dems), Obama would be flying to victory. But the democratic Bozo explosion in Kali will lose this race.
    There is no logical reason why Kali can’t have an unemployment rate same as Colorado, or many other dem run states, except for Kali’s leaders. You can’t blame Arnold. He governed like a dem, supported cap and trade.
    As for the people who commments are above me, show me one logical reason why Kali is doing so much worse than the rest of the states, including so many dem run states. And any name calling will prove me right. That means you don’t have an argument.
    Hondo……..

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 31 August, 2012, 11:22

    Testing..am I banned like belzee

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  6. The DA
    The DA 31 August, 2012, 12:29

    We can only hope!

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  7. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 31 August, 2012, 13:16

    U Haul– you will never be banned because at all times you are civilized,and don’t engage in hate speech—even though folks out here disagree at times, we try to have a civil discourse…..you remain a patriot sir— …

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 31 August, 2012, 14:58

    Teddy….we keep the light on for the closed minded….I am shocksd someone does not like me!

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  9. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 31 August, 2012, 15:16

    U Haul– you will never be banned because at all times you are civilized,and don’t engage in hate speech—even though folks out here disagree at times, we try to have a civil discourse…..you remain a patriot sir—

    LOL…tell that to Ed at CalPensions Teddy 😉 maybe he will let you back on 😉

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  10. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 31 August, 2012, 20:32

    If California is being targeted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and nasty editorials in Investors Business Daily, we must be doing something right. The basic test for good government is to do the exact opposite of anything proposed by those two entities.

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  11. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 1 September, 2012, 00:07

    The basic test of good gov for taxpayers, for anyone outside of gov employment, is to do the opposite of what the trough feeder public unions advocate for.

    I caught one of those commercials tonight for the first time, it didn’t impress me, and the US Chamber advocates for low cost illegal alien labor, so i don’t really trust them much more than the public unions-both enemies of the poor and middle class.

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  12. BobA
    BobA 1 September, 2012, 09:29

    SkippingDog:

    Are you implying that good government is big government? By that standard, the problem with California is that the state government is not big enough, tax’s to little and doesn’t regulate enough.

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  13. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 1 September, 2012, 09:47

    There is no Ca. Comeback..

    Get real

    PACK AND SHIP

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  14. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 1 September, 2012, 11:48

    If you don’t think the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its political arm, the Republican Party, are supportive of “big government” policies you’re clearly not paying attention.

    IBD has a particular agenda, which is to promote laissez faire approaches to every problem. It’s precisely that approach that got us into the problems we face today.

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  15. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 1 September, 2012, 12:41

    Republicans are a joke…compassionate conservatism for Haliburton…..

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  16. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 1 September, 2012, 16:31

    Bring Beelz back!!!!

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  17. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 1 September, 2012, 19:27

    Poodle go to your circular floor bed!

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  18. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 1 September, 2012, 19:59

    Paul, the US Chamber of Commerce is a conservative, anti-public worker organization.

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  19. BobA
    BobA 1 September, 2012, 23:23

    Ulysses Uhaul:
    If republicans are joke, then what are democrats? Surely you don’t believe they’re any better do you? Have the courage of your convictions to man up and say what you mean and mean what you say. I’m listening……..

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  20. sean morham
    sean morham 2 September, 2012, 05:45

    A break from mayhem,,just look at Sac, where BD Johnnie Perez lost his bid to end a tax break for corporations, and begin the state and local govt employee scholarship fund for those slackers earning less than $150k. The challenge is the colleges are independent and have their own selfish motives….damn, and there needed to be a creative way to appease the unions on pensions, just a morsel at first. Note, Brown wasn;t happy about this…..
    To be continued.

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  21. BobA
    BobA 2 September, 2012, 09:43

    sean morham:

    If government limited itself to what government is suppose to do they wouldn’t have to appease anyone. Once you start down the road of catering to this group and that group, you get get yourself in deeper and deeper and there is no end in sight and no way to extricate yourself from the situation.

    We are seeing the results of that and it can be said unequivocally that government no longer serves the people but serves special interests.

    Schools no longer serve the parents and students: they serve Sacramento (i.e., they’re always in a constant fight for funding from Sacramento). Police, fire fighters and various other public entities don’t serve the people; they serve their unions. Unions don’t serve their members: they serve themselves and use their members as bargaining chips. And worst of all, politicians don’t serve the people that voted them into office: they serve the various special interests that provide them with campaign money in return for political favors.

    Bottom line: we the people who pays the bill are at the bottom of the pecking order. At best, we are an afterthought once the interest of special interests is served first and political favors have been exchanged.

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  22. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 2 September, 2012, 10:52

    Poodle go to your circular floor bed!

    Only CRATE life for me Teddy 🙂

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  23. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 2 September, 2012, 10:52

    seesaw go back to calpensions.com, you are too boring for us here at CWD 😉

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  24. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 2 September, 2012, 13:15

    Poodle attracts posters like fleas!

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  25. Ted Steele, Janitor
    Ted Steele, Janitor 2 September, 2012, 17:30

    I love that the dumb little mutt things that all of you posters are me! It saves me a lot of wasted blog time!

    Poodle= 0 for 9 ™

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  26. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 2 September, 2012, 22:18

    Teddy, you want me to try to get you back on Calpensions??????

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  27. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 3 September, 2012, 04:52

    We need a new commercial on Nov 6 titled “Teddys Non-Comeback” 🙂

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  28. Donkey
    Donkey 3 September, 2012, 07:45

    From Dan Walters: “California’s state government had 9.3 percent more employees in 2011 than it did 10 years earlier – closely tracking overall population growth – but its payroll costs had jumped by 42.4 percent, according to a new Census Bureau report … In 2001, the state had the “full-time equivalent” of 372,678 employees and was paying them $1.7 billion a month. By 2011, the FTE’s, as they are dubbed, had increased to 407,321 and payroll costs to $2.4 billion.”

    The only hope for California is to cut the Pay, benefits, perks and pensions of the RAGWUS feeders. All growth is being stolen by these crooks!! 🙂

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  29. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 September, 2012, 08:19

    Your only cuts are paper cuts struggling to keep hundred dollar bills in your Euro shoulder purse!

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  30. BobA
    BobA 3 September, 2012, 08:50

    Rex the Wonder Dog, Ulysses Uhaul, Ted Steele, Janitor:

    You’re a sad lot. People here want to have an intelligent discussion of the issues and all you lowbrow clowns can do is take about your dogs. You sound like a bunch of geriatric geezers with nothing better to do.

    Here’s some friendly advice: get a clue, get a life and then get lost. This forum would be more enjoyable and better served if you clowns take your single sentence doggie chat elsewhere and leave the serious discussion of the issues to those of us who actually concerned about what’s happening to our state.

    Alas, I’m probably barking up a tree. You clowns have found a safe perch from which to sit an bark at the moon til your hearts content. If I only had a BB gun or a pile of bricks…….

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  31. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 September, 2012, 10:18

    Your right….geezer jerks enjoying levity in a morass of no hope!

    Gonna double down now…..double down.

    If your young lighten up….it is not going to change in Illinois-lite.

    If your paying lots of taxes…leave…

    If your stressed…your fault…

    If you enjoy threatening those who protected you in your crib….you should be grateful we served and saved you from true totalitarism.

    We never threaten anybody….

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  32. sean morham
    sean morham 3 September, 2012, 11:56

    It will come to pass that the elders will be consumed by their spawn, the entitled children of the majesty’s obese servants. The destiny of the elders will be as a festering pile in the road, the remnants of a stomach content, a reminder of carnivorous nomads staggering around the bend. Chomp, Chomp….The terror of 2014,

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  33. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 September, 2012, 12:08

    What the-

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  34. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 3 September, 2012, 16:30

    Rex, you and Beeze absolutely ruined CA Pensions. If they booted you, I am not suprised.

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  35. sean morham
    sean morham 3 September, 2012, 17:39

    Ulysses,
    Chomp, Chomp … as my enemies devour my enemies…life is good. The good book sayeth it…

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  36. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 3 September, 2012, 17:57

    Rex, you and Beeze absolutely ruined CA Pensions

    seesaw, you and Teddy absolutely ruined CA Pensions, and now you’re stinking up CWD 🙂

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  37. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 3 September, 2012, 20:43

    seesaw– you are correct—– beezyboob was booted for hate/race trash talk and over at CP the 100 per day drivel posts from Rex the poodle and beezy ruined the blog—– I predict he is taken out here as well…

    and his predictions?

    well

    0 for 9 ™ so far.

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  38. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 3 September, 2012, 20:45

    and Bob A.—- my posts are short under the old A. Lincoln rubric,,,,,,”I would have written you a shorter letter but I didn’t have the time”.

    Ted the Sage

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  39. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 September, 2012, 22:22

    Bob A does not like shortie posts….but long epistles are ego driven….nada to egos!

    Rarely do posters read belabored egomaniac epistles. In fact, the educational value of most posts is pathetic!

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  40. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 4 September, 2012, 00:26

    seesaw– you are inas usual, correct—– you and Teddy were booted for hate/race trash talk and over at CP the 100 per day drivel posts from you and Teddy ruined the blog—– I predict you and Teddy are taken out here as well…

    and Rex’s predictions?

    well

    10 – 0 ™ so far Baby! 😉

    BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  41. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 4 September, 2012, 07:13

    Poodle get some help

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  42. Ted
    Ted 4 September, 2012, 09:43

    Poor poodle can only repeat what I say ! LOL

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  43. BobA
    BobA 4 September, 2012, 10:41

    Ted, Ulysses:

    I suppose that if I had the attention span of a 6 year old, I wouldn’t be able to read more than a sentence either. Of course, I mean no insult to 6 year olds since their skulls plates haven’t fused together yet and their brains are still under development. Assuming you guy are adults, you exhibit the same symptoms and are therefore scientific anomalies.

    Let me make it clear and simple: the stuff you guys say & write amounts to nothing more than a contiguous series of brain farts.

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  44. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 4 September, 2012, 13:24

    The creature awoke after a prolonged nap, brought on a six hour long dinner of civil servants. The majesty’s servants had barricaded themselves in their office(ironic since so few of them showed up for work before the terror). The hungry mob was able to hoist the creature to a window on the first floor which no human was at. the creature was able to surprise and gorge on the fist fool. They were not able to fend for themselves or each other….as he went from room to room…their fate sealed(he did not listen to reason(i.e offered SNAP program double freebies): be eaten by this hideous monster, or leave the building and get ripped to shreds by the teeth and fingernails of his comrades, sunsequemtly to be consumed over several months.
    The Book of Moonbeam, Chaper 3, Verse 6-8.

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  45. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 4 September, 2012, 13:36

    BobAh said fart.– Come on Bob– please do better out here.

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  46. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 4 September, 2012, 16:00

    BobA says:
    Ted, Ulysses:
    I suppose that if I had the attention span of a 6 year old, I wouldn’t be able to read more than a sentence either. Of course, I mean no insult to 6 year olds since their skulls plates haven’t fused together yet and their brains are still under development. Assuming you guy are adults, you exhibit the same symptoms and are therefore scientific anomalies.
    Let me make it clear and simple: the stuff you guys say & write amounts to nothing more than a contiguous series of brain farts.

    BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Teddy, Bob just DESTROYED YOU lil buddy 😉

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  47. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 4 September, 2012, 16:05

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….yes……Boba h is awesome!

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    and little poodle still remains 0 for 9 ™

    lol

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  48. Vermont Duchess
    Vermont Duchess 4 September, 2012, 21:11

    Gentlemen–and I use the term loosely–your ad hominem attacks upon each other are fruitless. May I suggest you save and keep your powder dry, as too many in the nation are such as you, nattering nabobs of negativity. There is veracity in the adage that says, “If you are not part of the solution, you are definitely part of the problem. If you feel elected officials at all levels are incompetent boobs, may I suggest you leave your ivory towers of punditry and run for office and become part of the solution. The time for action is now, so put efforts minds and bodies into active mode and covert the world wherein you reside with deeds, not words. If you feel so strongly about the issues, work to correct them.

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  49. Bob
    Bob 5 September, 2012, 10:50

    Thank you, Duchess. I had to read 47 comments of mostly hate and trash to see an intelligent observation. The effort is to rescue California from the crooks and idiots. The core problem is that politicians are followers, not leaders. They promise whatever special interests ask, both unions and corporations, knowing that they cannot deliver. To paraphrase JFK, “Ask not what California can do for you. Ask what you can do for California.

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