CA better off than four years ago?

Sept. 7, 2012

By Joseph Perkins

I really didn’t need to watch President Obama’s speech last night — although I did — to know how it would be reviewed by his cheerleaders in the mainstream media.

To hear them tell it, it was the greatest speech since, perhaps, the Gettysburg Address, if not the Sermon on the Mount.

Yet, I remained unsatisfied after the president’s speech. Because, as a California resident, I wanted to hear him say something that would persuade me that this state is better off, under his watch, than it was four years ago.

Alas, Mr. Obama disappointed. He mustered no better defense of his administration’s past four years than his Vice President, Joe Biden, who recently responded to the question as to whether Americais better off by replying, flippantly, “Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.”

Well, I certainly don’t mourn Bin Laden’s demise, but it sure didn’t alter life as we know it in California. And, last time I checked, GM doesn’t manufacture any of its automobiles here in the Golden State, so it hasn’t created any new jobs in the state with the nation’s third-highest unemployment.

I’m not blaming the president for California’s current economic morass. It began before he was sworn into office. But his economic policies sure haven’t made things better for the average Californian.

Yes, I understand that no past president would have quickly overcome the economic problems Obama inherited. Not Ronald Reagan. Not Bill Clinton.

But I wasn’t expecting Obama to turn around the economy in his first 100 days in office. Or his first year. Or even his second year.

Yet, I don’t think it unreasonable to have expected that, at this point in the Obama presidency, America would be in the midst of a robust recovery. And that we’d see the prima facie evidence here in the Golden State, which has fallen from the world’s sixth largest economy when Obama came to office to, currently, the eighth.

Stimulus

After all, Mr. Obama was given more than $800 billion in 2009 by Congress, then controlled by his fellow Democrats, for his vaunted economic “stimulus” package, the so-called American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Mr. Obama guaranteed his ginormous stimulus, the biggest expansion of government spending in U.S. history, would drive down the nation’s jobless rate below 6 percent by the second quarter of this year. Alas, as we slouch towards completion of the third quarter, national unemployment remains above 8 percent.

And the jobs picture is even bleaker here in California, which continues to suffer double-digit unemployment.

Reports by both UCLA Anderson Forecast and Wells Fargo predict that it will take another three years, at least, for the Golden State to recover all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession — despite the $30 billion in stimulus money California received from the Obama administration.

That is precisely the outcome predicted by some 200 fiscally conservative economists who went so far as to take out full-page newspaper advertisements arguing against Mr. Obama’s stimulus package.

“We the undersigned do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance,” the ad admonished. “More government spending by Hoover and Roosevelt did not pull the United States economy out of the Great Depression in the 1930s.”

Mr. Obama pooh-poohed the fiscally-conservative economists. He dismissed them as purveyors of “false theories of the past.”

That’s the same line of attack the president is using four years later to defend his mismanagement of the U.S. economy.

But there is no getting around the fact that, since he has been in the White House, California’s fortunes have gotten worse, not better.

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  1. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 7 September, 2012, 09:32

    I reject the question. –But of course we are better off. Then, we were on the verge of national financial collapse and shedding 800k jobs a month. Now, in comparison, we are stable.

    The real question is who do you want to lead us in the next 4 years? I prefer the President to the same old tired party policies of the neocons that got us in this mess.

    Have a nice day though.

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 7 September, 2012, 09:33

    Be happy! Don’ t worry.

    We can all get along together!

    Goom bye ah!

    We got spirit how bout you!

    Chick Fil A in every pot!

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  3. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 7 September, 2012, 09:41

    On a related note—

    The Carmel Pine Cone (lol newspaper) reported yesterday that Clint Eastwood confirmed that his speech was not vetted to the Romney crew before his ad lib remarks were made just moments before the next leader of the free world accepted his party nomination!

    WOW—- That was the best judgement of Mr. Romney….can you imagine that kind of stupidity running our gov?

    I can’t.

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  4. Paul
    Paul 7 September, 2012, 10:24

    Typical liberal lunacy that can never take the blame for anything they do!

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  5. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 7 September, 2012, 10:32

    Paul—- Is President Bush taking any blame for the debt he ran up and the financial crrisis from his term that we are still dealing with or is that just a freebee?

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  6. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 7 September, 2012, 11:01

    Teddy, stop spinnning, this is the “no spin zone” lil buddy 😉

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  7. Queeg
    Queeg 7 September, 2012, 11:08

    Only spinning is your chow bowl in the Adelanto single-wide vacation trailer.

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  8. Tax Target
    Tax Target 7 September, 2012, 11:31

    Stupidity??? We have the epitome of stupid in White House right now! Where is your outrage?

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  9. LGMike
    LGMike 7 September, 2012, 11:41

    Edward, it depends on how to define stable. Under Bush and with the full authority of a Democratic Congress, the US became involved in a war with associated economic expenses. All approved legally. Even so, our debt rose a little of 1 trillion between 2007 and 2009 when the current administration took over. Since that time, our debt load has increased over 5 trillion, and thats not counting the hidden increase in debt by the Federal reserve which has pumped billions of dollars into the economy using more borrowed money. The financial problems began under orders of the Democratic Congress basically forcing institutions to loan money to persons who they knew couldn’t pay it back, hence the housing “bubble” burst. The Congress has had oversite on banking and securities for years with existing rules to protect the consumer, but failed to enforce existing policies. Probably because many of the legislators were getting campaign $$ from the “too big to fail” companies. And the saving of GM, still hasn’t occured because the debt incurred by the bail out still exists and the federal government owns the largest share of stock which has a net loss on the books. And the root cause of GM demise still has not been corrected, other than many former employees have lost their retirement packages. The current administration policies have and continue to cause high unemployment, underemployment, and just plain giving up. Energy prices are “necessarily spiking” because the US has closed or curtailed the oil, gas, coal and any other form of energy production which then forces people to be “under the governments” controlling thumb. I don’t call this stable, I call it idiotic.

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  10. timogin
    timogin 7 September, 2012, 12:18

    nice article; would like to know what Gov. Brown spent the 30,billion on, it sure wasn’t california. no jobs, and more pulling out of the state every day,and the Democrates only solutions is raise taxes, which leads me to my last question. Whom are they going to tax? the illigals or the fixed income people, as far as I can see, there’s not many left.

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  11. Paul
    Paul 7 September, 2012, 12:21

    Typical liberal fantasy land and liberal lunacy all juiced up on money they don’t have. (16,000,161,678,331 US national debt) (50,900 debt per citizen) (140,011 debt per taxpayer) (3,584,641,968,053 US federal spending) (1,210,126,939,577 US federal budget deficit)

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  12. Paul
    Paul 7 September, 2012, 12:30

    And you still blame Bush. Ha ha ha ha……. When do you start blaming Obama? Typical liberal nonsense. Stop drinking the kool aid for it causes severe brain damage…..

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  13. us citizen
    us citizen 7 September, 2012, 13:12

    Wow, Edward, Wow. I am flabbergasted that you can still think and say this with a straight face.

    Check this out:

    http://www.mcnaughtonart.com/artwork/view_zoom/423

    Then tell us how great BO is.

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  14. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 7 September, 2012, 13:25

    us cit– did you like the way Mitt acted in London? Do you like what he said re his Russian gaff? Did you like the misinfo’d saber rattling he did with Putin? Do you like his eagerness to go to war in Iran? And Syria? I could go on and on——-

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  15. Queeg
    Queeg 7 September, 2012, 13:37

    You posters are getting testeeeeee….

    It’s Friday and Burger King Big Fish sandwich night!

    Relax and have a Fallstaff…at the Tremor Cafe in Adelanto!

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  16. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 7 September, 2012, 13:48

    “”””MIDDLE CLASS FIRST”””‘!!!!!!!!

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  17. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 7 September, 2012, 14:18

    LOL Ntheoc—–well said—— and a Falstaff? Why not a Fresca ™, a trout burrito and a perfect Rob Roy neat?

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  18. Queeg
    Queeg 7 September, 2012, 14:27

    Man….I like quick hitters, but more of these ugly posts and Queeg is gone from CWD. Few of you are over the line. No human deserves such vile.

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  19. Queeg
    Queeg 7 September, 2012, 14:30

    In fact….Queeg is now nonpartisan like the FED and CBO.

    Shape up!

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  20. Queeg
    Queeg 7 September, 2012, 14:33

    Hondo. Your upset…pull back…I am personally livid and deeply alarmed too. Be just…be fair…be kind….this garbage will pass.

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  21. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 7 September, 2012, 14:46

    Queeg says,
    Hondo. Your upset…pull back…I am personally livid and t
    deeply alarmed too. Be just…be fair…be kind….this garbage will pass.
    ——————
    Whatever, bring it on queeg!!!!

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  22. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog 7 September, 2012, 14:55

    I deleted a couple of comments here accusing people, falsely, of racism. Please be civil.

    — John Seiler, Managing Editor

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  23. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 7 September, 2012, 15:27

    Queeg believes everyone deserves a trophy!!

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  24. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 7 September, 2012, 15:30

    Queeg says:
    Man….I like quick hitters, but more of these ugly posts and Queeg is gone from CWD.
    =====
    So sensitive Queegy! How do people like you survive in the world….

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  25. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 7 September, 2012, 15:44

    relax kids….

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  26. Paul
    Paul 7 September, 2012, 16:07

    If You ever wondered which side of the fence you Sit on, this is a great test!

    If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

    If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

    If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

    If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how To better his situation. A Democrat wonders who is going to take care of him.

    If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Democrats’ demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

    If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

    If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.. A Democrat demands that the rest of us pay for his.

    If a Republican reads this, he’ll forward it to his friends. a Democrat will delete it because he’s “offended”.

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  27. us citizen
    us citizen 7 September, 2012, 16:12

    Eddy Baby……….I asked about BO, not Romney. BO ‘is’ president and what he has done is not tolerable.

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  28. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 7 September, 2012, 17:21

    Was Teddy using the race bait comments again…….awful.

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  29. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 7 September, 2012, 19:07

    us citizen says:
    Eddy Baby……….I asked about BO, not Romney. BO ‘is’ president and what he has done is not tolerable.
    ————–
    What has he done Us cit? Except try to do what no other Pres has had to do, fix the biggest hole ever he was left by his drunken war monger predecessor! Oh, and got OBL the right way!!!!!!!!

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  30. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 7 September, 2012, 19:23

    Paul,
    1. love guns,especially high powered assault weapons with unlimited clips and stockpiles of ammo!! Oh, and the billions poured into their pockets by the NRA!!! No wonder they have such tolerance for the mass shooters like their boy in colorado.
    2. Republicans own the large meat factories and want no gov’t regs of what toxins they can poison our foods with
    3.most republicans are homosexuals!
    4. Republicans want nobody to be helped, everyone is on their own…except when it’s them that needs help!!!
    5. Republicans use the media to spread their hate!!!

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  31. Queeg
    Queeg 7 September, 2012, 20:09

    What a flaming vile crock…all CWD posters should be alarmed by spewing hate…disturbing-

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  32. Paul
    Paul 7 September, 2012, 20:49

    NTHEOC, WOW I hit a nerve and I’m right on the money!

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  33. JLSeagull
    JLSeagull 7 September, 2012, 20:52

    Obama’s speech: Hope and Change in 2008 is Shuck and Jive in 2012.

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  34. The Amazing Ted System
    The Amazing Ted System 7 September, 2012, 20:53

    LOL– The poodle has NO idea what’s going on! Same old deal here every day for the little guy!

    0 for 9 ™ !

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  35. The Amazing Ted System
    The Amazing Ted System 7 September, 2012, 21:01

    Paul–

    I don’t think it’s so much that you hit intheoc’s nerve as much as it is that he has your Faux News ™ talking points pretty well figured out!

    It’s pretty thin little buddy and it’s why the repubs are fast turning into the Whigs. This was your election to lose. It’s almost painful watching you folks give it away day after day with your extreme views!

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  36. Paul
    Paul 7 September, 2012, 21:47

    Amazingless you need to stop assuming…

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  37. The Amazing Ted System
    The Amazing Ted System 8 September, 2012, 21:14

    The President is surging ahead in the polls!!!!!!!!!!!

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  38. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 8 September, 2012, 21:35

    Teddy, Prop 1a-1G also lead in the pools, hod did htye turn out ?? 🙂

    The only poll that counts is on election day lil buddy.

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  39. Queeg
    Queeg 9 September, 2012, 00:03

    The taxes will pass….you must take responsibility for all the good our educators do for our vulnerable children!

    Buck up! Just cut of cable kook news and your burrito breakfasts!

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  40. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 9 September, 2012, 03:21

    Taxes are DOA and everyone knowes it-including Clown.

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  41. The Amazing Ted System
    The Amazing Ted System 9 September, 2012, 08:50

    Ouch– new report out yesterday reveals Mitt’s new Medicare cuts and expenses– drives the deficit up! YIKES

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  42. The Amazing Ted System
    The Amazing Ted System 9 September, 2012, 08:51

    taxes— lol—–0 for 9 ™ ! LOL

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  43. Queeg
    Queeg 9 September, 2012, 08:58

    Romney care=Obameeeecare

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  44. Paul
    Paul 9 September, 2012, 11:28

    Amazingless Ted is like Yahoo, ABC, CBS, MSNBC and so on. They are all so far left it scary….All are propaganda machines for Obama network which are all lies, like Obama himself and Amazingless Ted! And I did hit a nerve. I got the typical response from the typical liberal mind!

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  45. The Amazing Ted System
    The Amazing Ted System 9 September, 2012, 13:22

    LOL— Sunday— breaking news! Now Mitt the Twitt says he will keep parts of Obama Care ™ !!!

    OMG I LOVE this guy!!!!

    all positions, all the time!!!!!!!!

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  46. Queeg
    Queeg 9 September, 2012, 13:23

    Teddy is a true oracle.. learn from him….

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  47. Paul
    Paul 9 September, 2012, 18:27

    An oracle of nonsense! That’s what happens when you drink the KOOL AID it causes severe brain damage! It really shows with Amazingless!

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  48. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 9 September, 2012, 20:06

    Paul…you bought the laughing curve

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  49. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 10 September, 2012, 06:47

    Paul— do you mean fox news talking points? I wonder what parts of Obama Care (because he does care) ™ Mitt the Twitt wants to now keep?

    lol

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  50. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 10 September, 2012, 06:56

    How can the tea baggers stop this til the election is over?

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/09/10/smallbusiness/manufacturing-jobs/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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  51. Paul
    Paul 10 September, 2012, 08:20

    Shameless liberals, you must watch Fox news. because I don’t! The joke is on you liberals that think YOU know everything but know nothing. PLAIN and SIMPLE! Never assume anything, like I said in an earlier post. ha ha ha ha…………

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  52. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 10 September, 2012, 08:36

    Man, Teddy is talking a major beat down here 😉

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  53. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 10 September, 2012, 08:36

    TAKING~~~

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  54. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 10 September, 2012, 08:48

    I always “talk” a major beat down….. it just feels right—- wow—- it’s encouraging though to see the President surge ahead— gives me confidence in the People ™.

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  55. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 10 September, 2012, 09:16

    Trotting out some new tea bag light weights-

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  56. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog 10 September, 2012, 13:20

    A couple of more offensive posts were deleted here. Please don’t abuse your privileges on this site.

    — John Seiler, Managing Editor

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  57. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 10 September, 2012, 13:22

    Thanks John

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  58. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 10 September, 2012, 17:10

    A couple of more offensive posts were deleted here. Please don’t abuse your privileges on this site.

    – John Seiler, Managing Editor
    ==
    Teddy, John means STOP posting under your sock puppet accounts, queeg and uhaul 😉

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  59. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 10 September, 2012, 19:00

    Rex Poodle,

    John is smarter than you. Well, ah, way smarter. Don’t you think he’d boot me if I was posting under mult names or using hate speech?

    I think he would little buddy.

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  60. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 10 September, 2012, 19:19

    Teddy Steals – Ed booted you off Cal Pensions for the sock puppets, John cant be far behind 🙂

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  61. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 10 September, 2012, 20:03

    LOL so Poodle— you speak for Ed?

    LOL

    I think you got the boot for inane dull posts! lol oh my

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  62. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 10 September, 2012, 20:34

    you speak for Ed?
    ==
    YES I do!

    And ed booted you for the puppets 😉

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  63. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 11 September, 2012, 06:48

    And why did he boot you again?

    LOL

    Man this is easy!

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  64. John Steele
    John Steele 13 September, 2012, 07:51

    While Obama doesn’t get 100% of the blame he has heavily contributed to the economic financial spiral of CA with his Marxist polices. The one party rule we have in CA is the major cause of our financial disaster. I will NOT be voting to raise anybodies taxes and and will NOT vote for any damn politician with a D in front of their name… The Democrat party is solely responsible for the disaster CA is in and it’s going to just keep getting worse until the people of CA wake up and see what these corrupt criminals have done to a state that used to lead the way…

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