Can Kashkari win?

by John Seiler | June 5, 2014 10:27 am

Neel-Kashkari-300x300No question Neel Kashkari has a tough road ahead in his battle to defeat Gov. Jerry Brown in the November gubernatorial election. Brown is running what I have called his “Morning in California” campaign. It emphasize how he ended the budget deficit inherited from Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, reduced unemployment and restored economic growth.

But there’s a problem: All that is hollow. Everyday voters know people — friends, relatives, acquaintances — who have been unemployed a long time or are in jobs worse than what they had before the Great Recession. Many of these people still are on food stamps and other government assistance. It’s these people who are ripe for the right economic appeal in a campaign.

Commenting[1] on one of our posts a couple of days ago, San Diego taxfighter Richard Rider provided some incisive economic facts:


California poverty compared to other states:

California business climate:

That’s a lot of facts to use to make this campaign interesting. Despite the so-called prosperity Brown talks about, even a mild recession would bring back the deficits. The state remains heavily anti-business and anti-jobs creation (except for government jobs).

Even if Kashkari doesn’t win, he at least can highlight how — except for Silicon Valley — this isn’t “Morning in California,” but still a dark night of recession.


  1. Commenting:
  2. more housing starts:
  3. 49th worst for percentage of home:
  4. 4th worst state unemployment rate :
  5. CA is the 2nd worst:
  6. worst in the nation at 23.8%: 
  7. shrunk 5.2%. :
  8. CEO’s surveyed rank California:
  9. only 176 of those were in CA.:

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