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State of Emergency: Why Bill Lockyer Should Be Governor of California

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California is a State of Emergency.

Not the usual costly, tragic consequences of natural disasters, of earthquakes, floods and forest fires that soon pass.

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The present Emergency is open-ended and man-made, one for which many bear responsibility.

Democrats are to blame. Republicans are to blame. The voters are to blame. All of the above.

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The last time California saw anything comparable was 1941, when lingering Depression merged into unanticipated War. The Governor then, a long forgotten Democrat, defined the daunting challenges of his day:

"To alleviate suffering, to provide employment, to streamline government in the interests of economy and to provide the necessary revenue to stem a rapidly rising State Treasury deficit."

De'j vu?

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Not exactly. What we face at present, with huge deficits, shrinking revenues, ballooning debt and double-digit unemployment, is the double-whammy of financial catastrophe looming in the near future, and political bankruptcy that's here and now, clear and present, a governmental system that just isn't working.

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