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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.

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.

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'jà vu?

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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