On politics.I have been working for Meg Whitman for governor and Carly Fiorina for the U.S. Senator for the last five months. A note on Barbara Boxer. Born in New York City, educated K-Brooklyn College, majored in economics and minored in political science. Grew up comparing women of the 40s-50s as "Rose the Riveter" and homemakers after the war. She watched civil rights movements of the 60s and the Kennedy assassination.These events convinced her that women were being discriminated against too. Her parents, mother never graduated from high school, father was a truck driver making $35.00/wk, religion is jewish. Moved to Califorina with her husband, a lawyer in 1965, moving into a $40,000.00 home with a $156.00/month mortage in marin County just over the Golden Gate Bridge. Has two children and had them in peace marches, feeling she needed to save the country for her children, after looking at all the poor and homeless in the area.Started moving into politics in 1971 with a run for county supervisor, in House of Representives and in the Senate in 1992.She faced the view of Farnham & Lunberg, that women were sex starved and wanted to castrate all males. So where is she now?. Southern Califorina is full of illegal and illiterate foreigners running tax free businesses and forcing home born middle class people out of work and into the streets. The Lesbian and male gay population has exploded in the AFLCIO, government civil service, military and school systems. Privte sector contraction has caused more poverty and we are in a holy war in the Mid East. So where are we?-back to dear Barbara's parents in a 3rd World slum in New York City. I see there is life in San Diego. I am getting some comments now. I just need the right subjet at the right time. Thanks.

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a2zresource Oct. 21, 2010 @ 9:16 p.m.

RE "Why don't you talk about how great Meg is, rather than the faults of the other guy? I think it's what people want to hear":

I'd like an explanation of how Meg Whitman managed to hire 15,000 people to run a website that generates no original content while selling things it doesn't produce and that never seems to have anyone available to answer the darn phone. Perhaps 14,980 of them are part-time housekeepers? I don't know, and until I do as a former-Republican independent and ex-Mensan, the candidate with prior state government executive experience has the edge.

I've had enough leadership experience on California legislative bodies to know that a billionaire rookie with only a superficial knowledge of California law is NOT who's going to lead us into a prosperous future, only getting us in more gridlocked budgetary trouble for the effort. In that respect, the termed-out Governator would make a better candidate.

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a2zresource Oct. 24, 2010 @ 11:35 p.m.

WOW!!!!!

MEG WHITMAN HAS AN ILLEGAL ALIEN HOUSEKEEPER?!? Since when?????

I can only assume that MEG WHITMAN WILL CLAIM SHE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE THAT HER HOUSEKEEPER WAS AN ILLEGAL ALIEN; otherwise, she will lose a whole lot of votes from people who are not so privileged as to have a the service of a housekeeper at all, legal or not.

IF Meg Whitman hired an illegal housekeeper, THEN she either paid her properly because she thought the housekeeper was here legally, OR she paid the housekeeper under the table without legally withholding employment taxes.

It's a good thing that MEG WHITMAN DID NOT KNOW HER HOUSEKEEPER WAS HERE ILLEGALLY and must be able to prove it by providing all of the TAX WITHHOLDING DOCUMENTS FOR HER EMPLOYEE AS SHE IS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN BY LAW. IF NOT THEN somebody is an ILLEGAL AMERICAN FOR BEING A TAX DODGER.

What about the housekeeper? After all, she is a person under California Law, and no person under California law can be denied the right of due process. I hope she gets a LAWYER WHO KNOWS HOW TO BE A GOOD LAWYER, somebody who knows how to look out for a client, legal or not, because due process is an INALIENABLE RIGHT under the Constitution of the United States of America.

As for us, we would not ever want to go to the polls and vote for somebody KNOWN FOR HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS AND NOT PAYING EMPLOYEE TAXES on Election Day.

Oh. You've already voted. Sorry.

Now, all of us who have our PhDs and teach about the standard free market model in economics at university level know that government interference from restrictive regulation in free markets is not a desirable thing as it interferes with the notion that individuals in free markets make economic decisions in their own best interests. It is even less desirable when that interference changes the relationship between supply and demand to the point that the resulting supply-demand relationship exists only because of the government interference in the free market to create those artificial conditions. The natural effects in an expansion are to increase the demand for labor, and in a free market, that labor demand is met or the supply is insufficient to meet the demand.

If somebody makes an economic decision to break a law, then that too must be assumed to be in the person's best self-interest.

Just so everybody knows besides Mindy1114, the other Professors and me, Meg Whitman's demand for a housekeeper was the result of an economic decision made in her own best self-interest regarding her personal allocation of money for labor, OR we need to change the basic assumptions of our free market economic model here.

It's that, or we admit that America is not a free market economy. What a shocker that admission would be!

IF Mindy1114 has a different non-standard economic model of free markets in mind, or that America has something else going on economically, THEN maybe she could share it with us?

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 25, 2010 @ 12:29 a.m.

Rose Bird. Need I say more? You can't get make voters more unhappy than that.

Rose Bird put HER opposition to the death penalty above the law and above and the people who voted for the death penalty. No matter where you stand on the death penalty- or any other issue-as a judge you cannot put your personal wishes above the law. Bird was tossed from office on a 2-1 majority recall vote, it was not even close, even her two partners in crime on the death penalty cases (Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin) were tossed.

As for the two turkeys we have running for gov-it isn't going to matter which one is elected, they both suck eggs.

Brown allowed public employees the right to collective bargaining, which is one BIG reason public employees who work in a legal monopoly are being comped sky high wages and benefits today.

Meg Whitman said she was going to fix the state starting with pensions-then IMMEDIATELY sold out to the police unions, the biggest abusers of the pension system in the state. There is NO pension reform without addressing public safety pensions first and foremost because they are by far the biggest drain on the system.

So, in the end, which turkey is the lessor of two evils???????

I have no idea, but Whitman looks to be Arnold, the third term version, and Brown is being bank rolled by public empoyee unions.

Take your pick, in 12 months we are going to be facing another $30 billion deficit and facing the exact same problems we are today-and it will be more of "kick the can down the road".

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 25, 2010 @ 12:35 a.m.

The Lesbian and male gay population has exploded in the AFLCIO, government civil service, military and school systems.

I don't know why you made this comment. I don't think sexual orientation has anything to do with labor unions, gov, military or schools.

Please post a legit study, if there is one, if you disagree.

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David Dodd Oct. 25, 2010 @ 12:37 a.m.

America is not a free market economy. Otherwise there would be no such thing as a Federal Reserve. And all candidates likely had relatives who at one time or another owned slaves, burned witches, or otherwise committed some heinous act in the past. You need to decide who is going to be better able to do what's in the best interest of the people of the State of California. You shouldn't care if they inhaled while they were in college (I'd be personally disappointed if they didn't), you need to figure out if they're inhaling now.

By the way, California became the wealthy State it once was based on illegal immigrant labor, anyone having an issue with it should buy a Ouija and have a nice talk with Jerry Brown's old man, he encouraged it.

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a2zresource Oct. 25, 2010 @ 1:17 a.m.

RE "Take your pick, in 12 months we are going to be facing another $30 billion deficit and facing the exact same problems we are today-and it will be more of 'kick the can down the road'":

Kicking that can is a California political tradition for both major parties. We just got a good taste of that in the secret Sacramento $6 billion tax increment deal RE CCDC endorsed by hiz honor hizzelf.

It is damn unfortunate that California's two-party system can't produce better candidates that the two we have now, but objectively, Brown has a much better chance of not fumbling everything from day one in office.

Whitman essentially showed her ignorance when she shot her mouth off about freezing all new regulations in the pipeline once she got into office. Obviously, some nice people upstairs at Sempra Energy had to grab her by her political throat and knock some utility-economic sense into her, as a freeze would have seriously jeopardized the cash flow of public utility dividends to their holding companies. We as members of the public still have no real estimate of how much our utility rates will increase because of all the rate hike proposals in front of CPUC from SDG&E and the other investor owned utilities. A regulatory freeze would cut SDG&E off from the ability to bill us for those currently proposed rate hikes, a good thing for us as consumers, but very bad for the large corporations who allow us to keep some lights on at night.

The total impact to all regulated industries from the stupidity of Whitman's freeze statement cannot be made known in 3000 characters or less, so use your imagination. Also the freeze on regulatory action would also strip us of our right to propose new or amended regulations when the people see fit to make such admin law regulatory changes, which would also work against regulatory changes proposed by corporations to improve their bottom lines. I'm pretty sure the Brown campaign was howling with laughter when she decided to open her mouth about what she doesn't know of the California Codes that the former attorney general and governor would never have been so ignorant to utter.

Given a choice of the lesser evil between Whitman or Brown, I'd have to chose Brown, or from not choosing either, we're going to have some serious statewide continuity of governance issues well before the next late state budget.

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a2zresource Oct. 25, 2010 @ 1:24 a.m.

RE "America is not a free market economy. Otherwise there would be no such thing as a Federal Reserve":

That's the thing about economic models: none of them are pure and ideal in the real world. Otherwise, AIG would be history by now.

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a2zresource Oct. 25, 2010 @ 1:35 a.m.

Brown is no dummy. It's possible that given his previously proven unconventional governing style, he has plans on being a one term governor this time around. If that's true, then I am expecting some wild and wacky things from him, like actually exercising some of that gubernatorial power that is spelled out in the Codes but rarely used.

If he wins, he's got the power, and I believe that he intends to redefine the Office of the Governor as state commander-in-chief. After all, his most recent statewide title has been attorney GENERAL.

Of course, I'm no genius at handicapping college football teams, either.

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Joe Poutous Oct. 25, 2010 @ 6:16 a.m.

This year really seems like a "none of the above" election year.

Jerry is firmly in the pockets of the labor unions. I really don't see anyone that is that indebted to that interest being able to objectively make good decisions for California.

Meg strikes me as a puppet that was propped up by her high power business buddies as someone that they see getting elected and doing them a bunch of favors. Favors that will cost California's environment, poor and middleclass while making the rich richer.

oh well.

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nan shartel Oct. 25, 2010 @ 1:44 p.m.

over 32,000 HP employees who lost their jobs and had them sent to China and India can get into the soup lines thx to Fiorino now

duh

what part of the destruction of outsourcing don't u understand?????

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nan shartel Oct. 25, 2010 @ 1:48 p.m.

MEG WHITMAN

:-{ :-/ :-()

heaven help us!!!

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