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"Rushing to the aid of the Economy, Environment, and Education for Californians!"
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Stephen L. Rush
Moderate Democrat, Business Innovator, Contrary Economist

Who Has A Plan?

My message of hope reaches to the core of the California dream: a vibrant economy for cities and communities all across the state.  Every city has been hurting under California’s budget crisis, and that is why I will provide relief for the financially-strapped homeowner, jobs for the unemployed skilled worker, and aid for public education.

My comprehensive economic plan provides answers that directly translates into a reasonably immediate budget surplus, aid for schools and community emergency services like firefighters and police, monies to fix crumbling infrastructure and transportation, careful planning to promote sensible economic development while conserving water needs, as well as reduction of pollution, the homeless, and gang related crime that is even pushing out into smaller communities.  These measures will help to make the downward trend more shallow, to keep the economy from “crashing” (See Economics 101).  So, I am ’Rushing’ to the aid of Californians with my plan for the Economy, Environment, and Education.  I have affectionately called this plan the “Big-E.”

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  Economic Foresight

I want nothing more than the opportunity to revitalize California using a modified version of John Nash’s proven economic theory.  Existing theories on economics are incomplete according to Nash, and require additional provisions to work in a manner where everyone can partake of it.  During a downturn, this is most noticeable because there is a greater disparity between the “have and have-not” groups.  Now, not only should it be changed, but the economy can be changed as John Nash’s theory has had time to be proven successful in several rudimentary applications and both Presidents Roosevelt.  So, what I am proposing to do is seemingly new, but more truthfully is just simply new to Californians today.

“It’s a new day, and I want to take California a new way
as your Governor.”

From this contrary economic theory, there is and has been a growing belief that the economy can be corrected by reversing the impetus that created the situation we are now in.  The drawback with this notion is that there is not merely one trigger for how we arrived to where we are at, and is not easy to control without regulation or upsetting America’s global partners, and too much correction will have just as disastrous results as doing nothing.  I remember when President Bush the 43rd at the start of his first term put tariffs on steel imports and upset the British just to save American jobs.  It not only backfired politically, it backfired economically when the commonwealth of the U.K. imposed tariffs of their own against the U.S. What is needed is tweaking the economy to the benefit of all parties, like a skilled craftsman tunes a watch.

This will be accomplished in several parts so the market does not crash unexpectedly: first creating a bridge across the economic slump to its growth-cycle counterpart on the other side of the wave, while stimulating economic development at the same time to ensure there is projected growth to cling onto.  Also, there is a need to ensure that these plans can be put into action without being caught unaware by catastrophe, so California’s disaster plan will have to updated.  So in order to do this, the focus of this plan will be on stopping the bleeding with relief to Main Street, creating growth from environmental jobs, and staving off any potential disaster from becoming catastrophic.

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  Stop The Hemorrhaging

Given the severity of California’s economics, over-taxing to generate spending monies for economic development is not about whether it will be enough, but it is entirely the wrong thing to do altogether.  It will penalize the consumer and weaken small business even further, and leave no retail demand for the entrepreneur, and the lack of expansion will thereby create a credit sinkhole for the recently created development, resulting in unemployment for the providers of jobs.  Worse yet, the lack of tax revenue will place more expectations on the taxpayer for local services and education when the tax and spend plan fails, at a time when the purchasing power of the dollar has already made two-income families strapped for cash.

“What is really needed is a creative plan that stops the bleeding out of the economy, so that the growth that is generated will be sustainable when it is implemented.”

California has need of new political alternatives that create relief now.  With that understanding, I will seek legislation to provide additional credit relief for deserving Californians who fell through the cracks of Obama’s Credit C. A. R. D. Act (See Pending Issues - Credit Card Relief).  I will also seek legislation to secure pensions and make them immediately transferable in the event of insolvency of either the business or the fund.  I will grant relief to small businesses by further lowering their payroll burden without reducing benefits (See Pending Issues - Payroll Relief).  I will provide new markets for food waste to California growers affected by the court-ordered drought (See Clean Environment - Relief For Farmers).  I will widen the inverted population pyramid and create a positive shift in demand for goods and services (See Pending Issues - Economic Shift).  Recent penalties for every week the car registration is late will be abolished and state traffic cameras will not be used to punish motorists.

This is a intense plan to protect Main Street and the Middle-class voters from economic harm and provide a net for their financial security.  It also is the framework that ensures that any economic development built on it will thrive and be successful.

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  Creating Growth

Just stopping the bleeding is not sufficient to create jobs, it merely creates relief so that consumers and small businesses can breathe.  When these small time spenders do have room to splurge a little, it will be first to catch up on expenses, and then purchases.

“This plan is accomplished without increasing income taxes
on the people of Main Street!”

For immediate revenue, carpool lanes will be granted an expanded definition for inclusion of executives who are willing to pay extra for special driver training and $1,500 in registration.  FastTrak and toll lanes will be able to contribute to tying-in their network to a private state server that will quickly match photographed plates with their owner’s registered address for automatic billing, and eliminate exclusionary RF Boxes and traffic-generating toll booths.  Unused state highway land can be leased out and the law can be changed to allow specially-permitted sellers where sufficient off-road parking and safety conditions exist.

My office has calculated that is not nearly enough revenue for the state.  The question is how to be true to the needs of Main Street and successfully navigate following a budget crisis of 49.6% once one gets into office?   The relief to stop the bleeding plus these measures for immediate state revenue will have temporary impact unless it is augmented with job growth.   Job creation and growth is discussed below (See Clean Environment).

There would also have to be an increase in taxes to supplement the rest of the plan, but I also have a way to account for that without noticeably affecting the Middle-class.  Goods over $500.00 sold over the internet to Californians will require a luxury item sales tax, so that items of lesser value still retain their value with shipping charges.  And previously untaxed dairy products will be given a state sales tax, so that the remainder of the deficit can be nickel-and-dimed.  It is one of the tough decisions I am prepared to make as Governor.

From this will come a budget surplus that will fund Education and other neglected services (See Going Over The Budget and Educational Aid).  This plan accomplishes all of its objectives without over-taxation – and although it is not always rosy, it works and that’s the deal.

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  Staving off Disaster

Now, it is crucial to protect California’s economy from too many stressors on the infrastructure.  Californians do not need to be kicked while they are down, as it has been said.  It is important to prepare for disaster in a way that removes unnecessary emergency burdens on state resources.  As an example, many building codes are not designed for extremely large and reverberating close-to-the-surface earthquakes.  In the event of a Puente Hills quake, Los Angeles would be cut off from water, communication, transportation, and power.  The devastating aftermath would not merely require just a fleet of helicopters to attack the outbreak of fires due to severed utility lines, but an entire army.  FEMA had so many communication problems following hurricane Katrina that it made the relief effort that much more daunting, and downed telephones would exacerbate the same situation in the Southern California basin.  Collapsed bridges from a Puente Hills event would render the interstate system ineffective for any kind of relief team to get into the emergency zone.  Even if a relief effort could be successfully coordinated, that still leaves getting fuel to area hospitals to run their generators for extended periods of time.  Again back to the water system, without running water runs the risk of disease and dehydration.  It could happen.

“It would be foolish to go through the trouble to have a economic plan, and not have a contingency in the event of a serious disaster.”

Some say we already have a disaster plan and it is good enough for now.  Natural disasters like Mount Saint Helens, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina were all worse than we ever imagined.  So was the energy crisis under Grey Davis.  So, I thought we learned that.  There are some that may suggest this is overkill, and might think it is way too unnecessary to go through all of that preparation for something that may not happen.  President Bush was unprepared for both Hurricane Katrina and the economic crisis.  I know we learned that.  Here’s the deal: seismologists and geologists have determined that a quake originating from the Puente Hills fault would be worse than a single quake due to the potential for reverberations.  It is the responsibility of the government of this state to provide for our safety when sufficient evidence has been presented to suggest that safety may be in danger.

As your Governor, I will not settle for the rhetoric and work with local planners to create emergency back-up lifelines for water, transportation, and power.  California’s disaster plan can be revised with additional preventative measures to curb potentially catastrophic unexpected state costs during this difficult time, and I have an idea how some of the Recovery Act and ARRA/bailout can help finance restoration of crumbling infrastructure throughout the state.  Regarding communication, local news agencies will have their equipment and certain personnel commandeered and deployed according to the need under emergency provisions.  Rather, isn’t it a comfort to know someone learned from that?

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  Environmental Development

A component of job growth is inviting business back to California, and that means easing back on laws that are causing the opposite of their intended purpose.   Understand, I am not proposing deregulation or wreckless dismantling of existing legal protections for environmental causes.   What is needed to go are the stipulations that make it impractical to do business in California, while simultaneously assisting businesses so they have the tools to comply.   For example, stories abound of business leaders that would rather dispose of an endangered species found on their property, or other flagrant misstep, rather than get caught fighting the endless red tape should a habitat exist (Topics "Environmental Disregard" and "Environmental Pollution", Annual Editions: Business Ethics, Dushkin/McGraw Hill, 2003/04).  

“To say certain over-reaching environmental goals defeats the purpose is somewhat of an understatement.”

So, I will make it easier for businesses to comply with regulation by replacing the system of “environmental philanthropy” with “environmental profit.”   To do this, I will change the course of what is considered by many businesses to be unattainable environmental policy.   I will set goals that are reasonable and practical advancements in environmental purpose, and work with businesses to determine profitability.   If the most reasonable course of action is found to make that industry insolvent, the state will temporarily reduce the regulation and pool investments in otherwise unfunded research to make that environmental goal economically attainable.  

Research dollars will also help the economy to advance entrepreneurs that have been waiting in the wings for investors to come back since the economic crisis began.   I will seek grant writing assistance for small business and create grant programs where the last phase of research for verification purposes and complimentary development components are included in the funding of state projects.   This will help California look more attractive to technology start-ups and stimulate expenditures in the retail sector as a result.   I recognize that .

That is only part of the plan.   I will also strengthen the dollar through the creation of a new economy built on reverse outsourcing of environmental and technology jobs (See Clean Envrionment - Reverse Outsourcing).

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  Water Policy & Ecology

The most common position regarding any water crisis is that we should take extra effort to conserve more.   Voters and politicians assume this is the only option, or even still, that the problem is because we do not conserve.   Not true.

Water for California is in limited, but abundant, supply.   Within a given 11 year solar-climate cycle, California can reasonably predict what the average Colorado snowmelt and California tributary precipitation levels will be.   Matter of fact, these are already allocated based on those historical records.   So, why is water a problem?  Allocation, not availability, is the culprit.   California has allocated 127% of its water supply.  How so?   Understand, economic development is driven by availability of water.  

“Politicians have consistently caved in to requests for more water to go to developers in the interest of economic progress.”

That is where we got ourselves into trouble.   The answer then, is to first change how we allocate the state’s resources:

  •     Install "waterless" grass and hearty plants in all new developments.
  •     Reduce allocation of water from 127% by recycling or utilizing existing sources and cap at 100% when threshold is reached.
        ·     Establish programs for renewable fuel providers to use food waste and farm water in exchange for water purifiers for the farmers they service.
        ·     Recycle wastewater sludge for use as renewable fuel and allow businesses to siphon filtered wastewater to reduce demand on overall water supply.
  •     Explore desalinization uses for coastal cities.
  •     Hold the state accountable by punishing corruption that leads to over-allocation.

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  Relief For Farmers

In 2009, there was 19% of California crops rotting in the field due to court-ordered drought because developers were allocated 127% of the water available (See Pending Issues - Water Policy & Ecology).   The action to over-allocate was in part due to the belief that Californian economy thrives on construction trades, and in part due to corruption creeping in to the highest level over a long period of time so that it was easily overlooked and dismissed.  Fast forward to present day, and a 5% drop in rainfall means the court must decide what to do with the over-allocation of water rights as a component of settling the on-going dispute between the states that have access to the Colorado river.  As a result, growers associations reported last year there is 40% unemployment among field workers, and the farmers are burning the food waste.

The answer exists in using that food waste, along with diverting municipal solid waste and power plant carbon dioxide, to provide renewable energy producers the biomass to produce bio-fuel.  The way to pay for this program is using landfill closure monies and mandated carbon diversion, and then turn around and provide farmers with the purified residual waste water.  Now, the likely profitable but not independently verified carbon capture technology currently available at market is not another unattainable environmental policy if the research component were funded as part of the proposal.  Also, the recent trend in creditworthiness of small technology businesses need not negate the planning approval needed simply by requiring power plants to help qualify them.  Am also inclined to ask the federal government when they pay California farmers, pay them to produce in order to still maintain economic balance while exposing fraud and to help subsidize ballooning prison costs with the excess food.

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  Reverse Outsourcing

Reverse outsourcing is pretty basic: we want the money and jobs that we are sending overseas to China and India.  When I wrote “reversing the impetus that created some of the economics” that we are currently facing is like saying, “We can’t go back in the past and change that event, so let’s create a trend that undermines its ability to continue to affect us.” Now, our global trading partners can help offset some of the strained trade imbalance, assuming there is something we have that they want to trade for.

If we could somehow channel California’s strength in manufacturing technology and agriculture into products and services that are valuable to these countries overseas, then we can begin to reverse the trade imbalance and create jobs here at home in California.

China has a serious over-farming problem that has resulted in drifting sands.  The water table is laden with salts, and overuse has led to a dust bowl condition similar to what happened in the U.S in the 1930’s.  India has a similar problem in that many of their wells are undrinkable due to pollutants, and border tensions with Pakistan have been rising over water rights as the population increases.  We could provide them with advisors trained in California’s agricultural basin of techniques employed during President FDR’s time, as well as selling desalinization and tsunami warning systems built right here in California.  It would take some coordination with international relations to acquire our own Treasury bills, but it is doable.  This does two things: it strengthens technology companies against volatile risk and strengthens the dollar.  The deal is: America will be strong again – starting with California.  I’ll see to that; just put me in office.

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  Creative Learning

Schools are looking for more than economic aid, because the law has frustrasted both students and teachers alike.   Teachers and parents are seeking a child-focused education that uses individual-appropriate rewards instead of one-size-fits-all penalties.   For that reason, the State of California must forge a new directive that does not approve standards at the expense of creativity, but compliments it.  

“It’s a new day, and I want to take California a new way
as your Governor.”

Therefore, I will expand educational services by rejecting Race To The Top the way it is currently written, and the federal penalty portion of No Child Left Behind, as CTA has recommended.  I will exchange them for a tiered version of attendance-based funding, so the schools with more special education students and low test scores receive more dollars where it is needed most.  This will help alleviate the stress on school districts created by the 166% increase of cases in the spectrum of autism.  However, every school is important and has been hurting under California’s budget crisis, and that is why my comprehensive economic plan also provides funding for Quality Education Investment Act from environmental dollars!  Our children deserve better.

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