As any reasonable assessment will show, the California government is top-heavy in bureaucracy, which directly hinders successful ventures and adds greatly to the burden on taxpayers. And now, as if more governmental agencies were needed, California’s governor is proposing to add to that bureaucracy. How? By creating a new Department of Early Childhood Development, an Office of Health Care Affordability, and a Department of Better Jobs and Higher Wages. Likely the only positive result of these will be for the governor to be able to argue to his constituents that he is doing something for their benefit. Just the Department of Early Childhood Development alone will add $8.5 million to the budget. And the Office of Health Care Affordability, which would be tasked with “cracking down on any part of the health care industry that isn’t doing enough to reduce costs,” will simply be heaping more compliance and legal costs on to our medical bills, etc. and etc.

Does the governor actually believe that the government can mandate better early childhood development? Perhaps by “teaching for the test,” which was the self-defeating result of the federal government’s intrusion into the national education system. The fact is that if California were actually serious about wanting to create more high-paying jobs it would stop taxing and hindering successful companies so much that it chases those good jobs away to places like Texas. And that is not even considering how this result would be compounded if the new state Proposition 13 passes, because this would further materially increase the costs of companies doing business in California. So what we have here, as stated in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, is a “failure to communicate.” And who better to communicate reality to the governor than the taxpayers and voters? Let’s get busy!

Thought for the week: “Ban pre-shredded cheese. Make America grate again!”

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.) Superior Court of Orange County, California 2012 Libertarian Candidate for Vice President

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