Dear Readers: In keeping with the “Ghostbusters” iconic movie theme this week, I am inspired by this quote (made by the University’s dean, as he kicks Peter Venkman — Bill Murray’s memorable character — and the rest of the team out).
The purpose of science is to serve mankind. You seem to regard science as some kind of dodge… or hustle. Your theories are the worst kind of popular tripe, your methods are sloppy, and your conclusions are highly questionable! You are a poor scientist!
The dean could just as easily be talking about the California Air Resources Board, which has a fake pHD holder developing regulatory policy and utilizes finding based on questionable methodology to shackle the productivity of our citizens. Californians, I ask you — is Texas really better than our state?
According to Bryan Bloom of Priority Moving, a San Diego business man whose business has been adversely impacted by the draconian diesel-fuel emission rules promulgated from CARB based on bad science, over-regulation is wiping out state enterprises:
Everyone gets taxed, and its like losing blood. It is unpleasant, but survivable. Over-regulation is a cancer. It is slow, painful, and often not diagnosed until it is too late. It kills businesses.
Photo – Hat-tip Chris Reed SDUT: “Thornhill U” where CARB’s Hien Tran got a PhD!!!
The following piece is by Dean Calbreath, that underscores the seriousness of the problem (as highlighted in the Chamber of Commerce meeting that was held last Friday):
For more than two hours, a panel of legislators and local politicians heard business leaders talk about regulations that they would like to see altered or removed, as well as proposals for making compliance easier.
For Ann Kimmer, who runs Seabreeze Books & Charts, a nautical bookshop in Point Loma, the complaints ranged from the municipal fees she pays for her price scanner to a proposed statewide ban on the use of plastic bags.
Marek Winiarz, president of Metrix, a marketing consulting firm in Jamul, complained that state energy policy focuses too much on solar energy and not enough on supporting energy conservation measures that could provide greater savings at a lower cost.
Dale Watkins, head of Sheffield Platers, an electroplating firm in Sorrento Valley, complained about dealing with too many bureaucracies.
“I have to fill out three different forms to give the same information to three different agencies,” he said. “I have to report my inventory using four templates.”
Bryan Bloom, who runs Priority Moving, a trucking company in San Diego, said new rules against diesel trucks being imposed by the California Air Resources Board would force him to get rid of nearly his entire 11-truck fleet.
Although the state has set aside money to help truck operators with the new law, Bloom said that money is going to larger competitors. He also noted that a number of academics led by James Enstrom of the University of California Los Angeles have disputed whether the new regulations will do any good.
“That leaves me with very few options except to shut down or drive my trucks to Nevada or Arizona,” Bloom said. “And you can multiply that by thousands of businesses across the state.”
I am originally from Michigan. I hate to think I will eventually say, “I once lived in California”.We need to support businessmen such as Bloom, who have made many personal and professional sacrifices to stem the tide of over-regulation in this state.
MUT News and Views:
Assemblyman Dan Logue has been on the front-lines of the battle against state over-regulation. He spear-headed a fact-finding tour of Nevada to determine WHY California’s employers fled there (click HERE for the full piece; an except is below).
Another business owner stated he was dogged by so much state regulation and high taxes that he felt unwelcome in California.
“They treat you like an enemy not like someone who is creating wealth and jobs and opportunity,” said Steve Patmont, owner of Patmont Motor Werks, who moved his business from Pleasanton to Nevada.
“Nevada is a place that appreciates those of us who are job creators,” he testified. “I went to Nevada and they rolled out the red carpet. ‘I say ‘God Bless America’ and ‘Thank God for Nevada.’”
Assemblyman Villines repeatedly asked the participants if they were asked by state or local officials why they were leaving and what could be done to change their minds. All stated that no one asked that question – not one.
One of the most interesting speakers was Kris Holt, who is hired by businesses in Nevada to travel to California to recruit businesses to Nevada.
He said that California’s hostile business climate and high taxes has made his job easy.
“California is the feeder state for our job recruitment,” he said. “The State of Nevada is very grateful for California’s over regulation and over taxation of business.”
Click HERE for Logue’s state Economic Recovery Package, featuring needed de-regulation!
Gateway Pundit features the Mike Pence Video, “Let Your Voice Be Heard”…as we all need to in California.
Fire Andrea Mitchell reports that the NJ Democrats are funding robocalls promoting Dagget (the Independent challenger for Governor), hoping to thwart a Christie victory. My prayers continue for conservative wins in NJ, VA and NY.
Finally, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman is calling for a citizen’s housecall on Capital Hill Thursday, Nov. 5th. She has many speakers (including Mark Levin) and wants Americans to go into the offices and directly impress upon legislators the importance of VOTING NO to the proposed healthcare reform packages (Pelosi is planning a vote Friday). Click HERE for further details.