Dear Readers: Over the New Year’s weekend, my beloved husband Horemheb said I should give up on California activism, as this state is beyond saving. I countered, saying that I hoped to inspire other Americans to assist, as they would be bailing us out anyway if they did not help us resolve some problems. Also, California is sort of like a multi-car pile-up: You feel compelled to watch, and tell others what you saw.
Before I discuss our new-old Governor, I wanted to share this chestnut about our former Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both Horemheb and I agreed that we were sorry for recalling Grey Davis and electing Arnie (mea culpa – I have the greater blame, having passed petitions in my first act of citizen activism). Yesterday, he did something utterly contemptible: Commuted the sentence of a thug who is serving time for his involvement in the fatal stabbing of a young, college student who had the temerity to deny this privileged gangster entrance to a party.
Why? The thug, Estaban Nunez, is the son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. His dad and Arnie have been wheeling and dealing together for quite some time. One of SCTRC’s team bloggers, Charles Caesar said: “When I heard this, I was with the most liberal guy that I know and we both about spit our beers out! Unbelievable!”
Yes, our Governors do tend to have this effect on people:
Now, here is the truth about Jerry Brown’s true definition of “green energy”: Tailoring environmental policies so that he can be enriched with our dollars. Here is how its done ( courtesy of SCTRC’s Sarah Bond and a facebook buddy)
GREEN ENERGY POLICY FOR DUMMIES:
1) Form close ties with foreign oil interests. In this case, Jerry Brown and his family get a lot of money from and Indonesia Oil firm to sell in the state of California.
2) Amend energy policy beneficial to your business interests. In this example, California Air Resource Board (CARB) reduced the amount of sulfur allowed in gasoline. Now, Indonesia’s oil is the only match. Shocking, I know! (Note: Chevron tired to sell American crude from Alaska, but were not permitted to do so.).
3) Demean any entity that complains of being “a big time, evil, oil company that pollutes”.
4) Promote and reward the environmental agency that assisted you most heavily, especially its scientifically ignorant, environmentally activist Chairwoman.
5) Repeat 1-4, as needed.
“The story, in short, is that after Jerry Brown’s dad, Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, left the California governorship, the elder Brown gained Indonesia’s dictators as clients. They set him up as California broker for Indonesian oil. His fee was a rake off from each barrel imported by California companies – a lucrative deal from which son Jerry still benefits.”
Adding to the fragrance of this deal was a ruling by the Democrat-controlled California Air Resources Board, which set the standard for sulfur content slightly below that of Alaskan crude, assuring Pertamina – Indonesia’s place as a monopoly supplier to Golden State power plants.”
This handbook of environmental chicanery is going right next to my other one:
More on CARB and its impact on California business can be found here: A Green CARB Overload
Joe Vranich, The Business Relocation Coach, keeps track of companies leaving the state to relocate in business-friendly states. As of October, he had calculated that 193 companies left California in 2010. But on Dec. 6, Vranich added another 35 to the list. “35 companies have left California completely, or re-directed substantial capital to build facilities out of state that in an earlier era would have been built here,” he wrote.
While the state of the state crumbles, Schwarzenegger and his green cronies can crow all they want about green technologies while jumping on the gravy train of federal funds.
Phelan summed it up best:, “Add to GM’s checkered record, and it’s a short trip from poorly reported blogs to ‘everybody knows’ GM lied about whether the car is really electric. If you don’t believe Parks and the independent testers who’ve driven the car, though, ask the federal government. It has approved the Volt for a $7,500 tax credit that only applies to electric vehicles. Hybrids need not apply.”
Green technology alone will not pull California up from the abyss – not as long as another 228 companies are saying ‘So Long’ to California in 2010.
MUT’s News and View
* B-Daddy of the Liberator Today is asking everyone to be careful of a new petition being peddled: “Term Limits for School Board.” Though it sounds good, it turns out it may be a power-play for elite teacher union leadership.
The petition drive is the brain child of an innocuous sounding group called San Diegans 4 Greater Schools. Scott Himmelstein is the organizer and he is given a full page to explain himself in the VOSD. My key problem is that four of the nine members of the school board would be appointed by people based on their positions as leaders of committees that are part of education/community partnerships. Such a plan has two key drawbacks, of which I am sure that Mr. Himmelstein is aware, but isn’t discussing. First, these well meaning and dedicated people are, by the nature of their volunteer efforts, part of the education establishment. They wouldn’t have been elevated to their positions without being able to work effectively with the educracy. This plan is a clever way for the education establishment to pick its own board. Look at the people who would be on the nominating committee if this plan were in effect today, and tell me honestly that these people aren’t education insiders. I have no problem with their work, I just don’t think they should be appointing members of the board.
* Michelle Malkin is reporting about an Obamacare Waiver for all of us, coming January 12.