California Governor Candidate
Meg Whitman for a New California

The new fiscal year for California began July 1st without an approved budget. The Golden State suffers its worst tax revenue fall since the Great Depression. Budget talks have ground to a halt with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger insisting on deeper spending cuts while Democrats who run the Legislature want tax increases.

Perhaps a little feng shui would help so let’s put on our creativity hats and stand up to be counted. We are all in the ring together and there are no sidelines to stand by and watch this game of political monopoly.


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Gwen Coronado and Former EBAY CEO MEG WHITMAN, a CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR candidate for the "NEW CALIFORNIA"
Gwen Coronado and Former EBAY CEO MEG WHITMAN,
a CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR candidate for the "NEW CALIFORNIA"

It is time for both party affiliations and their respective population of supporters to put down their opposing differences and come to a “meeting of the minds.” We have a no win situation here; a serious dilemma that we as residents are faced with, and there is no easy fix.

First, no one wants to pay more taxes, and no one likes cutting services of children, elderly and the poor. We now have reached a critical stage where California has resorted to issuing I.O.Us. Although a temporary measure, the state is going to start looking desperately for money because they have to cut back where the money is. 73% of the state budget is allocated directly to local communities and individuals as opposed to state operations and capital outlay. This means services such as educational funding, prisons, state parks, health and welfare programs, and a long list of other services providing social safety nets for the public.

The government does not provide services to the rich or the middle class. Can we blame the well-to-do, who are required to pay more tax because of their high earnings, if they get fed up and move to another state? What we have here is a vicious cycle affecting every economical status up the ladder. Remember Aesop’s Fable, “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs?” "Killing the golden goose" has become a metaphor for any short-sighted action that may bring an immediate reward, but will ultimately prove disastrous.

We have had some good years (prosperity) and we have become obsessed with growth (yang) but there is another side too, and that is contraction (yin) where we must now find the balance between the two. This is going to require shrinkage because we are all connected in this economical crisis and it will require new thinking from everyone’s perspective.

We are in need of desperate emergency action because many people are struggling to hang on, but who’s minding the store? Are we? There is a saying that there is never a shortage of money, it just changes hands from one place to another. A good place to start looking at where our tax dollars are being spent is a fantastic website called “Citizens against Government Waste,” a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization at www.cagw.org.

Its mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. Founded in 1984 by the late industrialist J. Peter Grace and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, CAGW is the legacy of the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission. As a matter of fact, in 1982, President Reagan directed the Grace Commission to "work like tireless bloodhounds to root out government inefficiency and waste of tax dollars."

Another person concerned about the state of our economy experiencing a devastating downward spiral, is former eBay CEO Meg Whitman from Atherton California. She became convinced that it's time to run California like a business and declared in February of this year to run for California Governor in 2010. She stated that we have the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the country, and that we rank 48th of 50 states in K-12 education. Ms. Whitman said that other states are stealing California's jobs and she refuses to sit by and watch California failing.

Ms. Whitman said that California is more critical to the recovery of the U.S. economy than any other state. Her statistics show that 12% of Americans live here and 10% of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters here. California's GDP, at $1.8 trillion, makes it the 8th largest economy in the world. In the past year more people have lost jobs here than in any other state. More homes have gone into foreclosure. More banks have failed, and as Whitman notes, businesses are moving out at an alarming rate, most often citing excessive regulation and intolerable taxes.

Whitman’s slogan is "A new California." In her view, what matters most is experience. She has successfully balanced budgets, run large organizations, and created jobs her entire business career, and added that the next governor is going to have to do those things really, really well. Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief wants to run California like a business. Is that a good thing? Well, it’s up to us to decide who minds our store.… Being a feng shui master, I look upon Whitman as a qualified mentor to run the state of California just as she ran eBay, together with our own California Senator Leland Yee, who is a great feng shui supporter. California shall recover and shall live up to its name: The Golden State.




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