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By Opposing High-Speed Rail, Whitman Shows True Colors on Jobs

by: California Labor Federation

Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 15:01:16 PM PDT

Billionaire CEO Meg Whitman continued her hypocrisy on jobs yesterday, coming out in opposition to high-speed rail and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it would create. Whitman spokeswoman Sarah Pompei told the Sacramento Bee that Whitman opposes the project because the state can't "afford" high-speed rail.

So let's get this straight... the state can't afford to create hundreds of thousands of good jobs with a project that's already received significant federal funding and voter approval? This appears to be another example - a particularly egregious one - of Whitman showing her true colors on job creation. In her glossy TV ads, Whitman talks a big game about her compassion for the unemployed. But by opposing high-speed rail, Whitman is showing yet again that she doesn't really care about the state's jobless.

California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski:

Meg Whitman's opposition to high-speed rail and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it would create shows how dangerously out of touch she is with the economic realities facing so many California families.

California's high-speed rail project is precisely the kind of spark our state's economy needs. Not only would it create good-paying jobs up and down the state, it has the potential to bring manufacturing back to California.

High-speed rail is a no-brainer for California: business, labor, local governments and environmentalists all support the construction of high-speed rail in California for its economic, environmental, business and revenue benefits.

The construction and operation of a high-speed rail system is projected to create 160,000 construction jobs and as many as 450,000 permanent jobs statewide, including in the economically depressed Central Valley.

High-speed rail will make California businesses more competitive, by speeding the movement of goods and people throughout the state, enabling businesses to attract workers, and propelling California tourism.

Voters have already declared their support for high-speed rail, approving Proposition 1A in 2008 for $9.95 billion in bonds to build high-speed rail in California, more than any other state has committed to high-speed rail, and the federal government has already committed more than $2 billion.


It's shocking that a candidate for Governor could be so detached from the economic hardships facing our state's families. With one in eight Californians out of work, how can we afford not to invest in the creation of hundreds of thousands of permanent, good new jobs?

Whitman continues to talk about fiscal austerity, which might explain her opposition to high-speed rail, however unreasonable and uninformed her position is. The problem is, Whitman also touts huge tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, which would bleed the state of billions of dollars every year. The bottom line: Whitman's perfectly content giving her millionaire friends tax breaks, but when it comes to creating jobs for Californians, she's staunchly opposed.

That sort of philosophy is not surprising coming from a career corporate executive with close ties to Wall Street. Job slashing to benefit the corporate elite has become the norm in Whitman's Wall Street culture. But it's an incredibly dangerous and damaging proposition for California.

At a time when we desperately need to create good jobs, Whitman has shown once again that she's the absolute wrong choice for California.

Paid for by the California Labor Federation. Not authorized by a candidate or committee controlled by a candidate.

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NutMeg is at it again... (0.00 / 0)
I doubt NutMeg has compassion for anyone other then herself.  As someone who is has not participated in multiple elections and is clearly trying to buy this one, what knowledge has she shown in state policy and politics?

I really even doubt that NutMeg came up with this policy answer on her own, instead relying on the work of her countless consultants.

NutMeg has shown disregard to the voters of our state and to the working class.  I just hope everyone can see through her pricey multiple ads.

It ain't just jobs (0.00 / 0)
A good high-speed rail system will encourage more public commuters, and less air pollution. Christ, even Arnold supports it.  

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Through the NutMeg out, It's spoiled (0.00 / 0)
Look what I found on Fact Check about NutMegs commercial against Jerry Brown...
Jerry Brown: 'A Legacy of Failure?'

We need Jerry Brown for Governor and Gary Newsom for Lieutenant Governor... Two Progressives, One older and wiser and One Younger.

From the Factcheck.org link above.

We find Meg Whitman's attack ad fails to tell the truth.

July 1, 2010
   New York Times, April 5, 1992:  Mr. Brown is widely criticized for not heading off a taxpayers' revolt that produced Proposition 13, the ballot measure that in 1978 slashed property taxes and sent the state's finances reeling. Had Governor Brown been more attentive to angry citizens whose property taxes were soaring at a time of huge government surplus, critics say, he might have crafted tax relief legislation that was less severe. The loss in revenue from Proposition 13 has been blamed for contributing to crumbling infrastructure, overcrowded schools and understaffed law enforcement and public health departments. ...

   With Proposition 13 a fait accompli, Mr. Brown directed $2.2 billion of the state surplus to the schools and $1.85 million to the counties and cities as emergency relief, actions which make it possible for him to accurately make the campaign claim today that taxes were cut and financing for schools increased in his administration.

   But seeing that government's response to their demands for limits was resulting in a handout of the surplus, voters rose up again in 1979. They passed another ballot measure that placed a lid on government spending, tying it to inflation and forcing government to receive voter approval for increased taxes.

   Because the state constitution grants the governor the power to veto appropriations, Mr. Brown was eventually able to slash $2 billion from various budgets. But overall, state spending increased by nearly 120 percent during the Brown years after Proposition 13, even as the measure pushed down the individual state taxpayer's burden from $158 per thousand of taxable income in 1978 to $108 per thousand when Mr. Brown left office in 1982.

   By that time, Proposition 13 had cut average property tax rates to $1.13 per $100 of assessed valuation in 1982 from $11.24 per $100 in 1972, and forced $7 billion in spending cuts. The budget surplus had evaporated into a deficit of more than $1 billion and the state's general fund reserve had fallen from nearly $2 billion to zero.

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OT: quick note (0.00 / 0)
Sorry, didn't see an open thread for July 8, but just wanted to drop a note that Joe Biden will be on The Tonight Show tonight, after he stumped for Barbara Boxer in several high-dollar fundraisers here in Southern California.

Question (0.00 / 0)
What does this: "Paid for by the California Labor Federation." mean?  Did Calitics get paid to run this piece?

RE: Question (0.00 / 0)
It's just a legal disclaimer required on our campaign communications -- Calitics didn't get paid.

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Disclaimer (0.00 / 0)
Phew, that's good.  But I still don't understand.  Why was it necessary on that one piece but not required on all the other political articles that appear here?

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OK, pay close attention (0.00 / 0)
1)  That's a requirement imposed on the specific person who posted that article, because they're being paid for specific political advocacy and they're trying to follow the campaign disclosure laws as they understand them.

2)  If you pay close attention, you'll notice that the account that posted that article IS NOT A CALITICS EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER.

3) If you pay close attention to other items posted on Calitics, you will see OTHER DISCLAIMERS based on the poster's institutional or campaign affiliation, including by Calitics Ed Board members.  But Calitics Ed Board members mostly don't post about the campaigns they're working on, so this sort of disclosure isn't generally necessary.  

4)  Just because something turns up on the front page doesn't mean that anyone on the Calitics Ed Board wrote it -- it just means that someone with the authority thought it was sufficiently interesting to front-page it.

This is how community blogs work.  Whatever allegations or conspiracy theory you're hinting at here, you're off base.

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OK, Pay Close Attention (0.00 / 0)
1. I read the articles but pay damn little attention to who the author is.  I'm looking for information and insight.  Not everyone is into inside baseball like you are.  I have no idea who is on the Calitics Editorial Board and care even less.

2. Whoa, conspiracy?  Who even hinted at one?  I was just asking for information.  Is it always so easy to get your panties in a bunch?

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Fine. (0.00 / 0)
But the 2x refrain of "why aren't these on everything else" is the kind of thing that we tend to see from trolls who are trying to suggest that the people who run the site are bought off.

You have an explanation now.

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eMeg, NutMeg, Moron Alert! (0.00 / 0)
 Jerry Brown needs to come out in direct favor of this and all of our rail systems need to connect together.

He's not really campaigning yet, I think around August they will start pushing.

I am not concerned.


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