California has 12% of America’s population. The results of the upcoming election will determine the future not only of the state, but likely the nation as well. The race for governor, between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown, could not be more meaningful or illustrate a larger study in contrasts. Most people believe that Carly Fiorina’s attempt to unseat far-left Senator Barbara Boxer is the second most important election, but in fact, it’s not. The race for State Controller, the state’s chief financial officer, will be the key to success for Whitman when she becomes our Governor. In 2006, John Chiang won the State Controller’s office over Republican Tony Strickland, even though internal polling indicated that Strickland led the race until the last weekend. The state public employee unions recognized that Phil Angelides had no chance against Schwarzenegger, so they targeted their efforts and millions of dollars against Strickland. Arnold, who knew he was swamping Angelides, made virtually no effort to help his down-ballot slate and ended up with a Controller and Attorney General of the opposing party.
Chiang has repaid the unions many times over, and has made Arnold regret his shortsighted neglect. No one has been a bigger thorn in the side of the Terminator than Chiang, who has dutifully kowtowed to the public employee unions to the detriment not only of Arnold, but more significantly the taxpayers of California. Chiang is a former IRS staffer who has also been the enemy of California businesses in his role as a member of the State Board of Equalization, as well as the nemesis of working Californians as the overseer of the Franchise Tax Board (which is responsible for collection of income taxes). Rarely does he rule in favor of the taxpayer.