Terry Paulson

Much has been made of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's line—"A crisis is a terrible thing to waste." On May 19th, Californians voted to make the state's financial crisis even bigger by refusing to send more good money into California's broken government sink hole! Government doesn't need a short-term fix; it needs to go on a crash diet!

Far too many politicians have over-spent, over-promised, over-hired, over-paid, over-taxed and under managed the affairs of our state for far too long. The same politicians who created this mess demonize the politicians who stand for fiscal restraint and have had the courage to say "NO." Fiscal restraint didn't create this deficit; it’s the politicians from both parties who expanded government beyond what we can afford that created this nightmare!

The people forced to pay the bill are looking for more politicians with the courage to say, “Enough!" Politicians love demonstrating compassion through their pet programs while showing no concern for the California tax-payers' paying the bill! Governor Schwarzenegger says he's heard the message. Well, it's time for our “Governator" to be transformed back into the "Terminator" Californians thought they'd elected!

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We need drastic cuts at the state level to transfer needed funds locally where services are better provided. Instead of cutting teachers, eliminate more Department of Education administrators. In all areas, don’t cut services; cut administrative levels. Save government programs for the poorest of the poor and let communities, families and neighbors help each other instead of funding bloated government entitlements we can't afford.

It's time for Americans to once again take responsibility for their own lives and for helping their families and neighbors. Government failed in handling Hurricane Katrina, but neighbors, churches and Americans didn’t fail. They continue to help to this day.

In America, we've always let people earn success and to experience failures. Experience is what you get, when you don't get what you wanted. Poor decisions shouldn't be rewarded or bailed out! If Americans were given the choice on whether to buy GM, it would be a resounding no sale!

Average Americans are tired of bailing out companies "too big to fail" while watching their companies fail and friends lose jobs and homes. The last people who invested in GM ended up with nothing! Buying a smaller GM with overpaid workers producing smaller, less safe, "green" cars customers don't want to buy is a lousy investment!

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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