Terry Paulson

Once again, political pundits are saying that the California Republican Party is dead and never to rise again unless it begins to embrace more moderate candidates. And just where has trying to be Democrat-lite ever gotten the Republican Party but in trouble? You can’t out-promise or out-spend liberal Democrats!

Politics is about real choices. In these challenging times, Republicans must teach, motivate, inspire, and, ultimately, draw a stark contrast between itself and the progressive politicians. Do citizens want more freedom or big government control, Constitutional rule or activist judges, individual rights or group advocacy, low taxes or wealth redistribution?

Yes, California is the exception to the hard-fought Republican gains across the country. While others have had enough of big-government politicians, Californians seem to have no trouble hoping that the Democrats can force the Fairy God Mother to magically fund our state’s largesse. Fortunately, she’s been locked up in the basement of the House of Representatives and no early release is expected. CA dug its own hole; don’t expect other states to send any gold to bail out the “golden” state.

While pundits prematurely shovel dirt on the GOP’s grave, it’s the Democrats who face an uncertain future. The Democrats not only control CA’s legislative and executive branches, they now own the problem of how to get the state out of the red after years of approving exorbitant state employee contracts and pensions and providing unfunded program promises they no longer can afford. They’re about to be as popular as a parent taking away a spoiled teenager’s credit card.

To his credit, Governor Brown has identified the problem, called for austerity, but now hopes to sell voters on extending more “temporary taxes” in June. As Californians watch gas, energy, food and water prices soar, the chances of approving more taxes to fund over-priced salaries and pensions or an ineffective educational system seem remote.

Why will conservative Republicans rebound? Because progressive policies don’t work! You can see the results in the streets of Greece and the EU. In the US, states that are failing are run by Democrats and states that are rebounding and attracting businesses and jobs are run by Republicans. People are tired of talk; they want jobs and results.

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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