Thursday, September 25, 2003

I caught some of last night’s California gubernatorial debate. In a nutshell: Arnold was strong, McClintock was solid, Camejo recited the Communist Manifesto, Huffington was a shrill pest, and Bustamante was a condescending fat-ass.

My favorite question of evening dealt with how the candidates would spur economic growth in California and encourage businesses to return. The right answer is to lower taxes and cut back intrusive government regulations. As expected, Arnold and McClintock hit the nail on the head. The rest, however, said they would choose the exact opposite route. Bustamante’s response, filtered of its doublespeak, boiled down to taxing businesses and increasing regulation. Arianna wants to raise property taxes on homeowners, then increase regulation. Camejo was a little more creative. He would tax businesses and homeowners, increase regulation, then work to put all executives in California with a rank of Vice-President or higher in jail.

Thankfully, the snap post-debate polls are showing voters understand basic economics a little better than the liberal side of last night’s panel, as Arnold’s numbers have received a welcome boost.

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