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Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 1:31 pm | Updated: 1:37 pm, Fri Oct 29, 2010.

Govern: To rule over by right of authority.

Governor: The executive head of a state in the U.S.

Government: The form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc. is governed.

Gubernatorial: Of or pertaining to a state governor or the office of state governor.

If the word 'govern' is used in so many other words, why does the adjective form of the word have 'Goober' in it? It sounds more like a theater treat or an idiot mechanic in Mayberry than it does a strong description of government.

Enough of the wordplay. It's that time folks. Time to make some decisions and vote in a new governor for California. Many people are puzzled at our choices and saying "Really? This is what we get?" But, yes. This is what we get. And, along with governor, we have the chance to elect new state officials, council members, school board members, and people whose jobs we probably don't even understand.

It can be crap shoot. But it can also lead to change. And you can't make a difference if you don't vote. So - gather up all your information; read your literature; talk to people whose opinions you respect; argue if you need to . . . and made some decisions. If you don't get the answers you're looking for about a candidate on paper or online - call them. I've done it - the night before an election - and I was able to made decisions that I still don't regret.

But this isn't about me. It's about California. The machine is broken . . . so let's try to fix it.

Take a few minutes and watch this rant that Craig Ferguson did in 2008. It's a little dated. He's focused on the presidential election, but he makes a very good point. (And he's fun to watch).

"If you don't vote, you're a moron"

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  • Daryl Hunter posted at 11:09 am on Sat, Oct 30, 2010.

    Daryl Hunter Posts: 2

    Julie said: "But this isn't about me. It's about California. The machine is broken . . . so let's try to fix it."

    In 1978, Jerry Brown signed the Dills Act which gave public employees collective bargaining rights and made them the most politically influential constituency in California: The size of the public-employee and retiree population in California translates into great demands on pension funds. Because the stock market, where a good share of the funds are invested, now stands at a diminished level compared with its exceptional heights a decade ago, these burdens have become increasingly difficult to bear. Annual statewide payments to California Public Employees' Retirement System skyrocketed over the last decade. Since fiscal year 1998-99, spending on pensions plus health care for retirees has quintupled; within the next decade, the amount is expected to triple again. This trend cannot continue. California’s three biggest pension funds of the California Public Employees' Retirement System are as much as $500 billion short of meeting future retiree benefits, a Stanford University report said.

    This is Jerry Brown’s legacy and it looks as though Californians are going to vote to repeat this mistake, as it wasn’t big enough for them to notice the first time.

    California fails and my Idaho children have to bail California out with money they have to borrow from China.

    Barbara Boxer worked really hard for her title of Senator so she could insult Generals of the United States Army.

    As a former Californian I used to wonder why people of other states hated Californians and now I can see why.

  • Brandi Poole posted at 2:20 pm on Fri, Oct 29, 2010.

    Brandi Poole Posts: 79

    If Craig can't make you vote, I just don't know about you. My favorites are the folks who state proudly, "I am Apolitical!" You are an idiot. At the very least, you are too lazy to go to the polling booth. You can't be bothered to read, watch the news, go online, and find out something about the people who are gonna be running things for us.
    I get that sometimes it's slim pickings, but these people who you gripe about, can be ousted. We can put people in, who we believe, can do a better job. it's your life, your family's, ours. It's a privilege, a right, a duty. People die every day, so that we can keep this right. Get off your cans, go do something truly worthwhile. It will make a difference. It will make you a contributing part of this great nation, and less of an idiot


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