The two cartoons on your Opinion Page on Nov. 27 were perfect! One cartoon with Jerry Brown dressed up as Moses leading Californians to the promised land saying, "Come on guys, we're just going to raise taxes," and going the other way a crowd representing business saying, "Texas is this way." The other cartoon had six sayings from the Founding Fathers to the present — the first five of self-sacrifice and love of country, and the last (representing this generation) repeating just one word three times: "Gimme, gimme, gimme."
Concerning the first cartoon, I just heard this morning that Chevron is transferring approximately 200 highly paid employees to Houston, Texas. And this week, the company is having meetings with its other employees informing them who will be laid off and who will be allowed to transfer to Houston. Chevron intends to pull its operations at the refinery in Richmond completely out of California and move to Texas. So Texas thanks all you takers who have no problem forcing others to pay for your lifestyles for giving Texas an even bigger economic boom.
Lawrence Livermore is also laying off 50 people by Christmas, with about 500 more following by March. This is what you get for voting in a party with people who couldn't run a lemonade stand, and putting them in charge of a state with the eighth-largest economy in the world.
The second cartoon — the one with JFK — affected me personally for I was a Democrat at the time when he said, "And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country." Everything I believed and held dear then, I still believe. It was the Democratic Party that left me and became something that makes Karl Marx look conservative.
Marcus Tullius Cicero left us a warning, saying, "Beware of the mendicant, the dependent. They destroy empires. They will eventually destroy Rome, as they destroyed other nations." Dependence on government brings compliance, and compliance brings slavery to the state. History repeats itself.