People like me are perceived by the left to drone on and on about how the government is oppressive, meddling and contributes to California's problems. These same people think that when someone verbalizes this, it is nothing more than doom and gloom, alarmist mentality — that we are the part of the problem, as negativity and pessimism can be destructive.
Someone wrote a letter stating, "Sure, our government is broke, but there is not too much of it." He said that he is sick and tired of the whining and bellyaching about "too much government."
These people misunderstand. It is constructive, positive and optimistic to identify problems then offer solutions to fix them. People may not appreciate becoming aware of specific problems and perceive the messenger as "Chicken Little" — claiming the sky is falling — but ignoring reality is irresponsible.
Of course government is important and a necessity, but when the government becomes too powerful and controlling, it gets in the way of a productive business environment that creates jobs and employment for the middle class.
Solutions: Streamline and simplify government regulations and mandates, making it more attractive for private sector businesses. The government we have is neither cost-efficient nor sustainable economically. Private sector downsizes as a solution, and so should government. It should stop treating business as the enemy and something people need protection from, but instead view business as a friendly partner and support it enthusiastically. We need more jobs, not mandates that prevent them.