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Letter: California, here we come?

Would you like for all of us to have California's fiscal mess throughout the United States? Consider the most influential people in Washington, D.C., today and consider their backgrounds. Certainly Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are very influential at our capital.

Feinstein is from San Francisco at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge and Boxer is from Marin County at the north end of the bridge. Feinstein was mayor of San Francisco for 10 years and a 10-year member of San Francisco Board of Supervisors while Boxer was a six-year member of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Both were active and influential in their state political party. Congressional member Pelosi represents 80 percent of the city and county of San Francisco and Congressman Henry Waxman represents the northern parts of the Los Angeles area.

Note, for example, that Pelosi's district is a "safe" district in that she has always garnered at least 75 percent of the votes for her congressional seat. Therefore she has been able to divert her contributions to other key races for U.S. congressional seats in other states. One such seat was a key seat in Minnesota.

Do you think that there is an implicit debt owed to Pelosi and other Congresspersons in those "safe" districts? Do Pelosi and her political allies consider us the "dumb bunnies of fly-over-land" in that they are able to affect our and other key congressional races?

These four California senators and Congress members share many demographic and moderate-to-extremely liberal political views. All have had substantial influence on the politics and spending of the state of California. So if you like the financial shape that California is now in, you will love what is likely to be our nation's financial future. All you have to do is keep Feinstein, Boxer, Pelosi, and Waxman's political party in power by voting their party in as the majority party.

What do you think?

James N. Rieth