Have you seen Disney’s animated movie, UP? It’s a great story about Carl, a 78 year old retired salesman who ties balloons to his house and flies away with Russell, an 8 year old stowaway, and his faithful dog, Dug. It’s a wonderful story, very touching.

The dog, however, really caught my attention. Dug has a special collar that allows him to speak! He helps Carl and Russell on his adventures throughout the film, but does have one tragic flaw: Dug gets distracted by squirrels. He may be on the most important mission of his life, but when he sees a squirrel out of the corner of his eye, his attention is completely diverted and—“SQUIRREL!”—he says. Off he runs to chase it.

Doesn’t this remind you of some of our state leaders? The mission is jobs creation–private sector jobs creation–pure and simple. It’s about getting folks employed who can pay taxes, and businesses that hire, grow and pay taxes, that will help Sacramento get its house in order. How can a state leader help create jobs? In one of three ways: reduce taxes and fees; reduce the glut of regulations business faces every day; and reduce opportunities for frivolous lawsuits.

· Instead, what we are seeing out of Sacramento are proposals to INCREASE gas taxes and lose taxpayer protections for secure transportation improvements—SQUIRREL!

· Time-consuming, wasteful “global warming solutions” that are not acceptable on the global marketplace—SQUIRREL!

· Universal health care “pseudo-solutions” that guarantee the state’s financial insolvency so no one will have health care—SQUIRREL!

· Creation of any more Blueberry Commissions, Fertilizer Commissions, cow-tail docking or ferrets-as-pets legislation—SQUIRREL!

· And give us a break on this eco-stuff, will you? We love green jobs, but we love blue, red, yellow, pink and black jobs too.

Let’s make a pact—anytime you hear a legislator or state official of any kind talk about anything other than reducing taxes and fees, regulations or litigation, just politely look at him and say “SQUIRREL!” If enough of us do this together, perhaps we can eliminate the nuts and actually get to real jobs creation.

Posted on February 24, 2010


  1. Oct 25, 2011



    Love that movie! I would love to have some government tax breaks while I start my franchise.


  2. Mar 19, 2012

    Bob Crider


    I remember a speech by a candidate for state legislature talking about a bill that would (after a few years in court) save the state about $10 million dollars per year.

    Think about it-$10 million dollars a year is probably a lot of money to most people reading this. (I know I could at least afford a nicer car!)

    But, what is $10 million dollars in relation to the California state debt? Debt numbers range wildly from $25 billion to $5 billion but, for the sake of argument, let’s just say the debt is only $1 billion dollars.

    Well, assuming we don’t pay any interest on that debt (which is an absurd assumption-but let’s go with it), it would only take 100 years savings to pay of THIS year’s debt.

    This means, if we figured out how to save an extra $10 million dollars per year every year, it would only take 100 years to get a balanced budget. (But we’d still owe a lot of debt that piled up from the previous 99 years.) If we started today, the budget would finally be balanced in 2112 or 50 years after most of us would be dead.

    So, why do politicians talk about saving millions of dollars? Because most people can understand $1 million dollars-thanks the price of a nice house in San Diego. Pass by 10 houses and that’s $10 million dollars.

    But, almost no one can comprehend $1 billion dollars. If you drove by a $1 million dollar house every minute, it would take you over 16 hours (without a break) to drive by $1 billion dollars worth of houses. I’ve driven from Los Angeles to Albuquerque in less time than that (including breaks)!

    So politicians talk about saving $1million dollars because people can understand $1 million (sort of). And it makes the politician look good because they’re doing something positive (although, in reality, they’re really headed in the wrong direction-just slower!)

    Maybe they should work on something bigger.


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