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The Signal got it wrong

Posted: October 29, 2008 9:01 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The Signal editorial board, promising readers information to assist in choosing effective lawmakers, has endorsed Tony Strickland for the state's 19th Senate District.

We are informed that "(Strickland) is an ultra conservative anti-tax Republican (whose) views dovetail with Santa Clarita's more conservative majority."

Nothing else. Nothing more. Nothing. In short, a contradiction of your stated criteria of asking "Is this lawmaker effective?" and "What kind of job has he done?" Hardly expository. Barely revelatory. Distinctly unhelpful.

Not only is change the antidote for the ultraconservatism of Tony Strickland, it is the keynote theme of Barack Obama's remarkable popularity - even John McCain understands this and has sought to hijack the concept.

Strickland is the antithesis of change. His meager credentials are limited to a phantom, ill-defined scheme called renewable energy and a "no tax pledge" (regardless of the need or form). The fact that California has maxed out its credit, that a deficit of double digit billions confronts us, that 19 California counties are sponsoring a sales tax increase, that opinion polls reflect a majority sentiment for some new taxes, that even our Republican governor has asked for taxes - all this is apparently lost on The Signal editorial board whose collective wisdom seems limited to endorsing a failed, bankrupt, undemocratic system that places/keeps in office a gaggle of die-hard GOP members whose mantra is "No taxes!" and who exemplify the classic tyranny of the minority passionately exploiting a grossly unfair concept in which one NO vote cancels two YES votes.

A better choice for state senator is former prosecutor Hannah-Beth Jackson, whose record resonate with today's local, state and national imperatives.


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