Friday, August 11, 2006
The Monster In The Basement
Winning the hearts and minds of democratic voters in the upcoming November 2006 California Gubernatorial Election one would think, should be easy. So what's wrong with Kansas -- er, California? Here exists the distubing trend of groupthink -- when a number of educated, upwardly mobile executives who, at one time voted democratic are jumping ship to the dark side. Here in Silicon Valley, voting for corporate welfare policies has never been more en vogue. The Republicans are focused on doing what they do best: that ol' sleight of hand. It is corporate welfare they are peddling, and it can't be good. But the majority of voters have grown weary of this Monster in the Basement -- otherwise known as corporate welfare -- and like the Connecticut voters embracing the new patriotism of change, we too, know that it is time for a change and place our full support behind Phil Angelides for Governor.
Silicon Valley personifies the socio-economic divide as not so much "have and have-nots" but rather "wildly stock-optioned" and "simply or not-stock-optioned", with pronouned lifestyle differences between the two. The sticking point affecting the middle-class voting bloc here (Republican and Democrat) is the wholesale outsourcing and the downward spiral in compensation of high-technology positions; this critical issue is omitted or downplayed by the media in favor of immigration, healthcare and the environment -- not to underscore the importance of these issues.
Yet, as this Monster in the Basement (speaking of monsters in basements, here's a new title for a compelling children's book to exhibit alongside Maria Shriver's 'What's Wrong with Timmy' and 'What's Happening to Grandpa?' in the Sacramento Capitol bookstore) looms larger, the winds of change in this valley have swept up more status quo mindshare thanks in large part to the sitting Republican governor who, under the implicit banner of "bipartisanship", has managed to sway a growing percentage of registered democrat and independent voters by portraying himself as a friend of corporate business (which is the very hand that feeds us here). And, as key executive members of the corporate establishment, We the People have the choice to either identify and morph with the boardroom or, choices be damned and if we're lucky, find work at the neighborhood Home Depot.
The disavowment of corporate owned democracy and the prevailing system of legalized bribery is what the new patriotism is all about. Phil Angelides, with his policies and support of Props 87 and 89 is working to represent us and our children to put the State of California back on track toward health and economic prosperity.