Re "Suspension of Pending Davis Rules Could Affect Many in State," Nov. 19: If the 80-some regulations and notices that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has put a hold on were so critical to the health and well-being of Californians, why did the Davis administration wait until after Oct. 7 to issue them? It seems to me to be a prudent and wise decision to put a hold on Davis' rush to regulate everything in sight until cooler heads prevail and the new administration can make a judgment on whether these regulations are in the best interests of Californians.
Shortly after accepting a $100,000 "campaign contribution" from American International Group (Nov. 18), the state's largest private workers' compensation insurance company, Arnold "I cahn't be bought" Schwarzenegger proposes slashing $11 billion from workers' comp costs (Nov. 19). Not that this decision was influenced in any way by AIG's "campaign contribution," heavens no. Nothing like balancing the budget on the broken backs of injured workers.
Two days in office and our "Republican " governor has proposed $15 billion in borrowing (Nov. 19). As a Republican, I am embarrassed. If we Republicans stand for anything it has been fiscal discipline. Our children and grandchildren will curse our legacy, a legacy of selfishness and greed. This is the ultimate theft from the future.
Bonds are an appropriate way to finance capital acquisitions and improvements, such as building schools or highways. They must not be used to pay for current operating expenses or to fund a $4-billion tax cut that the state cannot afford.
Norman H. Green