Author’s note: I first published this piece in December, 2000. It has become a traditional Christmas column for me each year since then. Christmas blessings and new year full of success and happiness to all. I’ve long thought It’s A Wonderful Life one of Hollywood’s finest movies. Not on technical standards, though the movie is well made. Wonderful Life is a great movie because of the messages it imparts.
Monday, December 6th will mark the end of an illustrious political career and of an era. State Senator Ross Johnson will officially leave the Legislature. He will be the last of the class of 1978 – the “Proposition 13 babies” – to depart. 1978 also marked my first election cycle as director of the Gun Owners PAC, and since virtually all of the Prop. 13 supporters were also strong on the 2nd Amendment, I got to know most of them while supporting their campaigns. There was one supporter of Prop.
One of the most memorable lines of the movie “Forrest Gump” is “stupid is as stupid does.” Eight Republican legislators gave life to that saying last week in Sacramento as they handed Governor Jerry Brown, tax-raising Democrats and environmental extremists a huge victory by providing the votes needed to extend the so-called “cap and trade” pollution control program. My purpose here is not to argue the merits or lack thereof in the legislation that was passed.
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