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Redirect random energy to reinvigorate economy

Redirect random energy to reinvigorate economy

Published in the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal

Physical science tells us that energy is never created or destroyed, it just changes form.  Unharnessed, energy can be random, even meaningless. Uncontrolled, it can do a lot of damage. But if applied correctly, energy can accomplish great things — like creating electricity that runs a hospital, for instance.

The past few weeks offer a political example of this physical law.

Recently, I was at a luncheon and found myself chatting with a Democratic local-elected official in Sacramento. She was encouraged — even inspired — that the governor was actually using the power of his office to tackle real issues and get things done. Then she talked about plans to organize “Democrat Women for Arnold” to raise money and to support Gov. Schwarzenegger, who happens to be a Republican.

But it was different under the dome: Later that same week, Democratic state Sen. Jackie Speier of Hillsborough complained that “The governor is trying to make the Legislature meaningless,” when Schwarzenegger announced deals with key players willing to accept cuts to help balance the state budget.

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