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RE: California State Employees' Initiative

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So what you're saying is that the lower and middle class in this country are
screwed no matter how we vote - there is corruption in the private sector to
restrict competition (I think that Bill Gates is presently being accused of
that)as well as in government. No matter which side you choose - greed
appears to be the motivation.
At least for this initiative, I'd vote to protect the private sector.
By the way, this argument doesn't help to support the idea that government
should be kept out of regulating the private sector when current technology
puts some much gray area around the interpretation anti-trust laws. This
becomes a no-win situation for conservative or liberal - therefore, why not
join the pragmatist platform. Vote for what is right at the time, regardless
of political affiliation.
It's Monday and this migraine is making me angry with anything political or
big business - Sorry.

Dennis S. Wish PE
La Quinta, California

ICQ# 6110557

"The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It
will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment."
Robert Hutchins

-----Original Message-----
From: Kathleen A. O'Brien [mailto:wildwoman1(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, April 13, 1998 1:06 AM
To: INTERNET:seaoc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: California State Employees' Initiative

>>History also abounds with cases of large firms abusing their position if
allowed unrestrained access to markets.  Check out the "robber baron"
period at the end of the last century for more details.  That's the period
that led to the anti-trust legislation passed during T. Roosevelt's

Actually if you go back and research that period you will see that the
Robber Barons (in particular the Big Four: Stanford, Huntington, Crocker
and Hopkins) abused power by buying Legislators and GETTING THEM TO PASS
LAWS OUTLAWING COMPETITION. That is not a free market. That is a regulated

There is a good book on the subject called "The Incredible Bread Machine".
I can't remember the authors' names but I probably have it around here
somewhere if anyone cares.

Kate O'Brien
Simi Valley, CA