Together We Can Make California the Best - Again
A Clear Choice: Bob Brunton for State Assembly District 25
Make California the Best It Can Be
Bob Brunton for State Assembly, District 25
Fremont - Newark - Milpitas - Santa Clara - San Jose
Including portions of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties
Dear Fellow Californians:
There was a time when California was the example of the best combination of lifestyle and opportunity. But today, sadly, it is not. It is my belief the main culprit is a state government that is failing us. It can be improved and made to function well for its citizens again, but it will take bold changes and a willingness to stand up for a better future for our great state.
That is the key reason why I chose to run for office as your next State Assemblyman. I promise to use my experience in both the private sector, with a 30-year background in successful business ownership, and in the public sector, with a 12-year track record as an elected member of the Ohlone College Board of Trustees, to reform the state government of California for our citizens and future generations.
Our government has many problems. Our taxes are high and misaligned. We both overspend and misspend our income. Our debt load is too high. Payment of interest on the debt takes away from current needs. The bureaucracy, and its bloated regulatory structure, are too complex, burdensome and outdated. The status quo favors the well-connected special interests who use their influence to waste enormous amounts of money. In short, we send lots of money to Sacramento and we do not receive the quality or amount of services that we are paying for. I pledge change this by enacting the needed reforms.
I will take office armed with a Reform Platform designed to improve the quality of education, transportation, and housing without raising taxes. I will come in with the mentality of a citizen, not a politician. Below are the elements of my Reform Platform that I pledge to make realities during my term as your next representative in the California State Assembly.
BOB BRUNTON'S REFORM PLATFORM
1. REDUCE taxes, exploding debt, and the regulatory and licensure burden that are hurting local citizens, budding entrepreneurs, and existing small businesses, and threatening our state's future. Taxes shouldn't be so out of proportion to earnings as they have become, unless we want to leave our lower- and middle-income citizens without enough of their own money to spend on their basic household requirements. This is particularly a problem in a District like ours with sky-high housing costs.
2. RESTORE trust in government. People don't believe what elected officials tell them any more. Remember when we used to call them elected representatives? People think many in government are there only to further themselves, and to a large extent these days, they are right. The corruption has progressed beyond all rhyme or reason. We have to change that, and we can!
3. RESPECT taxpayers and citizens. I propose to enact a Taxpayers Appreciation Day, to show taxpayers that we appreciate their contributions. That also means that those in charge have to spend your tax money wisely, in ways that improve your life, instead of using it for their own purposes, to empower themselves. I will work to change the disrespectful spending patterns of current officials that are bankrupting our state.
4. REINVENT the public education system. Fully 54 percent of our state budget is going to education, but we're not getting our money's worth. That hurts our children's future potential. We should have the best educational system anywhere, and we don't any more. California used to be on the leading edge. I have the required expertise to fix it.
5. RESTRUCTURE the state bureaucracy, so it can't wastefully consume so many of your hard-earned tax dollars. Can you believe that there are 24 mass transit agencies in our state? The level of redundancy and duplication of effort has reached absurd proportions. Government agencies are being created and re-created in order to serve an expanding coterie of politicians' special interests, not for you. The bureaucracy is supposed to fulfill the legitimate functions of government, not political favors.
6. REWRITE regulations. We have too many of them, some are outdated if not anachronistic, they are too long and complex, and often mutually contradictory. The web of regulations, taken together, is starting to take on an authoritarian cast. We have to distill the entire regulatory system down to something that is reasonable, rational, and graspable by those who are charged with enforcing it.
Please read on through the rest of my website to see more of what I will do if you honor me with election to the State Assembly. And by all means, we encourage participation and want to hear from you.
Together we can make California the best it can be!
Republican Candidate for 25th Assembly District