Folks at the North Pole have been inundated with holiday wish lists from local politicos. Here are some of the requests they have received:
Mayor Chuck Reed begged for a new baseball stadium this year … again.
San Jose Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio requested a new police chief and was very specific about who would fit in his stocking.
Debra Figone requested Councilmember Oliverio put a sock in it.
SJSU Students asked for everyone earning minimum wage in San Jose to receive a raise. Christmas came early for them, with the South Bay Labor Council serving as worker elves.
The City of Santa Clara wants to host a Super Bowl in 2016.
Republicans in California, who got what they asked for early last year, can expect coal in their stockings for the foreseeable future as a result.
The very reasonable Supervsior Mike Wasserman would like a new voter registration application as soon as possible.
Governor Jerry Brown wants nothing more than to send a thank you note to voters for the vast riches they approved this year.
Milpitas City Councilwoman Debbie Giordano asked for a new mailbox.
Sam Liccardo would like a new bike for everybody to fill his new downtown lanes.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked for new independent redistricting commissions for all the states of the union, so that when Democrat representatives outpoll Republicans by one million votes nationally—like this year—she can take her rightful place as Speaker of the House.
These are just a few of the requests made this holiday season. As per our culture, and to the disdain of FOX News’ proclaimed war on Christmas; Americans routinely ask for “free stuff” this time of year. In fact, our economy depends on it.
So, if we can avoid the end of the world on December 21 and the “fiscal cliff” on January 1, we can look forward to at least four years of economic growth. That is the gift we all gave ourselves in November.
Rich Robinson is a political consultant in Silicon Valley.