Add my kudos to Kristin Olsen, along with The Bee's, for rejecting Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge and recognizing her obligation is to her local constituents and not to the Washington, D.C., special interests, although I would have thought that was obvious when she first ran two years ago.
I also appreciate her recognition that critical thinking and pragmatism are needed by political leaders to solve our problems. Unfortunately, the standard Republican lower-taxes rhetoric following these observations showed she needs some growth in critical thinking before she can provide the political leadership we need in Sacramento.
Critical thinking requires us to look at facts and draw conclusions, not speak in ideological platitudes. To say that keeping taxes low creates jobs and a healthier business environment requires some evidence.