Former Rep. George Radanovich sent out an e-mail this morning announcing his exploration of a run. Radanovich, 58, of Mariposa, said he has created a 501(c)(3) group called The Four Institutions – so named for family, business, religion and government, which he says are the basis of any society – to start giving the private sector a more prominent role in rebuilding the state nation.
Of those four institutions, he wrote, family is weakest and can best be shored up by addressing the issue of fatherless children. He touted his Restore Fresno pilot project – aimed at reducing fatherlessness, unwed pregnancy and divorce through persuasion and private investment – and said he’d like to expand to every California county. Doing so, he wrote, will reduce education, public safety, prison and welfare costs.
“A program of rebuilding the private sector and then cutting government represents a radical departure from business as usual in Sacramento,” Radanovich wrote. “But I believe Californians are ready for change and the time is ripe for a new approach. That is why I am considering entering the race for governor of California. Exploring the privilege to serve as California’s governor will give me the opportunity to visit community leaders throughout the state and discuss the details of Restore California.”
Radanovich served the 19th Congressional District from 1995 to 2011; as his wife fought the ovarian cancer that eventually claimed her life in 2010, he chose not to seek re-election.
Read Radanovich’s entire email, after the jump…
I am worried about the future of California and our nation and I am prepared to do something about it.
With over 20 years in public service, including sixteen years as the United States Representative from California’s 19th Congressional District, I have concluded that government alone does not have the capacity to solve the immense and enormous challenges we face in California. I believe that the institutions of the private sector, though weakened by eighty years of progressivism, can fuel the rebuilding or our faltering state and nation.
With this in mind, I created the The Four Institutions, Inc., a 501(c) (3) foundation. Among the four institutions that form the basis of any society– family, business, religion and government – the family is the weakest and can only be strengthened and rebuilt by addressing the issue of fatherless children in America.
Since retiring from Congress I have developed a pilot project in Fresno, California called Restore Fresno, which is based on a successful and unique private sector initiative in Chattanooga, Tennessee called First Things First. This program reduced fatherlessness, unwed pregnancy and divorce each by thirty percent in ten years not by passing laws, but by persuasion; not with tax dollars, but with private investment; not by reinventing the wheel, but by providing direction and resources to the private sector (business, the religious community, non-profits, etc.). Restore Fresno seeks these same results.
Once established in Fresno, my goal is to implement this program in every county in California and, eventually, every community in the nation. I believe that by making fatherlessness the most important cultural issue in America and establishing these private sector initiatives in every community in the United States there will be less need for public programs and more support to reduce government.
Armed with information on the cost to government of fatherlessness, unwed pregnancy and divorce, and lost productivity in the economy caused by these social pathologies, I will challenge legislators in Sacramento to reassess the role of government and develop balanced budget proposals based on the success of the statewide version of Restore Fresno, called Restore California.
Restore California places the private sector ahead of California government and parents ahead of the village. In so doing, the cost of education will drop because more and more California children will enter school from a good foundation of parental support and ready to learn. The cost of fighting crime and housing criminals will decrease because more and more California children will enter society from this same foundation. I believe that we can reduce the need for the California welfare state, shrink bloated state budgets and reduce high taxes by reducing the ranks of the fatherless child in every community in California.
A program of rebuilding the private sector and then cutting government represents a radical departure from business as usual in Sacramento. But I believe Californians are ready for change and the time is ripe for a new approach. That is why I am considering entering the race for governor of California. Exploring the privilege to serve as California’s governor will give me the opportunity to visit community leaders throughout the state and discuss the details of Restore California.
For more information, I have included links to Restore Fresno and Restore California on my website thefourinstitutions.com. I look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss this initiative.