ONWARD CHRISTIAN CAPITALISTS
"In some form or other," declared Hiram Johnson in his inaugural address of January 3, 1911, "nearly every governmental problem that involves the health, the happiness, or the prosperity of the State has arisen because some private interest has intervened or has sought for its own gain to exploit either the resources or the politics of the state…." His audience, accustomed to such caustically sweeping statements by disillusioned muckrakers but not by governors of California, was fascinated. For most of those persons listening attentively to Johnson's address, California's major problem was quite clear-cut: "the interests" were choking off political and economic opportunities from "the people." There were thus nods of approval when the new governor pledged that his first task would be to eliminate every private interest from government and "to require from our officials the highest efficiency and an undivided allegiance." Here was a man who meant business, a man who was more than a match for "the interests."