Am I surprised? Nooo
Well after the stunning defeat of all but one of the California Props, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Senate Speaker pro tem Darryl Steinberg both found microphones and spewed what boiled down to “We got the message loud and clear, the people don’t want to be bothered with more special elections and making decisions for Sacramento, they want us to get to work and do what we have to do.”
Looking for something in print to link to, but so far just have their voices on local radio, I’ll update later.
What they seem to think is the Props failed not because people were fed up and got out and voted against the tax hike extension, but were too tired to get out and vote for it. They seem to be too used to a half-wit voter base that they need to optimistically call “half-full brained” and will soak up whatever they are told.
They fail once again to recognize that the voter did in fact speak, and loudly at that. The Teaparties didn’t clue them in, and a defeat in the polls didn’t either.
As Neil Stevens writes referring to the words of California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore;
Should 1A fail, DeVore thinks we’ll face one of two actions by the Democrats. One option would be to cut popular government programs like police, fire, medical, and schools, hoping to burn down the state and blame it on Republicans. The other would be to pass an illegal tax increase with only a simple majority instead of the Constitutionally-required two-thirds majority. Either option will devastate our already-lagging state economy. The Assemblyman thinks we’ll be the second-last state to recover from this economic slowdown (I assume the last being Michigan under its equally-horrible Democrat Governor Granholm).
We have now turned the calendar back to December 18, 2008.
On a lighter note, various California newspaper editorial types got up this morning seeing red;
HEADLINE: “You did it! Uh, so what now?”
So, now that you’ve put those irksome politicians in their place, maybe it’s time to think about this: Since you’re in charge, exactly what do you intend to do about that pesky $25 billion hole in the budget?
TEXT: Good morning, California voters. Do you feel better, now that you’ve gotten that out of your system?
You wanted to show the state’s politicians just how mad you are at them. And you did. Boy, did you ever. …
… you’re sick and tired of all this political mumbo-jumbo. So you showed those politicians who’s in charge. You. You’re now officially in charge of a state that will be something like $25 billion in the hole for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Oops, the comment section went wild at the Sacramento Bee, as did the subscription desk as well. The editorial slap at voters didn’t live long however, and was replaced by this instead, a much more mild piece feebly swinging at Sac legislators instead. More here.
As Chris Reed said, “Heads will roll”!