Monday, June 13, 2005

@%^!*%!%

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to call for a special election on his initiatives to change state government -- even as critics charge that by pushing for a November vote, the California governor is warping the process that allows citizens to take issues to the ballot.
At least there are vocal critics . . . .

Should be a fantastic fall . . . again.

F.

6 comments:

The_Question said...

Maybe if the Legislature wasn't wasting time pasing bills to limit textbook size to 200 pages, this wouldn't be necessary. I just hope the public employee unions don't succeed in scaring the bejesus out of voters, because the proposed reforms are much needed. The Legislature is simply out of touch with reality.

cd said...

[phoblog shakes head in dismay]

SM, you kill me.

The_Question said...

Just speaking the truth. It saddens me to see a Legislature dominated by my own party unable to grasp a simple concept like "don't spend more than you take in." Arnold may not be the most articulate guy, but at least he's trying to offer a solution.

Bethany said...

this is the solution? An $80 million dollar election, which could, just as easily if it were so gosh-darn-necessary (which it isn't) have waited until June? Clearly another brilliant way to balance the budget. Brava.

Seriously, guys, quit reading your own press and start using your gourds.

cd said...

TQ is a dem too - that's what makes his comments especially sad.

There is nothing in this election that should please any lover of representative government - as most CMCers are, or should be. It's a travesty, a miscarriage of (and already bad) tool that has long ago stopped helping "the people."

The_Question said...

The Legislature doesn't sneeze at granting public employees billions of dollars in new pensions, yet $80 million for a chance to let voters decide on the key issues facing the state is "too much"?

As for the timing, the special election prevents these issues from getting lost in the shuffle of the rest of the primary election. Plus, I'm sure the Governor would have compromised on the timing of the election had the Legislature given in on any major points. That, of course, didn't happen - all we saw were those ridiculous television ads criticizing the Governor for raising the education budget by 3 billion dollars (in a deficit situation!) instead of 6.1 billion. Reform is years overdue, and I'm happy to have it happen in November instead of June.