January 14, 2010

GETTING RID OF DIRECT DEMOCRACY IS THE EASY CALL... (via Glenn Dryfoos):

Arnold’s Last Yodel (TIMOTHY EGAN, 1/13/10, NY Times: Opinionator)

In his six years as governor, he took on state employee unions, entrenched and cynical Democrats, entrenched and anti-tax Republicans, a bloated pension system that has seen costs rise by 2,000 percent in 10 years. And he lost — to every group.

He tried to make California a role model for a clean energy state, to make it more European by championing smart design and caring for its citizens. But when the economic crash came, he was left with the DNA for disaster that has determined this state’s fate for a generation.

The simple tragedy of California is that its tax and budgeting restrictions — voted in by citizens’ initiatives — make it impossible to pay for the prison, school and health mandates OK’d by those same people. [...]

The state is broke, and broken. The latest Band-Aids — plans to legalize marijuana so it can be taxed to pay for substance-abuse clinics, and drilling for oil off Santa Barbara to keep parks from closing — will do nothing to fix it.

What it needs, as many are advocating, is a constitutional convention — and there a chance to rewrite its basic governing documents. And the governor, in his final year in office, should join the call. Yodel it, if he wants.


...the more important reform is to divide it into at least three states.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 14, 2010 6:09 PM
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