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Friday, December 19, 2003
I don't want to become the RIL truth squad (it would take a team of dedicated workers to do the job properly) but how off your nut do you have to be to wish that your own home state gets weighed down by crushing debt? Don't they appreciate how great a state this is? They say its because they want to end "Californian socialism". But that just underscores how mean and vindictive they are. They would rather see the Californian people hobbled and unable to act collectively to defend themselves than to admit that California just doesn't buy the political snake oil they're selling.
The election of Arnold Schwarzenegger just underscores my point. After being voted out of office the only way the Republicans were able to weasel their way into the governorâ€™s mansion was to hire an actor who doesn't want to "talk about numbers". There's a reason that Republicans like Arnold don't want to talk numbers: if they did, most California voters would put them to the curb. Maybe some districts in Irvine where everyone is rich enough not to need government services this kind of talk will fly. But in the California that regular people live in, it's not going to happen.
If they presented their plans honestly and in a straightforward manner "We cut taxes and in exchange we get rid of the following programs" California would favor the Democratic vision nine times out of ten. Even with a slime ball like Grey Davis running the show. That's why McClintock (who, as far as I know, is an honorable man) got shut out. It's just not popular. I look forward eagerly to Schwarzenegger's budget proposal. Let's see if he has the guts to name what programs he wants to cut. My guess: we won't see it.
There is a Conservative vision for America that is relevant. It is possible for the state to spend too much and for government bureaucracy to waste taxpayer dollars. It's good to have people looking to make government do more with less. But these extremists don't just want to trim fat, they want to cut the meat down to the bone.
Maybe someday the guys at Res Ipsa Loquitur will finally scrape together enough money from their parents to charter that bus to Brazil, where the taxes are low, the government services non-existent, and the state crippled by enormous debt. For me at least, that day can't come soon enough.