|Re: [Hangout-NYLXS] Hey, Ruben! Plastic bag initiatives!
|Quoting Ruben Safir (ruben.safir-at-my.liu.edu):
> On 10/05/2016 12:36 AM, Rick Moen wrote:
> > It's telling that the electorate have not yet
> > felt the necessity.
> No it is not. You always underestimate the principle of apathy.
I don't care about apathy. ;->
California got into a lot of trouble through decades of successive
measures to tie the hands of its legislators without compelling reason.
I'll not vote for yet another of those, which is exactly what
Proposition 53 is.
You might find interesting that three of the four governors who've fixed
the budget in California have for more than 50 years been Democrats:
Pat Brown, Gray Davis, Jerry Brown. The fourth was the highly competent
and admirable Republican George Deukmejian (for whom I voted in the 1982
general election over L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley).
The post-1950s governors who've fscked up state finances royally have
_all_ been Republicans: Ronald Reagan, Pete Wilson, Arnold
Schwarzenegger's financial screwup was so ghastly and severe that
California is still suffering severe aftereffects, five years after he
left office. (It's a truism that governors tend to be no better than
their staffs, and Schwarzenegger made the mistake of recycling Governor
Pete Wilson's staff, mostly. In fairness, CA probably would have gotten
away with the Schwarzenegger-era improvident practices if two successive
severe economic downturns hadn't happened. But issuing a massive amount
general-obligation bond debt _just_ to close a budget shortfall was
still a ghastly error.)
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