|Re: [Hangout-NYLXS] Hey, Ruben! Plastic bag initiatives!
|On 10/05/2016 01:07 AM, Rick Moen wrote:
> 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.)
Republicans do often do that, especially since keeping taxes low and
pushing government to its extreme barest makes it wobbly financially,
and especially California Republicans.
I for one couldn't care less how solvent the government was, as long as
essential services and run and functioning to my expectation and the
ability for it to interfere with and regulate the public is crippled.
Translation: The Department of Sanitation is to pick up the fucking
garbage, not argue with the public and write tickets because they think
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