The people of California have spoken and given Gov. Benedict Arnold, the Republican legislative enablers and the Democrat-dominated legislature the defeat they rightly deserved.
Props 1A to 1E have been defeated by as many as 20 points in some of the propositions.
Only Prop 1F, which denies legislative raises when the state is running a deficit has won and won handily.
Now, I noted that Prop 1F could be described in this sentence, courtesy of the Orange County Register's editorial urging a NO vote on this proposition:
Prop. 1F is an unnecessary exercise in venting.
While I voted no on this proposition, the reality is that the people are venting the only way that they can at this point. The people are telling the legislators and the governor to actually work this budget mess out.
But there is no doubt that the people are already being blamed for these measures going down to defeat.
Tomorrow's edition of the Left Angeles Times will have this instant analysis of the problem.
It is our damn fault for passing measures that tie the legislators hands in the budget process. And the writer, Michael Finnegan dredges up the ghost of Prop 13. It is because the citizens got tired of taxes being raised willy nilly, especially property taxes, that it passed in the first place. The fact that Prop 13 called for two-thirds of the state legislature to approve tax hikes has been one way that the people have put the brakes on the legislature. But, what is not mentioned is that people do not realize how much of the state budget goes to paying state employees some extravagant salaries and benefits compared to their counterparts in other states. But, to Mr. Finnegan's credit, he has the money quote from a history lecturer:
"We pay the legislators to go to Sacramento and figure these things out," said Denise Spooner, a lecturer on California history at Cal State Fullerton.
If the legislators and governor did their job, and laid out the realities to the people, not the political dog and pony show and the threats, people would be more than understanding.
But, now we will have the specter of teachers, firemen, policemen and these type of workers being threatened with pink slips.
And, we will be blamed.
But, we should not be blamed for asking those we elect to office to do their jobs. No matter how tough they are. The elected class in Sacramento tried to have us sign our own economic death sentence. And we said no way. And, most voters said that if you, our elected officials, can not get your act together, you will not get any more money than you deserve.
We have spoken Gov. Benedict Arnold, and the legislative cowards.
Now, get to work and seek tax and budget reforms that will have a long term benefit for all and make this the Golden State once again.