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Ironically enough, Arnold relented in 2009 and agreed to increase the VLF. It was barely noticed by the public.

This state's politics are ridiculous, primarily because of a belief that we can have low taxes and high quality services. Prop 13's passage in 1978 was an attempt to protect the privilege of white suburbanites by imposing austerity on everyone else. It was intended to break liberal government.

What we're witnessing now is the delayed outcome of that vote. In the meantime, successive asset bubbles were used to provide the illusion of balanced budgets and prosperity, with the collusion of Democratic legislators and Republican governors. That policy is no longer tenable, but until now, the desire to have a political coalition of the Democratic legislature and the Republican executive has remained, usually meaning Democrats have acquiesced to austerity.

And the world will live as one

by Montereyan (robert at calitics dot com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:23:26 PM EST
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I was told that in 2008 the CA League of Women Voters sponsored an initiative to completely change the apportionment process. The idea being to make it less partisan and reduce the number of safe seats. The commission responsible for it is in the process of forming now, and the new districts are supposed to be in effect 2012. Shouldn't this be very positive development?
by sgr2 on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 04:40:54 PM EST
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I opposed Prop 11 - it's rearranging deck chairs at best, at worst an attempt to push the Democratic Party to the right and reduce the number of Democrats CA sends to the House of Representatives.

Partisanship is not CA's problem. A lack of democracy is.

And the world will live as one

by Montereyan (robert at calitics dot com) on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 01:07:05 AM EST
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Thanks for elaborating, Montereyan.  Just took it at face value because the person who mentioned it to me (political activist/long-time Dem in the Oakland area), seemed to think it was a good idea. Can't see why he'd be in favor of things moving to the right and less Dems in the House, though. I'll definitely have to inquire further on this.
by sgr2 on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 03:34:28 PM EST
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The essence of the Republican program:
massive government benefits with no taxes, but not to people of the wrong color.
by rootless2 on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 08:43:19 PM EST
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