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  •  I realize it would never go through (2+ / 0-)
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    But I would like to see an amendment along the lines of Televangelists and people who do Infomercials should not be allowed to ever run for public office.

    Agnostic Neo-Shamanic Semi-Pagan Unitarian Universalist Moral Thealogian

    by Sister Coyote on Sat Jan 19, 2008 at 07:31:46 PM PST

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    •  Hah... (8+ / 0-)

      Just thank your lucky stars, all of you outside California, that there is one restriction on who can become president.  And that, because of it, Arnold can't become President.  Because he'd be soundly kicking the asses of every Republican, and even in this current attitude of disillusionment with Republicans in general he'd have a pretty good chance at winning the general election, despite the fact that in reality he stands a good way to the right of where I estimate Romney actually stands.

      California has a $15 billion budget shortfall.  His solution?  Close some of the nicest parks in California.  For a total savings of $18 million.  I'm sure that he'll have a proposal next year to let private operators make them into amusement parks or something, too.

      Despite the fact that this state has some of the lowest property taxes in the country, and in a lot of cases is charging companies one tenth to one one-hundredth what companies sitting on comparably-priced land are charged in other states, we're not going to be able to raise taxes.  Not with less than a supermajority of Democrats (and with the gerrymandering in California there aren't any state-level seats that will be changing hands).  Nope.  We're just going to let the state become a worse and worse place to live.

      Prop 13 is slowly killing the state, and the 2/3 supermajority requirement for raising taxes but the 1/2 majority requirement for cutting services means that we lower taxes when times are good, and cut services when times are bad.

      California is so screwed.  And it's because we, the citizens, voted for it all.  Because let's face it, we really are that stupid.


      •  While they sound democratic, those initiative (1+ / 0-)
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        deals seem really, really disruptive.  I can understand the motivation for a direct action from the electorate (initiative grew out of the Robert LaFollet Progressive movement, I believe), but that assumes that the electorate is a mature, progressive, and educated electorate, which seems not to be the case in California.  These initiative seem to allow a small group of motivated activists who propose an idea that may, on face value, sound OK, but in reality, is very destructive and disruptive (like California's Prop 13).  I feel sorry for people out there because the state seems to be slowely falling apart.  

        And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

        by MrJersey on Sun Jan 20, 2008 at 04:36:12 AM PST

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