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View Diary: Can A Citizen Assembly Rewrite California's Constitution? (48 comments)

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    Aeolus, DrFitz

    Prop 13 started our problems. The subsequent 2/3 requirement for all budgets compounds the problems, making California ungovernable. It allows for what George Lakoff tellingly calls a "tyranny of the minority." The state is being held hostage to rightists in the legislature, and their supporters, who want to see governmental apocalypse and find themselves with the power to bring it about.

    A Constitutional Convention may be our best way out of this mess, if it can restore majority rule in the legislature. Another solution would be a Democratic governor and a 2/3 majority of Democrats in the legislative bodies, but that kind of solution would only be temporary.

    The odd thing about this situation is that it is not really in the Republicans' interest. If we had majority rule, Democrats would selectively raise fees and taxes, Republicans would campaign against that, and they would increase their numbers in the legislature. But they seem disinclined to add anti-tax, socially moderate members to their ranks. They are happy remaining small and pure and zealous. And the present rules give them good reason for that choice. They are now calling the shots.

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