California We’re Screwed, Meg Whitman or Jerry Brown are you kidding?
So, when Arnold Schwarzenegger came into power as the Governor of California in 2003 I thought dear god what has happened to our state! Now seven years later I am equally shocked to be thinking, please Arnold, don’t go! That’s right, I’ve actually come to respect Governor Schwarzenegger, he’s a Republican who has pissed off both sides of the political aisle. He’s been a rare Republican in that he’s actually tried to enforce fiscal responsibility while defending education, and more specifically defending the California Community College system. He’s tweaked off the politically correct crowd by putting up a smoking tent at the capital where he puffs away at cigars and spends a good deal of his time in Southern California. He’s been outspoken about our budget woes and has tried to enact measures that would attack the budget issues we have but has been unsuccessful. Hell he’s even been an advocate for green technology and renewable energy. However, he actually tried and I give him credit for that, I worried that he would be like Ross Perot and not understand the political system but Arnold seemed to learn pretty quickly. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to jump on the change the constitution so Arnold can run for president band wagon, but compared to what coming Arnold is going to seem like heaven. Below is a link about Arnold’s time in office.
So our two major party candidates for governor this Fall in California are Meg Whitman of Ebay fame or Jerry Brown of Linda Ronstadt fame. Now I don’t have a whole lot of respect for either of them so I’m going to be horrible to them and base this post simply upon their commercials in which they essentially just keep calling the other person a liar and a fraud and typically do it by lying about each other. Both are claiming they will balance California’s budget yet neither of them seems to be addressing the impact our direct democracy system in California has upon our budget. For those of you who don’t live here, our voter initiated propositions often commit our budget to spending for which no revenue stream has been identified. That is something you can’t fix and with education budgets slashed already how do you balance a $19 billion dollar deficit with half of the budget basically off the table? Well no one knows because neither of our candidates has bothered to tell us.
Here are some links so you can see the fun and judge for yourself.
Meg Whitman’s most effective commercial:
And here is an LA Times piece showing how the ad is flawed, ironically with a Meg Whitman ad right at the top of the page, god I love America:
And here’s how Jerry Brown responded:
See what we’re living under friends, take pity on us, one of these fools is going to be our governor, we are so screwed.