Whitman to sing Kumbaya

Maybe the headline is an exaggeration, but Meg Whitman’s proposal to create legislative teams, which she enunciated at a California Taxpayers Association meeting today, is almost as bad of an idea than singing Kumbaya with assembled legislators. According to the Sacramento Bee, “‘Let’s come together in teams,’ Whitman told an audience at the California Taxpayers’ Association’s annual meeting in Sacramento. ‘Who wants to be on the jobs team? Who wants to be on the government efficiency team?'”

Does anyone really think that legislators will do this? There is a separation of powers issue, for one thing. And legislators aren’t about to be told what to do by the governor (they will allow themselves to be told what to do by the public employee unions, however!). Whitman has a CEO’s mindset — bark an order and create a Dilbert-esque team and all the lackeys follow along, but politics doesn’t work that way. It’s amateur hour.

–Steven Greenhut

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  1. PRI
    PRI Author 24 March, 2010, 07:20

    She and the Legislators should get together, sing Kumbaya, record it, sell it on eBay, and use the proceeds to reduce the state deficit.

    Makes as much sense as her idea.

    — John Seiler

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  2. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 24 March, 2010, 07:26

    Well said John.
    Or maybe they can get together and pool their resources and buy a bunch of lotto tickets. They haven’t tried THAT yet.

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  3. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 24 March, 2010, 13:38

    Well, well, well, another rare instance where I agree with Steve and John.

    We can’t afford to elect a governor who needs on-the-job training. We tried that in 2003 and it didn’t turn out too well.

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