Budget crisis upside: vindication of critiques of state Democrats

Sept. 14, 2012

By Chris Reed

The budget battles of the past few years may have been aggravating, but they have also been full of moments of vindication for conservatives and libertarians who have long watched Sacramento operate with fury and disbelief.

The 2009 special elections confirmed that even a state that is seen as strongly Democratic doesn’t believe the state is well run or that higher taxes can be justified.

The fast-building anger over extreme pensions and compensation practices may have been partly triggered by an outlier — the amazing misconduct in the small Los Angeles County city of Bell — but it culminated in pension reform legislation this week that may be disappointing but is far better than anything one could conceive of the Legislature backing just a year ago.

The idea that teachers stand for social justice has been demolished by a series of outrages, most deliciously the ACLU lawsuit against Los Angeles Unified over seniority policies that that devastated schools in poor minority communities.

This week comes one more example that Democrats care more about protecting the middle-class perks of union members than society’s neediest people. As The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday, the disabled have figured out Gov. Jerry Brown doesn’t care much about them. He’d rather cut their programs than demand a true salary freeze of state employees or more efficiency in many bloated state programs.

Unfortunately, even as California Democrats become a more and more discredited bunch, they keep on winning legislative elections. But at least the propositions offer frequent reminders that voters aren’t as loony or doctrinaire as the people they elect.



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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 14 September, 2012, 08:20

    You will never be in power due to kook fringe groups in your minority party.

    How can you regulate bedrooms and be fanactically against regulation?

    You rip off workers to the point they are forced to accept social programs to survive…..then you want to gut lifeline programs for the economically ravaged.


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  2. David in Irvine
    David in Irvine 14 September, 2012, 10:33

    Chris, I hope with the demise of Calwhine your appearances here will be frequent.

    As for the disabled, the Times story featured a bed-ridden “artist” who suffers from fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivies, and diabetes (from the looks of her, may very well be adult onset obesity related). Just as the Times sob stories on people facing foreclosure typically featured “homeowners” who used their houses as ATMs during the boom years, reasonable readers may not be sympathetic to her dependency on taxpayers.

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  3. Steve
    Steve 14 September, 2012, 18:43

    Then vs. than. Learn it.

    Editor’s Note: Thank you. We corrected it in the text.

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