CA Voters Speak, Liberal Media Indignant

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The Sacramento Bee put out a snarky editorial today, the day after the people in the state voted down every proposition calling for more taxes, telling residents that the huge budget deficit is now officially their problem. Yep, the people that spent the state into oblivion even though they didn’t have the money to pay for the spending spree are off the hook according to the Sac Bee editorial staff and it’s the stupid taxpayers who are now responsible for the whole mess. Not a word of criticism toward any government officials could be found anywhere in this piece of garbage.

Never mind that residents of that once great state have tried for years to get things in Sacramento under control via initiative after initiative that were eventually overturned by activist judges. The state spends over $10.5 BILLION dollars a year on illegal aliens (and this is a 2005 estimate!) but you never hear of politicians addressing that big fat elephant sitting in the middle of the room. No, they always say they will have to cut police, firefighters, teachers and hospital staff but never ever do we hear they will start booting the freeloaders out the door. Spare me the “immigration is a federal issue.” If there were enough true conservatives in state political office something could and would get done about the billions being spent on people who should not be in this country to begin with.

What amazes me is the California residents have spoken, unequivocally, no more taxes, yet these same people continue to vote Democrats into office, the party which is directly responsible for the sad shape the state is and has been in for years. What in the hell is the matter with these knuckleheads?

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Let’s take a look at the editorial shall we?

Good morning, California voters. Do you feel better, now that you’ve gotten that out of your system?

You wanted to show the state’s politicians just how mad you are at them. And you did. Boy, did you ever.

Proposition 1A with its taxes and its spending limit? Too much of one and not enough of the other, you said (or was it the other way around), and voted it down. Never mind that the taxes go into efffect anyway. You showed ’em.

Proposition 1B? That was a tougher call.

Proposition 1C? No way. You like the lottery just like it is. And all they were going to do with that extra $5 billion was spend it.

Propositions 1D and 1E? Forget it. You had already voted to put money into preschool and mental health programs. You’re not taking it out now.

And 1F? Heck, yeah! Let’s not pay our legislators if they can’t pass a budget on time. So what if it likely won’t have any effect, or that this year they actually passed a budget months earlier than they needed to? That’s not the point.

Not to be outdone the L.A. Times throws out an article belching this headline:

California voters exercise their power — and that’s the problem

Voters expressing their desires at the ballot box is a problem?

The LA Times, evidently feeling the same angst as their friends up at the Bee, chastises the people of California for not approving these tax hikes claiming they must share the blame for the financial mess in California because they won’t just get out of the way and let the politicians do what they want when they want to do it.

Some snarky condescendence from today’s L.A. Times,

Californians are well known for periodic voter revolts, but on Tuesday they did more than just lash out at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature over the state’s fiscal debacle.

By rejecting five budget measures, Californians also brought into stark relief the fact that they, too, share blame for the political dysfunction that has brought California to the brink of insolvency.

Rightly or wrongly, voters in the special election refused either to extend new tax hikes or to cap state spending. They also declined to unlock funds that they had voted in better financial times to set aside for special purposes.

Nearly a century after the Progressive-era birth of the state’s ballot-measure system, it is clear that voters’ fickle commands, one proposition at a time, are a top contributor to paralysis in Sacramento. And that, in turn, has helped cripple the capacity of the governor and Legislature to provide effective leadership to a state of more than 38 million people.

(snip)

“The irony is that the more the hands of the Legislature and governor are tied up, the more frustrated people are,” said Tim Hodson, director of the Center for California Studies at Cal State Sacramento.

Together, voters’ piecemeal decisions since the 1970s have effectively “emasculated the Legislature,” said John Allswang, a retired Cal State L.A. history professor.

“They’re looking for cheap answers — throw the guys out of power and put somebody else in, or just blame the politicians and pretend you don’t have to raise taxes when you need money,” he said.

“This is what the public wants, and they deceive themselves constantly. They’re not realistic.”

There is your typical statist attitude folks.

California residents tell their legislators how they want things to be done through the initiative process. A tiny group opposed to the will of the people shop around for a sympathetic judge then file a lawsuit and get whatever legislation they don’t like overturned and yet it’s the voters who are responsible for all of the problems and are now standing in the way of the politicians. Madness.

That said, I believe there is more to these articles than meets the eye. Certainly these newspapers are run and staffed by left wingers, there’s no doubt about that, and we know how much the liberals love raising taxes. I think what really irritates these guys is the fact that they all supported these tax hikes and pushed them for weeks in their publications yet the unruly tax revolting mob didn’t listen. What a slap in the face to these pompous clowns who spent so much time and effort telling people what to do yet it had no impact. Nobody paid attention to their drivel and I’m sure that is the underlying reason for their smart ass commentary today…….with more to come in the following weeks.

Little wonder why newspaper companies are going belly up all over this country.

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