There are many of things that might be said about yesterday’s election but I think this from Kevin Drum at Mother Jones tells the most significant story of the California part of that election about as well as it can be told.
Just a quick California note. On Tuesday, following our habit of the past few decades, we approved Proposition 22, which limits the ways the legislature can allocate property tax funds, and Proposition 26, which essentially eliminates the legislature’s ability to levy new fees on businesses. Today, we will undoubtedly return to our usual hobby of yelling and screaming that the legislature isn’t doing enough to balance the budget and make government work. For the past 30 years, in election after election, we have relentlessly reduced Sacramento’s ability to raise money at the same time that we’ve piled on an endless series of new spending requirements — and as the cherry on top, insisted that this citizen-created circle be squared by a bunch of term-limited amateurs who have no idea how the machinery of the state really works. And then we wonder why things aren’t going so well.
We are insane.
Good luck Governor Brown!. But then a large part of the rest of the nation seems equally, if not more, insane.
Kevin always has abnormally interesting things say about politics. If you don’t follow him, now is a good time to start.
By the way, check this out from Rasmussen Reports,
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds, in fact, that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that most voters will be disappointed with Republicans in Congress before the next national elections. That includes 38% who say it is Very Likely.
I wonder how these folks voted.