Periodically liberals desperately try to share the blame for the California disaster with Republicans – or even stick GOP politicians with most of the “credit.” They have two stock explanations for the Golden State’s downward slide.
1. Democrats don’t have ENOUGH control of California. Even with 60% or more majorities in both state houses, that’s not enough for the Democrats to properly establish the Western European socialism model they aspire to.
As liberals see it, the state simply can’t raise taxes fast enough. And higher taxes somehow cure everything.
Trust me, my progressive friends – aside from the lack of a Euro, California is already European Union’s west coast!
I don’t think anyone takes this first lame excuse seriously.
2. Since California elects Republican governors more often than Democrats – and since governors “run the state” – it’s really primarily the GOP’s fault we are in the mess we are in.
This latter argument popped up again in a recent WALL ST JOURNAL letter to the editor (at the bottom of this piece). It inspired me to write the following letter to the editor – which may or may not be published, in whole or in part. We can only hope.
John Lindsay’s cutesy letter [see below] blames most of California’s fiscal nightmare on the past CA GOP governors who often “ran the state” from 1967 to the present. He needs to take a remedial high school civics course. It’s the LEGISLATURE that makes the laws and passes the budgets.
And which party has controlled the CA state legislature during modern times? From Wikipedia: “Except for the period from 1995 to 1996, the [California State] Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election (even while the governor’s office has gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats). The [State] Senate has been in Democratic hands continuously since 1970.”
Not to absolve our Republican governors for some responsibility in our state’s downslide. In a true blue state such as CA (and Massachusetts), elected GOP governors are pretty much RINO’s on fiscal issues.
Even Ronald Reagan was not a consistent fiscally conservative during his tenure. All our GOP governors since (and including) Reagan have at some point supported raising state tax rates during their time in office – passively or actively backing the Democrats’ tax proposals in the legislature. Sadly, both Democrat and Republican CA governors since 1970 have seldom used their budget line item veto, typically “red lining” only about 0.25% of a state budget.
Richard Rider, Chairman
San Diego Tax Fighters
WALL ST JOURNAL
LETTERS TO EDITOR
We’re Used to Taking Blame—However . . .
The Dec. 21 letter “Californians Have Themselves to Blame,” about our high-speed train fiasco, puts the blame on all Californians (especially liberals) for the demise of our once-glorious state because we have voted for “Democratic control of their state time after time.”
Californians are by now quite used to being criticized for all manner of aberrant behavior, especially of the liberal variety. But, all you California-bashers please keep this list of California governors in mind before you take a swing at the California piñata again:
Republican Ronald Reagan (1967-1975); Democrat Jerry Brown (1975-1983); Republican George Deukmejian 1983-1991); Republican Pete Wilson (1991-1999); Democrat Gray Davis (1999- Recalled in 2003); Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger (2003-2010); Democrat Jerry Brown (2010 onward).
So, to summarize: Republicans (including the storied Mr. Reagan) ran the state for twice as long as Democrats over the past four and a half decades.
Darn those liberals.
Pacific Palisades, Calif.