A little late? Yeah. And while I'm close to losing my head without news like this, I'm still hearing about it and I still want to scream in Schwarzenegger's face.
(by the by, is it okay for me to criticize government leaders?)
This past Tuesday California had yet another "special election" because Arnold can't lead to save his life. Because Arnold does not understand that this is a republic, not a democracy. We, the people, vote in others to represent our interests and ideals and they, in turn, go to work full time to ensure we, the people, get what we say we want. This is for a few reasons:
1. The People do not have the time to follow up and research--and vote for--all of the laws to be passed.
2. The People largely do not have the smarts to deal with all the laws to be passed.
But Arnold doesn't get this. It felt neat at first when he threatened the legislature with "taking it to the people" but after a while, the people got tired. We've our own crap to deal with.
He can be entertaining to be sure, but he's too scared to lead. Coward. To use his own words, Arnold is a political girly man.
You see, everytime there's a big decision to be made and the legislature throws their arms in the air and Arnold can't rally them up--which is almost every time--he takes it "to the people."
And it costs m-o-n-e-y. So much effing money.
As some may well know, California also cannot (a) balance a budget and (b) pass a budget. So what does he do? Special Elections.
And with the nationwide economic crisis with California suffering moreso than some other states, gasp, Arnold knows he has to cut some programs.
And what does Arnold like to cut? Education. Fire.
Now my involvement in politics admittedly ends too soon and I have no other answers. However, a friend of mine on a privatized blog of mine asked a key question:
What is he not willing to cut if he's willing to cut Education and Fire?
Before the election this past Tuesday, Arnold and his ilk were running around saying things like "I don't like to threaten with fear, but I have to. If you do not pass these propositions, I will have to cut education."
Just wait. There's more.
All the propositions failed. By a landslide. Arnold's reaction? "You guys sent a strong message this past Tuesday, that we need to live within our means. We need to cut education."
That is NOT what we said.
We said: do your job. Figure it out. We don't have time for this.
Don't come back and say "well, the people hath spoken" because that's political speak for "if this doesn't work, it's not my fault your child can't afford to attend a college here, to take his music and physical education class. The people voted."
Let's not forget the state is in more debt, I hear, even with the economy aside, than we were when Gray Davis was Governor.
You're taxing the hell out of us, too. You're just spreading it around so it doesn't seem like it. Our vehicle registration fees are doubled. It costs money now to get a smog extension. Our sales tax has been hiked. Thousands upon thousands of teachers are now out of a job and more are scared they're next. Schools have closed. Fire stations. I actually heard a leader say "don't worry, we still have enough firemen to get to everyone. It just might take a bit longer to get to your house."
Come on now. Seriously?
You know you can't run for President. Your tenure as Governator is, thankfully, coming to a close. There's very little to lose here. So stand up and do something. If you run for the Senate or the House, well. We know what kind of congressman you'll be. A lazy one.
I didn't vote for you the first time nor the second time, and you can bet your ass I won't vote for you again.
Go back to Hollywood.
Frances Beverly Johnson Monson
1 day ago