Friday, November 11, 2005

A more Brilliant Campaign

The cries of victory by labor unions, Democrats, and socialists in California is no more than a cacophony of laughter at the middle class. At the end of the day, the middle class has jst been devastated by their own ignorance. Could Arnold have run a more brilliant campaign? Certainly. Could he be a more brilliant orator? Or course. Is he today the exact same candidate we elected two years ago in the recall? Duh.
While impatiently waiting for Arnold to morph into Ronald, we California Republicans have dropped the ball. We failed to rally the armies. We went into the game with a shoddy gameplan and allowed an expensive TV campaign defeat us. We have no one else to blame but ourselves. While everyone rips Arnold for not being perfect, no one has examined our own failure to advance reform in California.
We say that Teacher tenure reform wasn't very strong, wouldn't have had an impact on teacher quality, and wasn't what we really wanted. The problem is we didn't recognize that it was a toe-hold. A way to slowly bring Californians around to the idea that the education system needs to be revamped. You know, like reminding them we spend $36 billion and change ABOVE the $138 billion the feds provide us for the Department of Education in this state. Yes, those were B's.
We say the reform against Union due's requirements was unnecessary, you know, the requirement for them to have to ask a union member if they want their dues to go to politcal campaigns. Wow, how unbelievably cruel and unusual is that. I remember a police officer never used to have to tell you you had the "Right to remain silent" when they arrested you. It is a recent thing. Too bad union members still do not have the right to know what their rights are. Like, the right to not have $60 a month taken out of their pay to finance a loan the teacher's union took out to fight this proposition.
Providing the Governator with obscure powers to prevent deficit spending is bad too I guess. Does it really even matter anymore? Is there any concept of too much spending? I guess the silver lining in this election is that the electorate was intelligent enough to vote down massive drug entitlements.
And finally, Californian's stood up to the politics of men like Tom DeLay... oh wait, no we didn't. We voted down redistricting by retired judges and approval by the people and supported the idea that politicians choose their voters. Like anyone would turn out to those redistricting elections anyway. Besides, wouldn't you prefer the same old Democrat/Republican faces in office instead of the opportunity to have fresh energetic politicians with ideas and vision having an actual chance of winning a seat?
People say that Californian's voted with their Kindergarden Teachers, their Police Officers, their Firefighters and their Union Bosses on this one. But I doubt it. I think they voted the same way they always vote. Self Interest. The people of California didn't want any of these propositions. The people here still view teachers and firefighters as the hard working middle class. The fact that 100% of their pay comes from the wallets and purses of their neighbors seems to never occur to them. The Unions have succeeded in blunting the edge of reform and muddying the waters of politics this year, and unless the Conservative movement gets ready in California, we're going to get more bad news next year...

Stats courtesy of and the 2004-05 California budget. All 692 pages of it.

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-Alexander Hamilton

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