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Today’s Flash Report is rich with irony.
Ever notice how when someone in government makes suggestions that run counter to Republican points of view, they are labeled an activist?Ã‚Â
Read today’s commentary from blogger Jon Flesichman here.
Last month, Elizabeth Hill, the state’s “activist” Legislative Analyst, decided she was so unhappy with the Governor’s proposed budget (apparently) that she would introduce her own “Alternative Budget” into the mix.Ã‚Â I will save for another day the inherent problems with an unelected “analyst” weighing into the public policy debate with her own proposals, when in reality she should be limited to providing factual information on the proposals introduced by the elected representatives of the people…
Hill’s version of what the legislature should do was comprehensive and she, among other things, takes issue with the Governor’s “across-the-board-cuts” technique to reducing spending.Ã‚Â There may be some merit to her concerns — again, a topic for another day.Ã‚Â What I do want to talk about today is that the unelected Analyst has taken it upon herself to weigh into the big political issue of this year’s budget debate — will the state’s massive overspending problem be resolved by significant reductions in spending, significant increases in taxes, or some mix of the two?Ã‚Â
Hmmm, anÃ‚Â unelectedÃ‚Â budget analyst shouldn’t make recommendations about how to help resolve the state’s budget crisis.Ã‚Â But its A-OK for an unelected partisan blogger to do just that by demanding there be no tax increases and massive cuts in spending that are likely to cost 1,600 teachers their jobs in OC alone.Ã‚Â This is almost as funny as Jon’s column from last week declaring tax loopholes to really be tax increases.Ã‚Â