On this morningâ€™s radio talk shows, following the early morning passage of Californiaâ€™s budget, Democratic legislators have finally taken up the political fight against the Republicans and are urging revision of the stateâ€™s dysfunctional budget process. This is a budget the GOP can be proud of, because itâ€™s a profoundly conservative budget. Because they hold a conservative veto over it. And they get the best of both worlds – they donâ€™t have to vote for the budget en masse so they donâ€™t have to own it. In short, the hijacking worked. This is the most important issue facing California â€“ and itâ€™s time for a change.
Since the proposed budget is bad (too many cuts in the wrong places), why should Democrats support it? Why isnâ€™t the state Democratic Party telling the voters that this disaster has been caused by the Republicans? Why are the Democrats not seizing the ideological moment by calling this budget disaster a Republican disaster? We ought to insist now on a budget that is fair â€” and if that fails, we ought to go to the voters and tell them that the Republicans have caused their state government to fail.
Only then will we have the chance to get real change in California.
Back in July 2004, when the California legislature was 17 days late in voting on the state budget, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger mocked Democratic legislators by calling themâ€œgirlie-men.â€ But who’s the girlie-man now?