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As California Goes, So Goes The Nation …

Or so the saying goes – but in this case it may have a ring of truth to it.

Democrats have been quick to dismiss the Tea Parties which were held in hundreds of locations throughout the country as nothing more than a few disgruntled right-wingers who are sore losers.  But instead, they may be the most visible part of a much larger movement that is saying “enough is enough”.  And nothing may demonstrate that more than the upcoming special election in California.

Voters there are apparently tired of the legislature not doing its job, and see the 6 ballot measures as the legislature trying to pass the buck instead of doing their job.  Consequently, we find a broad consensus that crosses party lines, in opposition to most of the ballot measures proposed.  The one most likely to pass, interestingly, has to do with refusing legislators a raise if the state’s budget is in a deficit.  In California that means whatever they’re making now is likely to be their pay from now on.  Of course, I’d love to see the same sort of measure passed for the Congress of the United States.

To demonstrate the point of citizen bi-partisanship on this are a Republican and Democrat speaking about the upcoming vote:

Voter Barbara Dale, a Republican from Red Bluff, said she will be happy to vote in the special election because she is convinced that lawmakers can’t do their job themselves.

“I don’t like a lot of the things that they’re doing,” said Dale, who plans to vote “no” on Proposition 1A, which seeks to impose state spending restrictions but would trigger $16 billion in extended tax hikes.

“They’re just pushing things through,” Dale complained of lawmakers. “They’re spending too much money, they’re raising taxes, and they’re chasing businesses out of California.”

But Dale particularly wants to vote “yes” on Proposition 1F – the measure to deny elected officials pay raises when there is a state general fund deficit.

So does Democrat Vincent Anderson, an American River College student in Sacramento County.

“Why would we pay them more money when it seems that they’re never doing their job?” Anderson asked. “Their job is to run the state.”

Anderson, who opposes most of the budget reform measures, said he is offended the initiatives are even on the ballot.

“They’re just passing the buck,” he said. “California has been in debt for a while. Why is this (special election) so important now?”

In fact, a large majority of voters polled are not at all happy with the direction of their state’s government:

The poll found a greater proportion of Republicans opposed to the measures than Democrats. More than three-fifths of Republicans oppose the fund shifts proposed in Propositions 1D and 1E, even though both ideas originated with GOP members of the Legislature.

But healthy majorities of both parties – 72 percent overall – answered “yes” when pollsters asked if voting down the measures “would send a message to the governor and the state Legislature that voters are tired of more government spending and higher taxes.”

Now anyone that doesn’t understand that it isn’t just “state government” which has embarked on a program of “more government spending and higher taxes” isn’t paying attention. Thus the “Tea Parties”. If what is going on in California is typical of the developing mood around the country, and I think it is, then Democrats waive off the Tea Parties at their own electoral peril. Instead of Tea Parties being gatherings of a “few hundred” disgruntled “right-wingers” who are “sore losers”, they may just be the tip of a gigantic ice berg of discontent which will begin manifesting itself at the polls as it appears it will in California.

As an aside – that doesn’t mean the GOP is the winner in all of this. I think most of the Tea Parties demonstrated that the people who attended are just as fed up with Republicans as they are with Democrats.


12 Responses to As California Goes, So Goes The Nation …

  • It will be interesting to see how this develops. Californians got so frustrated over higher property taxes, they were able to pass Proposition 13. And that was thirty years ago. Today, with all the communication tools available, it’s likely that organizing this sort of action will be easier and more far reaching. Plus, we have the added bonus that people who would not normally have the time or inclination to organize, are now unemployed. Thus they have both an incentive to act, and spare time to do so.

    I also think the general environment works in favor of the dissidents. For 50 years, the rent seekers have held sway because they only have to organize a relative minority of people who seek the same end. The taxpayers, in general, have little to rally around. They had no central organizing principle or goal. Now they may have one.

  • So, when are we going to get one of Dale’s always entertaining and interesting posts on the items on the Cali ballot?

  • Just remember: if these things come to pass, MiniTru will play up that Schwazenegger is a REPUBLICAN.  Never mind that the California assembly is controlled by the trash, and that Ah-nohld has governed as a VERY liberal Republican.  It’s the same as we’ve seen at the national level: MiniTru gives the trash in Congress a pass even when they voted for certain things (Patriot Act, OIF) and instead heap all the blame on Bush (snarl!).

    Further, blaming Ah-nohld will allow MiniTru to continue to ignore the root cause of the Tea Parties, which ISN”T high taxes but rather government fiscal irresponsibility (though, admittedly, people in the Tea Party movement are worried that high deficits / debt will inevitably require MUCH higher taxes).

    McQ… that doesn’t mean the GOP is the winner in all of this. I think most of the Tea Parties demonstrated that the people who attended are just as fed up with Republicans as they are with Democrats.

    Absolutely.  I believe that Rush said that he hopes Specter will take the McCains with him (how many conservatives stayed home in November?).  Quite a few conservatives are fed up with big spending Republicans and tired of having no viable alternative to the trash.  I’d say that the Tea Party actually represents a greater threat to the GOP than to the trash at this point for that reason: there is no chance to reform the trash, but there is a battle for the fiscal sole of the GOP that the Tea Party people might very well win, leading to a more conservative GOP.  Goodbye to McCain, Steele, Graham (how he disgusts me), the Maine gals, and quite a few other RINO’s who seem to think that their job in Congress is to waste ALMOST as much money as their revolting counterparts.  Need I write that I look forward to the happy day when they are all shown the door?

  • That is why the mainstream media never got the Tea Parties. It was not a partisan affair – it was people of all stripes, admittedly more right than left – showing their bitter distaste for the US government. George W. Bush got as much furor as The Clown™. Of course, because The Clown™ is black, the dolts in the media believed that this meant that they are racists, too.
    I remember this kind of anger in 1992, when Clinton won the White House, which was not absorbed until Democrats got their butts kicked out of office two years later because they had not listened to the anger. It seems that The Clown™ and His Clownettes™ and the Silly Dolts running Capitol Hill haven’t learned the lessons of 1992 and 1994: public anger is a biotch. And watch as it stings you in the end. That’s why I said keep watch for the Democrats to keep spending and spending and spending, and then watch as they lose 50 seats next year.

    • As much as I would enjoy seeing the trash lose so many seats, it won’t mean much if the losers are replaced by Republicans who will waste just as much money.

  • “it was people of all stripes, admittedly more right than left”

    Much more right than left.  The “left” at those protests consisted almost entirely of moderates who can sometimes be persuaded to vote for left leaning candidates.  I don’t think many dyed-in-the-wool leftists attended.

  • I voted against all except the pay hike one.

  • Am I wrong to hope that half of Kalifoorrnia falls into the ocean?  Yea, I know, but I get sick and tired of the superiority attitude of the left  coast.

  • I have attended 6 tea parties and have been writing and fuming against this run of government overspending and deficits since Nixon’s Admin.  Yea, I’m one of those right wing extremist ID’ed by the DHS since I’m a Minuteman, veteran, member of the NRA, firearms owner and worse of all a registered Republican of dubious loyalty.

  • Proposition 1A through 1F of the propositions in the upcoming special election consider a NO vote, because it’s downright fraud. Remember you are paying for prison cells, education health care and other forced Federal mandates for illegal alien families. Since proposition 187 those people in Sacramento have stuck it to you.  Welfare – $1.8 to $3 billion per year is lost due to fraud in the Food Stamps, Medi-Cal and Cal WORKS programs. Remove illegal immigrants and felons from Cal WORKS. More than 42 percent of California’s taxpayer-funded, Medi-Cal births are to illegal immigrant mothers. Every month, $37 million in welfare and food stamps, health care goes to illegal alien families in Los Angeles county. A blockbuster example of fraud  is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Economics writer Ed Rubenstein’s new report, “The Earned Income Tax Credit and Illegal Immigration: A Study in Fraud, Abuse, and Liberal Activism,” The author says immigrants collected about $12 billion from the EITC last year, the majority not paying a cent towards it. Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation found high school-dropouts-who headed households pay an average of $9,700 a year in taxes but collect an average of $32,138 a year in benefits. All this money in real dollars is procured from unaware taxpayers. Surf NUMBERSUSA for the truth not the propaganda you expect for the open border zealots.