If you want an example to buttress Mitt Romney’s point that Democrats are the “Party of government“, just follow the reaction of California politicians to the the landslide defeat of their budget-boasting proposals on the state’s ballot earlier this week. In contrast to Governor Schwarzenegger who seemed chastened by the results*, a leading Golden State Democrat is blaming the voters.
House Speaker Karen Bass said that we’re just tired and misinformed:
. . . it was really clear that voters were giving us a very specific message– This is too complicated. We don’t want to vote on it. We are fatigued with the number of elections we’ve had especially special elections and we want you to go back to Sacramento and resolve this.
She’s partially right. We do want our state legislators to resolve this; we want them to make tough choices and cut the budget. We prefer cuts in services to higher taxes. In short, we want them to do their job instead of passing the buck onto us.
It’s not just Democratic legislators who don’t like what the voters have said by exercising their franchise. Hugh alerts us to this headline in the Los Angeles Times: California voters exercise their power — and that’s the problem.
Our power’s not the problem. The real problem is the power of the public employee unions. Officials in Sacramento are going to have to do more than cut the salaries of “the governor, attorney general, controller, all legislators and other top elected state officials” an by 18%. They’re going to have to offer an across-the-board pay cut for all state employees while reducing the size of the state bureaucracy to its pre-Gray Davis number. But, that would mean facing a confrontation with those unions.
It seems our politicians and liberal pundits are blaming the voters rather than focusing their ire on the state employees whose salaries we pay.
*He said: “The people told Sacramento, ‘Go and do your work yourself. Don’t come to us with your problems. . . . So now we have to recognize that and move forward and make all of the changes through cuts.”