Chuck DeVore on Arnold Schwarzenegger - great as Conan but terrible
for the Golden State
by the Left Coast Rebel
One of the benefits (and perhaps the only one) of not having Assemblyman Chuck DeVore serving in the upper chamber's tea party freshman class is the chance to see him doing other things - like blogging over at BigGovernment.com.
He nails it in his recent column on California's Democrat rout and the Governator connection:
Read the rest, hat tip to W.C. Varones.
A Schwarzenegger hangover saved California Democrats from a wipeout as the Tea Party wave washed harmlessly up the High Sierra’s eastern slope. Democrats won eight of nine statewide offices, with the race for attorney general looking more Republican as the late ballots get tallied. Democrats also racked up their largest State Assembly majority since the Watergate blowout year of 1974 (52 seats of 80). And, the passage of union-sponsored Prop. 25 allows Democrats to enact a budget with a simple majority vote. But for visual confirmation of this election’s connection to the failed “Republican” governor, one need only look at governor-elect Jerry Brown’s ad showing Arnold Schwarzenegger side-by-side with Meg Whitman uttering the same platitudinous inanities we’ve come to expect from self-funded dilettantes who neither have the time to vote nor the inclination to first seek a lesser office so as to gain political experience.
It isn’t hard to see where things went awry in California: just look back to the heady years of the historic 2003 recall of Gray Davis. Davis was swept out of office due a massive deficit brought on by his rapid expansion of state government during the dot com economy combined with his mishandling of the state’s electricity crisis. Candidate Schwarzenegger won on a platform of “blowing up the boxes” of bureaucracy while “cutting up” the state’s “credit cards” – Schwarzenegger did neither. Instead, he gave California seven years of uneven leadership, veering from the right to the left while calling his erratic leadership “post-partisanship.” Schwarzenegger pushed through the largest state tax increase in U.S. history, expanded government spending, debt and regulatory hurdles while shrinking the sphere of liberty – curious actions for a self-avowed fan of the late Milton Friedman. Schwarzenegger’s voter approval rating hit 22 percent this summer, matching Gray Davis’ recall-eve rating – something Davis, if he wishes to indulge in schadenfreude, might see as poetic symmetry.
Updated: My OC friend War Planner chimes in, taken from the comments:
Tim, Chuck, et al,
I am certainly no fan of Schwarzenegger but, in all fairness, he was riding high until he lost those four propositions -- or was it five? I forget.
The unions crushed his cajones in a vice and he has been singing falsetto ever since. It was (and is) the public-service and teachers' unions that have a grip on our collective jewels and/or short hairs. Until we are able to shake off their death grip, this state will not return to fiscal sanity.
Doubt my assertion? Think back to the commercials for the various propositions voted on this past Tuesday a week. I remember hearing -- almost universally -- that they were funded by "Teachers, Firemen, Policemen for.."; code for police, fire, and teachers unions ponying up.
I have a particularly nasty dis-affinity for teachers. Oh, not the foot soldiers in the trenches facing 30+ of the spitball-slinging enemy each day, the union thugs who Hoover up their dues and pour the lion's share into the may of the political machine. Just think how great schools would be if the teachers' unions spent that money on, well, schools.
I worked my ass off for Carly and Meg. I know you did the same for Van Tran. I got into fights with the folks who backed Ms Nightingale for governor. I know you and Opie and others preferred DeVore and Poizner. But, in the end, the corrupt union thugs had their way and they perpetuated the Democrat stranglehold on our state.
But, this time it may be different. Firstly, Boxer and Brown are in their 70s and there is always the chance one or both will vapor-lock in office. My money's on Boxer the next time some committee interviewee used the "M" word to address her. Maybe Jerry will gag when he gets turned down by Linda Ronstadt.
..seriously and ungracious thoughts aside, I spent a lot of time on Hot Air responding to commenters who kept saying that now Brown and Boxer (and all of the other Dems) now own the problems in California and they will be held responsible when it fails. I told them to get off their asses and contribute and phone bank and walk precincts for Carly and Meg. But, now that it's a fait accompli, I am in their camp.
Stewart Varney of Fox Biz Channel said that, when California, New York, and other states fail, then they should receive no bailout money from the Feds. They should settle their problems like other bankrupt entities must do: address their creditors with cents-on-the-dollar fixes on their own and by themselves.
One hopes the acrimony generated between Brown and the unions will rend this Dem stranglehold asunder.
Elections have consequences.
Updated x2: Related at Hillbuzz, "INTERESTING: California Democrats killing film industry in Golden State"