Jerry Brown

California Republicans Catch Democrat Doing Something Right

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In Soviet Russia ballot stuffs you.

Say goodbye to California's voting rights movement. 

With Gov. Jerry Brown bound by a campaign promise to bring any new tax proposals to a popular vote, the Democratic establishment kicked up a tizzy recently, accusing the minority Republicans of holding up progress by refusing to allow a tax-extension-and-increase initiative to go to the ballot in June. 

Just a month or two back, politicians, newspapers and other hucksters were in solemn league to defend the right of every Californian not to have to wait more than three months before heading down to the local junior high gym to drop another turd in the statistical punch bowl. The L.A. Times' editorial board called for the referendum, while the paper's best minds and hottest bods argued that a tax increase was the clear way, the only way, forward for the Golden State. 

Brown threw in the towel on the June vote, and in an impressive show of the organizational skill that keeps the Democratic Party in charge of everything, his fellow Dems have pretty much fallen in line. The California Republican Party has put together a highlight reel of State Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), demonstrating not only the Democrats' strange loss of ballot enthusiasm but also the hangdog charm with which Steinberg bears his lonely cup through the plush corridors of borrowed power: 

Of course, turnout is the word of the Democrats' undoing. The idea of a June 2011 vote was that it would be sparsely enough attended that the Dems could get to yes with a concerted effort to bus in union ballot fillers. But that deadline was missed. If you have to wait until November, or worse, a presidential year, people might actually show up to vote on your tax ideas (and most likely reject them as they have done in the previous two years). 

But you never want to interrupt a California politician when he's canceling an election. I voted three different times in 2010, and the most recent L.A. election was not last November but this past March. Voters in Jane Harman's district had to turn out for a special primary just last week. The next special election in California should be for a constitutional referendum requiring state and local elections to occur no more frequently than every 24 months. 

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  1. I voted three different times in 2010

    Christ-on-a-cracker. If anything, I’m libertarian because I want government to consume as little of my time as possible.

    1. I was gonna say, you need to get a life Timmy.

      1. I’m guessing he keeps voting to protect his ability to have “a life”. Which is so disheartening, I don’t even know what to say.

        1. You mean no one’s told him it doesn’t matter how he votes because the people in power will find a way to fuck him regardless of how the election turns out?

          Tim, next time you’re in the Valley, look me up. We need to have a talk.

          1. You mean no one’s told him it doesn’t matter how he votes because the people in power will find a way to fuck him regardless of how the election turns out?

            Yes. Next question.

          2. San Fernando Valley? Fuck man, we oughtta go golfing sometime.

            1. Those aren’t the holes and well-manicured lawns the Valley is known for.

              1. Well, they won’t let me into the Lake Sherwood course out in my area until I upgrade to the monocle with the gold trim that caused the mercury poisoning of several third world children and the conflict diamond inlays.

  2. The next special election in California should be for a constitutional referendum requiring state and local elections to occur no more frequently than every 24 months.

    I laughed because I thought Tim had written “hours.”

    1. Even that would be an improvement!

  3. Obama = Bush?
    Democrats = Republicans?

    “The House is expected to vote soon on a bill that hands over to the president Congress’ constitutional authority to declare and authorize war, substantially altering the delicate balance of powers that the Founding Fathers envisioned.

    The annual reauthorization of the Department of Defense contains unprecedented and dangerous language that gives the president virtually unchecked power to take the country to war and keep us there. This bill significantly undermines the Constitution, the institution of Congress and sets the United States on a path of permanent war.

    The Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) declares that the United States is in an armed conflict with not only al Qaeda and the Taliban, but “associated forces” and individuals, organizations and nations that support such forces. The president could then have the full legal authority to send American troops to engage in acts of war anywhere–Yemen, Somalia, Iran, even the United States–without constitutionally required Congressional authorization and, consequently, without any restrictions or oversight from the American people or Congress.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…..l?ir=Yahoo

    1. This was written by Dennis Kucinich. For those who don’t want to increase the hit count that enriches the capitalist-bashing Arianna Huffington (who ironically is wealthy because of capitalism).

      1. I thought she sold it?

        Also I just watched Capitalism: a Love Story, talk about hypocritical nonsense.

        1. But I wear a baseball cap and was born in Flint. I’m a rich guy that “gets it” don’t you see?

          1. If you get it, I have a website for you: http://treasurydirect.gov/govt…..ebtFinance

          2. I just got back from Ikea and there was a chubby ginger wandering around wearing a Lenin shirt listening to an iPod.

            1. Someday I’m just going to have to slap one of those. I remember seeing this kid in a room covered with Soviet flags and Stalin posters on a computer (more than one occupant, but really?).

  4. “Consistent with what we have said all along…”

    The subtext to that line from any politician is always “don’t go back and look at our clear historical position on this issue.”

    And California lawmakers are either in the pocket of Big Vote or are going for full-on democracy. Either way, enjoy your state’s metaphorical if not actual slide into the sea under its own weight.

  5. oh oh oh….. I can answer the last question:

    What do Democrats really want?

    Your money!

    1. Not quite. What Democrats really want is the people’s money, which you are hiding in your bank account.

      1. It’s also the people’s bank account, and you’re just being selfish and racist by not giving President Obama, as the people’s representative, access to it.

        1. Egoism makes that problem go away, I tell you!

          I hate people who don’t understand property rights. Like politicians.

        2. I’m about to give you the people’s elbow

  6. We also enjoyed reading about the “non-partisan” Legislative Analyst’s Office saying that we need to put off the voter referendum on the tax increases as long as possible. Because, after all, it creates uncertainty.

  7. I voted in that special election last week in the 36th Dist. Good to see that the unions can’t just buy every election, even down here in the heart of ILWU country.

    1. Good to see that the unions can’t just buy every election

      Wasn’t Janice Hahn number one?

      1. True, and she’ll probably win the head to head, but at least she has to go up against someone from a slightly less statist point of view in Huey instead of her even more lefty opponent Bowen.

  8. the hangdog charm with which Steinberg bears his lonely cup through the plush corridors of borrowed power:

    God I love Cavanaugh after he’s had a couple…

  9. Do I have to be in the club to get the decoding key for this article? Something about Calif.

    1. The first rule of California Club is….

      1. …make a big deal about California Club.

  10. Once again, with feeling:

    Fuck California

    That is all.

    1. California Uber Alles

  11. lol, you just have to love our bought and paid for Government

    http://www.privacy-online.us.tc

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