of the Absurd
Progressive flicks opened this weekend...
[Joe Armendariz] 9/17/03
Confidently believing that the historic state recall election
was only days away, Republicans and Democrats were busy last
weekend sporting their own unique brand of political entertainment.
In Los Angeles, (R)nold Inc. swooped into the Grand Old Party's
Political Convention hurling conservative-tested, establishment-approved
rhetoric with all the force of Hurricane Isabel.
theaters across town, Democrat politicians were being featured.
In Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Cruz Bustamante
could be seen delivering another re-invented campaign theme:
"Go Slow on MEChA, Vote Yes for Bustamante!"
starring in Matchstick Men were none other
than Gray Davis and Bill Clinton. Attempting a political comeback
of sorts, these two political thespians were portraying pathetic
politicians desperately trying to rally Democrats around their
own political theme: "Vote No on Recall, Vote Yes on Bustamante,
Vote yes on Race-baiting, Vote No on Prop. 54, Vote No on Fiscal
Responsibility, Vote Yes on Tripling the Car Tax, Vote No on
National Security, Vote Yes on Giving Drivers' Licenses to Illegal
Aliens...." and so on. The Democrat crowd went wild -- it just
couldn't seem to get enough of this stuff.
But the most confusing
line was delivered by the once relevant, former president Bill
Clinton who said, while bashing the Bush
tax-cuts; "Don't tell me about class warfare, I'm all for
wealth and business. I just think we all ought to go up together." Even
though the partisan audience broke out in loud applause, when
asked about the statement upon exiting the theater, nobody could
explain what the line actually meant. But then again, the same
was said about his Presidency.
Meanwhile, back at the GOP Convention,
and only after (R)nold Inc. had left the building, Tom McClintock
was heard delivering
the most audacious and utterly outrageous political lines of
Regarding his Candidacy:
is the time to unfurl our banners and showcase our principles
in bold, vibrant colors...not hide
them in pale pastels."
Davis' decision to triple of the Motor Vehicle License fee:
Car Tax is a tax on a necessity of life and not a penny goes
to our roads."
think significant savings can be achieved by substantial
reductions in the bureaucracy while increasing
the funds getting
Regarding Illegal Immigrants:
valid state identification documents in the hands of illegal
immigrants undermines our ability to
enforce our immigration
Regarding Proposition 54:
do not believe a person's skin color should govern how their
like these, how McClintock can actually expect to receive support
from Republicans is a mystery.
After all, when
it comes to solving the state's multitude of problems, all
of which were imposed on it by the Democrats, "Hasta La Vista,
Baby" and "Ill be back" are no match for actual
policy prescriptions. Maybe McClintock should find a new agent.
wisdom says the voters hate issues and that explains why (R)nold
Inc. is avoiding them the way Cruz Bustamante is
avoiding the gym. But, still, it might be helpful, prior to
October 7 (or March 2004), if voters could hear an idea or two
of the Terminator's campaign. Pick an issue (R)nold, any issue:
the broken down workers compensation system? How about the
imploding public-employee retirement system? What about the state's
transportation infrastructure or the exorbitant cost of electricity?
Hasta La Vista, ideas!
Perhaps it was the consistently idiotic
but iconoclastic comedian Bill Maher who provided audiences with
the best line of them
all when he quipped: "what does Arnold know and when will
he know it?"
is Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Industrial Association
and the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association.