recall: One possibility, and one possibility only - STATUS
Whatever the vote... not much is going to change...
[Joe Armendariz] 9/26/03
Hewitt, who is undoubtedly a smart guy and a great American,
that which is at stake for voters in the California recall.
First, for the average voter, the recall isn't about the stench
to the corruption of the spending lobby. That is too simple
of a thesis, because, ironically, it is too esoteric a concept
the masses to appreciate, let alone become exercised over.
Indulge me here if you will. Average voters will never fully
contemplate the significance behind the rate of government
spending, relative to the rate of inflation, as defined by
price index. Nor will they attempt to understand the inherent
problems with respect to the rate of spending growth relative
to the growth in our state's population. Additionally, average
voters don't spend time pondering the root causes of California's
workers compensation crisis or the peculiarity of having the
highest workers compensation costs while delivering the lowest
level of benefits.
In the minds of average voters, this recall isn't about the
amount of contributions received from tribal Indians, public-employee-unions
or members of the Business Roundtable. Similarly, voters couldn't
care less about the ticking financial time bomb that is the
employee-pension-plan or the out-of-control liability premiums
that are crushing the private AND public-sectors ability to
manage its bottom line. Why? Because voters ignore that which
understand. In other words, average voters hate issues. What
do average voters care about? Their families and their communities.
Average voters care about the growing traffic jams on local
freeways and the worsening potholes on their streets. Average
about the diminishing revenues flowing into their local schools
and the increasing number of teachers being laid off which
in their mind compromises their children's right to a good
Average voters care about feeling secure in their homes and
while walking in neighborhoods and whether the revenues will
to make sure that if and when they must dial 911, somebody
will answer the call.
Average voters care about too much residential development
in their towns while also worrying that too little might result
in the over-crowding of their neighborhoods. Inland voters
about the high cost of gasoline at the pump while those living
on the coast mostly care about the government allowing more
offshore oil development. Upper-middle-class voters care about
and condition of their local parks, while minority voters care
about what illegal activities might be taking place in theirs.
Tragically, or perhaps appropriately, the next Governor of
California will have much to say, but very little to do about
of these local concerns. Why? Because California isn't a Dictatorship
and it isn't a Monarchy either. California, like the nation,
is a republic. And unfortunately, regardless of which candidate
emerges victorious on October 7th, the voters, of this once
great state, will still have ended up losing because there
100 independently elected representatives (mostly Democrats)
still busy writing terrible laws and only representing the
will of the most agile constituencies, while ignoring the unspoken
will of the silent majority.
And this will happen as they lie, cheat and steal their ways
to the next political office.
And while Hugh Hewitt is apparently of the belief that all
rests on preventing Cruz Bustamante from becoming Governor,
even throw Tom McClintock-his philosophical soulmate-overboard
to make sure that he [Cruz] never does. But, the bitter pill
that most Republicans must swallow come October 8th, is that
no matter who is sitting in the big chair up in Sacramento,
once all of the political dust settles, nothing much will have
accept for maybe the name on the door.
is Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Industrial Association
and the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association.