Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and
He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to
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A Part Time
couldn't happen soon enough...
Schwarzenegger announced this week that he thought a part time
might be a good idea. He (in my opinion
appropriately) thought the members of the Legislature had too
much time on their hands, and, as a result, introduced too many “strange
The wailing and gnashing of teeth of the pros in Sacramento
was deafening, but I think the Governor is on to something.
First—strange bills. Where else, but in California, would
we see bills to study mold, regulate the size of children’s
backpacks, the amount of water a dishwasher can use, control
childhood obesity by banning soda at school, dictate to farmers
how to raise pigs, cows, and other assorted livestock, and a
myriad of bills trying to tell you how to live your life at your
house? The comments from the political pros wondered what the
Governor meant by “strange bills.” How about this
year, where the Legislature will soon debate whether the state
should adopt the principles of feng shui in its building code.
The only good news about this proposal is, if it is adopted,
it will probably result in the Capitol being closed down, since
the chi at the State Capitol building is way out of whack. (File
that under the “every black cloud has a silver lining” department).
Second—this Legislature has way too much time on its
hands, and the left wing majority currently in charge of its
operation spends a lot of time trying to do two things—(a)
keep their majority, and (b) intrude on your liberty.
is all about getting and keeping power, and in politics, the
in the business soon learn that the only way
to get and keep power is to force people to talk to them. Most
people don’t like government, don’t want to deal
with their government, and spend most of their lives figuring
out how to avoid contact with any government official, whether
that official is a police officer, politician, or bureaucrat.
Most people know that contact with a government official is a
losing proposition for the person who is not in government. For
the government official, however, it is all win. The official
gets power, money, or fame from the contact, and so, the official
spends most of his or her life trying to manufacture ways of
intruding into other people’s lives.
owner makes money one way—by convincing someone
to buy his or her product or service. The purchaser, before parting
with the purchase money, must be convinced that the product or
service is worth more than the money they have to spend on it.
have no such limitations. If you don’t like
what they are offering—tough, and the more they “offer” you,
the more power and influence they get.
So—a full time legislature starts to think of more and
more things to offer you, and if you don’t like it, take
it up with someone else, they don’t care. As a result,
the “strange bills” the Governor describes keep popping
up, and taking up the time of those of us who think that people
would be better served if the government just left them alone.
if government did that, then the people who run government
would just be
another guy on the street. They wouldn’t
get invited to really nice parties, have people giving them expensive
vacations, or campaign contributions, to influence the politician’s
decisions. Since most politicians would not really be all that
useful in any other profession, their self-esteem would suffer
badly from this public neglect.
intrude on your liberty. Was the Governor right when he said
a part time legislature? Absolutely. I’ve
introduced legislation to return us to a part-time legislature
in the past, and if the Governor is serious about this, I’d
be happy to carry it again in the future. Will these politicians
willingly give up their power and prestige in order to promote
your liberty? Not until you force them. You would, however, be
much better off without them—a fact that scares them to