MY WAY!—California`s Sociopathic Specialness Showed Up On Election Day


O-w-w! I`ve lived in

Berkeley
for an unspecified number of years (hint:
my house is paid for!) but my head still hurts from
thinking about California`s irresponsibly lame, stupid
choices in

Election 2010
.

Unlike the rest of sensible
America,

California chose to have NO change in legislators
,
House or Senate, going to Washington. That`s right—not a
single new face will arrive for the 112th United States
Congress. 
(Although it must be said, more than a week after the
election,

two California House seats remain undecided
.)


Nothing changed in the Sacramento
legislature
either, despite widespread dissatisfaction. There is
definitely a

Tea Party here
, but it had zero political effect.

It`s not like California doesn`t
face Sierra-high problems. It has had among the
country`s worst unemployment levels for a while, over 12
percent since September 09. (See

the Sacramento Bee`s
interactive map
that shows joblessness by county
over time.)

People like to gloss over the
structural problems here by saying California has the

8th largest economy in the world
. But that Silicon
Valley shine does fade when outstanding bills are
considered—like the

$70 billion in general obligation debt for starters
,
which does not include the astronomical looming
pensions.  

In addition, the state is currently
borrowing $40 million per day to pay for its
unemployment insurance and is already $8.6 billion in
debt to the feds just for that tab. [Calif
borrows $40M a day to pay unemployment
,
November
7, 2010]

But did California voters use the
election to express their

pessimism about the state`s future
and

unhappiness with politicians
?

No! They chose the same old team
and rejected new faces.

GOP gubernatorial candidate

Meg Whitman
got off to a bad start when Californians
learned she had a

personal history of not voting
, including recent
elections of importance like the vote that

recalled
sitting

Governor Gray Davis
in 2003.

Her campaign ran even with the
Democratic candidate, former

Governor Jerry Brown
, for months through the summer.
But he pulled into the lead after Labor Day. When the
dust settled,
Brown
won by over 10 points
.

One knock on Whitman was that she
was

Arnold Schwarzenegger
in a skirt—which was somewhat
true and not entirely negative. He too was a successful
Republican from the

private sector
who brought common sense ideas for
reform. But he was utterly unprepared for the political
warfare in Sharkramento. Whitman would have been quickly
turned to kibble too, given her naiveté about politics.

Whitman made bad rookie mistakes.
In the place of actual political experience, she had

hired 56 political consultants
as of August. Her top
strategist

Mike Murphy made $90K monthly
. His excuses for
failure: the activism and big spending of the public
employee unions (what about Whitman`s big spending?);
and
“it`s a very blue state, and
it`s getting bluer”.

[Dan
Walters: Meg Whitman`s consultant has a plethora of
excuses
,

Sacramento Bee, November 9, 2010] (So how come the GOP candidate for Attorney General seems to have
won his state-wide race?) 

Does that sound like too much money

($142M of her own fortune
) and a shortage of sense?
Too many cooks in the kitchen certainly damaged the
message, such as her claiming to be

"tough as nails"
on illegal aliens
in her primary race against

Steve Poizner
and then

shamelessly switching to a squish
for the
Spanish-speaking audience. At one point, Whitman even
made the argument that

she and Jerry Brown had similar views
on illegal
immigration, rather than hammering her opponent for
expensive social programs for lawbreakers. Apparently
none of her 56 consultants clued her to the idea that
campaigns are about magnifying differences and giving
voters a reason to choose you.

Whitman was

mercilessly grilled
on the

John and Ken radio show
for her two-faced campaign
regarding illegal immigration. The southern California
radio hosts broadcast in afternoon drive time,
reaching more
than a million listeners
, and are

politically influential.
That performance certainly
didn`t help motivate conservative voters.

Free advice to the E-bay
billionaire for any future efforts: you can`t run
completely different campaigns in English and

Spanish
in the age of the internet and talk radio.

Then came the appearance of

Whitman`s illegal alien housekeeper
, as dramatically
displayed with Kleenex for effect by

Gloria Allred,
the

well known TV chatterbox
lawyer. The media event
showing a

tearful Nicky Diaz Santillan
made Whitman

look like
a hypocrite, demanding tough immigration
enforcement for others but keeping an illegal working in
her home until she decided upon a run for governor.

Did Murphy never consider what to
do about this problem while cashing his checks? It`s not
complicated: get it out of the way. Thus Connecticut`s
Democratic Senate candidate Dick Blumenthal survived the

revelation
that he had lied his head off for decades
about his Marine Corps service because it came early on.

California`s other Madame of
industry,

Carly Fiorina
, was equally unappealing in her
Senatorial campaign, even against the ghastly Democrat

Barbara Boxer, who won by several points
. Boxer`s
ads showing former Hewlett-Packard employees whose jobs
had been outsourced to China under Fiorina`s leadership
(including
anti-H-1b
stalwart Kim Berry
!—didn`t Murphy see this coming
either?) were devastating.

Self-absorbed Mayor

Gavin Newsom
can now

bring his San Francisco
 
values (like
illegal alien sanctuary
 
and

multicultural socialism
) to the capital: he won the
race for Lieutenant Governor over

Abel Maldonado
by

50 – 39%
. (Wasn`t

nominating Hispanics
supposed to help the GOP?).

That result means the shallow,
appearance-obsessed mayor will be the auto-candidate for
governor next time around in 2014—despite his miserable
showing as a gubernatorial campaigner in the primaries
last year, where he thought social networking would
beguile younger voters. His

Twittering did amuse
some, but not enough to build a
successful candidacy.

At the time of writing, the close
race for state Attorney General is

leaning toward LA DA Steve Cooley
(R.) and against
San Francisco friend of alien sanctuary Kamala Harris.
She is known in the city for

protecting foreign crack dealers who claim to be
juveniles
and is

opposed to the death penalty even for cop killers
,
but many Californians still voted for her.

Governor Jerry Brown (3.0) will be
able to work with legislature from day #1—but to what
end? He campaigned as a

big proponent of the California DREAM Act
, despite
the cost to taxpayers of subsidizing illegal aliens in
college. He claims to be against drivers licenses for
illegal aliens—but he obviously expected that a nice big
amnesty in Washington would solve that problem with his
Mexican base, a

possibility that is looking dim
these days.

Brown`s big crisis will be the
budget. He somehow has to take a chainsaw to public
employee pensions, and he has
promised
reform
in that regard. But the unions were among his
biggest supporters. Will he figure (at
age 72
) that this is his last hurrah in politics and
he should do the right thing to save California?

Don`t count on it. Jerry himself
coined an early description of political flip-floppery:

“Paddle to left,
paddle to the right.”

At least Jerry Brown figured
prominently in a cool punk song from the seventies:

California uber
Alles
,
by the Dead
Kennedys
. Punk seems so upbeat now.

It`s all pretty depressing.

Okay, those are fallible humans.
But what about California`s ballot initiatives?
Sometimes the personalities of the candidates make the
difference in how voters choose. But the initiatives are
just the proposals, devoid of irritating human
packaging.

No such luck. I was completely
surprised by the

failure of Proposition 19, the pot initiative
. I
really expected it to win, because California has many
people somewhat familiar with the weed. Marijuana is a
plant, after all, created by nature and is not the
handiwork of some depraved chemist to addict little
children. The absurdity of outlawing a plant is
certainly high on the list of government overreach.

The solution to a big part of the
drug crime problem is to legalize and tax marijuana—just
as alcohol has been handled after Prohibition proved to
be such a failure. (See my 2009 observations:

Marijuana Legalization—Could It Help Stop The Mexodus?
)

Still, the issue isn`t going away.
Backers promise

they will be back in 2012
for another try.

Another bad choice by California
voters: the

failure of Prop 23
, which would have overturned Gov.
Schwarzenegger`s unilateral disarmament strategy against
global warming. It makes no sense to try to decrease
greenhouse gases in one little state all by ourselves
when the rest of the world is going gangbusters with an
array of airborne whatnot.

But the Governor wants his

legacy to be environmentalism
. So he pushed this
silly idea through. (Needless to say, like Al Gore he is
a hypocrite on the issue,

using his private jet for commuting
between his LA
home and the capital.)

Prop 23 is one more nail in the
coffin of California employment—which is already on life
support. The economic dysfunction of the state is
astounding. People are packing up their businesses and
leaving as fast as they can find a U-haul to rent.

Four million jobs have been lost due to excessive
regulation
, according to a little-noticed state
government report from 2009 (Cost
of State Regulations on California small businesses
,
sba.ca.gov, September,
2009).

No wonder California is rated at
rock bottom of the

2009 ratings for places to do business
from
Chief Executive
Magazine.

And
another bad
choice: The passage of

Prop 25
ended the previous requirement that
two-thirds of the legislature had to vote in favor of
the state`s budget. This will unleash the spendaholic
crazies among the Sacramento Democrats, so the sky is
the limit for taxation.

In California, we have a case study
of how paradise can quickly turn to rot with unwise
management. The state government has become stubbornly
leftist and

financially irresponsible
.

Democrats in the state are
particularly loony compared with their more practical
brethren in mid-America. (I speak as a former long-time
registered Democrat). The

Hollyweird
crowd, who are overwhelmingly Democrat
and fund liberal causes, comprise a

strangely detached
quasi-elite, with
little
respect
for the opinions of normal people (as

current films show
). Instead, they compete to
display their superior level of liberal virtue by

condemning Arizona`s immigration law

 and preaching
extreme environmentalism.

Avatar
director James Cameron opposed Prop 23, saying

We`re going to
have to live with less”
.

But a

Youtube video revealed his three houses in Malibu
,
Santa Barbara ranch, helicopter, motorcycles, Humvee
firetruck, yacht,

submarines
(!), etc.

Middle class, taxpaying people have
been leaving California for years, and millions of
grifter illegal aliens have taken their places. Now
white flight has become a tsunami—for example,

there were half a million fewer whites in California in
2008
than in 2000, even though the state`s overall
population grew by four million over that time.

The voters have changed too.

According to the
Sacramento Bee
(Nov 6)
:

“Latinos made up 22 percent of the state electorate Tuesday,

exit polls
showed,
compared with 18 percent in 2008 and 12 percent in
2006.”

The paper similarly reported that
34 percent of Californians supported the Tea Party,
versus 40 percent nationwide.

Eventually, this demography will
indeed be destiny. But it`s only part of the problem
right now. The little-noted fact is that Whitman and
Fiorina did indifferently among California whites,
getting just

50 percent
 and

52 percent
respectively. My own belief, as a
long-time resident of the state, is that the 1994
anti-illegal immigrant

Proposition 187
would still pass. 
The Republicans are just doing something wrong.

Maybe California is just
dysfunctional—too big, and too diverse. 
As I

suggested
last year, maybe the only answer is
partition.


Brenda Walker

(
email
her)

lives in Northern California and publishes two websites,

LimitsToGrowth.org

and


ImmigrationsHumanCost.org
.
She does not want to be forced back to her birthplace in
western Pennsylvania.