August 26, 2007
-- by Dave Johnson
Shorter Daily Kos: Californication: Yachts safe, homeless not so much.: The new California budget removes $45 million from spending to help the homeless mentally ill, in order to add a $45 million tax break for yacht owners.
California came out of the "conservative revolution" with a requirement that 2/3 of the legislators approve any budget. So a few Republican Senators were able to block passage of the most recent budget until they got everything they wanted. Among other Republican priorities this included a rule preventing California Attorney General Jerry Brown from enforcing global warming rules, and big cuts in health care spending.
How long will the public continue to let this radical minority treat us this way?
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How much longer? Sadly, I think that the minority to which you refer, also known as the ruling class, will continue to rule for a very long time. As one writer, of perhaps it was a group of writers, noted:
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
For me, we have reached the point where "a long train of abuses and usurpations" compels a change. But for most Americans, and by "most" I mean almost all, we are not there yet.
It's like a game at a carnival, it doesn't look that hard, and the guy operating the booth doesn't have any problem getting the softball to stay in the bushel basket, so I guess there must be something wrong with me, or maybe I should just take my last long dollar and give it another try.
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