As many have noticed, CA voters did something basically insane on November 3rd. They elected to the CA governorship to FIX California’s bankruptcy…the man most responsible FOR California’s bankruptcy.
CA is bankrupt because of Public Sector unions. These unions were illegal until Jerry Brown signed the Dills Act in 1977 legalizing public sector unions and collective bargaining.
But…. and this is where CA voters really did something interesting….
In addition to voting in the guy who bankrupted the state (and returning to office arguably the dumbest woman in the Senate), we ALSO passed a number of propositions that will make it next-to impossible for the CA Left to go crazy.
As in most states, CA’s Constitution requires the budget to be balanced – and passed – by a certain date; in CA that’s 1 July. Traditionally this has meant our budget doesn’t get passed for weeks and weeks after the legal deadline. It is now November 4th, for example, as we still lack a budget. How to fix this has been a perennial question among intelligent adults.
We also have had a 2/3 super-majority requirement to pass the budget. This allows extremists on either side to hold it up.
We also have had a 2/3 super-majority requirement to approve any new taxes since Prop 13 passed in 1978, more than a generation ago.
We also have politicians more than happy to pass regulatory “fees” and pretend they aren’t taxes in order to skirt this law and continue soaking the private sector to redistribute wealth to union members and welfare moochers.
And, finally, we have had this crazy system in which the pols don’t get paid from the budget deadline until the budget is passed. HOWEVER… once they DO pass the budget, they get all previous salary immediately – so it’s really a savings account for them….
So – what’d we do? A bunch of things….
We changed the vote requirement to pass a budget to 51% – meaning the ideologues won’t be able to hold it up any longer, and reasonable compromises can be effected.
But – won’t that make it easier to pass additional fees? No – we added “fees” to the 2/3 vote requirement for taxes. It will be VERY hard to pass new taxes OR fees. Either now requires a 2/3 vote. No new revenue.
… AND… You know how we don’t pay our politicians until they PASS the budget… and then pay them all that back-pay? No longer. Now we don’t pay them and they FORFEIT that pay — permanently. They just won’t GET paid for the time between 1 July… and whenever it finally gets passed. So it’s a safe assumption that they’ll pass it on-time. And the 51% vote makes it easier to pass to begin with.. but the 2/3 vote on “fees’ makes it nearly impossible to raise additional revenue.
So the ONLY way for these pols to get paid is to cut spending to balance the budget and deliver it on-time. And no more hold-ups for ideologues. Now reasonable compromise can get the budget passed. And, no, the Left doesn’t hold 2/3 of both houses necessary to pass tax and fee increases.
Net? We have a crazy governor an imbecile Senator.. but basically NO ability to raise taxes and a Constitutional requirement to pass a balanced budget, and nobody gets paid until they do so.
This is really cool. (Some think a Court can overturn this.. others don’t. We’ll see.)
So really if we ignore the governor because he’s a moron, and keep Babs Boxer in DC and off committee chairmanships and out of the majority, CA could begin the long climb back to sanity.
The OTHER cool thing about the mid-terms was this: The number of senior Demos in Congress, including committee chairs, who are over 80 years of age is large. Look for huge numbers of them to retire during this cycle. As it becomes evident to all in the CA legislature that Dems no longer will be able to pass revenue increases (taxes and fees), and that they won’t get PAID if they don’t pass a budget on-time, look for lots of Dems to retire in CA, as well. (They’ll also retire because without the ability to pass new taxes they won’t be able to pay-off their unions buddies who get them elected.)
But wait, there’s more!
And, with 11 state legislatures switching to GOP – to join the 22 already there, for a total of 33 state legislatures now GOP – and a huge number of governorships coming our way, redistricting for the next decade will be GOP-heavy.
Retiring liberals, GOP redistricting, Baby Boomers falling off the stage…
The ONLY thing that could stop the nation moving rightward right now, back to fiscal sanity, the free market and individual liberty…. are beltway GOP establishment types not listening to the nation – ALL of the nation (the GOP did not just make the biggest midterm gains since 1938 on only GOP votes, FYI).
I have posited many times that the most important race in history has been this: Will the Baby Boomers fall off the stage before – or after – they destroy America?
If the GOP listens (always in-doubt), we’ve just SAVED America from destruction by the Baby Boomer Left.
The majority of the Boomers will be LONG GONE by the time the next census rolls around and the Dems have any shot at capturing redistricting. And with the upcoming wave of Dem retirements – from Congress AND CA (and I assume other states, but don’t know their internal issues), MORE GOPers will be elected to Congress and MORE elderly Demos will retire…..
The Baby Boomer Dems – the WORST Generation – are DONE.
THIS is worth celebrating.