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The Contra Costa Times’ editorial page went from praising the reforms in January to calling them divisive in April and lamenting the $70 million cost if a special election were held on the initiatives this fall. So much for the fact that two of the governor’s proposals would each prevent spending many billions of dollars the state doesn’t have, dwarfing the $70 million the paper is so worried about.
The San Jose Mercury News’ editorial page even parachuted in from some alternate reality to say the assertion that the Legislature would never consider reform on its own was “mostly a bum rap.” So much for the assumption that all editorial writers are sentient.
However oblivious it may be, the carping has taken a toll. Between the pundits’ potshots, the unions’ vicious attacks, and some sloppy staff work that left flaws in his initiative petitions, Schwarzenegger’s reform push has been staggered. He’s given up on pension changes and merit pay for now, and while he says he’s pushing ahead with his spending cap and redistricting proposals, no one would be all that surprised if none of his initiatives qualify this summer and force a fall election. The hope that was so common in January and February — that 2005 would be the year California stepped back from the brink — is fading, and fast.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?