California is a great place to live; or rather, it used to be. With people, companies (and their revenue) leaving for greener pastures, our state lawmakers continue to live in la-la land when it comes to recognizing and effectually dealing with our states numerous problems.
Take long time state senator Nancy Pelosi for example. Senator Pelosi recently fired back at republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney’s camp for attacking the Obama administrations handling of the economy, specifically Fremont solar company Solyndras bankruptcy.
Laying off 1,100 workers and costing taxpayers $536 million in federal loans, Solyndra became a symbol to republicans who already believed that President Obama had no clue what he was doing concerning the economy. Senator Pelosi–seemingly not concerned with doing her own job–chimed in to remind people that republicans don’t want you to talk about what she considers the real issues. The San Francisco Gate reports what Senator Pelosi had to say to reporters earlier today:
“The fact is, they don’t really have that much to talk about. … They want to talk about this and that and the other thing – instead of what they want to do,” she said. “Really important, as you watch all of this, is to remember – they do not believe in a public role in job creation.” Senator Pelosi didn’t end there adding, “Whether it is “clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety, public education, public transportation, public housing, public health, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security – they don’t believe in a public role, and they’re sincere in their beliefs,” she said. “And they act upon them. And it’s not good for children and other living things.”
Senator Pelosi has been in office for 25 years and has accomplished much in the eyes of her supporters, but the fact is California is in serious trouble. Instead of results we get the default retort of saving education, firefighters and police, the infamous three that are the poster children for California state leaders whenever they don’t have a real solution/answer. That isn’t to say that there are not problems in those sectors the question is why? Asking for more money (or figuring out ways to steal it from you) when you have proven to not be good stewards of said funds is laughable. If those things mean so much to our leaders, why are they the first on the chopping block?
For all the talk about how much they care about the aforementioned groups, the truth is it’s all about total control. Senator Pelosi along with Jerry Brown and others, seem to like the Rahm Emanuel approach of never letting a good crisis go to waste, especially when it can be used in your favor.
That tactic seems to be working well for them.
As much as it pains me to say it, nothing is going to change anytime soon. As of May 12 of this year, Senator Pelosi has a congressional approval rating of (29%) with (63%) unfavorable. State Governor Jerry Brown does a little better with (42%) approval and (43%) disapproving. Either way you look at it, they are not doing well but I doubt they worry about it much because in the end, they most likely won’t be replaced. The more things change, the more they stay the same with the only reprieve being the joke that was Arnold Schwarzenegger leading the state.
It would be intellectually dishonest to place all the blame at their feet, the nation was already in decline financially. That being said, when one party controls the entire state, it’s hard to sell the line that the republicans are the cause of all our sorrows. It’s like President Obama having complete control of the house and senate for two years and not getting anything done but now that the republicans have taken the house, suddenly they are the reason for Washington‘s political rigamortis.
I am a father and a husband; I love the kids and education. I also appreciate firefighters, police officers and want protection for our environment. I believe in minimal social programs to help those truly in need, but what I do not like is being lied to. There is a lack of responsibility in Sacramento, denial really, and the lack of approval shows that. However, if Californians ever expect things to change–for the better–they had best start thinking about whom they elect beyond what letter they have in front of their name.
sfgate.com, Latimes.com, cnn.com, wsj.com, sacbee.com