Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Land of Fools

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."--Abraham Lincoln

Welcome to the land of fools, California, where you can indeed fool all of the people all of the time. Witness Tuesday's election.
  • Jerry Brown: former two-term governor who, despite term limit rules in California has argued his previous two-terms occurred prior to the term limit law being passed and therefore, didn't count. This from the recent State Attorney General who should be enforcing laws on behalf of Californians not skirting them. But then he has an impressive "skirting" record given his office's invisibility in defending California voters against the court's ruling overturning Prop 8 for the second time. His role as governor with Prop 13 is another story. And then there's his problem with language. First, he compared his opponent to a Nazi propagandist like Joseph Goebbels, then someone on his campaign staff (most pegged his wife) called Meg Whitman a "whore." Of course, the whore comment related to Meg's supposed relationship to the public unions--the very unions Jerry created when he was governor in the 70's. Now that's irony. I've met Jerry Brown. A number of times. He's a kick. But eccentric, left wing policies on steroids are not what California needs. We are already hemorrhaging from those very policies. The very same economic and centralized government policies the rest of the country repudiated last night were embraced by a majority of Californians.
  • Barbara Boxer: THIS is the best we have? The most liberal Senator in the Senate. We've sent her to represent us again. Despite the fact that California faces one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Despite the fact she is a do-nothing (check her record), self-important (watch her interchange with the General during Senate hearings), silly (watch her debate with her opponent) ridiculously leftist members of the Senate.
Well done California. President Lincoln was wrong--you really can fool the majority of the people all of the time. As California unemployment rises and taxes are tacked on your every exhale...I'll be basking in the Arizona sun. If you don't mind, I am going to sit this one out.