California Under Assault from Banana Republicans

Steve Lopez:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger insisted we had to have this special election next week. Despite a huge budget deficit, it couldn’t wait until next year, which would have saved millions. It had to be now, because his “reforms” were too vital to delay another minute.

So the governor got his way, ramming the election down our throats. And now what does he want? He wants most of us to stay home next Tuesday.

That’s right, he’d like us to skip the election he called for. Why? Because Big Boy knows the polls say that three of his four reforms are tanking and a fourth is a tossup, so his best chance of winning is to rally conservatives in a state with a vast Democratic majority. Prop. 73 could help his cause, since the parental notification proposal “defines abortion as causing the death of the unborn child, a child conceived but not yet born.”

You’ve heard of democracy run amok? This would be direct democracy run amok, and if Schwarzenegger prevails, I believe California would officially become a banana republic.

Count Cartaxula is not what scares us:

On Halloween, [Schwarzenegger] showed up at an Ontario junkyard with an aide dressed as Count Cartaxula and shared the stage with a car driven by a skeleton. I’m not sure about the cause of death, but the driver might have steered into a tree after realizing his pension was up for grabs and his car tax refund meant that schools and public safety would get stiffed.

“Kids, did the car scare you, huh?” Schwarzenegger asked the youngsters in attendance.

Something’s scaring us, all right. But it’s not the car.

It’s the thought of having to vote every 10 minutes in California because the people we elect can’t agree on the time of day, let alone have a civil discussion about anything.


  • thesadsack
    November 6, 2005 - 8:57 am | Permalink

    Boy, I have to laugh at the pathetic mindset of the liberals in this state, crying about their pensions, etc. Listen, when the ship is full of leaks & in danger of sinking, You give up your stateroom & assist the man you elected to plug up the leaks. It’s called sacrifice for the good of all. It’s one thing to cry about lack of fiscal responsiblity, & quite another to do something about it. Sometimes doing something about it means personal sacrifice. We either learn that or we all go down with the ship.

  • Madison
    November 6, 2005 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    Problem is, we’re all on the sinking ship and Arnold is on his yacht pretending to be a politician.

    This special election is not about Coweefornya and der peepul, it’s about Arnold Schwarzenegger – a fact that two-thirds of us have figured out.

    None of our problems can be solved until the idiot gets off the stage.

  • thesadsack
    November 6, 2005 - 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Interestingly enough, it is a common trait of liberals to indulge in ad hominum attacks. This trait is counterproductive & must be avoided. Name calling and ridiculing a political opponent’s personal characteristics is simply childish. The governor, should he choose to run again, will be re-elected.

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