What has happened to California is not fun. Our legislature has been dominated by ultra-liberal Democrats for years and for much of that time has also been governed by a Democrat. The result has been a rush to fund every social program conceivable, to kowtow to union demands for funding and retirement benefits, to raise taxes to the point where California is the 2nd leading state income tax gatherer in the country, (#1 in business taxes), and a place where oversight on this spending is non-existent. We have become the poster child for dysfunctional government.
The California Association of Realtors runs one of the strongest legislative advocacy teams in the country out here by necessity. Private property rights are assailed almost daily by fringe environmental groups. The trial lawyers association wants to dictate how we do business; liberal lawmakers are only too happy to tack point-of-sale mandates onto every home making them increasingly unaffordable to prospective buyers, especially first-time buyers; developers and environmental groups are able to attach private transfer taxes to properties without limit, without oversight and, until this year, without even informing homeowners they had done so; hundreds of thousands of acres are confiscated in deference to Kangaroo Rats, Checkerspot Butterflies, Fairy Shrimp, Toads, Minnows, ad naseum, without concern for the rights of the owner of the land; the Coastal Commission is given power to regulate water usage and rights well out of their historical jurisdiction up into the Sierra's and out to the Salton Sea - and the list goes on. It's a nightmare and there's no end in sight.
My question is - why would you want to inflict this on the whole country? Our nations founders specifically set up our government the way they did to provide a balance of power and a methodology for checks & balances between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. (Of course they also had visions that regular everyday people would run those branches, not career politicians who have never held a real job or been off the public dole.)
But we have seen what can happen if an unassailable majority in the legislature is allowed to run amock without a strong executive at the helm. We've seen it in California, we've seen it with George Bush - why would we knowingly set ourselves up for it again? Because if the Democratic leadership of the legislature has learned nothing else about Obama in his brief tenure in their midst, they have seen that he is readily malleable and that he can be bought. He lacks the experience and the fortitude to stand up to either the tenured Democratic leadership or to special interests. His stated game plan is taken directly from the pages of the time-honored Democratic playbook including redistributing the wealth of the nations most successful capitalists to the least successful, increasing social programs, reducing defense spending and continuing our dependence on foreign energy resources. Democrat leaders know that an Obama win puts a weak link in the executive seat who has not only proven to be more liberal than most of them but would also be an easy roll-over to his more experienced colleagues.
I urge you to study the California model of dysfunctional politics as it exists today. There's a reason we have two political parties and probably should have more. The world is a stronger place when there are two or more balancing powers, our country is a stronger place if a balance and separation is maintained between our ruling powers. The next four years will not be easy ones under the best of circumstances - your choices in November will have a profound impact on the degree of difficulty we experience.
Well, that's my opinion - I could be wrong. (Not bloody likely)