Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Show me the Money

Here is Kevin Drum on what to do next. I'm in full agreement. While I am not at all a happy camper with last nights results (in terms of the Governor's race, I'm pleased with the defeat of prop 54), it is important that we move forward with a progressive agenda and don't get mired in endless recall battles.

I saw Phil Angelides, the State Treasurer, interviewed last night and he was eloquent in setting out a plan. It comes down to holding Arnold's feet to the fire and standing tough for a progressive agenda. Arnold has promised to repeal the car tax (-4bil), expand education (+?bil), not cut police or fire service, not raise taxes, and somehow balance the budget by cutting waste in a state where 90% of expenditures in the budget are mandated by the voters. Democrats need to work with Arnold where we can find common ground, but not lose sight of their beliefs.

California is like a drunk just coming off of a binge, and she's about to wake up with the mother of all hangovers. But, I can tell you from experience, a hangover can be a learning experience.

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