The unfolding comedy in Sacramento should make this legislature a laughing stock of the country. The Democratic leadership have “locked down” the building, keeping Republicans as hostages in the effort to jam down billions in new taxes.
If a Republican senator folds now, he guarantees not only the end of his political career, but also a reputation for political cowardice that will live on in California history. Arnold and the Dems are leaning on Abel Maldonado, who has a promising futre in California politics –if he doesn’t vote for this package. If he caves, I hope Arnold has promised him a job in Hollywood, because Abel’s career will be over in politics.
There may be enough spine among GOP members in the California State Senate to derail the massive tax hikes proposed by Arnold and the Democrats. If State senator David Cox refuses to be bought, that may kill the “deal,” and there is also still hope that Orange County State Senator Lou Correa, a centrist Democrat, won’t break his word and vote for tax hikes. Lou’s a friend and I’d hate to see him sacrifice what could be a long career in government because his colleagues won’t make the tough spending cuts the state so desperately needs. They are willing to sacrifice Lou’s future for special interests, but Lou shouldn’t go along with their plan.
It has become clear over the past 96 hours that any GOP legislator voting for the tax hikes is finished forever in state politics. That may be enough to stop the economic suicide that is a massive tax hike in the middle of a recession, but watch that space.
Opening day for the Indians is February 25 in Goodyear, AZ. Duane and I are hoping that that KKNT 960 puts together some promo that gets us to the desert to broadcast from an Indians-Angels game, or at least an Indians-anyone game. (Interested? firstname.lastname@example.org) If you want a host and producer who will shamelessly promote anything, set us up at the 3/10 Tribe-Halos match-up in Tempe. Duane is sadly misguided about the Angels chances in a year that has INDIANS written all over it.