Is the Governator Strong Enough to Lift California’s Budget?

A little something for my Cali readers.

from KCBS:

As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pushes for a swift agreement to fill California’s $24 billion budget deficit, he is also pushing several ideas for reforming state government, including a state constitutional convention.

In an exclusive interview with KCBS, the governor said there must be a fundamental reform of state government from top-to-bottom, but California has not had a constitutional convention since the 19th century. The Governor says that having another convention is an idea whose time has come once again.

“Everyone who has looked at [the state’s governmental system], not just Californians but people from the outside of California, looks at it and says we have a dysfunctional system.”

The idea of holding a constitutional convention is being pushed by the Bay Area Council, a local business group.

The governor says also he wants to see changes made to the initiative process.

“It’s outdated. One has to revisit it again, and kind of bring it up to date so you don’t have to go to the people for every little thing.”

A dysfunctional system eh? The same state that brought us the twinkie defense, LA riots, rolling blackouts, and an election featuring a liberal Greek blogger, porn mogul, porn actress, washed up child actor, and a watermelon smashing prop comic is dysfunctional? Well that sounds like state governing as usual.

Joking aside, I’m not entirely sure what Schwartzenegger hopes to accomplish. You need more power to do what exactly? More of nothing? This is nothing but a diversionary tactic, slight of hand so no one realizes Arnold has no frigging clue how to fix the mess he’s in.

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