Whoever wins the District 7 State Senate special election, voters are screwed.
The special election does not matter. Neither candidate is willing to admit that government is out of control and no longer serves its citizens and the commonwealth. What everyone knows is this: California state government is all about serving itself. No candidate or party I know of is serious about addressing this issue and doing something about it.
Nor are voters.
The outcome of the special May 19 election hinges on how many self-interested voting blocs will vote for their guy or gal. Developers and other crony capitalist and rentier interests hope to score big with access to Steve Glazer in the Senate. Zombies and other walking dead voting for Susan Bonilla hope she defends and expands the debilitating financial impact of government bloat, job killing regulation, public employee salaries and unfunded pensions and retirement costs, not to mention countless more giveaways to the health, education, and social service industrial complex.
Seemingly, given recent bipartisan district gerrymandering favoring incumbents, Republicans and Democrats play the game of reelection and nothing else matters in a merry-go-round of bad choices paraded before voters every election cycle.
Promoting Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to the California Senate or electing Orinda mayor Steven Glazer will not matter one ounce. These are not serious candidates. While I expect the worst and hope for the best, I beg you to come back in 4-8-12 years time and tell me either of these candidates truly made a difference.
Both candidates support California’s failing school system and run away from the Vergara decision that threatens the security of bad teachers. The reckless and totalitarian California Teachers Association calls the shots in Sacramento.
Both candidates make noise about protecting Prop 13. Both take cover on this issue by mealy mouth support about safeguard for homeowners. But this is code for creating two-tier taxation so gluttonous government can gouge businesses with even higher tax rates. This wealth transfer must grow to fund government where 1-in-4 budget dollars will be spent on pensions and retiree healthcare, not education, or infrastructure.
Neither candidate speaks honestly as to what will stem the growing migration of business from California.
Neither candidate is serious about addressing the foolhardy water policies that have crippled California agriculture and had exasperated the most recent of many droughts in California which has been water challenged for millennia.
Both candidates prefer an undemocratic and authoritarian regulatory state, witnessed by their agreement on ham-fisted regional planning bodies unaccountable to voters and local entities.
Why do these people even run?
Why do voters even pretend to make a choice between a river of two worst options as the band plays on?
And please, don’t even yack about, “Bill, this is Democracy.” No…No, it isn’t. It is a rigged match driven by protected interests, will to power, tribalism, the rush of predation, plutocratic bed feathering for low-level electeds representing zombies and the ruling oligarchy.
The Golden Sate has become a gilded cage.
There is increasingly less civil society to defend as the public interest nears the precipice as California and other parts of the nation teeter, or in California —marches— toward full-blown corporatism and state socialism.
Fundamentals for California:
– Separation of School and State
– California must become a right to work state, with open shop to allow competition amongst unions
– Dismantle AB-32 and its ecosystem of debilitating enabling legislation, undemocratic and unaccountable regulatory, and planning agencies
– Forget the Bullet Train and (re)build reservoirs and dams, and infrastructure
– Reform California’s banking system to encourage mobile-based innovation and inclusive services for immigrants and the undocumented
– Outlaw MERS in California
– Institute statewide preference voting with multi-member voting districts for the legislature and ranked choice for the senate and governor; enable ranked choice for electoral college.
These seven fundamental reforms to education, business/labor, ill-founded and debilitating environmental legislation, infrastructure spending, commerce, housing, and elections would transform California. Start here.
Only serious candidates and voters need apply.