It seems that my prescription was right- let it burn, but my understanding of why is completely wrong and I have no clue what I am talking about. I honestly don’t know how, given what you all have written in the comments, anything can be done with that mess until you redo the Constitution. This says it all:
“The California Constitution has been amended or revised more than 500 times. It is now 157 pages. “
That just strikes me as a recipe for fail. Additionally, I learned that you all have term limits, so not only does it only take a 50+1 vote to increase spending and a 2/3 vote to raise money to pay for things, you also have special interests doing bond initiatives for anything that blows their trumpet, property tax laws that make no sense, and then to compound everything, people have no problem raising spending because when the shit hits the fan, they will have been term limited out and it is someone else’s problem. Then, the new people coming in to replace them have no experience and no authority and no way to fix it and the voters all hate them.
I also learned that I need to read Calitics more often and that David Dayen is competing with Steve Benen for the title of “Blogger appearing simultaneously in the most number of blogs at the same time.”
Another thought from this:
The public’s contradictory impulses were laid bare by a recent Field Poll. It found that voters oppose cutbacks in 10 of 12 major categories of state spending, including the biggest, education and healthcare. Yet most voters were unwilling to have their own taxes increased, and they overwhelmingly favored keeping the two-thirds requirement for tax hikes.
Read that again, and it suddenly makes a lot more sense why California is ground zero in the foreclosure/HELOC disaster.