I know I've said this before, and I'll likely say it again, but California legislature has some of the most worthless scum the government has to offer. They are beyond incompetent, beyond idiotic to the point of dangerous, beyond corrupt, and into full-on maliciously destructive. I wouldn't wish personal harm on anyone, but if there was a karmic line, they would be ahead of ambulance-chasing civil lawyers for some karmic retribution for all the damage they have done, and continue to do, to the once-great state of California. Not all of the legislatures are bad, to be sure, but the bad ones are bad enough to give all of them a bad name, by reputation alone.
Take, for example, just the latest end-run around the will of the people. As a refresher for readers not in or too familiar with California recently, the state has a budget problem, to the tune of roughly $26B this year (based on optimistic estimates, no doubt). The most recent attempt to "confront" the massive wasteful corrupt out-of-control spending which has put the state into this position was to propose massive tax hikes, which would have passed, except for a while back someone did a smart thing, and passed an amendment requiring tax increases to be approved by either 2/3 of the legislature, or the voters. This amendment is the only thing standing between California and a complete collapse into anarchy.
Predictably, the legislature failed to get a 2/3 majority for the tax hikes: thank goodness there are still a few sane people there (and man, that's a thankless job, to work with scum all day and just oppose everything they try to do, and then get lumped in with them in generalizations by bloggers like me; I have respect for those few members of California's legislature, keep on keepin on, please). The tax increases then went to the voters, where they were soundly and entirely predictably rejected as the complete wrong approach to fix out-of-control spending. The Governator even pointed out that the voters had rejected new taxes, and the will of the people was to cut spending instead. Now, as we barrel along toward running out of money in roughly two weeks, we have the budget proposal from the Democrats in the legislature.
So what did they do to balance the budget? The proposed tax increases, again. No, you didn't read that wrong: those f-ing assholes, after all the back and forth, years of delays, decades of overspending, getting every single one of the tax hikes they put on the special ballot for the voters just a few months ago rejected by the people of California, those arrogant bastards proposed more tax hikes!
... I'm near speechless at the audacity, the callous disregard for the people or anything resembling doing what's necessary for the state, or any hint of a lack of total corruption and maliciousness.
I'd like to propose a new amendment for the next ballot: any legislator who proposes, or votes for, a tax increase of any kind after the voters made it crystal clear that they didn't want to pay more taxes in the state with the highest combined tax rates in the entire country, is fired, immediately, and fined a couple million dollars to help close the deficit they likely helped create. I hope by next year that would be a pretty easy one to pass, and we'll have to resist the urge to add the death penalty on too. The state is bankrupt, in concept if not in reality, and we need to clean out all the corrupt failures in management and start over.