If the pilot of a doomed airplane were to be recalled from his position just a hundred feet before the craft plunged into the ocean, would it really matter who replaced him? Not even the Terminator would be able to get the plane on the right track. I can certainly understand the desire of the California electorate to fire their governor. He is truly an incompetent man, who is firmly in the pocket of special interests. He has no desire to manage his state out of the plunging dive it is in and would rather double the salary of a few state workers and give them 90% retirement pay for life at the age of 50 than trim one cent off the budget elephantiasis. But the problem is not just Gray Davis. The governor is a figure-head that is likely to get all the blame or all the credit for whatever happens. Certainly he deserves much of the blame and should be held accountable for defrauding the public and lying about the budget crisis during is re-election campaign. But what of the legislature that seems incapable of not hemorrhaging money that isn’t theirs? What of the Willie Browns of the state? If I still lived in California, I would likely vote to recall Gray, and I am not sure who I would vote for to replace him. But I have to wonder if it wasn’t a mistake to do this. (And I say wasn’t because it is inevitable now.) Wouldn’t there be more hope for change if the state was forced to live with the mistakes of the electorate, and a more sweeping “recall” was to take place in a few years when a “throw all the bums out” mentality takes hold? Maybe the next governor will get a “pass” when it comes to the next regularly scheduled election… it remains to be seen. But you have to wonder why any Republican would want to take over in the pilot seat just before the plane hits the water.
Gray Davis was probably initially thrilled that a massive power outage in the northeast would take the news off of his recall in California. But then again, a massive power problem serves as a reminder to the Gray Davis governorship.
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Random thoughts… You can tell when you have a real, close friend when you lose track of him for a year, haven’t seem him for over five years (and another five years for that), but when you track him down and call him, it’s as if you had just seen each other yesterday.
Now for today’s Interesting verse:
Isaiah 65:12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
God’s people were not given over because of God’s good pleasure, they were given over to the slaughter mentioned here because of their own actions. Something like sleeping in a bed you make.
Everything has been moved to my new URL, brandonstaggs.com. I guess the other Brandon Staggs out there decided not to renew his domain registration, so now it’s mine. Nice.
I’ve redesigned the site from the ground up, as well as added a blog to this page, as you can see. Now I can write little things to post to the public at my whim! Yippie!