Wednesday, January 10, 2007

California Republic

Thank God I live out here in civilization. For the intellectual bankruptcy of our current administration and its 12-year do-nothing Congress, there's an answer out here in California.

In the last few days, the Governator (a Republican!) has come forward with vision and with ideas. And he knows that California, the 5th or 6th largest economy in the world, with 37 million people, can be a leader and shape the national agenda.

The things he's proposed:
  • More schools.
  • Healthcare for all Californians--including illegal immigrants.
  • New dams.
  • New infrastructure.
  • Reducing carbon emissions.
  • Fixing electoral boundaries ("The Hapsburg monarchy had more turnover than the California legislature" was a witty line).

Etc. etc. etc. Quothe the Governor:

Not only can we lead California into the future, we can show the nation and the world how to get there. We can do this because we have the economic strength, we have the population and the technological force of a nation-state.

Exactly. I was not a fan of Arnie, mostly because he claims he's a Republican (though reaction to his proposals is far warmer from Democrats than from Republicans here in California). But I'm starting to be proud of him. And some of his rhetoric is good for us out here, so routinely ignored or denigrated by Washington. As the LA Times wrote on Monday:

"What a prosperous, peaceful, golden state in which we live and work and raise our families," he said. "We should never forget the joys and blessings of being Californians." Around the world, he said, people "ache to have what we so often take for granted."

California has its problems. None of us can deny that. But we're working to fix them. We're progressive and dynamic. We can ski in the morning and sun in the afternoon (I've done that). We have San Fran and San Diego, two of the nicest cities in the country. We have LA which, for all its stucco, sprawl, traffic, and smoke, is a dynamic and diverse city that goes far beyond the Hollywood stereotype. We have our beach cities, we have our northern cities. We have mountains and deserts.

And it seems now like we might be getting some vision to go along with all our blessings.


Paul Raposo said...

>" Around the world, he said, people "ache to have what we so often take for granted."<

Hey, he doesn't have to look around the world. Many Californians ache to have what is so often taken for granted: The right to marry.

A right which Arnie boy refuses to pursue, because voters--many of which were illegals, illegally exercising their "right" to vote--voted no.

Sure, give illegal immigrants free health care and schooling on the tax payers dime. But don't dare give those tax payers the same marriage rights as those illegals.

Dean P said...

Well, duh. This corner has been quite vocal in its desire for same-sex marriage in CA and in the US.

But right now one has to be realistic. As much as it sucks. Given that reality, CA's a pretty fab place.

Paul Raposo said...

Sorry, Dean, but the reality seems to be a reward for people who are breaking the law and a punitive punishment for those who are law-abiding, legal citizens.

It appears that the American dream is: Leave you oppresive country, enter the US, become a little better off than you were and then impose your beliefs on those who you dislike, essentially becoming an oppressor yourself.

I don't believe the rights of illegal aliens should trump those of tax paying citizens who have to support the very people who took away their right to marry legally.

Dean P said...

I don't see the link between illegal immigration and banning gay marriage, but if you'd like to make that one, you're welcome to.

Personally, I think that illegal immigration is linked to unicorns.

That said, I don't really have a problem with denying illegal immigrants universal healthcare. At least while they're still illegal.

But boy you sure have a think about them, don't you?

Anonymous said...

Kudos on the entry about the blessings/challenges of being in California. As someone who has lived all over this country, both big (NYC, Dallas) and small (Indiana, Orlando), I can faithfully report we have it better than most. But that is a challenge more than a compliment.