3/12/2008

California....and Why It Should Matter???

Gray Davis was one of the most knowledgeable and savvy Governors California had. I was sorry that he was recalled. It turned out that Enron did him in. When our Present Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, defeated Gray Davis in the recall, I remained hopeful. Now, I realized how naive and stupid I was. John Burton's statement that "The governor will realize how screwed up it is to run this state"...has constantly struck in my mind. He has struck out some "popular" positions on global warming and did reach out to Democrats. But, this marketing slogan of him being a People's Governor was thrown out the window when he proposed a budget that sought to be balanced on the back of the children and the dispossessed. What has truly upset me is the fact that my son's first grade teacher may be losing his job. It is simply sad!!!

I have wondered and struggled with what I could do. I took this extremely token step today by firing off this note to the Governor via the Governor's website:

Sir,

You claim to be the "people's governor". Nothing can be further from the truth. When I hear that my son's first grade teacher is in danger of losing his job, that is just wrong. When my local school district, Capistrano Unified in Orange County, has to balance its' budget on the back of kids to the tune of $ 28 Million, that's just wrong. You conservatives want your cake and want to eat it too. A ratio of 20 to 1 is big enough...how can people manage 30 to 1!! How can we be expected to be leading the world when we can't even educate our kids and realize what is important? Apparently you don't...despite your public posturing to the contrary.....

If This is harsh, who cares!!??!!!!! Politics is about choices, it is about sacrifices. But, some things must never be compromised on. The welfare of kids must be paramount. The "People's Governor" has forgotten it. Apparently he has ambitions to run for the Senate. Fat Chance!!!!

The struggle does indeed continue....

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the state isn't the only one responsible for the loss of your teacher. More than half of the cuts over the past five years, including the $28 million you referenced were caused by years of deficit spending by the CUSD senior trustees. $13.5 million was cut last year and $9 million was planned for this year alone before the state cuts were announced. All told, CUSD cuts due to irresponsible deficit spending in recent years will exceed the state cuts.

While you're lashing out at Arnold, direct some of it at spendthrift trustees Marlene Draper, Mike Darnold, Sheila Benecke and Duane Stiff who are at least equally responsible for teacher cuts after they spent money the district didn't have, leaving CUSD with no reserves and woefully unprepared for the state cuts.

Mike said...

I appreciate your comment and thank you for it. This is the essence of Democracy.

I do lash out at Arnold because he initially took 2 Billion from the Schools and then restored it. I think Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee said it best when he noted that ,".....Schwarzenegger is blaming everyone and everything but himself for the budget deficit, pegged at $14.5 billion during the rest of this fiscal year and all of the next. But if he really had the guts that the current crew of media admirers tells us he has, he'd shoulder the blame himself.

It's not the economy, even though he insists that flattening economic activity, born of the housing industry's free-fall, is to blame. Before the current downturn, the economy was humming along and generating tens of billions of dollars in new state revenues, giving him and lawmakers an opportunity to bring the state's finances into balance with minimal pain. But they spent every dollar and then some......" (Source: http://www.sacbee.com/walters/story/718308.html, retrieved March 12, 2008). My problem with Arnold is that he potrayed himself as the Messiah..and turned out to be just another politican....and a lousy one at that.....

Thanks again for the comment....