QOTD: California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez
From the LA Times:
Having won a coveted two-thirds supermajority in the Legislature for the first time in more than a century, California Democrats now face the temptations of one-party government — and the perils that come with it.
When Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was asked what he intended to do with his caucus' new power, he responded with one word: Nothing.
You see, they are afraid that they will lose their new supermajority if they do anything --- the supermajority they have always needed in order to do anything.
And keep in mind that all these careerists are term limited, so there's no margin in trying to maintain their seats. So why don't they want to do anything? Well, one can only assume that they are all looking at careers after state government and it's not going to be as easy to land big jobs from their contributors if they do anything silly like try to solve problems for average people. (Term limits end up making government a sort of internship and resume builder for future plutocrats.)
I'll be a committed political junkie and activist until the day I die, but when I read something like that I honestly can't blame people for throwing up their hands and saying,"why bother?" I suppose that may be the point. If you can depress the people enough maybe they'll drop out and these fine folks in Sacramento (and Washington) can have a free hand to plunder and pillage.
h/t to ME