Liberal Newspaper Accidentally Agrees with a Republican
Because being a legislator has become a way to make a living, it's doubly important for most of them to get re-elected. That means legislators not only have to raise more and more money, thus becoming more beholden to the special interests willing to donate that money, but they need to demonize their political opponents to gain campaign points. It's all a vicious cycle.
There are those who bristle at the suggestion that legislators should be part-timers. Today's complex issues and the demands to service constituents require full-time professionals, they argue.
That argument ignores the glaring historical fact that the state's most highly regarded laws - everything from regulatory reform to workers' compensation, from consumer protection laws to a progressive income tax, from environmental safeguards to the open primary - were all enacted by part-time legislators.
Give them a short period of time. Then good work gets done ... That's when they start getting creative with things.
Okay, that was way too easy. Schwarzenegger has the gift of being both succinct and (in many cases) correct. And the Capital Times, uh, doesn't. But, in any case, isn't it just amazing to see the liberals at the Cap Times coming down alongside the Governator in favor of part time legislators? I mean, these are people, who, on a blog much of the editoral staff contributes to, refer to Schwarzenegger simply as "The Groper" and warned that Californians after the election that "If you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas."
Now, of course there are (or at least there should be) issues where some liberals and conservatives can agree. But, there's such a delicious irony in an editor of the Cap Times agreeing with a fairly radical proposal of a man the Left has characterized as either an idiot or a Nazi. And, not only that, they roundly mocked the people who elected him. What's next? Is John Nichols going to write an editorial in favor of privitizing social security or praising the Patriot Act?
Posted by at February 7, 2005 10:47 AM
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Whats next? Jay Nichols comes out in favor of term limits as a way to control the corrupting influence of money? I suspect Feingold's staff would never allow that column to hit print.