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Posted by at October 30, 2002 03:59 PM

What really scares me about Davis, is that during his first term he was actually trying to be a good enough governor to somehow get re-elected. Since he won't have to worry about another election, imagine how he will govern the state for the next 4 years. I don't particularly like Simon, but I am gonna have to vote for him. He is a horrible campaigner, but running a campaign is different than running a state (something Davis hasn't learned yet).


Posted by: Fred at October 31, 2002 11:32 AM

The scary thing is that we haven't seen the worst of the Davis administration. He will be re-elected, and then the tab for the past four years will come due. Anyone who can do arithmetic and isn't indulging in self-deception knows that significant tax increases and budget cuts will be necessary in Davis's second term---without them, the state will go into default. But will Davis be able to make the necessary choices? California is still critically dependent on outside sources of electricity, and a water crisis will loom as Nevada and Arizona start taking their full allocation from the Colorado. The regulatory and tax climate for business in California is as bad as it's ever been; only a fool would start a business in California today or expand operations. That will eventually reduce employment as population grows.

I have a feeling that in a couple of years we could be looking at the sort of fiscal meltdown New York City experienced in the mid-1970s. And I'm not one of those who thinks Davis has been avoiding dealing with problems in his first term; instead, I don't think he has the capacity to be an effective manager, especially in crisis situations. His skills lie in fundraising and trading favors, and those won't be enough for the storm that's gathering.

Posted by: Harry at October 31, 2002 05:37 PM


I mean, what the fuck, man...

Posted by: mojo at April 1, 2003 09:58 PM
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