n is not entirely limited to a matter of personality and charisma; that, perhaps, we as voters have an opportunity to reflect upon the historical events and structural constraints that brought us to this juncture.

You speak of "anger-channelling solutions" and it strikes me that the anger here -- as in 1994 and 1978, for example -- is a great deal more ambiguous and unfocused than is allowed by the campaigns that are scripted around it.

As you have written, it is very easy to get people angry about taxes, especially taxes for services they may not see, or services they don't believe should be offered to "least" of their neighbors (immigrants, right?).

It is a great deal harder to get people angry about the loss of accountability in government due to redistricting, term limits and tax measures that pin our infrastructure and commonwealth to (global) boom/bust cycles. (For more on redistricting and "safe districts" please consider A.G. Block's contribution on "partisan reapportionment" in the August issue of the California Journal.)

These are not liberal or conservative issues. They affect government as a whole. Perhaps, for libertarians, the problem of government has a simple solution (none at all?), but even within that ideological framework, the issue of how to administer the most populous state in the union cannot be a matter of short-term fixes and knee-jerk responses.

Thanks for making your excellent web log and sundry essays available on-line!

Posted by: Jose at August 26, 2003 09:17 AM

Okay, I'm basicly with you on substance (except for term limits, and even there I agree with the criticisms, but just think it's better than realisticly achievable alternatives). But I think Matt's lambast is still valid: The L.A. Times is suggesting that a voter uprising against business as usual be directed at repealing items brought about as a result of voter uprisings against business as usual. They can propose new potential solutions, but "Let's go back to the way things were" just is not a populist ralying cry.

Posted by: Decnavda at August 27, 2003 09:55 AM
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