THC ran across this sobering article about the role that the GOP plays in the governance of California.
As noted in the LA Times article below, lots of folks imagine that life would be better, and governance more effective, without the opposition involved. At a time when – particularly in California – hostility towards Republicans seems at an all time high, it’s easy to get caught up in wishing for their dissolution. (Which could be around the corner.)
But people disillusioned with the GOP, and people like THC who are disenfranchised with the dominance of the two-party system, should take heed of this opinion piece from Conor Friedersdorf in the LA Times:
The article notes that, in addition to the many successes of California as a state, “We’re a case study in what a political community looks like when Republicans wield little or no power — and an ongoing refutation of the conceit that but for the GOP, the United States would be free of dysfunction.”
The article continues:
“But California ranks in the lowest fifth of states in education. Housing costs are out of control. Our major cities face a crisis of homelessness. Our police officers kill citizens at rates comparable to the rest of the country. Our infrastructure is severely overstressed due to underinvestment. The bullet train project meant to connect L.A. to the Bay Area is a national joke. Our counties, cities and schools are being crushed by an unsustainable pension burden. Our taxes are already among the nation’s highest.”
Food for thought, friends.