February 18, 2009

California no longer the golden mean

Without Immediate Intervention Our Loved One Will Die:

Given California’s political and demographic realities, abolishing the supermajority budget requirement by constitutional convention is probably the state’s only realistic option, if it wants to avoid these annual legislative trainwrecks. But let’s be clear: that would be treating the symptons, not the underlying disease—which is that California is split between a white, rural, conservative Republican bloc and an urban, largely nonwhite, liberal Democratic bloc that frankly want nothing to do with each other. No such state is ever likely to have a healthy or functional politics, no matter what kind of institutional arrangements one can devise.

No, not Steve Sailer, Josh Patashnik of The New Republic.

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