Californians Get No Respect

Reporting on California voters’ response to higher taxes and bigger government with a resounding NO yesterday, the arrogance of the LA Times just drips from the page. Try this for a headline.

California voters exercise their power — and that’s the problem

Problem? You call this journalism?

It gets funnier, or worse, when they recount several attempts by Californians to govern themselves as ‘periodic voter revolts.’

Californians are well known for periodic voter revolts, but on Tuesday they did more than just lash out at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature over the state’s fiscal debacle.

By rejecting five budget measures, Californians also brought into stark relief the fact that they, too, share blame for the political dysfunction that has brought California to the brink of insolvency.

It is just a shame that the lack of respect for Californians that the LA Times demonstrates, and in such a politically biased way, will go unnoticed. Well, maybe except for their subscribers. They’ve noticed.

But have no fear. Or rather, maybe a little fear is healthy in the short term. The $21 billion question is, is California next on the bailout list? Should they be on the bailout list?