No one even comments on the fact that collective bargaining in public agencies is structurally flawed. For collective bargaining to work, the bargaining parties must have approximately equal power. Public agency managers can’t have power equal to public employee unions. That’s because almost all the politicians they answer to depend on public employee unions for their election. The California Legislature will never deal with the power imbalance as long as they are beholden to public employee unions. That imbalance can probably only be corrected via the Initiative process. How ironic would it be if the California Initiative process, established over 100 years ago with strong labor movement support, were used to level the public agency and public employee union playing field?
Which is an example of "courage"?
a. A Democrat who will stand up to the teacher's union and remove the teacher child molester protection racket from the state education code.
b. A Republican who will raise taxes.
Answer: b. "a." does not exist in California.
I'd love to be as optimistic as Crane. The union organizations know how much money and power are at stake if reasonable, effective people are allowed into the state legislature, and they have the resources to counter a few millionaires. I wish them the best of luck - I think they'll need it. Remember this is California, where the mayor of Oakland thinks the police may have been a bit too aggressive when they took bomb making supplies away from Occupy protestors.
The people of California deserve the government they have created. I can say that as a Californian who knows his neighbors.
Until they awake from their dream that the rules of life do not apply within our Golden State's borders, the situation will continue to worsen.
These special five will be able to do nothing on their own - our government is structured to prevent that!
No, people need to see and feel the consequences of their mistaken beliefs before they will change their minds and finally vote for representatives who will face reality without fear.
Best of luck to you David Crane, but your money would be better spent on political education but even that would be a waste.
"But the well-funded unions and lobbyists won’t give way easily, and they’ve already taken aim at Crane: union opposition has led the University of California system to defer his confirmation for its board of regents."
Amusing poetic justice for a man who should never have been a Democrat (meaning, union supporter) to begin with. I'll never understand why successful people act surprised when the tiger they've been petting suddenly bites them.
Wait a minute; that's an insult to tigers, who at least take care of themselves in their natural enviornment. I would say "sloths," but I don't think they bite, do they? How about steers in a feedlot? Yeah, that's it. That's what the Democrats will turn America into if they have their way - a bunch of people loitering around eating and sleeping and trying to hump each other all day, too dumb to know what's coming.
"So much for one vote one value, the basis of democracy as we once knew it."
We've never known it. It's a myth perpetuated by people who think an uninformed and uninspired idiot voting for an unremarkable candidate with a feel-good speech is somehow more noble and good for the country than a no-nonsense candidate backed by people who have followed the tough path to success rather than the easy path to the public trough.
We've never been a democracy. We've always been a republic. The more we move away from our constitution - toward pure democracy that allows anyone to demand everything from anyone else, and enforce those demands with the power of the state - the more we move toward the movement of capital out of America or another revolution. It's been that way for thousands of years. Why would it be any different here and now?
As for "anybody with sufficient funds" having a "disproportionate voice," how the hell do you think the American Revolution was funded? How do you think the commanders we now revere got their commissions? Most of the unit leaders at that time financed the equipping, training, and feeding of their units, and therefore "bought" the right to command them.
And, individuals or organizations perpetually on the dole, and always demanding more for nothing in return, can be just as tyrannical as a king across the ocean demanding more and more in taxes.
The only thing "chilling' about Judith Miller's article is that it points out how ignorant people are about the principles that made this country powerful, rich, and full of opportunity for everyone, and how difficult it is to get the pigs away from the trough once they line up.
Crane may be a good man with the best of intentions, but Judith Miller's article is chilling. What she reveals is that anybody with sufficient funds - meaning a lot - can have a disproportionate voice in determining the makeup of the State Assembly. As an outsider looking at US politics in general, itis he with the most money that wins. So much for one vote one value, the basis of democracy as we once knew it.